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 ====== Headcrash Review in 'The Independent'​ ====== ====== Headcrash Review in 'The Independent'​ ======
  
-//I think this review came from the Independent. ​Apologies if not.//+//Still on The Independent ​website at [[https://​www.independent.co.uk/​arts-entertainment/​radio-an-accident-that-waited-to-happen-nick-curtis-welcomes-the-late-arrival-of-michael-walls-1487444.html]] ​//
  
-"​I'​m gonna shoot roller-skaters,​ you coming?"​ must be one of the best offhand lines of dialogue ever. It encapsulates the grimly humorous, nihilistic ambience of <a href="​http://​web.ukonline.co.uk/​suttonelms/​MICHWALL.HTML">​Michael Wall'​s ​</a>futuristic //​Headcrash//​ (Saturday, Radio 3), a weird piece that's languished in the archives since 1986, finally finding a sympathetic slot in the "​experimental"​ Studio 3 season two years after its authors death.+"​I'​m gonna shoot roller-skaters,​ you coming?"​ must be one of the best offhand lines of dialogue ever. It encapsulates the grimly humorous, nihilistic ambience of Michael Wall's futuristic //​Headcrash//​ (Saturday, Radio 3), a weird piece that's languished in the archives since 1986, finally finding a sympathetic slot in the "​experimental"​ Studio 3 season two years after its authors death.
  
-Strong on mood and stingy with specifics, Wall's post-apocalyptic wasteland is peopled by a mixed bag of creps, crazies, hitters and bozos. Our "​hitters"​ are Boy and Yuka, tooled-up and revved-up as they cruise the freeways, blowing away fellow travellers to gain advancement in a bizarre officially sanctioned game.+Strong on mood and stingy with specifics, Wall's post-apocalyptic wasteland is peopled by a mixed bag of creeps, crazies, hitters and bozos. Our "​hitters"​ are Boy and Yuka, tooled-up and revved-up as they cruise the freeways, blowing away fellow travellers to gain advancement in a bizarre officially sanctioned game.
  
-Yuka (<a href="http://​www.toyahwillcox.com/​">Toyah Willcox</a>) is smothered in bandages because her skin is disintegrating. Boy (Jeremy Flynn) was born in a highway pile-up, could drive before he could walk, and tries to keep a mental record of their life with the archaic words ("​mother",​ "​crime"​) that pop into his head. Some time later we learn that they'​re related. But that's about all we learn.+Yuka ([[http://​www.toyahwillcox.com/​|Toyah Willcox]]) is smothered in bandages because her skin is disintegrating. Boy (Jeremy Flynn) was born in a highway pile-up, could drive before he could walk, and tries to keep a mental record of their life with the archaic words ("​mother",​ "​crime"​) that pop into his head. Some time later we learn that they'​re related. But that's about all we learn.
  
 Where and why this wasteland exists, who's in charge and how the game works never become clear. Hints at contemporary relevance and a vague suggestion it's all happening in Boy's head are dangled. But //​Headcrash//​ decelerates to an almost apologetic halt with Boy becoming "a real bastard",​ freed of encumbrances and able to kill with his eyes alone. Where and why this wasteland exists, who's in charge and how the game works never become clear. Hints at contemporary relevance and a vague suggestion it's all happening in Boy's head are dangled. But //​Headcrash//​ decelerates to an almost apologetic halt with Boy becoming "a real bastard",​ freed of encumbrances and able to kill with his eyes alone.
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