5 November 2012
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News: Alan Moore

Hear the comic book legend's Occupy single, watch a trailer for his forthcoming debut film

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Double Alan Moore goodness today, with news that the comic book legend, spoken word artist and former Pigeon cover star (interview here!) has released a single and also floated online a trailer for the forthcoming short film Jimmy’s End, which he made with Mitch Jenkins.

The single, ‘The Decline of English Murder’ (read the lyrics at the bottom) slipped out just in time for November 5 (hint hint) on Occupation Records, where you can buy it from. Just want to hear it? Head over to Pitchfork.

Occupation Records is Occupy’s label and Moore is formally associating himself with the movement by releasing this song. The lyrics, which concern an ‘English murder’ imposed on the public by the banks and state, are by him; the music by Joe Brown. Earlier this year, Moore visited the Occupy protest site in London and, of course, both Occupy protesters and supporters of online hacktivist group Anonymous have widely adopted the Guy Fawkes mask worn by V in Moore’s V For Vendetta graphic novel. In fact, you have a chance to win a mask signed by Moore if you download the song from Occupation Records’ site.

As previously reported, Moore has also made his debut foray into filmmaking, working with director Mitch Jenkins, who he previously collaborated with on the multi-media Unearthing project. Now they have two shorts ready to premier later this month, the aforementioned Jimmy’s End — the trailer of which is below — and a shorter prologue movie called Act Of Faith.

To be frank, we still don’t quite get the concept around these shorts, which are said to be part of a larger project called The Show. Lex, who are behind the films, say:

“Jimmy’s End, along with Act of Faith will introduce this richly detailed, multi episodic and non linear world created by Moore and brought to life by Mitch Jenkins.

The full 30-minute film is due to be unveiled on 25th November at jimmysend.com, preceded by 15-minute prologue-piece Act of Faith on 19th November. Notably the films are Moore’s first work written specifically for the screen and made with his ongoing creative involvement and blessing.”

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‘The Decline of English Murder’

She sorts out her hair in the washroom at Preston Services
Dries her hands under a notice that reads have you seen this child
And she nurses one tea for an hour in the cafeteria
Watching the truck drivers blind their fried eggs with the cutlery

And English Murder. Its all over her face.
Just waiting until the right time the wrong light boy
There’ll be a photograph
With a bad 1970′s fringe and a look of uncertainty

Years later you’ll know the name but not where you know it from
And they’ve emptied the terraced row with compulsory purchases
Reasoning that they’d make more from the ground with the people gone

So he shuffles the half a mile to the nearest post office
When lads push into the queue he pretends he’s not noticed them

And English murder. Its all over his face.
A low enough cold snap, a high enough gas bill
You’ll skim the epitaph
And you’ll possibly notice his name like somebodies you knew from school
There’ll be an off the peg verse where sad has been rhymed with dad

And the houses in which they’ve invested their City bonuses
Have increased the property prices and therefore the homelessness

And the scabby grey anti-climb paint and withdrawn amenities
In case socialising promotes anti-social behaviour

And English murder. Its all over the place.
The bunches of flowers in pedestrian precincts
Your average psychopath, at least kills with a hammer or brick
and not with greed and incompetence

And after two or three years maybe they’ll express remorse

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