Page 45 Review by Jonathan
"On Saturdays my dad would listen to Radio Sheffield on the way home from the football.
"They played pop music in between people phoning in to talk about the match."
<"Sheffield Wednesday were awful today, we can't keep playing like that...">
<"Thanks for the call... we'll get back to the football debate after some music... this is the new single from Belinda Carlisle...">
"Heaven Is A Place On Earth is the first song that really stuck with me.
"I remember listening to the radio hoping to hear the song again, but they never seemed to play it after that."
24 pages of pop perfection, and indeed imperfection - really, Tim... Boyzone! I would ask what on earth you were thinking but as you've freely admitted here, you've honestly no idea - from the man whose own talent for wordsmithery I rank amongst the finest in comics today.
It makes perfect sense, therefore, for someone so adroit in their use of the English language to be into such diverse musical offerings as the likes of Belle and Sebastian, Radiohead, Nirvana, Saint Etienne and Neil Young, plus more than a few groups I must confess to being entirely unfamiliar with.
In this brief chronology of Tim's life to date he'll take us on his very own magical musical mystery tour set against the backdrop of some mildly insignificant moments, plus some very significant ones. One scene detailed per page, each with its own particular musical selection. Sometimes the music is the lead, at other times merely the accompaniment.
Thus without giving anything away, the page featuring Tim and his girlfriend April going to see the Magnetic Fields in concert, well, I can completely understand why the track The Luckiest Guy On The Lower East Side is now forever burnt into his consciousness!
Many of the earlier pages are more about Tim discovering and getting into various artistes, reminding me wistfully of an age when we had all the time in the world to discover new aural pleasures, whereas it's the latter pages where the music begins to take a more supporting role of soundtrack to life events.
It's all combined with the typical Bird visual panache, even when baring his (musical) soul for our amusement, that's seen him produce such moving and heart-warming delights as GREY AREA - OUR TOWN. He's such a talented creator I bet he could even do a comic about snooker and make it a fascinating read... wait a minute, he has! Check out THE ROCKET.
Speaking of soundtracks, I'll let Tim and April play you out to the sound of The Bulldozers with their Another Girl, Another Planet...
"You know how we'll have been together ten years this year?"
"Why don't we get married?"
"I've started putting some wedding ideas together..."
"Hmmm... I'll sort out the music."