Jeff Buckley is another artist that died too young. The bare facts are as well known as still staggering: Jeff Buckley drowned on 29 May 1997 at the age of 30 years immediately prior to the completion of his second album spirited singing in Mississippi in the waves of an oncoming ship. The question must, of course, still hot, if he even alive in 2000 would be a valued and famous artists, or whether only the myth of his death helped him to the veneration still received everywhere it is. We do not know, and Buckley will never know the answer. His music lives from his tender voice and his vocal range about several octaves and his ability of improvisation. When I listen to his songs I recognize vocal artists like Morrissey, Robert Plant and sometimes Freddy Mercury. He released with Grace only one studio album but his influence to bands like Radiohead, Coldplay and Muse is immense.
Today’s song showed up these days on my mobile phone and I couldn’t get it out of my head since then. It is a version of a classical tune from Thin Lizzy from their 1976 album with the same title. I love the version by the Dropkick Murphys because of it’s power. This song is still played by the Dropkicks in their concerts. I would like to present the original as well but I can’t find it on my hard drive. Still a song you can’t destroy.
Dropkick Murphys – Jailbreak
It’s amazing what you can find when you search the internet for some rockabilly stuff. Even in countries that might not be the first ones when you think about music there are bands that was really worth to listen. Another band from Budapest, Hungary, plays an awesome rockabilly beat. All elements that made this kind of music famous are mixed together into the sound of today. You ought to see the video.
Let’s start another working week with a song from Groove Armada another fantastic electronic duo from London. Formed in the early 90s they made a respectable output since now. I love to listen to their mixes dance, hip hop, downbeat and dub. Especially the funky bass guitar on this record.
It’s a sunny Sunday morning and the temperature is rising day by day. I think we can leave that so called winter behind and it’s a good idea to start the day with a optimistic tune by Martin Stephenson and the Daintees. Running Waters was released in 1986 on his superb debut Boat to Bolivia.
Enjoy and have a good week
2002 – the first year after 9-11 and life goes on as nothing really happened. What remains for us do otherwise than continue living our lives and not make us crazy from the daily news of the war against terrorism? But since the attack on the WTC, a lot has changed. Before the attack traveling was relaxed, we have since been at the airport more and more controlled. I’ve been to many places before and at none time I had to worry about my life. I remember when I was on Corsica in the late 80s sitting in a bar I heard a bomb exploding a few streets away and I don’t give much attention on it. This year we spent our holidays in Bali – a wonderful island and still worth to visit. Fantastic beaches, tropical hills, great reefs for snorkeling and impressive tea plants. We arrived in Kuta and started a self organized round trip. All in all a wonderful vacation and a trip we still remember. When we came back home we heard the news about a bombing attack at Kuta beach where a lot of people died. The bomb exploded right at a bar we used to have our drinks. We were just lucky that the attack has not happened a few weeks earlier. Since I’m on vacation attentive and pay attention to things that I have not previously registered. Not that I am afraid but I know that things can happen to me – anytime, anywhere.
All right – let’s have a look at this years records:
- Tocotronic – Tocotronic: Another great record from this Hamburg band
- Queens of the Stone Age – Songs for the Deaf: Heavy guitars and great songs
- Coldplay – A Rush of Blood to the Head: On the same level as before
- Red Hot Chilly Peppers – By the Way: Great – according to masses
- The Libertines – Up the Bracket: Sensational debut
- The Streets – Original Pirate Material: Fantastic and very very special
- Billy Bragg and the Blokes – England, Half English: Another great record by our beloved socialist
- Groove Armada – AnotherLateNight: Great stuff on it
- The Ravonettes – Whip it on: Just an EP but what a record
- Spoon – Kill the Moonlight: Another record that gets better the more you listen to it
- Thievery Corporation – The Richest Man in Babylon: Perfect fusion of dub and latin
And as always – a look at this years movies:
- The Pianist: A masterpiece by Roman Polanski
- About Schmidt: Great story and a wonderful Jack Nicholson
- Frida: Biopic about a great painter
- About a Boy: Just a nice story
- The Bourne Identity: Fascinating
- The Transporter: The best one in this series
- The Ring: Remake of a Japanese horror movie
- 8 Mile: Eminem shows us the life in trailer parks
- City of God: Fantastic movie of Brazilians dark side
And just a few words about what happened in the world this year:
The Euro notes and coins are available // Civil war in Angola // US army starts invasion in Afghanistan // Queen mother dies at the age of 101 // Pim Fortuyn a dutch politician an Prime Minister candidate is assassinated in Hilversum, Netherlands // Brazil wins the FIFA Football World Cup 2:0 against Germany
My attention was on this band by their song “Pilot”, an initially inconspicuous and somewhat remarkable piece of music. Restrained instruments, backed by a rhythm shun, like a ballade, yet different. Then was come an insinuating and gentle rough voice accompanied the chorus of wonderful string instruments – I was spellbound. I knew I needed more of The Notwist. What was then presented me with Neon Golden, surpassed any of my expectations.
“In contrast,” is probably the perfect description for this album. Unconventional advised the boys of The Notwist on an inclined sound drum. Strange, remarkable beats almost adorn every song – you realize that every song was produced and arranged with unusual concentration and care. … Different … and then – awesome. Wonderful, indispensable …
“Neon Golden” has a variety of variety, “Pick up the Phone”, “One with the Freaks” and “Consequence” belong to the most often mentioned diamonds this treasure chest are also considered out tip, if you look at but the best to will lift the end, you can hear the album but it was only at home – consistently and appropriately titled “One Step Inside Does not Mean You Do not Understand”, a verse text, quiet gliding music – and you already knows: this album should be listened to from start until the end in a row. Then meet a gem like “Pilot”, the diversity and innovativeness of The Notwist here comes to its best advantage, because the song from the beginning, chorus through to the end its variety of pages shows – as all the time in “Neon Golden “.
A few days ago George from the inspiring Jim McLean’s rabbit has objected that I hadn’t done too much heavy metal. It’s true and therefor I decided to feature on this series today Germany’s best selling hard rock / heavy metal band ever: Scorpions.
Since its inception in 1965 they have played in the meantime 3000-5000 Concerts worldwide. In Germany they are an institution for this kind of musical genre. I think they hit the nerve of the time with this kind of music. Based on heavy guitars from Michael and Rudolf Schenker and added with the voice of Klaus Meine they created their very own style. Lot’s of bands tried to do it their way but didn’t reached their level. In 1973 Michael Schenker left the Scorpions to join to the British hard rock band UFO that was also a very very good band and their story should be told once a day on this blog. Not only their powerful songs made them famous. They also made some good ballads and have coined the term power ballad. In their earlier times they were well known for their record covers. Some of them was banned because of too offensive images.
Even if you don’t be close to this kind of music the Scorpions should be respected for what they did in the last 40 years.