Click Up Your Ears!

21 February
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Charles Hatcher is cofounder and main conspirator of clip-pop, cut’n’collage reproducers, Ookie Cookie. Born Charles Tiberius Hatcher on 21st February 1983 in Belfast’s city hospital, he was the eldest child of Margaret and Dennis Hatcher. As early as his second year in primary school, Charles was singled out as being “gifted,” especially in the fields of music and rudimentary philosophical thought. “Like Jimmy Durante’s nose and Audrey Hepburn’s cheekbones, Charles’ ear is a very special organ indeed,” school head, Samantha Dunhill, was recorded as saying.

He proceeded on to a grammar school education, where he captained the soccer team, played first oboe in the orchestra and received acclaim for his portrayal of Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It is also where he managed to rake together four A grades at A-Level, in music, physics, English literature and biology. On this success he was accepted to Trinity College, Dublin, where he studied English and philosophy. For three years he persisted in providing top-mark material after top-mark material (his second year theses for both subjects, “Why Shakespeare is the literary equivalent to paint without canvas,” and “Religion?: Don’t be silly,” though rather taboo, won him an award which was to be presented by famed poet, Seamus Heaney, though, not very fond of idolatry, or, indeed, “Famous” Seamus, Charles declined the dividend) but in his final exams, instead of answering the set questions, he would write, instead, ten-page texts on how he would rather not have his intellectual merits transmogrified into a sheet of paper solely to humour a one-dimensional, dispassionate society. As of yet, Charles still is sans degree.

University wasn’t a complete waste though. Charles had enjoyed a healthy social life, based largely around his position as synthesiserist in varying quasi-successful bands, most notably The Brandenburgs, The Female Eunuchs and The Dandi Toksvigs. Having shared many a bill with equally semi-renowned punk band Creatures of Love, he became close with their guitarist and fellow Belfaster, reggie_c_king. The two quickly abandoned their individual projects and began working together to deconstruct sound only to build it up again in the musical equivalent of papier-mâché – popier-câché, perhaps? – under the guise of Ookie Cookie. Now they accept any requests to remix a band’s music, otherwise they simply use their vast record collection as mix–fodder.

Charles Hatcher is currently making a living as a librarian and as a freelance essayist, though he could always use extra funds to finance his multifarious artistic ventures, which include recording with other bands, The Diskettes and The Essential Penguins; ink-drawing; oil-painting; and composing short-stories, poems and plays. If you wish you can donate directly to his bank-account using the button below.

Some of Charles’ favourites:

Musicians: Danny Elfman, Momus, April March, Stereo Total, The Beatles, Smokey Robinson, The Magnetic Fields, Chicks On Speed, Tori Amos, The Eels, The Dandy Warhols, The Beautiful South, Towa Tei, Ultra Bra, Kid Koala, Whale, Alanis Morissette, Tangerine Dream, Prince, Steve Harley, DJ Krush, Bernard Herrmann, Marion, Shonen Knife, U2, Pulp, The Gothic Archies, Add N To (X), John Lennon, The Divine Comedy, Stereolab, Pink Floyd, Cocteau Twins, REM, Barry Manilow, Björk, Roxy Music, The Cardigans, DJ Shadow, Stevie Wonder, Yoko Ono, The Wannadies, Anja Garbarek, Chenard Walcker, John Cale, Freezepop, Maaya Sakamoto, Michael Nyman, Bronski Beat, Joe Jackson, Franz Liszt, Irving Berlin, Bran Van 3000, Scissor Sisters, Alex Gopher, Anne Laplantine, Mortiis, Radioboy, Death In Vegas, Death By Chocolate, David Bowie, Radiohead, Elton John, The Smiths, The 6ths, ABBA, Call Florence Pow, Fosca, Goran Bregovic, The Korgis, Lene Lovich, Simon Bookish, Princess Superstar, Sigur Rós, Kraftwerk, Superchunk, Supergrass, The Gongs, Portishead, Bis, The Cure, Ladytron, Sonic Youth, Sophie Zelmani, Young Gods, Half Japanese, Vanessa Daou, Leftfield, Dominique A., Mansun, Fantastic Plastic Machine, Air, Blur, Rick Wakeman, Morrissey, The Human League, Katerine, Natalie Imbruglia, Talking Heads, Takako Minekawa, Fallout, The Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Strangelove, Ashman and Menken, Future Bible Heroes, Aphex Twin, Death Cab For Cutie, The Beach Boys, Serge Gainsbourg, Squarepusher, Tracy Chapman, Daft Punk, Pizzicato Five, Duran Duran, Squeeze, The Beta Band, Garbage, Jethro Tull, Ladybug Transistor, The Velvet Underground, The Sugarcubes, Belle and Sebastian, Le Tigre, Placebo, Spiritualized, PJ Harvey, The Smashing Pumpkins, Sparklehorse, Dead Can Dance, Les Chansons des Perverts, Cole Porter, Buffalo Daughter, Cibbo Matto, Cornelius and Kim Hiorthøy.

Writers: Will Self, Edmund White, Tom Wolfe, Jim Crace, Stephen Fry, Joe Orton, Bret Easton Ellis, Quentin Crisp, Banana Yoshimoto, Franz Kafka, Marquis de Sade, Alan Bennett, Evelyn Waugh and Milan Kundera.

Poets: Philip Larkin, Tony Harrison, Ogden Nash, ee cummings, Robert Frost, Walt Whitman, Louis MacNeice, Tom Paulin, Sir John Betjeman, William Carlos Williams, and Ezra Pound.

Films: Funny Games, Y Tu Mama Tambien, The Naked Civil Servant, Little Shop Of Horrors, Prick Up Your Ears, Les Trois Couleurs, Scissors, Dogville, Dr Strangelove, The Day The Earth Stood Still and Mr Sardonicus.
abba, add n to (x), agatha christie, air, alan bennett, alex gopher, andy warhol, anja garbarek, anne laplantine, aphex twin, april march, ashman and menken, backgammon, banana yoshimoto, belle and sebastian, bernard herrmann, bis, brad sykes, bran van 3000, bret easton ellis, brian eno, bronski beat, buffalo daughter, call florence pow, chicks on speed, cibbo matto, cole porter, communism, cornelius, croquet, daft punk, danny elfman, david bowie, dead can dance, death cab for cutie, dominique a, duran duran, e-baying, edmund white, ee cummings, elton john, ezra pound, fosca, franz kafka, franz liszt, freezepop, frédéric chopin, future bible heroes, googling, goran bregovic, green tea, humanism, irving berlin, james st james, jean-philippe rameau, jim crace, joe jackson, joe orton, john cale, kate bush, katerine, kenneth williams, kim hiorthøy, kraftwerk, ladybug transistor, ladytron, le tigre, lene lovich, logic, maaya sakamoto, macabaret, marc almond, marquis de sade, meego, michael nyman, mix-tapes, momus, mortiis, murder she wrote, new music television, ogden nash, oliver stone, pacifism, painting, pet shop boys, peter sellers, philip larkin, philosophy, photography, pizzicato five, poetry, princess superstar, pulp, quentin crisp, radioboy, reading, rick wakeman, robert frost, scissor sisters, serge gainsbourg, sergei rachmaninoff, sherlock holmes, sigur rós, simon bookish, sir john betjeman, six feet under, smokey robinson, soft cell, sparklehorse, squarepusher, stephen fry, stereo total, steve harley, takako minekawa, tangerine dream, the 6ths, the beach boys, the beatles, the beautiful south, the beta band, the cure, the diskettes, the eels, the essential penguins, the golden girls, the gongs, the gothic archies, the human league, the korgis, the magnetic fields, the penguin cafe orchestra, the smiths, the sugarcubes, the velvet underground, the vichy government, tim burton, tom paulin, tom wolfe, tony harrison, tori amos, towa tei, ultra bra, wa mozart, walt whitman, will self, william carlos williams, writing, yoko ono