Luke Haines & Peter Buck – Beat Poetry For Survivalists

Luke Haines and Peter Buck. Luke Haines and Peter Buck.

The mind immediately searches for transatlantic flips of this arrangement. Anton Newcombe and Graham Coxon? Errrr, Thurston Moore and Bonehead?

The full story of how this decidedly odd couple got together is everywhere, and you can read it in Haines’s own words here.

In short, Buck bought a Haines Lou Reed painting, and they started a penpal album project.

As the guitarist in REM, Peter Buck sold a squillon records. With The Auteurs, Luke Haines did not (but absolutely deserved to).

Since REM split in September 2011, Peter Buck has released three solo albums and worked with a bunch of people on various stuff.

The same month REM split, Luke Haines said: “I’m not questing for a commercial breakthrough.”

Looking at the list of music he’s released since then, you’re inclined to believe him.

There’s been:

All of these records are varying levels of brilliant. Especially the animals one.

All (except the Electronic Sound mag freebie Freqs) are free to listen to on Spotify. It’s 2020. Click. Listen. Enjoy.

But now he’s hooked up with Peter Buck. Peter Buck. So we’re half expecting a mix of that razor sharp Haines wit mumble-mumble-mumbled over some jangle, maybe with some New Adventures in Hi-Fi FX thrown over the top, right?


Despite Buck co-writing every song and laying down track after track of guitars (and Fifth REMmer Scott McCaughey playing bass), this is for all intents and purposes a Luke Haines album.

The beefiest, punchiest Luke Haines album since After Murder Park, probably, but a Luke Haines album all the same.

So of course it opens with a song about the Aleister Crowley-inspired (and L Ron Hubbard-inspiring) rocket engineer Jack Parsons who died in a lab explosion aged 37. Of course there are songs about Bigfoot hunters, Johnnie Ray, and the essential unpleasantness of Andy Warhol.

And of course, it’s great. It’s thwack after thwack of hooky, ridiculous, singular, rock ‘n’ roll insanity.

Even after joining forces with a guitarist who sold more than 85 million albums, Luke Haines still isn’t questing for a commercial breakthrough. Thank fuck for that.

Luke Haines & Peter Buck – Beat Poetry For Survivalists is out now on Cherry Red.

Luke Haines and Peter Buck are actually going to be in the same room together playing it on tour in April.


5 greatest ever electronic records as picked by Luke Haines: From Hot Butter to Kraftwerk

Musician and author Luke Haines this week releases perhaps his most barmy and brilliant solo album yet.

With his guitars set aside, British Nuclear Bunkers has been recorded entirely using analogue synths, Haines’s own voice and excerpts from a nuclear warning tape.

Here the ex-Auteurs and Baader Meinhof frontman guides us through his favourite electronic records of all time.

Read the full article at Digital Spy


Blondie, Ramones, Dolls: Luke Haines’s verdict on New York in the ’70s

This year, Luke Haines completes the third chapter in his recent concept trilogy with New York in the ’70s, described by its author as a “mythic re-imagining of the New York Rock n Roll scene 1972-1979”.

It swiftly follows 2011’s 9½ Psychedelic Meditations on British Wrestling of the 1970s and Early ’80s and last year’s Rock and Roll Animals (“I’m getting off on work at the moment,” Haines admits).

To mark its release, Digital Spy caught up with the ex-Auteurs frontman and rattled off a list of the biggest New York names from the 1970s, asking him for his verdict on each, while giving you a Spotify playlist to listen along.

Read the full article at Digital Spy