Wednesday, July 13, 2005

It's Oil Right By Me!

Oh, how wonderful to be alive! I just received my fix from the UK's most delightful purveyors of email gossip, Popbitch, and my little eye spied this genius gem:
When Bronski Beat and Communards singer Jimmy Somerville sold his house in Islington, he left behind a large oil painting of himself.

He was portrayed as a naked saint, with a huge snake wrapped 'round him.

Like I said, genius!

I just can't figure out one little thing, though: Why on Earth would Jimmy leave behind this glorious visual paen to himself? Why would he let such a work of art hang in the midst of philistines? Why did he run away, turn away, run away, turn away?

Run away, turn away, run away, turn awaaaaaaaaaaay?

Now, I'm sure if you're anything like me, you're dying to get a sneak peak at this painting, right? Well, your faithful and ever-humble blogette was not able to track down the exact same work of art; but before you get out the tar and feathers, let me tell you that I was able to find another painting from the same series, by the same artist! Jimmy isn't completely nude, and there's no snake, but I think it gives a good sense of what artist and subject were going for:

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Run away, turn away, run away, turn away, run awaaaaaaaaaaaay!

1 comment:

sdavenport said...

an italian pal of mine has an amusing tale of meeting miss somerville in a club here in london.

this straight italian male approached the lil' munchkin somerville and told him "my mother had your records when i was young!" he said little jimmy had the foulest mouth, uttering "fuck" more frequently than characters in a tarantino movie, to the point that my pal only wanted to get away from jimmy. now, we're talking about a guy who uses pretty foul language himself...and he was still offended by jimmy's vocabulary.

having said that, jimmy's new german-only album "home again" has a nice depeche mode cover on it...