Donnerstag, 24. Juli 2014

What Happened To Pub Rock # 20

All things must come to an end - and this little series as well. I featured throughout the last weeks bands that are typical for me to represent pub rock at it's best times or which pub rock had a lot of influence to their kind of music. What will be the best finish of this series? Another band to feature (maybe someone will think this is the best one)? Or should I finish with some last good words to a scene/genre that was almost famous nearly 40 years ago? Should I feature some songs that was close to his genre or songs that often was covered by the bands I featured?

Finally I decided to feature a band that is very close to me. I follow The Mekons since almost 30 years. From their first single Where Were You until their latest records. It is a band that made a lot of great recordings - but at least they are a live band. They played maybe hundreds of gigs all over the world and I am glad that I saw a lot of concerts they played at my place for almost 30 year. A few years ago I had the honor to have a conversation with Jon Langford and the band after their gig and to sit at the bar with Sally Timms for a drink.

I think it's a good compromise to finish this series with a band that had it's roots in the pub rock scene but was always far ahead to the mainstream. If you've read my words about The Mekons you'll see that I am a huge fan of this band. And it's true - they made me feel easy when I watched them playing. There's one more reason why they should have their place in musical history: They used to play classic R 'n' R with a lot of influence of modern country music and added the best things from the upcoming 'new' music (you can call it punk, new wave or whatever). And they were always a band they have her heart in the right spot.

Enjoy and remember: the working week is almost over!

The Mekons - Beaten And Broken
The Mekons - Big Zombie
The Mekons - Cockermouth
The Mekons - Hole In The Ground
The Mekons -  Tempted To Believe

Mittwoch, 23. Juli 2014


Hi, I'm back. Had some beautiful days in Cologne with my kids. We had some good talking and some constructive discussions about we done wrong throughout the last years. Sometimes it was hard to stand for all but now we found a solution to built up something new. It was a torture for me but an exemption as well. Now let's watch what the future will bring. Today Christiane will move back to Sri Lanka again. We fixed the details of our divorce and were both happy about this. We had yesterday another peaceful and happy evening and I ask myself why we couldn't had this the last years. Anyway - it's everything right we do it the way we do. The song I choose today is really nothing special but I think it is a song a lot of folks like to listen to and don't confess to this. I was always a fan to The Housemartins since they released their first record. They did a very good songs that were dominated by the voice of Paul Heaton. This is not typical for them but I love this song for so many years. And as Paul Heaton said on the back of the sleeve of his first record: Take Jesus - Take Marx - Take Hope.

Have a good rest oft the week friends

The Housemartins - Rotterdam

Freitag, 18. Juli 2014

Inflammable Material - First Records That Impressed Me Much # 3

I'm off for a few days to visit my children in Cologne. So there will be no regular posting the next days. I hope to show up on this blog again in the middle of next week. It's necessary for me to get more contact to my kids than the last years. So don't be too much disappointed that I take a little break.

So let's get back to this little series.
In 1980 were most of us were used to listen to new music and new sounds in America a band released their first record with an incredible mixture of genres. They combined classic rockabilly with a very punky attitude. Their songs acting from the sombre sides of the life in their place enough was to be dressed for a raw sound and the manner in varnish and leather, For ever in my life a had a hidden charm for country music, especially for rockabilly songs (the first song I would like to add to this gente was CCR's Bad Moon Rising). I remember very well when I showed up to my local record store looking for something new. Then Mike (the owner of this store) told me about something real new and raw. I said 'OK - let me listen to this'. Then he put the record on his turntable and I listened to the first song. It was TV-Set and it almost blew out my mind. Never heard such a trashy sound before. There was no more discussion about - I bought this record. Impressed by an low-fi sound that was reduced to the minimum I felt great, because this was true and upright music to me. I remember that their music tuned me up to search for more music that was in this style. And I seldom was disappointed what I found. Since then I was a huge fan of this band. I've never heard to a band in this genre like they did. From the early 80s I wanted to see them live and finally it happened in the middle 90s that I could see them live. I've seldom seen a band with that physical presence like them. Lux Interior was one of the few singers who was able to perform the songs in a very special way. With lots of emotions and and an almost self-destructing attitude. Poison Ivy Rorscharch (does she stand in connection with the test of the same name?) dressed in leather as well and performing her guitar with very high heels. I loved them playing with the S/M-themes.  I still love their roughness and their mean attitude they shown up for years. This album and the following albums as well accompanied the last decades. And I never get tired or bored listening to it. It's not everyone's sound I know - but if you don't stick to The Cramps,you might missed something great.

Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend

The Cramps - Fever
The Cramps - Garbage Man
The Cramps - I Was A Teenage Werevolfe
The Cramps - Strychnine
The Cramps - Sunglasses After Darl

Donnerstag, 17. Juli 2014

What Happened To Pub Rock # 19

Our today's artist is not necessarily to be assigned to this genre. But to present his skill without live background and it's experience it would be difficult having success. Eric Goulden or better known as Wreckless Eric was one of the first artist signed to the legendary STIFF label. He wrote with Whole Wide World maybe one of the best love song ever. His first record is full of little pop gems but none got the grade of Whole Wide World. After several years of living with his wife Amy Rigby in France they now living and performing in the US. I maybe listened to his song hundreds of times and never get bored. People may say he's a one-hit wonder and this might be true but he's an artist that I combine with one of the best eras in music.

Wreckless Eric - Whole Wide World
Elvis Costello and the Attractions - Whole Wide World (live)
Wreckless Eric and Amy Rigby - Do You Remember That

Mittwoch, 16. Juli 2014


There are less musicians I follow more or less since I have listened the first time to somewhat of them. One of those is Brian Eno. I know him from the early days when he formed Roxy Music - a band their type is to be assigned stylistically to the art-rock genre and was a heavy influence to the later New Romantic Scene. With his first solo recordings he left the classic rock genre to go experimental ways. I think his fist two records were underrated to most listeners but had influence to later experimental bands that play still. Ok - don't let's talk about the past. Brian Eno released a few month ago another album in collaboration with Karl Hyde. When you remember with which different kind of musicians he worked together it is no surprise that now came together with Underworld's Karl Hynde. They tried to combine both musical worlds with the African sound of bands like Fela Kuti. And the result is very worth listening to. Just listen to Witness that starts with a bumping bassline and leads us over a little piano to a smooth synth melody.

Brian Eno & Karl Hyde - Witness
Brian Eno & Karl Hyde - Who Rings The Bell

Dienstag, 15. Juli 2014

Twanging Tuesday # 34

A longer time passed since I posted real rockabilly in this series. So I thought the time is right to introduce The Reverend Horton Heat a band based in Dallas, Texas. Jim Heath formed this band in 1985 and they are still on work today. He played a real good Gretch-guitar and was influenced by the sound of Dick Dale and The Cramps. Some of their songs could be described as psychobilly. I've seen them in the early 90s and was astonished about their presence. They played their songs very loud with a high energy. One of the true bearers of rockabilly tradition. The second song today is a cover from an also underrated band Guadalcanal Diary.

The Reverend Horton Heat - Big Red Rocket Of Love
The Reverend Horton Heat - Watusi Rodeo

Montag, 14. Juli 2014


As normally the big English music magazines make around every new group which contrasts from the mass an unbelievable hype and praise this as the next quite big thing. Most of them are gone before their success started. But sometimes the press has a very good feeling for quiet good bands. And Jungle could be one of these bands I will remember with a smiling heart in the future. It seems like the today kids remember the sound of the 70s/80s when a lot of bands used to play urban soul music that fitted quiet good on the dancefloor. J and T are the protagonists of this debut from England and they give a quite fine electronic sound work from many many different ingredients from the music world of the last 40 years to us here. No matter whether disco, Chill Out, pop, soul or electronic music of all kind, Jungle mix it to a miraculous sound mix which goes immediately to the ear and moves the listener into another world. This sounds sometimes after Chic, sometimes after Bee Gees, sometimes to Pet Shop Boy, sometimes after topical electronic music. For me it's a record I will play a few times this summer.

You can read the full review by Mark Beaumont here.

After the DMCA have arranged that songs I posted by the Secret Sisters offend against existing copyright, I had to extinguish this and I fear that it will also go for me with Jungle. Therefor today only videos. However, does this authority have no notion that everybody to itself on the Internet a converter can download?