Inspired by Coleridge’s ultimate uber-romantic truth-bomb Rime of The Ancient Mariner, Tommy Poppers gradually evolved into a mouthpiece for the darker aspects of modern masculinity.
Sex and violence, intricately entwined, became Tommy’s salvation and his ultimate demise. The songs that comprise the two solo albums are tender, yearning and yet deeply unsettling.
So who better to reference in the video for these tracks than the inimitable Jean Genet?
The sailor, to me, represents the archetypal romantic hero, a man who is prepared to passively surrender to the elements, while acknowledging the power of his own conviction.
The sailor understands the fragility of life.
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