For more than twenty years he has been releasing, to marginal commercial and critical success, albums on labels in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Japan. In his lyrics and his other writing he makes seemingly random use of decontextualized pieces of continental (mostly French) philosophy, and has built up a personal world he says is "dominated by values like diversity, orientalism, and a respect for otherness." He is fascinated by identity, Japan, the avant-garde, time travel and sex.
He has been sued by Michelin UK, for the song "Michelin Man", which compared the mascot to a blow-up doll, on Hippopotamomus (1991); and by Wendy Carlos for the song "Walter Carlos" (which postulated that the post-sexual reassignment surgery Wendy could travel back in time to marry her pre-surgery self, Walter) on The Little Red Songbook (1998). In response to the debt incurred from Carlos's lawsuit, which was settled by withdrawal of the song, agreement not to use Carlos's name for any purpose whatsoever and payment of damages and attorney's fees to Carlos, Momus wrote thirty songs about every person or group who commissioned a song at the price of $1,000, compiling Stars Forever (1999). Patrons include artist Jeff Koons, Japanese musician Cornelius, and three-year-old animator/superhero Noah Brill. Stars Forever also features the winners of a karaoke contest started on The Little Red Songbook (1998).
Other Momus activities include writing for Wired, Vice, Index Magazine, AIGA Voice, and Design Observer. Momus has also been a kind of guest instructor working on sound-art projects with students first at Future University in Hakodate, Hokkaidō, Japan during the early months of 2005, and then again in September at Fabrica, the Benetton "research centre" near Venice, Italy. In 2006 he was a featured artist in the Whitney Biennial in New York City, serving as an "unreliable tour guide" to visitors of the exhibition. He also keeps an online blog, documenting his everyday experience, philosophies and fetishes.
Momus is credited with the first documented instance of writing, in 1991, that "In the future everyone will be famous for fifteen people", which has evolved into the popular meme "On the web, everyone will be famous to fifteen people". The quip is a parody of Andy Warhol's famous prediction that, "In the future, everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes".
|Album name||Release year|
|The Poison Boyfriend||1987|
|Don’t Stop The Night||1989|
|Monsters Of Love||1990|
|The Ultraconformist (Live Whilst Out Of Fashion)||1992|
|The Philosophy of Momus|
|Twenty Vodka Jellies||1996|
|The Little Red Songbook||1998|
|Oskar Tennis Champion||2003|
|Summerisle, a collaboration with Anne Laplantine||2004|