What Happened To Pub Rock # 15

As already is mentioned it is a tightrope walk if you write about bands from this times. One are already ascribed the punk or New Wave scene other are to be assigned unambiguously the pub rock scene. What is common, however, to all that they had their roots in the pubs where had to be played live. Todays artist Elvis Costello has definitely his roots in the pub rock scene. But he is also the link to the upcoming punk and new wave scene in Great Britain. There are many words written about him and his career, his collaboration with other great musicians and his affinity to the classic Country Music to bore you with more words. I would only like to say that he is an artist I follow over more than 25 years now. And there are so many songs I would like to post. But which one should I select? Shipbuilding with Chet Baker on trumpet? Something from his jazz influenced Almost Blue? Some of his mid/end 80s records? I decided to give you some songs you might know well. They are from his debut My Aim Is True. For me it is one of the best debut albums ever (I am thinking about a new series about debut albums that impressed me much). On this record he showed us what talent he has in writing songs and performing them. Sadly I didn’t see him live yet – but I’ve got a ticket for his concert in October this year. And I am looking forward to it.

Elvis Costello – Miracle Man
Elvis Costello – Alison
Elvis Costello – Less Than Zero
Elvis Costello – I’m Not Angry
Elvis Costello – Waiting For The End Of The World



These days The Robster wrote about what music means to him. I found so many words I can agree to. I seldom read a text about music and what it can mean which sums up a lot.For mor e than 40 years music accompanied me in different ways. Music makes me feel better when I am  down, gives me the power to continue and inspires me to many things. It is not just one kind of music I like and I don’t stand too close to one kind of genre. Many of my friends still think in musical categories and are not ready to open their ears for new or another kind of music. When I started to follow some blogs a lot of you out there opened my ears for a very different kind of music and introduced me to some kind of music I didn’t know before. For example Dirk posted some gems which are fantastic and I only knew a few of them. That’s what I like – give me still more inspirations. There will be more music outside that should be worth to listen to. All in all: I can’t imagine a life without music. The final words I borrowed by The Robster (sorry) ‘You know what, my boy? You’ve actually had quite a lot of fun and some amazing experiences. Now stop moping and put some music on, you grumpy old bastard’.

Today’s song is from the superb new album by Hollie Cook, the daughter of the Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook. She’s a very clear voice and the songs fit absolutely to a warm summer night sitting together with a few friends and a fine bottle of wine.


Hollie Cook – Twice

Twanging Tuesday # 30

I just came back from the first game of German playing their first game in the FIFA World Champion Ship against Portugal. Me and my mate were happy about our team played and Christiano Ronaldo got no chance to be part of the game. We’ll look forward to to the upcoming games and we were sure right now to get get the final games. I hope deeply that the English team will win again against Ururguay this week. I watched the game against Italy these days and was astonished about your right wing offender Sterling. I thought about several times, what to show up today in this series. The finally conclusion was a track by Jason and the Scorchers. They were a band playing cowpunk in the 90s. I liked them these days for their power and physical presence. This song was was covered a lot of times. And I think this version shows the abilities of this song.

Enjoy to one more song from Mr. Dylan as a version.

Back On The Blog

Hello comrades, I started a little break the week before because there were so many other things to do and to arrange that I wasn’t able to write my daily posts. I would like to thank you all for your warm words and be sure it means a lot to me. In the last ten days I worked on our divorce, fixed the selling of our apartment, supported my former wife because she can’t control and direct our son any more, had some guests in our apartment and, in addition I had a difficult and extensive job to do. Sometimes I haven’t know what things should be first done or arranged. Now I hope you understand that I needed some time for a break.

Anyway, for God’s sake there are some things that fetched me back on the ground again. First was watching the games of the FIFA World Championship in Brazil, playing pool with my mates and music of course. So I try to keep running this blog as you might know it. I still have some ideas for the upcoming weeks and to continue my series.

Normally my co-worker arrives almost three hours later in the office as I usually do. So I have plenty of time to play my music alongside. Last week happened that within half an hour three songs appeared by the random list with one subject. All songs trade of the fact that a man calls the person or to call tries he loves to persuade them of it as importantly it is to him that he can meet them once again.

The first one is Sylvia’s Mother by Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show.The song is an autobiographical song in which  the author Shel Silverstein to his own unsuccessful love. Always I have loved the suffering voice of Ray Sawyer trying to get Silvia on the phone again and her mother blocked telling him him that his love moves away with an other man. I remember my hairs stood up when I first heard him begging ‘Please Mrs. Avery, I got to talk to her only for a while’. I can feel the sadness when her mother said ‘And Sir, won’t you call back again’. And always the operator cuts in to ask for more money throughout the conversation.

Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show – Silvia’s Mother

The singer doesn’t really suffer but he tries to get a date over the telephone. It’s the 1959 hit single from J.P. Richardson better known as The Big Bopper. He was on of the other guys who died in an airplane crash together with Buddy Holly and Richie Valance. I started reading about rock music in the early 1970s with Nic Cohn’s Pop History. I will never forget what he wrote about this song: He stands in a telephone box, calls a girl and must create like mad to move them to an engagement. He sweats, he giggles, he babbles and dribbles. One feels how his fat shoulders twitch like in the delirium. His stupid suit wraps up him wei a tent, his eyes overflow and his lower lip hangs down limpy. ‘Chantilly lace and a pretty face, pony tail hanging down, wiggle in her walk, giggle in her talk. Lord makes the world go round … Makes him feel real loose, like a long-necked goose’. And all the time he melts away.
And if nothing reaches, of course not, but he does not surrender, nevertheless, and roars and shouts like a democrat from the south with an election rally. The result makes no difference anyway, but the acting achievement counts. ‘Ohh Baby’ he howls ‘You know what I like, You know’. And at this moment he explodes, resolves.

The Big Bopper – Chantilly Lace

The last one is from a band that was famous during the German New Wave. I hate it if they are called in the same breath with bands, they’ve basically have produced musical garbage which achieved unfortunately commercial success. Trio aren’t that way – they were more punk and radical then a lot of others. Anyway, they adapted this theme with spoken words on a simple melody. A guy calls his former girlfriend late at night (probably drunk) to get in contact again with her while he listen to their former song. I’ve to admit that I listened to a song that was recorded by Dombrowski as the girl speaking in this telephone call and I wasn’t in the mood to convert my vinyl. So enjoy the video from German TV.

Hello, Sabine
(Sabine Sabine Sabine Sabine Sabine)
er how are you 
pay attention sometimes
(Sabine Sabine Sabine Sabine)
is on the radio
and er they had this music on the radio
and er there I had to think of course of you
(Sabine Sabine Sabine)
because you had said also last sometimes
I should call quietly again
(I love you I love you)
however, nevertheless, you have said, nevertheless
however, determines certainly
and then this music you know
yes, and then thought I call, nevertheless, sometimes
what, hello, hello, Sabine
I thought only
(Sabine Sabine Sabine Sabine Sabine)
yes, how like how er oh
nevertheless, you know
(Sabine Sabine Sabine Sabine)
this I don’t see in such a way
this is not necessary 
(Sabine Sabine Sabine)
nevertheless, you know this now, nevertheless, is
nevertheless, you and I know you like last sometimes
(I love you I love you)
why? don’t understand this now
last times you have spoken quite differently
so what
exactly exactly
and there you have said this would be everything smells
and this would go quietly thus and er
(Sabine Sabine Sabine Sabine Sabine)
what oh hear, nevertheless, is even not true
oh god and and generally this is
(Sabine Sabine Sabine Sabine)
no if thus is then fits me also not
this would be clear even smells and würd me
(Sabine Sabine Sabine)
yes, or, nevertheless, what
no because, nevertheless, I mine this everything is so important not
Central issue you and I
and together and feel fine or
(I love you I love you)
cuddle, nothing with cuddle
it’s finally over with cuddling
(I love you I love you)
then forget this shit
okay everything clearly everything clearly
It don’t have to be
(I love you I love you)
then is clearly you call again
or … it’s all okay
(I love you I love you)
okay bye

Time for a little break

Sorry you mates out there but I’ve got to take a little break from my daily posts. There are too many things in my mind that I have to sort to continue. But don’t think I am too far down – it’s just a period. I’ve got to sort my life an future. In this way I am almost not able right now to post some things that may be worth to know. Give me some time to get back on the track I was use to walk.

This is from one of my favorite record this year: Ellis Island Sound.

Enjoy and have a good time with the ones you love!

Ellis Island Sound – Ubu Goes To Town

That’s What I Watched On TV Years Ago # 2

One of my earliest recollections of a TV serial is The Prisoner. Therefore, I remember so well that I have not understood this series. In addition, I was also irritated about the equipment and the acting figures. It’s typical for the late 1960s that British television tried to go new ways in making series. Starring and co-created by Patrick McGoohan, it combined spy fiction with elements of science fiction, allegory and psychological drama. Because of the controversial subjects – like permanent control, conformance compulsion, to drug experiments, torture, the idleness of democratic elections and other – all 17 results were not emitted everywhere. Thus the first entire radiation occurred in Germany only in 2010. Over the years I forgot this series until our cultural transmitter showed all 17 episodes in a row over summer period.

This is the plot like Wikipedia tells us:

The series follows an unnamed British agent who abruptly resigns his job, apparently preparing to go on a holiday. While packing his luggage, he is rendered unconscious by knockout gas in his apartment. When he wakes, he finds himself held captive in a mysterious seaside “village” that is isolated from the mainland by mountains and sea. The Village is further secured by numerous monitoring systems and security forces, including a mysterious balloon-like device called Rover that recaptures – or kills – those who attempt escape. The agent encounters the Village’s population, hundreds of people from all walks of life and cultures, all seeming to be tranquilly living out their lives. They do not use names but instead are assigned numbers, which give no clue as to any person’s status (prisoner or warder). Potential escapees therefore have no idea whom they can and cannot trust. The protagonist is assigned Number Six, but refuses the pretence of his new identity.
Number Six is monitored heavily by Number Two, the Village administrator acting as an agent for an unseen “Number One”. A variety of techniques are used by Number Two to try to extract information from Number Six, including hallucinogenic drug experiences, identity theftmind controldream manipulation, and various forms of social indoctrination. All of these are employed not only to find out about why Number Six resigned as an agent but to extract other dangerous information he gained as a spy. The position of Number Two is filled in on a rotating basis; in some cases, part of a larger plan to confuse Number Six, while other times as a result of failure in interrogating Number Six.
Number Six, distrusting of anyone involved with the Village, refuses to co-operate or provide answers. Alone, he struggles with multiple goals: determining for which side the Village works, remaining defiant to its imposed authority, concocting his own plans for escape, learning all he can about the Village, and subverting its operation. His schemes lead to the dismissal of the incumbent Number Two on two occasions, despite their failure to facilitate his escape. By the end of the series the administration, becoming desperate for Number Six’s knowledge and fearful of his growing influence in the Village, takes drastic measures that threaten the lives of Number Six, Number Two, and the rest of the Village. A major theme of the show is individualism versus collectivism.

If you ever get a chance to watch this series – go for it.
And in addition a gem from 1968:

Twanging Tuesday # 29

Todays track is one from The Shades. I searched the internet for some more informations about the artists. But I found some informations about an English band from Yorkshire. But they aren’t the same. I think it must be one the forgotten bands that played long long time ago. I took this from a sampler I bought a few years ago. Rockabilly from Hell is a sampler with instrumental rockabilly tunes. Most of them are close to Link Wray and his Rumble. There are a lot of gems on it. If you are able – get this album.

The Shades – Strolling After Dark