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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd (1 Jan. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0434018465
  • ISBN-13: 978-0434018468
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 331,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'As acerbic and hilarious as you'd expect from a man who thought it completely reasonable to call a pop single "unsolved Child Murder". Haines clearly relishes - and shines in - his role as the Ancient Mariner at the Britpop party.'
-- John Niven, author of KILL YOUR FRIENDS

`A compulsive read, part Oswald Spengler, part Spike Milligan, and very, very funny.' -- David Peace

`Alex James' A BIT OF A BLUR this is not ... That's all the better, though, as this relentless nihilism stretches hilariously, snidely, and more often than not bitterly, across 256 pages. There's Auteurs insights aplenty should you want it and a bloody good read besides if you don't. Light reading it ain't. Thrilling reading it most certainly is.' -- Record Collector (5 stars)

`As acerbic and hilarious as you'd expect from a man who thought it completely reasonable to call a pop single "Unsolved Child Murder." Haines clearly relishes - and shines in - his role as the Ancient Mariner at the Britpop party.' -- John Niven, author of Kill Your Friends

`Hilariously bilious ... Haines is wonderfully frank about his sometimes ridiculous behaviour ... and hilariously evokes The Auteurs' slow unravelling.' -- Uncut (5 stars)

`Hilariously bilious...Haines is wonderfully frank about his sometimes ridiculous behaviour...and hilariously evokes The Auteurs' slow unravelling.' -- Uncut (5 stars)

`Hilariously unchummy, pugnacious and elegantly embittered.' -- Arena

`In this acidic counterweight to the story of the flag-waving pop elite documented in John Harris's Britpop romp THE LAST PARTY, Haines casts himself as the Britpop pariah, glaring through the window at the self-congratulatory oiks laughing inside ... There are enough punch-ups, bad drugs, mind games, self-sabotage, lunatic fans and bizarre self-surgery to make BAD VIBES occasionally read like NO ONE HERE GETS OUT ALIVE were it written about Philip Larkin rather than Jim Morrison ... This is an imperious and wincingly amusing memoir that's often so sharp it could take your eye out.' -- Metro (Book of the Week, 4 stars)

`These recollections of a bitter former pop star could be mistaken for a great comic novel...Compelling...An entertaining read...Haines is as funny as he is grumpy...The formless unpredictable life of the minor rock musician, forever jetting about on unspecified "promotional" duties or being loaded on to a tour bus like cargo rather than talent, has rarely been captured so acutely...Bad Vibes, good book.' -- Independent on Sunday

`Witty, anecdotal and relentlessly vitriolic, this is a no-holds-barred demon exorcism by a man who clearly wants everyone to hate him. And, er, you will.' -- Maxim

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'As acerbic and hilarious as you'd expect from a man who thought it completely reasonable to call a pop single "unsolved Child Murder". Haines clearly relishes - and shines in - his role as the Ancient Mariner at the Britpop party.'

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robert Machin on 10 Aug. 2010
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I've read too many books on pop, but this is straight into the top ten (with a bullet), not so much for its insights on the music, but for what it reveals about the trials, tribulations and downright horrors of being in a band. To be honest, I knew little about the Auteurs or Luke Haines before picking this up, having always casually (dis)regarded them as also-rans in a scene which itself never much interested me, whose ambition almost certainly outran their ability by several miles. Oddly, I come away from reading this book with those opinions not greatly changed, but with a tremendous sympathy for Haines himself, and the rapidity with which his vocation was crushed to powder and blown away by the relentless grinding machinery of the music business, with the album driving the tour, the tour schedule demanding the new album, the need for novelty demanding changes in production and playing personnel which Haines can barely control, in a never-ending cycle, until every last vestige of inspiration has been wrung from our hero. It's an old story of course (over which the shadow of Spinal Tap casts a lengthening shadow), but Haines tells it with savage, caustic and hugely readable wit. Mums, Dads - if your kids want to grow up to be pop stars, make them read this book...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Black Mask on 5 May 2009
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I read Bad Vibes in one sitting. It's a real page-turner, unputdownable, etc...

It's a POV history of the bad old Britpop days by the former frontman of The Auteurs. It's a swingeing, whingeing, barking, snapping, curmudgeonly masterpiece of a memoir, with Haines' ego on overdrive and dripping with vemom at every perceived and real slight and grudge that he has absolutely no intention of forgetting or forgiving. I found it immensely funny and accurate, but then I was never a Britpop fan. He seems prone to the same sort of enthusiasms as me (anti-art, avant-garde, conspiracy theories, murder, terrorists, utopian movements...) so maybe that helped. It's a full-on rant with the charm of Niven, Stanshall, Mark E Smith or Ignatius J. Reilly.

Try it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 18 Feb. 2009
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The best Rock Curmudgeon alive today. If you were even slightly a fan of all things Britpop - this is a must read. He hates everyone (except the drummer from Suede). His self-belief is unstoppable and his proclaimations of genius many. No one is safe from his scathing criticism,(yes, that includes YOU Justine Frishmann)and this book is all the more funny for it.
Recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sockpuppets on 4 Feb. 2009
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Excellent first book and very pleasing to find Luke Haines can keep up the vitriolic persona for 250 pages of memoirs. So very very funny too, a home for the jokes and witticisms that just can't work in song form. Really wish there was an index though, maybe in the reprint?
A must have for anyone who was into music in the 1990s.
Roll on Volume II please.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Making Hay on 5 Jan. 2009
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This is a, hate to say it, "must have" buy for all Luke Haines fans. That said, every release by the man has fallen into the category, but this, his first foray into print, is a real treat. It would work for both the devotee and the casual music fan, as a historical, completely biased treatise on that most diabolical of concepts, Britpop.

The book is disappointing in only one regard, and that is that we know little more about Haines the man than the public persona that he presents in his bitter, beautiful music. It's possible to feel some of his anger, and disappointment at his lack of commercial success, but he never makes it totally clear how he feels. Maybe I'm a little disappointed because last years amazing indie autobiography, Black Postcards by Dean Wareham was so candid that at times it felt intrustive, set an unrealistic benchmark for just how good any autobiography can be. Personally, I'd have liked to have learned a bit more about Haines as a person, and about the life experiences that have made him such a unique talent in music, and the forces and influence, on his person as much as his art, that made him write such brilliantly vitriolic and angry pop music whilst his contemporaries created such dirge and called it Britpop.

As this covers the period 92-97, I'd love to see a follow up. Arguably, Haines best work came after this - his solo efforts, and chart success with Black Box Recorder followed. It would be great to see this chronicled and laid bare.

Overall, a great book, but not as great as it could have been. As an aside, it is interesting to note the influence of his acquaintance David Peace, particularly GB84 on the style of the prose and structure of the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 10 April 2009
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Old Haines does himself proud in this memoir, complete with David Peace puff on the cover. Which isn't that odd as Haines comes across as not unlike Brian Clough in his obsessions. You'll laugh out loud I promise.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. McHugh on 23 Mar. 2009
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I have happy memories of the Britpop era. Luke Haines doesn't. I'm not sure what musical landscape would have actually made him happier in the mid 90s, but it is hilarious reading this acidic critique of his contemporaries and where he fitted into the scheme of things. There are a few laugh out loud moments and the cynicism never turns the book too vitriolic. A great barbed read to get yourself in the mood for the Blur reunion.
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