Donnerstag, 21. August 2014

After Dark

In 1996 Robert Rodriguez released a movie starring George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino and Harvey Keitel called From Dusk Till Dawn. It was an action horror thriller and Tarantino made the screenplay. The story is easily told: Two outlaws crossed the Mexican border after robbing a bank and burning down a gas station. On their way to Mexico they kidnap Harvey Keitel and his kids to take them across the border in his RV. After crossing the border they stop at the 'Titty Twister', an all night strip club/brothel in a desolate part of Mexico. Not knowing that almost everyone of the visitors transform into bloody vampires when they see blood. The house band in 'Titty Twister' was Tito and Tarantula. They played an awesome blues in the movie. That's why I watched out for the soundtrack (like many others from Quentin Tarantino). This song was a true follower throughout the last decades and I seldom get bored to it. It's one of these simple songs you make a band maybe only once in a life. The song is stripped to the bones. Just a riff and a few chords added with a good voice - you don't need more to make a classic record.

Tito and Tarantula - After Dark

Mittwoch, 20. August 2014

Shamrocks And Shanenigans

In 1990 one of the first white rap bands appeared in the international music circus. Three white guys rapped with a very black attitude and showed us that it's possible that white guys can rap as good as many other black ones can. It was a record that opened my ears to another kind of genre that I knew that it exists bur I ignored for years. This version of a classical song means a lot to me. Just a great song mixed by Butch Vic in a very heavy version. This song was a very good one in it's original version and on the next level in it's mix.

Give yourself a try to this if yo're able to listen loud to it.

House Of Pain - Shamrocks and Shenanigans

Dienstag, 19. August 2014

Twanging Tuesday # 39

Today's twanging sound comes from a band I've featured a several times over the last years. The Flamin' Groovies were an American rock band which reached it's peak in the seventies when they were named as a band that made punk and new wave possible. I think this is too much honor for them. They were just a regular rock 'n' roll band who are able to play in various kinds of genres. Not too bad, but their influence in modern music was taken too high. Anyway, they were a band that played some real great guitar-heavy songs. This one is one of their songs I like much because it's just reduced to some simple riffs on the guitar. Lyrics and the rest doesn't mean much. It's just the sound of the guitar - and it's worth in my opinion to be featured in this series.

Flamin' Groovies - High Flyin' Baby

Montag, 18. August 2014

What's The Colour Of Money

Another working week ahead after a weekend that was really relaxed and peaceful. Football season started with the German football cup - and our team lost against a team from the second league. Seems like we have to suffer like last season. Anyway, let's start with a song from the 80s. It's a superior pop single and a one hit wonder by Birmingham's Mark Rogers aka Hollywood Beyond. It was an almost perfect song these days and I didn't listen to it for long time. And it still has some skills.

Enjoy and have a good week.

Samstag, 16. August 2014

That's What We Watched On TV Years Ago # 9

On the last Monday Robin William has committed suicide in the age of 63 years. I really don't planed to feature him in this series but his sudden death made me think in another way.

The series trades from an extraterrestrial with the name Mork of the planet Ork which should observe the people and report about that to his superior Orson. For this purpose he flew with his colossal space egg to the earth. He used as a greeting "Na-Nu-Na-Nu", he could drink with the fingers and demonstrate tele-kinetic art pieces. Mork also said KO in stead of OK. He did not use power. The jokes were based as a rule on the fact that Mork had acquired comprehensive knowledge about the earthly civilisation, here in particular the US-American society though already before his arrival thanks to the television, however, this could not arrange correctly. Storylines usually center on Mork's attempts to understand human behavior and American culture as Mindy helps him to adjust to life on Earth. It usually ends up frustrating Mindy, as Mork can only do things according to Orkan customs. For example, lying to someone, or not informing them it will rain is considered a practical joke (called "splinking") on Ork. At the end of each episode, Mork reports back to Orson on what he has learned about Earth. These end-of-show summaries allow Mork to comment humorously on social norms.

RIP Robin Williams

Freitag, 15. August 2014

The Foreign Correspondent Returns - Stories About German Rock Music # 34

Way back in the times where all the new music and sounds came out an fossil of rock history produced a record that was far away of mainstream. Achim Reichel was lead guitarist of the 60s beat band The Rattles which had a veritable hit single with The Witch. And in 1976 he surprised us with a record of shanties played in rock-style. I know well that I was fascinated of this kind of music but it wasn't opportune to agree with it to many other folks because it was for them old style northern German folk music. Anyway, this record made fun to me and I still listen to it from time to time. Also just in fact that these songs are part of our marine tradition.

He presented with Dat Shanty Albm for the first time an album with sailor's songs. Not only the style changed away from experimental admissions to popular sounds was amazing, but also the fact that Achim Reichel sang in future predominantly German. In 1976 he lined up with the demand: „Folk music must live, and this is able to do them only if one lifts them in the sound picture of the time.“ In his songs the navigation remained from then on a frequent subject. Also classical German and above all North German lyric was set to music by him.

For me this was songs I used to know since my youngest days and sometimes I fall in  love again to this traditional ones again.


And as a bonus a cover from a song by Elvis Presley that was covered by many artists. For me there a two really good versions. The first was by Nick Cave, the other by Achim Reichel who translated the lyrics in the spirit of the so called king.

Donnerstag, 14. August 2014

Inflammable Material - First Records That Impressed Me Much # 5

It was 1979 when everything in music was possible. You could choose to reggae, punk, new wave or what ever. Then an artist appeared on the scene who combined the best of this genres in it's own kind of music. Look Sharp was not only the title of the first record of Joe Jackson, but also the motto of man from England. Sharp dresses, sharp appearances, sharp sound and pin sharp texts completely acerbity and cynicism. On the first hearing the fantastic new wave rock; just the sound of the hour ; unrestrained guitar reef, quickly massive percussion beat, impetuous melodies and the whole album then also still puts through inexpensive with reggae and Ska loans - at that time every New Wave acts belonged to the basic equipment. There are fantastic songs in this time, but less of them had that piano parts in it. On this record wee many magnificent, dirty small songs about the demented grannies who stagnate in her apartments (Sunday Papers), shy men at the window (Is She Really Going Out With Him), simple couples (Happily Loving Couples) and everything what offers the life so. There was much pun by their raw and direct kind.  There were only a few artists at this time that are able to combine music and words he did on this record - I just want to name The Clash and Elvis Costello. I played this record so many times that I had to buy it on vinyl again. And the greatest compliment I can give to this record is, that the songs on it stood the test of time and sound fresh like on the first day. And even when  he drifted to another musical genres I followed him as well. I saw him several times live and was astonished how good the band played their songs. Awesome concerts I remember so well.

Joe Jackson - One More Time
Joe Jackson - Sunday Papers
Joe Jackson - Is She Really Going Out With Him
Joe Jackson - Fools In Love