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Månefestivalen 2008

Music Posted on Wed, July 30, 2008 20:04:15

Månefestivalen 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.
Blog ImageThe 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:

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The norwegian band Datarock gave a blistering performance before one of my old faves, the 22 Ladybirds from Finland came on:
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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.

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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:

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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…

4 german books

Music Posted on 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 masterful “Innenstadtfront“), 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:

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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).

Collosal Youth

Music Posted on 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.

Patrik Fitzgeralds “Poems”

Music Posted on Mon, March 12, 2007 20:01:49

Through Abebooks I found Patrik Fitzgeralds 24 page “Poems” from 1979. It cost 75p when it came out, £ 20 today. Fair enough.

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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:

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The content:

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
Your claustrophobia
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.

Patrik Fitzgerald interview

Music Posted on 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.