I spoke to Shawn Demumbrum (@SpazDog) on twitter yesterday, an American artist heading a project to release a comic featuring stories inspired by the songs of The Smiths.
Songs including ‘Girlfriend in a Coma’ and ‘Shoplifters of the World Unite’ have been used as “an inspiration, a jumping-off point, a theme or a mood” for the stories included.
I found this idea so interesting that it got me thinking about what other songs either feature, or could inspire, great stories. Here are just a few that I came up with.
Arcade Fire – Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels) – A melancholy tale of two teenage lovers who alone survive a blizzard that covers their neighbourhood. They let their hair grow long as they live out in the wilderness and struggle to remember life as it once was.
Radiohead – Climbing Up The Walls – A disturbing story of someone living in a mental hospital, locked in padded cell, attempting to escape the imaginary monsters they perceive but either way he turns, they’ll be there.
The Libertines – Up The Bracket – An edge-of-your-seat chase story about a hero pursued by two “shadowed men” who want details of said hero’s girl’s address. When cornered he politely declines with two crooked fingers.
Any thoughts? Any other suggestions? If someone wants to do the artwork I’d happily write the stories.