After my basic military education I also had to make an additional training as an air space reconnaissance. We have to sat in a truck and we received from our comrades in a tank flight co-ordinates. and we had to explain the flight course optically on a Perspex board for our generals.
Later this year I checked out the written rules in the army and then to find an article in the unfair decisions can be revoked.I did this for two times in the time I stayed in the army and both was successful in that way that my officers stopped torture me. Therefor I had to do some things that really don’t belong to a regular soldier like working in the kitchen, serving coffee, beer and wine to the generals or rebuilding sleeping rooms. But these was just the right things to do because less people give me instructions and I could nearly do what I want.
M – One hit wonder
Heavy Metal meets Comic
Skinheads go Ska; made me open my ears to this sound
Another new band – another new sound. A record we could agree while I was in the army.
One of the best kitchen sink songs ever.
Records that was released in 1979 and are still worth listen to:
Joe Jackson – Look sharp: First record from Mr. Jackson where he showed us that New Wave and classical songwriting and ballads could work together on one record.
Stiff Little Fingers – Inflammable Material: The title says it all
The Fall – Live at the Witch Trials: Mark E. Smith appears to me and will not go away for years
The Cure – Three Imaginary Boys: Also a love that never died.
Nick Lowe – Labour of Lust: Former member of Brinsley Schwarz back with a record under his own name and full of pop gems
Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures: Ian Curtis showed us the real suffering people
The B-52’s – The B-52’s: The return of the Rickenbacker with great songs with a sound between dance and surf music.
Talking Heads – Fear of Music: Another great band appears and combine funk and New Wave
XTC – Drums and Wires: Another eponymous record that showed me how arty music can be.
The Slits – Cut: Genius mixture of reggae rhythms, scratchy guitars, anger and mischief. Great record sleeve btw.
Gang of Four – Entertainment: Another great band formed in Leeds that brought us a stripped-down mix of punk rock, funk music and dub reggae added with political lyrics.
Public Image Ltd – Metal Box: John Lyndon and Jah Wobble showed us how dub reggae and post punk could be combined to a new sound.
The Clash – London Calling: A monster of a record.
Pink Floyd – The Wall: Fantastic return of the dinosaurs.
Spyro Gyra – Morning Dance: A little jazz’n’ funky masterpiece with excellent horns
What came up on the movies in 1979 and stood the test of time:
Apocalypse Now: Francis Ford Coppola showed us the other side of the Vietnam war with all that weired characters (remember Robert Duval when he spoke ‘I love the smell of napalm in the early morning’)
Alien: Sigourney Weaver and her first fight against them
The China Syndrome: Dramatic – they showed us the dark side of atomic energy
Escape from Alcatraz: Silent movie with a great Clint Eastwood
The Warriors: Gang styled action thriller with a great soundtrack
Life of Brian: Monty Python at their best with a later hit single ‘Always looking at the bright side of life’
What was interesting in the world this year:
The regime of Pol Pot in Cambodia collapse and the Khmer Rouge were bound to retreat; Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi of Iran flees Iran with his family towards Egypt; Khomeini seizes power in Iran; the premiers of Israel and Egypt Sadat and Begin signs a peace treaty; Tanzanian troops take Kampala the capital of Uganda and the killer Idi Amin flees; Margaret Thatcher gets the first female prime minister in Great Britain; Iraqi gets a new President – Saddam Hussein; Iranian hostage crisis starts; the Soviet Union invades Afghanistan; Nicaraguan dictator Somoza resigns and flees to Miami and Sandinista assume power; pope John Paul II arrives in his native Poland for nine days – the start of the Polish people rise against communism; the first Sony walkman was sold.
Hamburger SV was the champion in the German Bundesliga with their two legendary strikers Kevin Keegan and Horst Hrubesch and defenders Ivan Buljan and Manfred Kaltz.
In 1979 so many eponymous records was released that it was really hard to decide, which one I should take on my list. But after I will take the Specials with their first record because they gave me the opinion to check out what ska means in music. The Specials were one of the heads of the English 2 Tone ska revival and they combine a danceable ska and rocksteady beat with punk’s energy and attitude. In their lyrics they were very political. Also their outfit was fantastic. They wore mod-style rude boy outfits like pork pie hats, tonic and mohair suits and loafers. The record was produced by Elvis Costello (another evidence of his musical distinction) and was on heavy rotation this year. I love their cover of Dandy Livingstone’s ‘A message to you, Rudy’ as well ‘Too much, too young’ and it makes me feel good when one of their songs appear on shuffle on my player. The greatest gift The Specials gave to me was to show me all the good songs from Prince Buster, Toots and the Maytals and the Skatelites.
Enjoy and have fun.