Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Over the Top with Momus; MOMUS

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Over the Top with Momus; MOMUS

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Byline: PAUL CONNOLLY

FORGET Jarvis, Aphex Twin, Scott Walker, Squarepusher or indeed most of the artists who have flirted with the avant-garde in recent years - there's only one Momus.

Nick Currie, a 46-year-old from Paisley in Scotland who's now resident in Berlin, has pushed more envelopes than an 80-yearold postman and enraged the musical and cultural worlds on a regular basis.

He even made tabloid headlines in 1994 for his marriage to 17-year-old Shazna Nessa. They first met when she was 14 and when her parents discovered the relationship they sent her to Bangladesh for an arranged marriage. But Nessa escaped back to London to marry Currie (they've since divorced but remain musicalpartners). Momus (the Greek god of mockery) is the perfect name for Currie's musical endeavours. He's as obsessed with the more obscure corners of sexuality as he is with outsiderdom and while some of his more outlandish sonic adventures may make even the openminded blanch, his penchant for making occasionally brilliant pop and melding it to literate lyrics not only ensures that his output is always compelling but also prefigured bands such as Pulp and Suede. …

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