Singled Out: Kevin Godley
"beautifulloser.com" is real. Felt like s***. Looked like s***. Felt like my career was over and I was about to spiral down the plughole when I heard someone on TV use the words beautiful loser and it rang a deep, dark bell. I grabbed something and held on. I wouldn't get sucked into oblivion until I wrote this down. What if there was a website where rich and talented people end up when they have nothing left? A site where the cruel, empty or simply curious could log onto to witness their humiliation and, if they were really lucky, death. The way things were heading it didn't seem that far fetched so, not being technologically gifted or sick enough to build the real thing, I wrote a lyric.
The words spewed out in a week. Lots of them. A man is haunted by his younger self and filled with regret at turning into the online business monster that, unwittingly, creates the circumstances for his old friend's death. Couldn't stop the words or the ghosts. They're still coming two years on from recording the song. A tiny edit removing the phrase 'And her face shows every line she's taken' regrettably made the cut flow better. I know the song is about me but am I the haunted man or the suicidal woman? Two things I learned writing and recording itů I need collaborators to bring the best of the worst to the surface and I still can't do brevity.
A sobering true story as postscript: March 23 2007. Kevin Whitrick 42, a father of twins who apparently killed himself live on an internet web cam was suffering ill health following a serious car accident last year. A post mortem carried out today confirmed the cause of death as hanging.
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