Samstag, 30. Oktober 2010

You think I cannot remeber the words of a song I wrote 37 years ago?

Guess what, you are fucking right....
"My daughter asks me why I have to practice the songs I wrote myself.... That's age"

Steve Harley (born Stephen Malcolm Ronald Nice, 27 February 1951) is an English singer and songwriter, best known for his work with the 1970s rock group Cockney Rebel

Harley started out playing in bars and clubs in the early 1970s. While auditioning for folk band Odin in 1971, he met violinist John Crocker, with whom he formed Cockney Rebel in late 1972. 
He had no problem to down this little pint of thin beer in one go
Cockney Rebel went on to release The Human Menagerie and The Psychomodo before splitting up in 1974. However, Harley carried on with drummer Stuart Elliot, renaming the band Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel, with whom he had more success. From the next album, The Best Years of Our Lives, came the number one and million selling single, "Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)"

Harley had two more hits during the mid 1970s with "Mr Raffles" and "Here Comes the Sun" which were both Top 20 hits, but he did not have any further major successes, and in the 1980s he all but faded from the public eye, relocating to the United States

In 1999, Harley began presenting a BBC Radio programme The Sounds of the Seventies, of which the last programme aired on 27 March 2008.

In 2005, The Quality of Mercy was released under the Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel name, and Harley began touring more frequently, although mainstream success remained elusive.
In February 2010, Harley, a self-confessed technophobe, attributed poor literacy rates and the moral corrosion of British society to modern technology.

Drummer Stuart Elliot is besides Harley the only original band member.
Bassist Lincoln Anderson joined the band in 1998.

Cockney Rebel's original bassist, Paul Jeffreys, was one of those who died on Pan Am Flight 103 bombed at Lockerbie in 1988. He was with his bride on their honeymoon.

one of my favorite songs

Freitag, 15. Oktober 2010

I had a plan and that is where it ended....

If these people had the plan to be famous - the plan did not end
The cat empire: 2 years ago fairly unknown in Europe, they now sold out the Paradiso in Amsterdam twice
The Cat Empire is a band from Melbourne, Australia. Currently, they are composed of Felix Riebl (percussion and vocals), Harry James Angus (trumpet and vocals),
Ollie McGill (keyboard and backing vocals), Ryan Monro (bass and backing vocals), Will Hull-Brown (drums) and Jamshid "Jumps" Khadiwhala (decks, percussion). They are also commonly backed by the Empire Horns, a brass duo
They met when well-known Melbourne jazz identity Steve Sedergreen decided to form, mentor and develop a group of very talented young musicians from different schools and backgrounds.
The band was called 'Jazz Cat' and had its debut at the Manly Jazz Festival in Sydney in 1999.

The Cat Empire, originally a three-piece, grew out of Jazz Cat

Their sound is often described as a fusion of jazz, ska, funk and rock with heavy Latin influences.

The band's name was taken from the title of a drawing by Felix Riebl's younger brother, Max, and its distinctive cat's eye icon, which is also known as "Pablo", was created by Ian McGill, Ollie McGill's father.
And the support band: Timpan Orange
also from Australia

who are a fantastic life band
and, of course, the Paradiso, one of the greatest places to hear music

Montag, 11. Oktober 2010

Playing for a tip....

Street-artists in Nuernberg, 8.10.2010

"do you play an intrument?""Not any more?, Why not? That is a mistake... You should"
"If I feel down, I come here. I always have a place to go and please people. It makes me happy"

Montag, 4. Oktober 2010

dancing to a tune of doom and gloom....

Killing Joke are an English post-punk band formed in October 1978 in Notting Hill, London, England. 

On September 29th., they played in the Melkweg Amsterdam 
In 1987"Big" the Drummer Paul Ferguson met Jeremy "Jaz" Coleman and he and Ferguson formed Killing Joke. 
They placed an advertisement in the music press which attracted guitarist Kevin "Geordie" Walker and bassist Martin "Youth" Glover. 
According to Coleman, their manifesto was to "define the exquisite beauty of the atomic age in terms of style, sound and form"

The band separated and reformed several times.

In 2008 the original line up of Jaz, Youth, Geordie and Paul Ferguson announced they were to reunite

Jaz Coleman is currently writing a mass for choir and orchestra, comprising of Killing Joke’s music with the original lyrics translated into Latin for full chorus for a recording and two nights in London in 2011.
Coleman was nominated Composer in Residence by the European Union. He has to compose songs for official occasions.
And this is the start-up band, of which we did not expect a long existence, so here some pictures in memoriam:

the sound was characterised by monotonous, but loud scratching voice of the lead singer, which seems only to know one tone.