Meet Jake. A bit on the elderly side (he turns 201 in March), but you'd never suspect it. Nonstop sex and exercise will do that for you—and a diet with lots of animal protein. Jake is a werewolf, and after the unfortunate and violent death of his one contemporary, he is now the last of his species. Although he is physically healthy, Jake is deeply distraught and lonely.
On July 12th, author Glen Duncan's book The Last Werewolf will hit the shelves in a unique way. An identically titled album by the UK group The Real Tuesday Weld will serve as the book's counterpart, a "soundtrack" that will feature 19 cuts ranging from thirties ballads through gypsy jazz, electro-swing and torch song to minimal electronica.
Today marks the publication of our dear friend Glen Duncan's extraordinary new novel 'The Last Werewolf' by Canongate books in the UK. It is his seventh and has been hailed by Nick Cave as 'a brutal, indignant, lunatic howl. A sexy, blood-spattered page-turner, beautifully crafted and full of genuine suspense' and it is garnering rave reviews in the press.
"Originally inspired by a dream of British 1930s crooner Al Bowlly and American actress Tuesday Weld, Stephen Coates began to create music to try to recreate the sounds he heard in his childhood home – ‘the crackling of radios playing swing and easy listening in some distant room.’ As The Real Tuesday Weld, Coates doesn’t hesitate to put those sounds to subversive use much like some of his most illustrious forebears and influences—such as Serge Gainsbourg and Ennio Morricone."
Take, for example, the songs of Stephen Coates, who records under the cinematic name The Real Tuesday Weld. Coates' work features snatches of dialogue, intrusions of sound effects and at least the hint of a plot... "When I write, I need a narrative to work with," he says, "pop songs about romantic love may be great but you exhaust that at some point and want to look for something more."
“Return revisits a baker's dozen of tracks from the Weld's 2001 debut, Where Psyche Meets Cupid, albeit with fresh recordings and a smattering of, ahem, real new material. Also recurring is Coates' self-described "antique beat" style, which in itself mingles the long-ago with the recent: Twenties and '30s music-hall and Tin Pan Alley (via "When I'm Sixty-Four", Village Green-preserving Kinks, or tourmate/fan Stephin Merritt of Magnetic Fields) with copious sampling and light, pastoral electronics of the Saint Etienne school.