Saturday, March 7, 2015

"The Girls' Tapes" ... An Epilogue!

the entrance to The Rotation, Aachen, very early 80's indeed .... and no: I am not pictured here anywhere ...

Evening all,

due to the fact that this 'Girls' Tapes' - series seems to have struck a chord with quite many of you and also due to the fact that I seem to be an old romantic twerp who lives in the past, I spent a lot of time to get hold of all the songs from the tape which I considered to be the best one of the bulk: Iris' tape.

Anonymous was so kind to name the only song I couldn't identify myself (# 11), so thanks again for that, Anonymous (whoever you might be)!! Also earlier today I got hold of a vinyl copy of the only song I couldn't find in the wonderful world of the internet in a more or less legal fashion (# 2). Which means that the tape is now complete again, albeit in a sound quality which  - contrary to the old tape itself - doesn't make your ears bleed!

The tape, as I mentioned before, was given to me by Iris in 1989 and it derives, if memory serves correctly, from a DJ (or a bloke who was somewhat connected with a DJ) working in one of Aachen's best clubs in the early/mid Eighties, The Rotation. The Rotation easily was one of Aachen's three finest places to go back then, they always had brilliant music and loads of brilliant people came together there. Alas the club didn't last for all too long and when the owner changed, the whole venue went down to a real shabby place in the early 90's.

The tape is a DJ desk recording from one fine evening in the late 80's and I wish I were able to tell you that I was there on that specific night ... but that would be pure speculation, to be absolutely frank to you. It could well have been the case though. Nevertheless the below should give you a clue of the variety of excellent music that was played there, so do yourself a favour and grab it while you can.

Having been a DJ myself when I was young and still pretty as a picture, there are two or three songs I wouldn't have chosen to play personally, but then again I was never known to get people storming on the dancefloor all too easily. Perhaps I should have played more commonly known tunes more frequently, who knows? The women who ran the bar I worked in used to say to me quite often: 'Oh Dirk, can't you play at least sometimes something with a bit of recognition value?" But, nevertheless, I had my fans, although only a handful. And I digress, as usual ...

So, without further ado, here comes the mighty tape in all it's brilliance. And, for a change, it's not compiled by me, so (I'm sure you'll) enjoy:

Links are hidden in the above tracklist for each song. And because I love you so much and have time to kill this evening, I also just did one of my little mixes of all the songs, which you'll find here.

DMCA complaints to the usual address, please, nice comments about what a fabulous chap I am as well!

Take good care,


Thursday, March 5, 2015

"All Around The World ..." - Pt. 1

Good day to you, friends!

A few evenings ago I was happy to have one of those rare occasions where Little Loser slept at his grandparents' house whilst Mrs Loser was in the bedroom working on her blog (a book-blog: books! No music whatsoever ...can you believe it?) whilst simultaneously watching Germany's Next Topmodel or some similar crap on the telly. Isn't it strange how women can do this at all? Multitasking: what a fine ability this must be, to be sure! And I, I had nothing to do at all, apart from doing last year's tax declaration. But I couldn't be arsed to do it (because I already knew that at the end of the day they want money from me again instead of giving some back to me!), so I thought to myself: "hold on, we don't have enough ska on this blog!"

And so the evening ended up in an almost empty bottle of South African red wine plus a very fine mix of Ska and Rocksteady from Jamaica, no third wave - UK crap (although, mind you, there were some very fine bands amongst those as well: have a look at Swiss Adam's recent posts over at Bagging Area and you'll find them (by and large) all there), just original versions, you know. In my humble estimation this mix is really worth downloading, so you should do exactly this without hesitating very much longer: spring is coming soon and I can ensure you that this mix will go along nicely with you enjoying the first rays of sunshine outside in your garden/on your balcony!

Also I thought that this could well be the start of another - albeit potentially small - new series: "All Around The World", in which I might do mixes of music from exotic countries from all over the globe ... perhaps it's Belgium next, or England, because, to be absolutely frank to you: my collection of songs from, for example, North Korea is ... limited, to put it mildly.

But either way, at least we have Jamaica, a country I luckily was able to visit twice and I can only tell you to go there as well, should you ever contemplate a trip to the West Indies. Of course I am not talking about staying in five star all inclusive resorts for two weeks without seeing anything from the country and not meeting any of the natives: I'm sure you can find those resorts at Seaford Bay as well ... just a few miles to go for a small part of the money ... have fun!

In Jamaica you just need a small hotel, preferably in the Port Antonio area, perhaps with breakfast included. If they don't offer breakfast, don't worry all too much: you will get excellent (!) food at every corner for a very small amount of money. Get yourself a small car and explore the area, enjoy the fantastic beaches, enjoy the food and enjoy the drink and, most importantly, enjoy the people! If you're not satisfied, I'll give you your money back!

Here's some Jamaican music from yesteryear for you, friends, to bring you in the right mood, if you want ... enjoy:

Now, wasn't that simply wonderful? As soon as Little Loser is a bit older, we'll be back to Jamaica one day. And that's a promise!

Take good care,