Hello and welcome to this
Directory of the
mr. obscure webpages.
What and who is mr. obscure?
Many have posed the question
throughout the centuries.
He was first spotted selling packs of
Marlboro to Roman soldiers in Gaul.
The next sighting was when
Al Capone attempted to assassinate
obscure during the St. Valentine's Day
massacre - a narrow escape.
There followed a fallow period
when nothing further was heard
until the evening
of the Sex Pistols notorious
riverboat concert in London
in 1977, when obscure shared a cell with McClaren
and Vivienne Westwood.
After many years in the wilderness
this silly man re-emerged hosting
a number of fabulous
(mostly free mp3 music) webpages.
Which brings us up to date.
Here you will find active hyperlinks
to all the mr obscure locations:
simply CLICK ON ANY OF THE LOGO BOXES BELOW and you'll be transported there.
Far out, right?
This page will also feature all the latest news,
additions and events happening on
any of the obscure pages, so it'll be
worth checking out fairly regularly, I'd say.
mr obscure can be reached via a good friend at:
and when he's finished doing the washing-up
and has avoided being yelled at by his woman
for not being able to read her mind, he'll reply to you.
He loves to hear from you!
Splendid New Peel Sessions for May 2013
There's some wonderful shit going downover at The Peel Sessionsthis month - seven sessions from a variety of interesting people.
First off we have a
popular session from
girly rap duo
The Cookie Crew,
recorded in April 1985.
Then there's the third
and final session from
pub rock veterans
put down in
punk-poet John Cooper Clarke
taped two sessions for our hero.
This month I'm handing you the
first one, recorded in October 1978.
American alternative rockers
Mercury Rev taped five sessions
Here's the final one, taped
in the autumn of 2001.
UK electro-pop chart
regulars Orchestral Manoeuvres
in the Dark taped four
session for the great man.
Now's your chance to grab the
very first one, immortalised
during the summer of 1979.
Enigmatic lo-fi anti-folk
New Yorkers Prewar Yardsale
only recorded one session for Peel,
in April 2003.
Now you can have the damn thing.
Completing the line-up
for May 2013 is Scotland's
Spare Snare, with the last
of four sessions for
The Great Broadcaster,
taped in the spring of 2001.
You can nip along toThe Peel Sessions
by clicking on the picture-link at the top of this page.
New Box Design
How are you all getting on with the
new design of the mp3 Boxes on
some of the mr. obscure webpages?
A couple of emails have winged my
way from worried visitors complaining
that they were having difficulties
navigating around the damn things.
I did contact Boxnet (or, 'Box' as
they're now called) but they never reply.
Why don't they ever reply?
obscure pages with older Boxes will
remain just as they are, but new pages
and main ones such as the flagship page,
The Super Seventies and
The Peel Sessions have the new Boxes.
If you're having problems,
...for example,you might think,
at first, that there's not very
many mp3s in the Box,
but this is simply because
'Box', in their infinite
wisdom, have decided to
put little arrows
(at the top) for you
to go further into it.
Also, annoyingly, sometimes
there's a sidebar to the Box and other times there isn't!
I wish these vast corporations would stop mucking about with things that have functioned beautifully for years.
'V is For...' audiobook
I'd like to take this opportunity to tell you a bit about the audiobook version of my fourth novel.
It's called'V is For...' and is a (very) adult thriller set in the present day in London.
I wanted to investigate the use and abuse of power in relationships and the curious
world of the humble cuckold.
But there's a lot of other stuff in there too.
I suppose you could describe it as a pyschological journey - with a variety of
extremely filthy bits.
The erotic content is NOT for young ears!
Please ensure that you either listen to the
story alone or perhaps wearing headphones.
The book took three months to write. The recording sessions took place
between October and December 2012.
(I record a few chapters one day
each month, although this is often
delayed due to circumstances beyond my control).
Since then I've written another,
called 'Whiteout.' I'll start
recording the audio version of
this in the spring of 2013:
it will go 'live' on the web
towards the end of the year.
I know that time is such a premium for you all in these technologically-intensive days but I very much hope that at least some of you will give the FREEmp3 audiobook of'V is for...'a listen.
One of those adlinks which can take you straight there is directly beneath these words.
Fantastic Thing in 'The Super Seventies'!
Not only are there 40 new tracks (as usual
on the first day, every two months) but
now there's also a superb box of mp3s which
gives you a unique audio history - archive newsclips mixed with music -which has
been added to the Super Seventies page.
It's an exhaustive but impressive overview of an
awesome decade - for a massive jolt of nostalgia,
click on the Super Seventies link up near the
top of this page (or on the image of the
GORGEOUS girl under these words)
and you'll go there more or less immediately.
Q: On music 'blogs' there's always an archive list of monthly dates (and years) where people can go back to an earlier entry, but you don't seem to do this. Why not?
A:I just find it complicates matters really. It's cluttering up the place; I like the pages to look clean, neat and above all to be easy on the eye.
Q: There are no animated gifs, flash animation etc. Why?
A:Again, because without all those distractions there's not too much information to take in - I just want to get to the point as quickly as possible, because when I'm surfing the net that's how I feel when I land on someone's website. For example, often I'm left shouting 'where's the download link?' at the screen. There's nothing more annoying. Actually, there are a lot of things more annoying- your lover leaving you; a loved one dying, war declared. But you see what I mean...
Q: There's usually a place on blogs where we (the visitors) can leave a comment but there's no feature like this on the mr. obscure pages. Explain, please.
A:It's unnecessary. People can email me via my old friend and majordomo Stuart Jones at his email address (email@example.com) which is always provided on each page.
Q: I have some mp3 files which I'm convinced will interest you and which perhaps you could use on one or more of the webpages - how can I get these to you?
A:In the first instance by emailing the address given and, if it's just a handful of tracks, by attaching ONE mp3 at a time to individual emails with a gap of five or so minutes between sending each message.
These mp3s should be saved at a bit- rate of 128kbs. Any higher and it may crash the email system!
In the second instance, if it's entire albums and/or a lot of stuff you could set up a data-storage thing on one of those Rapidshare-type places, then I could download it from a link you could send me in an email; if you live in the UK then you could always send me the material on either CDR or DVD through the post.
Q: I'm after a certain John Peel session or a number of tracks from years ago and/or an old album which I now can't find. Is it ok to ask if you have any of them and if so would you be prepared to do me copies?
A:Of course, that's absolutely fine. But, especially where Peel sessions are concerned, please remember that I don't have EVERYTHING.
Q: Who, exactly, is responsible for all the mr. obscure output? Do you have an office full of hard-working employees at your beck and call 24 hours a day?
A:No, it's just me, doing it alone. No money is involved, it's simply for the love of it.
Q: Have you written any more novels, and if so, will they be online audio books like 'The World Upstairs,' 'Minotaur' and 'The Frozen Years' ?
A:Yes, there's a fourth book, 'V is For...' which is now an audiobook (look elsewhere on this
page for links to it).
I've now finished writing a fifth one.
I plan to start recording an audio
version of this in Spring 2013 for
a webpage appearance, hopefully,
near the end of the year.
Q: When rare photos of you appear on the pages we never see your face. why?
A:Because I have absolutely no head. It makes eating, drinking and speaking very awkward indeed.
Q: How can you still be alive when you were supposed to be 'selling packs of Marlboro to Roman soldiers in Gaul'?
A:I don't smoke or drink booze and I go for long walks - so I don't age as much as others. Good eh?