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JG Ballard vs Dan Melchior

Author: • Jun 12th, 2006 •

Category: Ballardosphere, celebrity culture, consumerism, music

Googling for an mp3 of Orson Welles monstering, for semantic crimes, the director of the frozen-peas radio spot he was appearing in, I instead ended up with J G Ballard and frozen peas — in the 2002 lyrics to “Me and J.G. Ballard”, which appears on the Bitterness Spite Rage and Scorn album by Dan Melchior’s Broke Revue.

“Me and JG Ballard” — by Dan Melchior’s Broke Revue

me and jg ballard, we walk down different streets
going to the supermarket for something to eat
jg ballard gets there first, buys some frozen peas
they were the last packet and there’s none there left for me

me and jg ballard in our respective rooms
i’m watching my tv, he’s contemplating doom
he opens up his microwave, retrieves his frozen peas
i decide to take a walk and turn off itv

jg ballard’s sitting there eating with his mouth
wondering what his next novel is gonna be about
on my way out to the park i pass before his drive
he’s no idea i’m out here, i’ve no idea he’s inside

this morning jg ballard he drinks a cup of tea
his eyes are red and blurry, he didn’t get much sleep
i decide to buy some milk, bump into an old friend
i talk to her, buy the milk then go back home again”

JGB’s not the only Poet of Shepperton, according to the allmusic guide:

“Shepperton, England’s tight-throated guitarslinger Dan Melchior is one ofthose intriguing performers who just sort of seem to have appeared out of nowhere, fully formed and freaked out. Melchior is a wild-eyed misanthrope playing the role of troubadour in a community too busy to take notice, which only inspires the racket to grow louder. Indeed, it is a glorious racket. Off-kilter garage-meets-country & western rhythms serve as the fuzzy backdrop for Melchior’s shouted vocals and lyrics that are by turn absurd and brilliant. “Me and JG Ballard” details something as seemingly mundane (but in fact bitingly clever) as unknowingly shadowing reclusive writer JG Ballard through the course of his daily routine. Ballard’s always a few steps ahead of Melchior, even buying the last of the peas at the grocery before Melchior has his turn.”

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  1. http://www.amazon.com/Me-And-J-G-Ballard/dp/B000QP0YXM/ref=sr_1_16?ie=UTF8&s=dmusic&qid=1195633949&sr=8-16

    you can buy an mp3 of the song at amazon…

  2. […] Sadly, there’s not much in the way of songs about Ballard. Though Dan Melchior sings of living in Shepperton and accidentally shadowing Ballard through his day. Jim got all the frozen peas first. […]

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