On this date in 1960, musician and writer Nick Currie, now better known as Momus, was born in Paisley, Scotland. Momus is frequently called the most underrated man in pop music. He has released dozens of albums over his 30-plus years as an active musician. One of Momus' well-known albums, "Stars Forever" (1999), is a 30-song album he created by writing an original song about each of 30 people who had given him a commission. He has written three books: "The Book of Jokes: A Novel by Momus" (2009), "Solutions 11-167: The Book of Scotlands" (2010), which presents 156 Scotlands in parallel worlds, and "Solution 214-238: The Book of Japans" (2011), which has a concept similar to "The Book of Scotlands." Momus has also written commentary on culture for Wired Magazine and many other news and entertainment sources. In 1991, Momus reworded Andy Warhol's famous 15 minutes of fame quote into, "In the future everyone will be famous for 15 people." In a Sept. 6, 2000 interview with The Onion's A.V. Club, Momus responded that he is an atheist when asked if there is a god.


“I like the idea of doing things that only exist for as long as they exist, which are not archives, which are not sold or prepared even.”

—--Momus in a 2009 interview with Interview Magazine

Compiled by Sarah Eucalano

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