Mittwoch, 17. Dezember 2014

Viva la Viv

I just finishd reading 'Clothes, clothes, clothes, music, music, music, boys, boys, boys' by Viv Albertine and enjoyed it very much. It brought back memories to a time long gone by but still worth to remember because it was one of the best ones in our life. But it was not only the fact that I was reminded to these times I like to book becaus her direct way to articulate and telling the stories of her life from her very own side.Especially the way se discribes her relationship to -the Clash's Joe Strummer and Mick Jones.  I was always a huge fan of The Slits and I bought her first record without ever heared any note of it (I think you'll know the reason). After The Slits disbanded she was still present on records by New Age Steppers and Flying Lizards. By the way: two weeks ago she turned into 60 and I don't know many women that look still quite cute.

And Mick Jones' answer to Typical Girls

Dienstag, 16. Dezember 2014

Twanging Tuesday # 49


 I don't need to say much about Link Wray. Just the man with the classic twanging guitar. Together with his raymen probably the best in the genre.

Montag, 15. Dezember 2014

Hang My Head In Shame

Chicago, 1950.

2014 was a good year in music. One record that accompanied all over the year was Theosophy by Pete Molinari. There are wonderful songs on it. It's a very retro recording. Influenced by the 60s singer/songwriters, 60s London music and a little bit of American Garage Rock.

Sonntag, 14. Dezember 2014

Von Spar

Today's tracks are from a Cologne, Germany based band called Von Spar. Wikipedia tells that they should categorized under danceable electro-punk with elements of indi-rock. The tracks I know are more influenced by late Krautrock. Their newest single sounds like laid back House in a pop mood added with some piano parts and strings. It's worth to give a listen to.

This is an older one and more House. And there is more independent in it

Freitag, 12. Dezember 2014

The Foreign Correspondent Returns - Stories About German Rock Music # 44

Spliff (I know what synonym it is for) came from Berlin. What is in it so particularly? Berlin about which it is here does not deal with today's any more overmuch. Berlin an end of 1970s was, not least because of the island situation within the Western Germany, a special case. Crowds of the young men who wanted to escape the service in the armed forces moved there and by the geographical bulkheading quite an own cultural scene which worked magically engagingly on all kinds of outsiders also originated. Pop dimensions like David Bowie, Iggy Pop or Depeche Mode made this Berlin for for some time her native country. The band is very successful during those days in Berlin. Stylistically in the political rock the seventy-year-old roots, however, one cannot hold a candle overpowering Ton Steine Scherben (another German left wing band from the 70s). When Nina Hagen from the GDR is expelled, she joins the four one and completes the Line Up of Nina Hagen Band as the troop is called. After only two albums the combo separates. From the remains arise in 1980 on the one hand the solo artist Hagen and Spliff. They had their most successful years throughout the New German Wave but their were much better than this foolish stuff.

And as Nina Hagen Band:

And the German version of White Punks on Dope by The Tubes:

Donnerstag, 11. Dezember 2014

What Happened To Power Pop # 9

As mentioned, Ian McLagen died last week. He played keyboard in my favorite band from the early 60s. I don't have to tell you about their success and their hit singles. I am sure that this song fulfils all conditions for a song which is to be assigned to this genre.

Mittwoch, 10. Dezember 2014

Look What You've Done

This photo was taken in Milan, Italy in the 1950s and could be titles of the Italy way of life. Absolutely no more than one snapshot, however, one with a lot of mood. I would have been present with pleasure in. Todays song is from Karin Park, a Swedish singer and producer. She comes up with a kind of industrial disco that remembers me when I hear the main theme on the early Depeche Mode and Fat Gadget as well.