|TAPE THAT! - Trip City|
SCOTT ALDERTON, Newquay
THE book in question, also called "Trip City", was written by Trevor Miller and published in 1989 by Avernus (ISBN 1-871503-02-7), but has long been out of print. The story was essentially a post-modern attempt to describe clubbing in Soho in the Nineties, the short sentences and cut-up style made more unusual by the green print. Opinions about it differ. One of our journalists, Ngaire Ruth,says it's fairly unreadable.
One fan, however, was A Guy Called Gerald himself, who Miller had sent an early draft of his book, along with a request to provide some music to accompany the release. The result was the five-track cassette, which appeared alongside the novel in a clear plastic box. Of these cuts ("Trip City", "Valentine's Theme", "At The Mambo", "FX" and "Soho Chances"), only "FX" ever made it to vinyl. It was released as a single on Sony at the beginning of 1990 (12-Inch/CD, AGCGT/C 1), to be followed by a second 12-inch features a Derrick May remix (AGCG X1).
Trevor Miller subsequently went on to write film scripts. A Guy Called Gerald is meanwhile currently working on his next single, which is due to be released in September.