Immortalised: Ou Est Le Swimming Pool
Charles Haddon, frontman for UK electro-pop trio Ou Est Le Swimming Pool, reportedly committed suicide yesterday, following the band’s set at the Pukkelpop Festival in Belgium. To be honest, I never really listened to much of the band’s work and it’s a strange feeling to ‘discover’ them in the wake of such unfortunate and sad circumstances.
It got me thinking though about how many other people, on learning of this tragedy, felt compelled to engage with Haddon’s music.
One explanation is offered by one of the world’s most famous literary critics, Frank Kermode—who also also died this week. Here’s a quote from John Sutherland’s obituary in the Guardian:
Why is it, Kermode asked, when the alarm clock by our bed goes “tick-tick”, the brain insists on hearing “tick-tock”? The reason, he suggests, is our human addiction to beginnings and (even more addictively) endings: “Tick is a humble genesis, tock a feeble apocalypse.” We’re wired, in other words, into teleology.
While no statement has been issued on behalf of the band. It’s this Kermodian addiction to endings that would see Ou Est Le Swimming Pool immortalised in the eyes of their fans should they choose to split. Perhaps with the benefit of some still very distant hindsight, the success of Ou Est Le Swimming Pool’s scheduled October album release will offer some consolation to Haddon’s family, friends and fans.
Edit: Short statement posted on the Ou Est Le Swimming Pool MySpace site.