There are few people more notorious in the alternative rock scene than Les Savy Fav front man Tim Harrington. Best known for his spandex-laden on-stage antics and unpredictable behaviour, Harrington (affectionately referred to as ‘Beardo’ by fans) has made yet another typically left field move by writing a children’s book. If you had any semblance of a decent childhood you’ll be familiar with the game ‘This Little Piggy’ and Harrington’s book of the same name takes this premise and explores the story of ‘those other piggies – the ones on the other foot’. The other ‘piggies’ play drums, throw costume parties and visit outer space. I like to think of this book as a Kafkaesque journey into the deepest depths of Harrington’s mind. Maybe the piggy at the costume party is a metaphor for the plight of the individual in modern society who has no other option but to use various disguises to achieve anonymity within it. Or maybe it’s just a nice story.
Harrington has said ‘This Little Piggy’ is a book intended for 4-8 year olds and has encouraged parents to ‘act out’ the adventures whilst reading it with their own children. Why has Harrington decided to do this, I hear you say. Well, he has two sons and that’s probably as good a reason as any. He’s illustrated the story himself and even written a new song to accompany the book. It all seem pretty bonkers, but it’s actually pretty cute. I almost want to sit on his knee and have him read it to me.
Listen to ‘This Little Piggy’ below and check out the book here.