Donnerstag, 21. Juli 2016

Live Music In German Television

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Back in 1978 a collaboration between Link Wray and Robert Gordon was shown on TV. Robert Gordon got his first merits as a member of the punk rock bank Tuff Darts showed up in the 70's at CBGB's. Years later he turned into rockabilly and old school Rock 'n' Roll and made a collaboration with the legendary guitar player Link Wray who is famous for it is effective work on guitar sound. This is a footage I remember darkly seeing it the first time. Right now I think it is a classic collaboration that still works decades later.

Mittwoch, 20. Juli 2016

A Change Is Gonna Come (Hopefully)

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If I read the news of the last weeks I have more and more worries about the future. A coup in Turkey with we don't know who has initiated him. Erdogan dismisses thousands of officials and arrests hundreds of military (and I am not sure if he planed it to amplify his power in Turkey). He wants to clean the country of members of the opposition and bury the democracy. In France still rules the state of emergency and in Nice hundreds die with an attack of a lunatic. Tory lady Theresa May is taking over the government by a may day. Over the Atlantic ocean Donald Trump is trying to take over the administration of the western world. In the USA black people were killed by white policemen and white policemen were killed by black fools. People were killed in a discotheque in Orlando. What is coming next? I am a bit of afraid about the times that are ahead of us. I almost proscribe this dark thoughts during my ordinary life but sometimes I feel that the world is losing it's honesty. I try to make this world a little better day by day talking to people and having fun but sometimes I think it is not enough. Don't worry, I am not depressed but it was a concern to write down these words right now. But I have not lost yet hope in the people who could make this world better day by day.

I don't know if it is a music for a better time but it is music I almost forgot. Edinburgh's Nectarine No. 9 released Saint Jack in 1995 and it still a (sadly forgotten) record that is on heavy rotation at my house.

The Nectarine No. 9 - Saint Jack
The Nectarine No. 9 - Curdied Fragments
The Nectarine No. 9 - Firecrackers

Dienstag, 19. Juli 2016

They Don't Make Clips Like This Any More Pt. 2

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Intaferon was a short-lived English new wave duo who released a few singles in the early 80's. I first noticed Get Out Of London by watching it on a German video show called Formel 1. The next day I went to my local record dealer to buy the 12-inch version. But he told me it was out of stock and asked me what happened because some of my mates ordered it the same day. This song sounds still great after all the years. A fast, rhythmic song with cryptic lyrics.

Montag, 18. Juli 2016

Tinfoil Boy

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Jamie T. is back with a song from his next album. I am not a huge fan of his music but watching/listening to this song is not the same as the songs I know from him. The sound is a bit harder now and the lyrics more intimate than before. A song about painful and manipulativ relationship. 

Sonntag, 17. Juli 2016

Alan Vega 1938 - 2016

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It seems like the year goes on like it started and takes artists that I grew up away. The sad news arrived when I was on Echorich's site. He said the right words and I just have to agree. He was a hero to my younger days as well and his first records were on heavy rotation at my home in the early 80's. I loved the way he used to make Rockabilly to his very unique sound.

Another highlight was the fantastic Viet Vet - a 12 minute journey through the hot and dangerous jungle. Gloomy, sharp and dangerous.

Rest In Peace, Alan

Safe And Sound

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These days I found something new by French electronic artists and musician Justice. The made one of the best electronic/dance-floor records in 2007. It is simply called Cross and I listened often to this records back in these days. It is a record full of great ideas and melodrama. Now they are going to release a new record and Safe and Sound was the first track they release as a single. It seems like funk returned into music with a fat and oily bass-line added with choir and strings. Sometimes I can hear Daft Punk in this smooth song.

Freitag, 15. Juli 2016

Who's Afraid Of The 80's? Pt 3

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Listening to this almost 40 years old record memories came back to these days. This record was unique to these days. Seldom had a record that gave me an overview of what music could be. It was a bunch of styles all over genres and made me searching for more of this.

It was the first time I listened to electronic music and it was far away of my musical favourites. Human League introduced me to what electronic music could be. Using simple chords and adding hypnotic hooks they made a classic song and they had to match this with their later songs.

Human League - Empire State Human

This record brought me also to bands playing classic rock. I loved them from this song on, bought the older vinyls of their first band Kursaal Flyers and their later albums. They got little success with Starry Eyes a few years later. I still remember them as one of the best and forgotten pub rock bands.

The Records - Girl

There were a few classic and almost perfect pop songs on this record. One of them was by Cowboys International an almost forgotten band which never made a big success. Their first full length record The Original Sin is still a classic in late 70's British pop movement. Later lead singer Ken Lockie appeared as a background singer by the early Simple Minds.

cowboys international - aftermath von ShaniquaOsburn