Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Lady Loser's Lottery ... Pt. 6



Jesus Christ,



I just realized that the last time I forced Lady Loser to have a pick in my collection was back in 2012!! The reason for that of course is that I persuaded Little Loser to take over her job as soon as he reached an age where he was able to do something else than to crawl around and wet himself! Yes, time flies when you're having fun, ey?



But Little Loser is already asleep and I have to kill a bit of time this evening, because a new series starts on the telly later on which I've read so much good reviews about that I definitely want to see it. Problem is that it only starts at 22:30 hours, and I'm willing to have small bet that I will be asleep at 22:45!



So here's what she found in my folders - with closed eyes, of course - before she went back to bed - eyes opened again, of course - in order to see some nonsense about an American guy who is married to four women at the same time ... a status which gives masochism a completely new definition, if you ask me!



But, as usual, I digress, so here are the tunes she had chosen. Enjoy:







From their 1992 album 'Ferment', which I don't have. Catherine Wheel were not bad at all in the Nineties, but then again I never could cope all too well with all of those shoegazing bands back then. If memory serves correctly I even saw them live at one of the Bizarre festivals in the early 90's ... but I might be wrong here. Wikipedia says that the singer is a cousin of Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson: now this is something that you didn't know, right?!








A single from 2010 and I'm afraid the sound quality may be a little bit dodgy, but this just shows you that I don't make these things up. I didn't remember this tune at all, but I'm glad Lady Loser picked it: it's really good! But apart from that there isn't pretty much that I can tell you about OK Go. They come from Chicago, moved to L.A. and no, I have no idea who the singer's cousin might probably be!






Also from Chicago, we have Otis "Big Smokey" Smothers with a wonderful blues tune from 1960, a real treat indeed, so if you download nothing else from the five songs in tonight's offering, download this one ... great stuff!! Smokey was rhythm guitarist for Howlin' Wolf. And, to continue with some nice little family entertainment, his younger brother, Abe became known as the bluesman Little Smokey Smothers, with whom he is sometimes confused.









Another one from 2010 (don't ask me how she managed to chose this year twice this, I mean there are folders on the computer from 1923 to 2015, all with thousands of songs!), which might mean a certain lack of variety. All I can do is apologize! But don't you worry, another corker! From an album called 'In Debt', which, again, I don't have. I should though, I think, because this song is outstandingly brilliant, isn't it? I have no idea where they come from, but as I am a friend of the stars I can tell you that singer Jonny Cola underwent a kidney transplant after being diagnosed with advanced kidney failure and going through eight months of treatment, everything had to be put on hold. I'm glad to report though that, after Jonny's girlfriend donated a kidney November 2013, things could happily move on!





Aaah, Hermine! Hermine Demoriane, to give you her full name. From the 'The World On My Plates' - album on Crammed Discs from 1982, and what a nice song to end this little series, that's if you are a sucker for Roy Orbison - songs sung in a Marlene Dietrich style ... I certainly am! Did you know that Hermine was a tightrope walker before she started singing? Well, now you know ...


Hope you enjoyed my little ramblings, I now have to get the tunes up on zippyshare and find some pics before I miss the beginning of this new series ('The Knick', since you ask ... and I do hope it meets with my approval)!


Take care,


Dirk







Saturday, August 15, 2015

"My Old Peel Tapes ... Again!" (Pts. 11 & 12)







Evening friends,


quite a while since the last installment of any of my old Peel Tapes, right? And because it' so long ago, I thought I don't give you one today, no, I'll give you two! See what a noble chap I am? Unbelievable, ey?


We'll have one from late 1984 today (probably early 1985 because of the inclusion of the Killing Joke track, then again this might have been a DJ pre-release, who knows), a real blast if you ask me, plus - for the more contemporary minded amongst you - one from 1988, very fine stuff in that as well. I have no doubt you'll enjoy both of them!




Peel 003:


The Kick - 'Let's Get Back Together'
Cabaret Voltaire - 'James Brown' (12" version)
Stark Raving Mad - 'Chaos'
Fall - 'Fiery Jack'
Government Issue - 'Insomnia'
Les Calamités - 'Le Garcon De New York'
Beatitudes - 'Surfing Psychos'
Crippled Pilgrims - 'Black And White'
Killing Joke - 'Love Like Blood'
Triffids - 'Plaything'
Yard Trauma - 'No Conclusions'


Peel 092:


Fall - 'Big New Prinz'
Acid Angels - 'Speed Speed Ecstasy'
Prayers - 'Sister Goodbye'
Happy Mondays - 'Wrote For Luck'
Sonic Youth - 'Candle'
Pacific - 'Barnoon Hill'
Half Japanese - 'I'll Change My Style'
Inspiral Carpets - 'Butterfly'
Old Lady Drivers - 'Die In Your Beauty Sleep'
Blake Babies - 'Her'
Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet - 'Aunt's Invasion'
Fall - 'Wrong Place, Right Time'
Last Party - 'Damp'


Also, as usual, you'll get both of them mixed together all by myself in a rather unprofessional fashion, Peel 003 is here whereas Peel 092 is here.


Links to the separate mp3's are above in the tracklist.


Also, I think I haven't mentioned this for quite a while, you can of course find both tapes - but with Peel's introductions and usual bragging along - in the wonderful John Peel Wiki (thanks again, Steve, for taking so much care of my tapes and putting them all up: another 251 tapes and you're finished, mate ... high time you come up with a fresh one, right?).


Hope some of this stuff brings back good memories to you!


Take good care,


Dirk





Monday, July 27, 2015

Links should now work ...





... for the last two posts (The German stuff), as I've just switched to zippyshare and got rid of box net.




The only problem I see today is that they will only be valid for 30 days, then again this just means you gotta be quick!




Please let me know if you still have problems, will you?




Enjoy,




Dirk

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Some more decent German tunes, this time for The Swede ...

Good evening friends,


The Swede who runs the fantastic 'Unthought of, though, somehow' - blog seemed to be somewhat delighted by the German stuff posted yesterday and today by Walter and me, so here's a little bit more of it for him to enjoy ... and for the rest of you, as well. Of course. How the hell the links work with 286 % boxnet bandwidth I simply cannot understand, but apparently they do work, otherwise they couldn't have met with The Swede's approval yesterday, right? Then again I have by now realized that there are certain things in life which I simply do not need to understand, computer and women just being two out of many ...


GUZ by the way is Swiss, not German, but hey, it's summer, I'm enjoying my second holiday for this year, so I can't be as pedantic as usual, right? And it's a mighty (!) track, which excuses its' inclusion here ... also, and this one goes out to Brian, Concord is the band Julia Lubcke sang with after Fünf Freunde split in 1995. So, without further ado, please enjoy:


Eight Dayz - 'Running Out Of Time' ('92)
Rockabilly Mafia - 'Die Nacht War Lau' ('95)

Die Doraus und Die Marinas - 'Tulpen Und Narzissen' ('81)

Abwaerts - 'Softly Softly' ('80)







Extrabreit - 'Polizisten' ('81)




F.S.K. - '(I've Got To Get Over) The Wall' ('89)



GUZ - 'Genforscher' ('97)

Concord - 'Both Sides' ('97)






 Ta,


Dirk

Some decent German tunes, for Walter ...

Evening friends,

of course I know that at this time of the year the bulk of you Brits are on holiday in Spain and/or France, which means that most probably you won't be reading this anyway. Brian, who, as far as I know, is the only visitor I have from the States, is a very open-minded chap anyway, so perhaps this post might meet with his approval as well, at least partly (this Fünf Freunde - tune that you posted some time ago, Brian, is still much liked by Little Loser, 6, who heard it in the car a few times and I often find him humming along the opening lines!). Tonight's songs might be a bit bizarre and you won't understand the lyrics, I assume, so bear with me ....

But basically this post is for poor old Walter from the ever fantastic 'A Few Good Times In My Life', who, whilst I'm sitting here typing this, enjoying an ice-cold bottle of Landbier, currently has to endure one of the nastiest things on earth: a German company party, which, to be sure, means he is at this very moment rather having one of the few really bad times in his life. Read about his misery here.

Now, the thing is, for you non-Germans it will be hard to believe how utterly disgusting the music at such events is, because, you know, people drink more and more, it gets later, nothing wrong with that. But it also means that the young people try to get away to a real party somewhere in town so that they can hang around with their friends and the people being left all are of a certain age (45-50) and they want to hear German music they can sing and dance along to, something they heard when they were in their twenties. Now, music in the early or mid Eighties in Germany was utter crap by and large, it all started very well with a certain punk attitude but was soon taken over by the industry. You cannot imagine how many bands made completely shite records under the label 'Neue Deutsche Welle' (New German Wave), and back then you would hear and see nothing else, and I mean nothing, neither on the radio nor on the telly! Those songs were so ludicrous, I cannot describe it. But these are the songs we grew up with and everybody at our age knows them by heart, regardless of the quality the are missing. Still, at such parties, nothing else is being requested. Requested by people, don't forget, who heard nothing else in their life but Genesis, ELO and Pink Floyd until 1981 and were shat on by all those Neue Deutsche Welle bands from 1982 onwards! Jesus Christ, they never heard anything by The Clash up until today and they thought they were hardcore punks because they could shout along to 99 fucking Luftballons ... and tonight, with fifty years of age, they feel the fucking same again ... and still they haven't heard anything by The Clash! ("naah, you're wrong, of course we know The Clash: they only had one single, and that was in this jeans commercial!") But I digress, so I better stop this my ranting ...

But, in order to show you that there was some decent German music as well, here are five killer tunes for you to enjoy, randomly picked. Walter, I hope you still read this before you go to bed tonight, otherwise enjoy the below tomorrow morning with a nice cup of coffee. I hope it helps to make tonight's music disappear out of your head!!





Multicoloured Shades - '(The Ballad Of) The Voodoo Ranger' ('84)
Toxoplasma - '1981' ('83)
Die Lassie Singers - 'Leben In Der Bar' ('92)


S-Chords - 'Voran! Voran!' ('86)



Zeltinger Band - 'Mein Vater War Ein Wandersmann' - 'Müngersdorfer Stadion' (live im Bunker, Köln '79


Take good care,

Dirk



Wednesday, May 27, 2015

"Is The Peel Session Version Really Better?!" - Part 2




Good evening my beauties,


some of you might remember this 'Is The Peel Session Version Really Better?!" - post I did quite some time ago, if not, don't be all too ashamed! Either way, this post must have struck a chord with some of you, at least judging from the (amount of) comments it did. Then again it is an interesting question, of course, one that is not too easy to answer, I would think. And, obviously, not generally answerable anyway.


Personally, I didn't come to a conclusion on too many of the tracks I featured in the first post. So I thought I'd try to make my mind up with different tracks, again all tunes one knows by heart for many years (or at least you fucking should if you have at least a bit of taste!!), tunes you can easily sing along to, tunes you really love the way they are.  So here are a few more of those for you, friends, albeit in a version you might not be familiar with. Some are rather close to the original, some vary a great deal indeed.


And, again, it's up to you to decide which version you prefer: the comment section is now opened and I do hope that some of you let us know what you think of it all.


I should add that I am not entirely happy with the sound quality of a few of the below tracks, but I'm afraid that's the way things are with the Peel Sessions that are not legally frequently available. Don't let this spoil your enjoyment though, it is a fine selection, to be sure. Enjoy:




01 - Galaxie 500 - 'Blue Thunder' - Peel Session 1989
02 - James - 'Hymn From A Village' - Peel Session 1983
03 - Pulp - 'Common People' - Peel Session 1994
04 - Rezillos - 'My Baby Does Good Sculptures' - Peel Session 1977
05 - Shop Assistants - 'Safety Net' - Peel Session 1985
06 - Quads - 'There Must Be Thousands' - Peel Session 1979
07 - Specials - 'Gangsters' - Peel Session 1979
08 - Blue Orchids - 'No Looking Back' - Peel Session 1982
09 - Pixies - 'Levitate Me' - Peel Session 1988
10 - Cramps - 'What's Inside A Girl'  - Peel Session 1985
11 - Cure - 'Six Different Ways' - Peel Session 1985
12 - Wreckless Eric - 'Semaphore Signals'  - Peel Session 1977
13 - Smiths - 'Reel Around The Fountain' - Peel Session 1983
14 - Buzzcocks  - 'Promises' - Peel Session 1978
15 - Chameleons - 'Looking Inwardly' - Peel Session 1981
16 - Leyton Buzzards - 'Saturday Night Beneath The Plastic Palm Trees' - Peel Session 1978
17 - Altered Images - 'Dead Pop Stars' - Peel Session 1980
18 - A Flock Of Seagulls - 'I Ran' - Peel Session 1981
19 - X-Ray Spex - 'Warrior In Woolworths'  - Peel Session 1978
20 - Primitives - 'Stop Killing Me' - Peel Session 1986
21 - Housemartins - 'Happy Hour' - Peel Session 1986
22 - Magazine - 'The Light Pours Out Of Me' - Peel Session 1978
23 - Inspiral Carpets - 'Directing Traffic' - Peel Session 1989
24 - Selecter - 'Street Feeling'  - Peel Session 1979
25 - Gang Of Four - 'I Found That Essence Rare' - Peel Session 1979
26 - Elastica - 'Vaseline' - Peel Session 1993
27 - Sugarcubes - 'Deus' - Peel Session 1987
28 - Young Marble Giants - 'Final Day' - Peel Session 1980


And for the lazy sods amongst you, those who prefer to have it all in one go, here's another one of my little mixes, all 28 tunes more or less neatly and rather unprofessionally segued into another:


Da Mix


Take good care and let me know what you think of it, alright? Any astonishing favourites? Anything you consider to be absolute crap? Anything new at all?


Have fun,


Dirk

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Little Loser's Lottery ... Part 11

Hello friends,


a sunny Sunday morning to you, that's if my automatic timing of this post works out correctly. Apparently I'm writing this on a rainy Saturday evening in a bit of a hurry, because, believe it or not, the wife and me will be going out for dinner and a few drinks afterwards with two good mates: something we haven't been doing for some time really. Little Loser has been picked up by his grandparents a few minutes ago, where he'll spend the night after returning from a "restaurant" as well (I chose inverted commas because they'll visit the Big 'M', as usual, where he'll go for a Happy Meal just because of the included plastic toy, also as usual).




On the other hand, apart from the really bad ones (Thompson Twins and The Stranglers (why the fuck did he go for 'No Mercy' and left out as well the 'Duchess' as the 'Golden Brown' - 7", both of which are still awesome??!!)), he picked two belters as well: Metal Mike (that's Mike Saunders out of The Angry Samoans btw) and PM Dawn. I went for the B-Side of the 'Paper Doll' - 7", because I regard it as being the better tune ... and this one really will grow on you, so listen carefully!


The Psychedelic Furs, well, yes, you can take it or leave it, but don't you forget that the original version is from 1981 and it was really really good back then. They made some money out of the 1986 John Hughes film and I can't blame them for doing so and neither can you, I suppose.


Enough said, I have to shower and dress myself up now, please enjoy Little Loser' picks for today:






Don't forget to leave nice comments, as usual I'll pass them on to him (he's always so delighted when I tell him that someone from another part of the world (i.e. England) has something to say about what he picked)!

Ta,


Dirk