MusicPosted by Vidar Wed, July 30, 2008 20:04:15Månefestivalen
is a 3-day festival in Fredrikstads old town. This years saturday-headliner was going to be Mick Jones' Carbon Silicon
and since my second daughter is a huge Clash-fan we just had to go.
The last time I went to a concert in Fredrikstad was a festival in Kongstenhallen in 1978 or thereabout so it was probably about time...
Fredrikstads old town is a beauty, we strolled the streets, had a pizza and generally enjoined ourselves. The first few bands we skipped, it was a bit too warm, about 30 celcius. The first band we saw were a canadian punkband, The Invasives
. Hardworking and very good, the singer even borrowed my hat:
The norwegian band Datarock gave a blistering performance before one of my old faves, the 22 Ladybirds
from Finland came on:
I'm not up to date on what they have been doing since their 2nd and 3rd album. They
played some songs that I recognized and plenty of unfamiliar stuff. The bass-player alternating his bass with synthesizers. It looked like they improvised some stuff also. I was really impressed.
And since the local fotball heroes in FFK also beat Brann 2-0 during their set, we felt great up front.
As a replacement for Carbon Silicon they had found the Damned. Not a bad replacement if you ask me :) They started with Love song
and played lots of old favourites. Here's the Captain himself:
The Damned were very good, even my wife enjoined them :) she had expected some serious, monotonous noice I suspect, but that is not what we got. They have humour and can really play. A spastic keyboardplayer with some serious dancesteps in him, a singer with a good voice and a Captain in front in full command of the situation. I even got the chance to shout It's a love song
when he introduced the first song with This is for you...
and pointed at me.All photos by Åsne!
We also visited the 2 stone circles at Lundeby
in Råde earlier in the day...
MusicPosted by Vidar Wed, September 26, 2007 15:07:10
About once a year I read a book in german. This years lucky one was Jürgen Teipel's Verschwende Deine Jugend : Ein Doku-Roman über den deutschen Punk und New Wave
. Teipel has conducted interviews with several key figures in the arise of punk and new wave in Germany. He's cut and pasted the voices of these figures into a very good book.
It's obviously two different approaches that collides here, the art-scene and the violence-seeking outsiders. To begin with everything was possible. The double-CD with the same title shows this in abundance, with its mix of the playful (Der Plan
a.o.), the vaguely political (Mittagspauses
"), the a-bit-over-the-top serious (Einstürzende Neubauten
) and the boisterous and drunken (Die Toten Hosen
). Sadly it's the Toten Hosen
of this world that has kept the punk-designation going.
Both the book and CD is highly recommended!
3 other books on/from the same scene:
Wolfgang Müller (from the band Die Tödliche Doris
) edited an anthology of texts, drawings and photos from a loose grouping called Die Geniale Dilletanten
in 1982. Several years later he published the oddity Blue tit : das deutsch-isländische Blaumeisebuch
(1997) with parallell german and icelandic text! It's not only about the bird, but features a mix of curious facts and impressions from Iceland.
Moritz R's Der Plan : Glanz und Elend der Neuen Deutchen Welle : Die Geschichte einer deutschen Band
(1993), is just what the title says, a story of the band Der Plan
from start to finish (1979-1992).
MusicPosted by Vidar Tue, August 28, 2007 19:39:15
One of the perfect things of this world is the Young Marble Giants album Collosal Youth. Domino records
have issued a 3-CD set, Collosal Youth and Collected Works
, with the album on the first cd, the two singles and a collection of demoes (previously issued as Salad Days
) on the second disc, and 5 tracks from a 1980 Peel-session on the third.
MusicPosted by Vidar Mon, March 12, 2007 20:01:49
I found Patrik Fitzgeralds 24 page "Poems" from 1979. It cost 75p when it came out, £ 20 today. Fair enough.
Some of the poems in this book were used on later albums. When this booklet came out only the 3 ep´s on Small Wonder had been issued.
Here´s Patrik with a fetching hat:
THAP (a short intro on Tower Hamlets Arts Project and PF)
The crass introduction (short introduction from PF)
Make it safe
Underground (a short 1 page prose-text)
A quite life
The Alien in Tottenham Court Road
Do something constructive
Boots and black gloves (police)
The pigs at gigs (bouncers)
Behind my curtain
Jarvis (another short prose-piece)
All the splattered children
The paranoid ward
I wandered lonely
Nothing to do
The other man they called 'the ripper' (another short prose-piece)
Little image games
There's more on the book in punk77 feature on PF
MusicPosted by Vidar Wed, November 15, 2006 15:10:20
A revealing interview with Patrik Fitzgerald here: Live out my stars : The Punk Poetics of PATRIK FITZGERALD
What I found fascinating is his thoughts about playing the old hits. I remember being sorry that he only played new material when he played at the art academy in Oslo in the mid-eighties and not "Safetypin stuck in my heart" etc. As time has gone I've found that attitude admirable.
He also talks about his live-experiences supporting the Clash etc.