Shine On You Crazy Diamond

It is two weeks ago when I arrived in Sri Lanka. Since then I did nothing more than sitting by the beachside and watching waves. I know it sounds boring but I just wanted it in this way. I needed some time to get my regular business out of minds and sort private life. Imade many minds about me, my life, my planes and the future. Also wanted to see how C.’s business is runninng. It is very hard to start a little business down there because for everything you want to fix you need a straw man. And a dummy like this is hard to find, in fact to find someone you can trust is very hard. But finally we found a person we hope we can trust to. Right now we plan to buy a house and start running a little guest house with a little restaurant. We also looked some houses and finally found the ideal place.

After all I had a real good time here, especially at Christmas eve. They are not really into celebrating this day but for the western guests they decorated the beach with lights and placed some trees on the beach. In the evening they booked a DJ for party Normally they play some Techno and House. Because I am very close to the owener of the beachbar I got the chance to use the equipment for an hour and play some of my tracks. I offered them a mix of reggae, dub, balearic and some of Drew’s dance tracks as well. Was funny to do this again.

 May all of you have a good start into the new year and stay well.

David Gilmore – Shine on you crazy diamond (with Crosby and Nash)

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40 Records In 40 Years (21/40 – 1994)

Finished the renovation of our house, so that we could leave our small apartment. It was necessary than living with a little child and a dog there coast a lot of nerves. Anyway, we were glad to move on over to the house with much more space around. One of the first things I did there was to reserve a place only for me and my records. Now I had the time again, to listen to a lot of singers and bands that I wasn’t able to in the past years. So time went on and Kerstin got pregnant again. Our son was born at the end of the year and I said: Now it is enough with family planning.

 few records from this year that are worth to write a few words:

Blumfeld – L’Etat Et Moi: German Art Rock at high level
Pavement – Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain: American college sound reload
The Sea And Cake – same: Indie rock with jazz
Beck – Mellow Gold: Everybody wanted to be a loser
Soundgarden – Superunknown: Heavy guitars bring back rock
Mark Lanegan – Whiskey For The Holy Ghost: Fragile songs
Oasis – Definitely Maybe: Best selling album I can agree to
Massive Attack – Protection: Fantastic club sounds
Tom Petty – Wildflowers: Keeping the hippie time alive
Nirvana – MTV Unplugged in NY: Curt Cobains legacy

Some songs I combine with this year:

Forrest Gump: I nearly cried when Jenny died
Four Weddings And A Funeral: Funny movie about love and friendship
Pulp Fiction: A movie that blew out my mind at the first time
Legends Of The Fall: Great drama
In The Year Of The Father: Another superb movie Mr. Day-Lewis
The Crow: Dark, dark, dark – only revenche
Natural Born Killers: Oliver Stone shows us the power of TV
Ed Wood: Wonderful movie about the worst director ever

All this happened in 1994:

The Zapatista Army of National Liberation begins their war in Chiapas, Mexico // A Bosnian Serb Army mortar shell kills 68 civilians and wounds about 200 in a Sarajevo market place // Silvio Berlusconi’s right wing coalition wins the Italian general election // The Rwandan Genocide begins in Kigali // Curt Cobain killed himself // Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman are murdered outside the Simpson home in LA. O.J. Simpson is later acquitted of the killings, but is held liable in a civil suit // Colombian footballer Andrés Escobar is shot dead in Medellin. His murder is commonly attributed as a retaliation for the own goal Escobar scored in the 1994 FIFA World Cup against the United States // Brazil wins the FIFA World Cup against Italy // The Provisional Irish Republic Army announces a complete cessation of military operations // Michael Schumacher wins his first Formula One World Championship

Very few music addicted people can still remember the times beginning of the 1970s when German radio broadcasted popular music only for one or two hours daily. That’s why I often joined the AFN, where you could hear all the good songs that the forces brings to the American soldiers. Of course the played real country music as well and this was the time, when I got the first contact to the man with the somber voice. Throughout the years I always loved to hear him but I was not successful to introduce him to my lads. Everything changed, with this record. Produced by Rick Rubin, who produced the first Beastie Boys album as well, he got the recognition he should have. Rubin reduced the songs just to Johnny Cash and his guitar and he picked out some songs from nowadays bands and let them sing by the man in black.

Johnny Cash – Delia’s Gone
Johnny Cash – Down There By The Train
Johnny Cash – Drive On
Johnny Cash – The Beast In Me

Twanging Tuesday # 9

Rumble on the Beach was a German rockabilly band from the early 1980s. Their first record was released on the Weser label which was well know for their punk history. Rumble Rat is a pretty good record in this genre and Rumble on the Beach reached a higher name recognition with their rockabilly-version of Prince’s Purple Rain.

Rumble on the Beach – Purple Rain

Thou Shalt Always Kill

Todays song is the first single from the British hip-hop duo dan le sac VS scroobius pip released in 2007. They combine electric beats with spoken, sung and rapped lyrics. They ought to be famous in Great Britain because the appeared several time on Glastonbury Festival. I have discovered this song only this year and it does not go out of my head any more. In addition, it contains superior lyrics.

Enjoy

I Want To Know

Business work is over for this year my friends. During the last months I was working so hard on some projects ans special duties that I almost lost my power. In fact that I didn’t had a chance throughout the last months to get some days off I take my unused holidays until the first week of the next year. Not knowing what to do I booked a flight down to Sri Lanka again. Also to see how C.’s business is running or not. I think it might be fine to stay over Christmas time and New Year Day somewhere where it is not as cold and rainy as in Germany. I finished packing my bags and will go out for a beer later this afternoon – and tomorrow I’ll fly.

So don’t be too disappointed when you miss my daily blog. I try to keep it alive down there. Todays song is from Adriano Celentano from his superb album Quel Punto. Have a nice week

Adriano Celentano – I Want To Know

40 Records In 40 Years (20/40 – 1993)

In the review I must confess that in 1993 another year has been with many stamping changes. The slightest one was that we have bought ourselves a domestic animal. A small West-Highland terrier. Never had a pet before but I loved him from the first day we got him – not knowing that he will accompany me for 16 years. The really drastic event was the birth of our daughter. She was planned and we and we have brought the months of the pregnancy like millions more different behind ourselves. What I will never forget, nevertheless, in my life is the birth of my daughter. The most moving moment in my present life was when I might hold her for the first time in my hands. At this moment I was indescribably happy and tears of the joy are running down my cheeks. I was so happy that I could take the world in my arms. Of course, you are not able to sleep after this emotional birth so I went to my mates to celebrate the birth of my daughter. My god, was I hammered. A few month later we finished the renovation in our house so we could move into it before the winter comes.

Another thing I remember this year was the World Championship in Athletics that was held in Stuttgart. I’m into football but me and my mates have decided to watch the games at one day. I can remember that Thursday when we arrived at the competition site. It was warm and a clear sky and full of visitors. We had good seats to watch the pole vault and the men and women short sprint as well. It was also the first day of the men’s decathlon. I’ve never been to a crowded place where thousands of people are happy and peaceful watching the competitions. Simply said, it was fantastic.

Didn’t found much new music this year and when I look back I remember this ones:

  • Cypress Hill – Black Sunday: Dope reggae
  • Iggy Pop – American Caesar: The old man is back as good as ever
  • Penelope Houston – The Whole World: Hit me with a flower – San Fransisco calling
  • Grant Lee Buffalo – Fuzzi: Laid back songs from the American underground
  • Jamiroquai – Emergency On Planet Earth: Brought us back to dancefloor
  • Guru – Guru’s Jazzmatazz Vol. I: Fantastic sounds with this crossover 
  • Donald Fagen- Kamakiriad: Another great record from the former Steely Dan member
  • V.A. – Judgement Nights: If it should be loud – it should be in this way
  • Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds – Live Seeds: Great document of his tour I was able to see him

Here are just a few songs from this year:

Yes, we had the time to watch some movies as well:

  • The Fugitive: Great parts by Tommy Lee Jones and Harrison Ford
  • Schindler’s List: Excellent drama about a true story
  • Sleepless In Seattle: If you were engaged at this time you had to watch it
  • Philadelphia: Very good drama about to be HIV positive
  • In The Line Of Fire: Clint Eastwood gets even better the older he gets
  • Sommersby: Fine story / great actors
  • The Piano: Excellent movie with fantastic pictures
  • Groundhog Day: Every day is the same
  • Falling Down: It could happen if everything gets too much
  • True Romance: Excellent road movie, written by Quentin Tarantino
  • Grumpy Old Men: Just funny to watch real actors

In the Sri Lankan Civil War 100 people were killed by the navy in Jaffna Lagoon // A Liberian-registered oil tanker runs aground off close to Shetland, causing a massive oil spill // 900 Muslims and Hindus die during the Bombay riots // Bill Clinton succeeds George Bush as the 42nd President of the United States // Vaclav Havel is elected President of the Czech Republik // WTC bombed by a van bomb // The enclave Srebrenica is declared as a UN-protected ‘safe area’ // Eritrea gains independence from Ethiopia // Large protests erupt against the regime of Slobodan Misosevic in Belgrade – opposition leader Vuk Draskovic and his wife Danica are arrestet //  GSG 9 troopers arrest Birgit Hogefeld and kill Wolfgang Grams, two Red Army Faction terrorists, in a train station in Germany // Handshake between Arafat and Rabin in Washington after signing a peace accord // The Maastricht Treaty takes effect, formally establishing the European Union // Manchester United win the inaugural English Premier League title (their first league title in 26 years) and Bobby Moore dies // World Championship in Athletics held in Stuttgart

I followed Paul Weller from the start with The Jam over to The Style Council. With every band he wrote history in modern music. Starting with The Jam to reanimate the mod era he gave us a lot of songs that were monumental. With The Style Council he slipped into another sound. Now we could here more soul and jazz in his music. On their records are a lot of songs as well I played again and again all over the years. In the early 1990s he decided to start a career under his own name. His second record by his name is Wild Wood. Weller finds the on Wild Wood his own personal sound. In rock history only a few artists found their own sound – to me occur only Neil Young and partly Jimi Hendrix. Let me formulate it in this way: earthy, crashing guitar sounds, broken and aggressively. And over the sound his fantastic voice: smoky, furious and emotionally loaded. I can’t imagine that someone else could sing this songs like he did. And finally his superb lyrics.  I think this is his masterpiece.

Paul Weller – Sunflower
Paul Weller – Can You Heal Us (Holy Man)
Paul Weller – Wild Wood
Paul Weller – Shadow Of The Sun
Paul Weller – Wild Wood – Shared Wood (Portishead Remix)

The Foreign Correspondent – Stories About German Rock Music # 12

The intention of this series was to tell the people out there about German music. To German music belongs also music to adjoining states. Last time I crossed the border I featured Steffan Eicher from Switzerland. Now I cross the border to Austria. Falco got famous as the so called first white Rapper who got a number one chart hit at Billboard in the US. He started his career as a bass player in the Austrian anarchy punk band Drahdiwaberl who had an underground hit in Austria which was banned in the airplay because it described the use and dealing of drugs in Vienna. After his work with Drahdiwaberl he forced a career with his own name. He signed a contract and produced his first record. The single Der Kommissar advanced to a often played club hit and was covered by Under The Fire. Under the influence of the Milos Foreman movie Amadeus and the hype about Mozart he wrote his well known song Amadeus. Also a milestone in white rapping. It was played these times in my place very often and never get boring at all. In the German-speaking space there was a violent controversy about his song Jeanny. After the title had been uncoupled after rock Me Amadeus and Vienna Calling as this next single and the matching video had run on television, a quarrel about the contents broke out. Many broadcasting stations refused passing the ball because Jeanny described in her opinion an act of violence not only, but even glorified. For me it was a great song and his voice sounded like a haunted pedestrian – awesome. After years of very big success and tours through the whole world he lost his physical and mental health and turned more and more into drugs. He died in 1998 in the Dominican Republic when his jeep collided with a public bus high leveled with alcohol, cocaine and THC. May he rest in peace.
Drahdiwaberl & Falco – Ganz Wien
Falco – Der Kommissar
Falco – Rock Me Amadeus