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Cold Friday in Berlin with Momus

May 30, 2013
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We meet in Berlin. Momus is visiting Europe and stopping off in one of his favourite cities. “I’d have breakfast in Osaka, lunch in Berlin and dinner in Stockholm. A sort of Frankenstein day would allow me to put together the best parts of every twenty-four hours”.

He defines Berlin as a museum of subcultures, the kind of city in which people are concerned with shaping the society they want to live in.

The turn-out includes ageing fans as well as much younger people

Momus is visiting Europe and stopping off in one of his favourite cities.

The first meeting takes place at his gig one cold Friday night in the district of Wedding. The place oozes the charm that characterises East German venues that survived the wall. It’s dark, narrow, clandestine. While the jukebox plays popular songs from between the wars, we greet the establishment’s owner.

“I’d have breakfast in Osaka, lunch in Berlin and dinner in Stockholm”

An eclectic crowd take their places. The turn-out includes ageing fans as well as much younger people. The lights dim and on a tiny stage Momus kicks off the show with a song that was recently released by one of his idols, David Bowie’s Where are we now? The title of the song is revealing. Within the space of an hour, time stands still. Momus sucks us in with breathtaking force, transporting us to a strange, unclassifiable, unique world.

He defines Berlin as a museum of subcultures

The concert left us wanting more. The next day we invited him to visit us at Casa Camper. He turned up on his bike in a snowstorm. The extravagant performer of the night before had been left behind, giving us a glimpse of the artist’s mind in the enriching interview you can enjoy in this video, the latest in our ABC Lifelovers series.





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