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Discos y Conciertos en el 2013

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George Harrison,…“Go and Think for Yourself”

Posted in Discos, George Harrison, The Beatles on diciembre 29, 2013 by fliker1970

Do what you want to do,
And go where you’re going to.
Think for yourself
‘Cause I won’t be there with you.
– Think for Yourself (1965)

George Harrison (25 February 1943 – 29 November 2001) British songwriter, musician and film producer best known as a member of The Beatles.

“Angry Beatle”

Harrison wrote his first song, “Don’t Bother Me”, while sick in a hotel bed in Bournemouth during August 1963, as “an exercise to see if I could write a song”, as he remembered.

“Don’t Bother Me” appeared on the band’s second album, With the Beatles, later that year, then on Meet the Beatles! in the US in early 1964. In 1965, he contributed “I Need You” and “You Like Me Too Much” to the album Help!.

It just annoyed me that people got so into the Beatles. “Beatles, Beatles, Beatles.” It’s not that I don’t like talking about them. I’ve never stopped talking about them. It’s “Beatles this, Beatles that, Beatles, Beatles, Beatles, Beatles.” Then in the end, it’s like “Oh, sod off with the Beatles,” you know? George – 12 December 1987

Harrison’s songwriting ability improved through the years, but his material did not earn full respect from his fellow Beatles until near the group’s break-up. In 1969, McCartney told Lennon: “Until this year, our songs have been better than George’s. Now this year his songs are at least as good as ours”. Harrison often had difficulty getting the band to record his songs. Most Beatles albums contain at least two Harrison compositions, and there are three of his songs on the 1966 Revolver LP

Of the 1967 Harrison song “Within You Without You”, author Gerry Farrell claimed that Harrison had created a “new form”, calling the composition: “a quintessential fusion of pop and Indian music.”

“His mind and his music are clear. There is his innate talent, he brought that sound together.” John Lennon

I had no ambition when I was a kid other than to play guitar and get in a rock ‘n’ roll band. I don’t really like to be the guy in the white suit at the front. Like in the Beatles, I was the one who kept quiet at the back and let the other egos be at the front. George – 12 December 1987

If I grow up I’ll be a singer, wearing rings on every finger
Not worrying what they or you say, I’ll live and love and maybe someday
Who knows baby, you may comfort me.
– Old Brown Shoe (1969)

Everett described Harrison’s guitar solo from “Old Brown Shoe” as “stinging [and] highly Claptonesque”. He identified two of the composition’s significant motifs: a bluesy trichord and a diminished triad with roots in A and E. Huntley called the song “a sizzling rocker with a ferocious … solo.”In Greene’s opinion, Harrison’s demo for the song contains “one of the most complex lead guitar solos on any Beatles song.”

Something (1969) – “An intensely stirring romantic ballad that would challenge ‘Yesterday’ and ‘Michelle’ as one of the most recognizable songs they ever produced.” Bob Spitz

Spotty Little Teenagers at Hippy Haven

That’s what the whole Sixties Flower-Power thing was about: ‘Go away, you bunch of boring people.’ George The Beatles Anthology (2000), p. 296

Little darling
It’s been a long cold lonely winter
Little darling
It feels like years since it’s been here.
Here comes the sun…
– Here Comes the Sun (1969)

‘Harrison comes into his own on Abbey Road … “Here Comes the Sun” is matched—indeed, surpassed—only by “Something”, his crowning achievement’

I’d thought it would be something like King’s Road [London], only more. Somehow I expected them all to own their own little shops. I expected them to all be nice and clean and friendly and happy … (on the contrary, I discovered them to be) hideous, spotty little teenagers.George : Expressing disenchantment with the “Summer of Love” hippies of San Francisco’s famous “hippie haven” i.e., the Haight-Ashbury district, which he visited on August 7, 1967. George – Quoted in Dark Horse: The Life and Art of George Harrison, Geoffrey Giuliano

I Really Want to See You

George Harrison developed an interest in the Hare Krishna movement and became an admirer of Indian culture and mysticism, introducing them to the other members of the Beatles and their Western audience by incorporating Indian instrumentation in their music

If there’s a God, I want to see Him. It’s pointless to believe in something without proof, and Krishna consciousness and meditation are methods where you can actually obtain God perception. In that way you can see, hear and play with God. Perhaps this may sound weird, but God is really there next to you. George – Parmahansa Yoganada’s Book ‘ An autobiagraphy of a Yogi’ published in 1948.

I really want to see you, Really want to be with you, Really want to see you lord, But it takes so long, my lord. My Sweet Lord (1970)

My idea in “My Sweet Lord,” because it sounded like a “pop song,” was to sneak up on them a bit. The point was to have the people not offended by “Hallelujah,” and by the time it gets to “Hare Krishna,” they’re already hooked, and their foot’s tapping, and they’re already singing along “Hallelujah,” to kind of lull them into a sense of false security. And then suddenly it turns into “Hare Krishna,” and they will all be singing that before they know what’s happened, and they will think, “Hey, I thought I wasn’t supposed to like Hare Krishna!” George – 4 September 1982

All religions are branches of one big tree. It doesn’t matter what you call Him just as long as you call. Just as cinematic images appear to be real but are only combinations of light and shade, so is the universal variety a delusion. The planetary spheres, with their countless forms of life, are naught but figures in a cosmic motion picture. One’s values are profoundly changed when he is finally convinced that creation is only a vast motion picture and that not in, but beyond, lies his own ultimate reality. George -Parmahansa Yoganada’s Book ‘ An autobiagraphy of a Yogi’ published in 1948.

I look at the world and I notice it’s turning.
While my guitar gently weeps.
With every mistake we must surely be learning,
Still my guitar gently weeps.
– While My Guitar Gently Weeps (1968)

‘Suzi Q…Seeking for Pleasure’

Posted in 'Suzi Q...Seeking for Pleasure', Suzi Quatro on diciembre 25, 2013 by fliker1970

“A bass should sound like a bass with the thump of the finger against the wood, like it began with stand up”. Suzi Quatro

Susan Kay “Suzi” Quatro (born 3 June 1950) is a British-based American singer-songwriter, bass guitar player, and actor. She is the first female bass player to become a major rock star.

In the 1970s Quatro scored a string of hit singles that found greater success in Europe and Australia than in her homeland. But, following a recurring role as a female bass player on the popular American sitcom Happy Days, her duet “Stumblin’ In” with Chris Norman reached number 4 in the USA in 1979.

Quatro says she was influenced at the age of six by Elvis Presley, whom she saw on television. She also said she had no female role model but was inspired by Billie Holliday and liked the dress sense of Mary Weiss of the Shangri-Las “because she wore tight trousers and a waistcoat on top — she looked hot”.

“I also have a big love of classical music played on piano because this is the environment I grew up in my brother being one of the great masters in this world”. Suzi Quatro

She is a self-taught player of the bass and guitar.Her father gave her a 1957 Fender Precision bass guitar in 1964.

“The bass player’s function, along with the drums, is to be the engine that drives the car… everything else is merely colours”. Suzi Quatro

She played drums from an early age as part of her father’s jazz band, The Art Quatro Trio

“I play Rock and roll mainly but I can play passable jazz also”. Suzi Quatro

In 1964, after seeing a television performance by The Beatles, Quatro’s older sister, Patti, had formed an all-female band called The Pleasure Seekers with two friends. Quatro joined too and assumed the stage name of Suzi Soul; Patti was known as Patti Pleasure. The band also featured another sister, Arlene.

The Pleasure Seekers recorded three singles and released two of these: “Never Thought You’d Leave Me” / “What A Way To Die” (1966)

 and “Light Of Love” / “Good Kind Of Hurt” (1968).

“The Pleasure Seekers eventually turned into Cradle (in late 1969), when we started writing our own material. My younger sister Nancy was brought in as singer and I kind of stepped aside as main lead singer and concentrated on my instrument”. Suzi Quatro

According to the Encyclopedia of Popular Music, his attention to Quatro was drawn by “her comeliness and skills as bass guitarist, singer and chief show-off in Cradle.”

“Record producer Mickie Most offered to take me to England and make me the first Suzi Quatro — I didn’t want to be the new anybody. He tried to build me into a Lulu, I wouldn’t have it. I’d say ‘go to hell’ and walk out.” Suzi Quatro

Quatro’s first single was “Rolling Stone”

This was the height of the glam rock period of the 1970s and Quatro, who wore leather clothes, portrayed a wild, androgynous image while playing music that “hinged mostly on a hard rock chug beneath lyrics in which scansion overruled meaning.” In autumn 1972, Quatro embarked as a support act on a UK tour with Thin Lizzy and headliners Slade

In May 1973, her second single “Can the Can” (1973) – which Philip Auslander describes as having “seemingly nonsensical and virtually unintelligible lyrics”was a number one hit in parts of Europe and in Australia.

“Can the Can” was followed by three further hits: “48 Crash” (1973), “Daytona Demon” (1973), and “Devil Gate Drive” (1974). “Can the Can”, “48 Crash” and “Devil Gate Drive” each sold over one million copies and were awarded gold discs.

“My feet never touched the ground. Lots of good groups with crazy and unique images. It was wild. I spent all of my time doing gigs, TV appearances, interviews, or recording. I could write a book – and probably will”.  Suzi Quatro

Quatro has influenced various female musicians:

Chrissie Hynde, the founding member and lead singer/guitarist of The Pretenders, cited Quatro as a major influence. In 1999, Hynde appeared on Quatro’s episode of This is Your Life and recalled interviewing her, in a toilet, when she was an NME journalist. Quatro then took her to see her gig in her van and Hynde was impressed by Quatro’s energy and personality.

Tina Weymouth is a founding member and bassist of the New Wave group Talking Heads (formed in 1975 in New York City, USA) and its side project Tom Tom Club.

The Runaways and Joan Jett.

“I am flattered to have been the woman to have opened the door for female rockers to be accepted into the mainly male industry”. Suzi Quatro

Queensryche: “Operation sTATE of Mind”

Posted in Discos, Queensryche on diciembre 21, 2013 by fliker1970

Spreading the disease
Everybody needs
But no one wants to see
Religion and sex are powerplays
Manipulate the people for the money they pay
Selling skin, selling God
The numbers look the same on their credit cards
Politicians say no to drugs
While we pay for wars in South America
Fighting fire with empty words
While the banks get fat
And the poor stay poor
And the rich get rich
And the cops get paid
To look away

“Long dubbed “the thinking man’s metal band,” Queensryche have always been difficult to classify; somewhere between Iron Maiden and Pink Floyd. Mindcrime was their breakthrough album, garnering the band commercial and critical success. Arguably their best release, this is a complex, ambitious effort, with top-notch music and a complicated storyline (a disillusioned fortune hunter of the Reagan era joins an underground movement to assassinate political scumbags) that flows smoothly from start to finish”.

 

 “The combination of experimental, progressive music with shorter, more radio-friendly songs works well, and enabled the band to release singles from the album while keeping the story intact. These shorter songs provide the album’s most exciting moments; “Revolution Calling,” “Eyes of a Stranger,” and “I Don’t Believe in Love” are some of the best metal songs out there”. –Genevieve Williams

You have to create music you enjoy, that inspires you, not cater to your audience or you will totally lose your inspiration. Then it becomes totally a situation similar to clocking in to a job and putting in your hours, where you can’t wait to be finished and be gone. None of us have ever been interested in feeling like that. We like to and we NEED to experiment and try new things as a band. From our perspective though, we hear just as many people liking the new material and new sounds as we do people who are into the old output”. Geoff Tate

Queensrÿche is an American progressive heavy metal band formed in 1982 in Bellevue, Washington. The band has released twelve studio albums, one EP and several DVDs, and continues to tour and record. The original lineup consisted of vocalist Geoff Tate, guitarists Chris DeGarmo and Michael Wilton, bassist Eddie Jackson and drummer Scott Rockenfield.

“I really strongly believe that music is a personal journey for everyone. It is DEFINITELY a personal journey for the artist or composer, you’re writing about how you feel the world or look at the world. You’re utilizing your inspiration and craftsmanship to come up with ideas and compose songs. It’s also a personal journey for the audience ideally. How they take it, and how they hear it, varies so much”. Geoff Tate

“With each and every new album we make there are people who get it and like it and people who don’t. From our experiences over the years, the people who initially didn’t get it tend to find some appreciation for them over time. When THE WARNING came out, the critics just slammed it”. Geoff Tate

“One person we meet will love a song like “Take Hold Of the Flame” from THE WARNING album and another person will not like any of that older material but they’ll like something like “Della Brown” off the EMPIRE album. It just varies so widely from person to person and you can’t just use someone’s opinion as a gauge because everyone enjoys things differently and everyone experiences things differently and personally”

 

 

Queensrÿche has been successful in the progressive scene, having sold over 20 million albums worldwide, including over 6 million albums in the United States. The band received worldwide acclaim after the release of their 1988 album Operation: Mindcrime, which is often considered one of the greatest concept albums of all time.

Their follow-up release, Empire, released in 1990, was also very successful and included the hit single “Silent Lucidity”.

The band has received three Grammy Award nominations for songs off both albums; Rockenfield also received a Grammy nomination outside of Queensrÿche.

“It’s really hard, as artists for us to be subjective about our work and differentiate about the old versus the new and things like that. The albums have to originally be “for us”. They all have been, “RAGE” was for us, “EMPIRE” was for us, the cover album you spoke of was “for us”. The covers album was all very well thought out and personal to us. They were all songs that were individually inspirational to us and we selected them from a very large pool of songs that we considered. That was the approach of that covers album, it wasn’t to cash in, it wasn’t to appease fans, it was for us. I don’t mean any of this to sound arrogant, I’m just trying to tell you the truth. This is the way artists work. I know a lot of bands use the slogan “we do it all for the fans” but it’s not really 100% accurate, it’s more of a marketing slogan”.  Geoff Tate

In 1997, guitarist and primary songwriter DeGarmo left the band for personal reasons. Over the years, his replacements have been Kelly Gray, Mike Stone, and Parker Lundgren, respectively.

Following a highly publicized backstage altercation before a show in São Paulo, Brazil in April 2012, Tate was fired from the band and replaced with Crimson Glory singer Todd La Torre.

2012 Queensrÿche split

Drummer Scott Rockenfield and singer Geoff Tate performing with Queensrÿche in São Paulo, Brazil on April 14, 2012. Tate would repeatedly spit at Rockenfield during this show.In a band meeting on April 12, 2012, which Tate did not attend, the band fired Tate’s stepdaughter, Miranda, from running the band’s fan club, and also fired the band manager, Susan Tate, because of ongoing “arguments and division” over decisions and “feelings that Susan Tate was not working on the behalf of the band as a whole.” Wilton would later justify the firings by saying: “the last 3 years, basically it just came to a point that we didn’t have a voice in the band anymore. It was all run by the singer and his manager, the wife.”

In response to his dismissal, Tate and his wife Susan (who served as the band’s manager from 2005–2012) filed a lawsuit in a Washington court, claiming that he was wrongfully terminated. The ruling in the preliminary injunction was that until the court date on January 27, 2014, both parties are allowed to use the name Queensrÿche; Tate has subsequently created his own lineup featuring former guitarist Gray and members from bands including Blue Öyster Cult, Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, Dio, AC/DC and Quiet Riot. This version of Queensrÿche with Geoff Tate has released the album Frequency Unknown on 23 April.

While the version of Queensrÿche with Todd La Torre released their eponymous album on 24 and 25 June (European and American release date, respectively). Both bands have toured in 2013.

About Some ‘Rolling’ Girls

Posted in Discos, The Rolling Stones on diciembre 14, 2013 by fliker1970

Miss you – Some Girls – 1978

“We’re gonna bring a case of wine

Hey, let’s go mess and fool around

You know, like we used to”

The lyrics were seemingly inspired by Mick Jagger’s deteriorating relationship with his wife, Bianca.

 “‘Miss You’ is an emotion, it’s not really about a girl. To me, the feeling of longing is what the song is.”
Mick Jagger

Hey Negrita – Black And Blue – 1978

 “Hey Negrita, hey now

Hey conchita, shake it up now

Bate las caderas, do it up now”

Hey Negrita …About Bianca De Macias – Mick Jagger’s first wife)

 “I had this particular lick that I took into the studio and the others said, What are we going to start with? and I said, I’ve got this song. Charlie was sitting behind his kit, so he was already into it and then Keith and Mick both got into the motion of it. That was Hey Negrita, which came together very easily. The key to getting a song across in this band is never to try and write all the words. If you’ve got the rhythm, you’re lucky! Let Mick write the words and then you’re in with a chance.”  Mick Jagger

Angie – Goat’s Head Soup – 1973

The big rumor about this song is that it was written about David Bowie’s wife, Angela, who wrote in her autobiography that she once walked in on Bowie and Mick Jagger in bed together – a story Jagger denies

 

 “People began to say that song was written about David Bowie’s wife but the truth is that Keith wrote the title. He said, ‘Angie,’ and I think it was to do with his daughter. She’s called Angela. And then I just wrote the rest of it.”   Mick Jagger

Sweet Black Angel – Exile On Main Street -1972

This is about Angela Davis, a black radical who was arrested, but eventually acquitted, of aiding a courtroom escape in 1970 in which four people died.

The lyrics are a parody of black stereotypes. Mick Jagger sang like Buckwheat from The Little Rascals to make his statement of support for Angela Davis.

As early as 1969 Davis began publicly speaking, voicing her opposition to the Vietnam War, racism, sexism, and the prison industrial complex, and her support of gay rights and other social justice movements. In 1969 she blamed imperialism for the troubles suffered by oppressed populations.

Brown Sugar – Sticky Fingers – 1971

“Get along, brown sugar

How come you taste so good, baby?

Got me feelin’ now, brown sugar

Just like a black girl should”

Brown Sugar

Mick Jagger wrote the lyrics. According to Bill Wyman, the lyrics were partially inspired by a black backing singer called Claudia Linnear who was one of Ike Turner’s backup singers (Ikettes).

Jagger and her met when The Stones toured with Turner in 1969.

David Bowie also wrote his Aladdin Sane track “Lady Grinning Soul” about her.

Sister morphine – Sticky Fingers – 1971

 

Ah, come on, Sister Morphine, you better make up my bed

‘Cause you know and I know in the morning I’ll be dead

Yeah, and you can sit around, yeah and you can watch all the

Clean white sheets stained red.

Sister Morphine

This song is about Marianne Faithfull

“As Tears Go By” is a song written by The Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger, guitarist Keith Richards, and their manager Andrew Loog Oldham, and was a popular hit for both British singer Marianne Faithfull in 1964 and The Rolling Stones in 1965

Ruby Tuesday– Between The Buttons – 1967

 

 

“It was probably written about Linda Keith not being there (laughs). I don’t know, she had pissed off somewhere. It was very mournful, very, VERY Ruby Tuesday and it was a Tuesday.” Keith Richard

 

Yesterday’s papers – Between The Buttons – 1967

 

Yesterday’s papers

 This was the first Stones song Mick Jagger wrote by himself. It’s about Chrissie Shrimpton, his girlfriend from 1963-1966 (she was 17 when they started dating).

Chrissie was the sister of Jean Shrimpton, who as a fashion icon in ’60s London can make a claim to the title “world’s first supermodel.”

 

With Chrissie by his side, Jagger found himself mingling with artists and fashionistas, where he fit in quite well. When Mick and Chrissie split up, he took up with the singer Marianne Faithfull.

Stupid Girl – Aftermath – 1966

 

Stupid Girl

 “It’s much nastier than Under My Thumb. Obviously, I was having a bit of trouble. I wasn’t in a good relationship. Or I was in too many bad relationships. I had so many girlfriends at that point. None of them seemed to care they weren’t pleasing me very much. I was obviously in with the wrong group” Mick Jagger

Under my Thumb – Aftermath – 1966

 “It’s down to me

The difference in the clothes she wears

Down to me, the change has come,

She’s under my thumb”

Under my Thumb

  Mick Jagger was going out with a model named Chrissie Shrimpton at the time. She helped inspire the song.

 

Under my Thumb – The Who

 

Sharp – Clapton: ‘Tales of the Brave’

Posted in Arte, Artistas, Cream, Martin Sharp, Mighty Baby, Tiny Tim on diciembre 8, 2013 by fliker1970

You thought the leaden winter
Would bring you down forever
But you rode upon a steamer
To the violence of the sun

 

Sharp – Clapton – Cream – Mighty Baby – Tiny Tim

“I have never been shy about cutting things up if I had a good idea. To me it was worth the price of a book for the idea it expressed, the interconnecting of different worlds. I could put a Gauguin figure in a Van Gogh landscape, make the composition work, and also say something about their relationship.” Martin Sharp

Martin Ritchie Sharp (21 January 1942 – 1 December 2013)was an Australian artist, underground cartoonist, songwriter and film-maker.

Sharp made contributions to Australian and international culture from the early 1960s, and was called Australia’s foremost pop artist.

In 1966 Sharp published a selection of cartoons in the book Martin Sharp Cartoons. “Swinging London” was a mecca for young artists, writers and musicians

Clapton – Cream

His friendship with Clapton led to the commission to design Cream’s Disraeli Gears and Wheels of Fire cover albums

“I visited the Speakeasy Club in London one evening (1967). I saw a girl I knew, Charlotte, who was sitting at a table with two young men who I didn’t know. Being alone I asked if I could join them and I was made welcome. I remember that there was a discussion about a controversial article which had appeared in The Idealist concerning the assassination of President Kennedy. I gathered that the young men were musicians and as I had just written a poem which I thought would make a good song, I mentioned this fact, and one of the musicians replied that he had just written some music. In grand show business tradition I wrote the lyrics on a paper serviette and gave them to him with my address. I was sharing a studio off the Kings Road Chelsea with the photographer, Bob Whitaker, at the time. I was pleasantly surprised when the musician, who turned out to be Eric Clapton, arrived at the studio with a 45 r.p.m. record with ‘Strange Brew’

on the A-side and my song, “Tales of Brave Ulysses” on the B-side.” Martin Sharp

And the colors of the sea
Blind your eyes with trembling mermaids
And you touch the distant beaches
With tales of brave Ulysses
How his naked ears were tortured
By the sirens sweetly singing
For the sparkling waves are calling you
To kiss their white-laced lips



Soon after I moved to a nearby studio in “The Pheasantry”, Kings Road, Chelsea, and needing someone to share with I asked my new friend if he would care to share the space and experience. Chelsea was an exciting place to live and Eric agreed. (David Litvinoff, a well-known and extraordinary character in the music and art world had found the studio.) It was a perfect place to work and live.

Charlotte eventually moved in with Eric. Later we were joined by my girlfriend, a Finish model called Eija Veka Aho, and a young friend from Melbourne, painter and filmmaker, Philippe Mora, and his girlfriend, Freya. David Litvinoff worked in Tim Whidbornes’ studio downstairs… Anthony Haden-Guest had a flat there…Germaine Greer was writing “The Female Eunuch” in a room there… there were photographic studios…it was quite a special and creative building…it was called “The Pheasantry” because in the old days the land had been used for breeding pheasants for the King’s table”. Martin Sharp

“Eric asked me to design the cover for “Disraeli Gears”. I loved record cover art and was very happy to do it. I commissioned my ex-studio mate, Bob Whitaker, to take some photos which were used in a collage on the back cover. I believe the photo used on the cover was a publicity shot that I got from Eric. I was using fluorescent paints at the time. It was the height of psychedelia”. Martin Sharp

And you see a girl’s brown body
Dancing through the turquoise
And her footprints make you follow
Where the sky loves the sea
And when your fingers find her
She drowns you in her body
Carving deep blue ripples
In the tissues of your mind

“Some of the ingredients in the cover are made up from Victorian decorative engravings. It was done in black and white first and then painted with fluorescent colors. I tried to capture the warm joyful liveliness of Cream’s songs”.  Martin Sharp

The tiny purple fishes
Run laughing through your fingers
And you want to take her with you
To the hard land of the winter

Ford the gatefold sleeve for Cream’s third album; the double LP Wheels of Fire (1968), he won the New York Art Directors Prize for Best Album Design in 1969.

“I later went on to design the cover for “Wheels Of Fire” for Cream and also for Ginger Baker’s “Airforce”, a band called Mighty Baby…Jeannie Lewis’ “Free Fall Through Featherless Flight” and a few of my own releases of Tiny Tim, “Chameleon”, “Keeping My Troubles To Myself”, and “The World Non-Stop Singing Record.” Martin Sharp

 

Mighty Baby

 

 

 

Tiny Tim

One of Sharp’s great obsessions has been his idol, Tiny Tim, best known for his song ‘Tiptoe through the tulips’. Sharp first saw Tiny Tim at a Charity Concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London in 1969, encouraged by his flat-mate Eric Clapton. Sharp has revered Tiny Tim ever since, seeing him as a collagist like himself, but using songs rather than images. Tiny Tim and Sharp collaborated on a number of projects, including concerts in Australia and a film Sharp has been working on for over 20 years.

 

 

“Martin Sharp’s Street Of Dreams” is an amazing and magical look at the one-and-only Herbert Khaury (a.k.a. Tiny Tim), as well as a look at Sydney’s own Luna Park and the infamous Ghost Train fire (an incident which killed seven people). An almost decade long labor of love, Martin Sharp provides an inside look at pop music’s most eccentric and sincere performer, long after fame and fortune (and Miss Vicki) had left him. He was more than a musician, or an entertainer. He was a direct link to the music of days gone by, and in Martin Sharp’s words “The Eternal Troubadour”. To call him anything else would be ignoring the fact that he poured both his heart and soul into every performance, be it for ten people or ten thousand. However, Tiny Tim wasn’t without his fair share of personal demons.

 He constantly struggled with a love for alcohol and an obsessive passion for women, and there are many instances where both his desires and devotion to Jesus seem to present a man with mental instability. But it is these imperfections, combined with his ever-present humility and overall good humor, that fully round out the man and make him all the more believable and human.

 

 The film, while mainly focusing on Tiny Tim, also covers the story of Sydney’s Luna Park and the controversy of the Ghost Train fire. The film is tied together with video footage of Tiny’s 1979 attempt to break the World Professional Non-Stop Singing Record (a record he would later break again in the same year this film was completed), as well as footage of the time he spent as an entertainer at Luna Park. This particular edit was aired May 24th 1988 in Brighton, England. After the film was shown Tiny began his third and final World Professional Non-Stop Singing Record. There are several people to thank for this, and they would be Martin Sharp, Esteban Rincon, and the administrators of the Tiny Tim Facebook fanpage. Without Martin Sharp’s love and adoration for Tiny Tim, almost two decades of the singer’s life would have been lost to history. Martin Sharp first saw Tiny Tim perform at The Royal Albert Hall in 1969. After seeing him perform, Martin Sharp would go on to record many of Tiny’s on and off stage performances, his first recording being from 1974 at the Newcastle West Leagues Club. He continued to produce and support Tiny Tim well into the early nineties, and in 2007 re-released two of Tiny Tim’s albums he produced (“Chameleon” and “Wonderful World Of Romance”) as well as a compilation of previously unreleased studio and live performances titled “Stardust”

 

This period in London and his work with Oz brought him international renown.

As well as his Oz artwork and his famed album covers for Cream, he produced famous posters of musicians—Bob Dylan, Donovan and his classic ‘exploding’ Jimi Hendrix poster, based on a photo by Linda McCartney. These and other works like the poster for the “Legalise Pot” rally are keynote graphic works of the period and originals are now highly prized collector’s items.

He also designed at that time a controversial poster titled “Rasputin & his London Popes” for an antique shop in Barcelona run by a young Spanish photographer named Alexis de Vilar.

Her name is Aphrodite
And she rides a crimson shell
And you know you cannot leave her
For you touched the distant sands
With tales of brave Ulysses
How his naked ears were tortured
By the sirens sweetly singing

 

The tiny purple fishes
Run laughing through your fingers
And you want to take her with you
To the hard land of the winter

Dad, What Was Punk Rock?

Posted in "Carnival in Rio (Punk Was)", "Ronnie" Biggs, Die Toten Hosen, Sex Pistols. on diciembre 1, 2013 by fliker1970

Carnival In Rio (punk Was)

Punk was rotten, punk was vicious,
always being unambitious.
Punk was a piss-up, punk was a punch-up,
picking your nose and chucking your lunch up.
Punk was obnoxious, punk was obscene,
having a pop at our dear Queen.
Punk was a twisted tasteless trip,
punk was a pin through her majesty’s lip.


Die Toten Hosen is a German punk band from Düsseldorf that has been highly successful since the 1980s.

The band’s name literally means “The Dead Pants/Trousers”.

All band members are self-taught musicians. At the beginning of their musical career most of them were still at school.

Die Toten Hosen formed in 1982 at the Ratinger Hof, a Düsseldorf bar frequented by punk musicians. Its founder members were Campino and Andreas von Holst, both from local punk band ZK, with Andreas Meurer, Michael Breitkopf, Trini Trimpop and Walter November.



At their first concert at the Bremer Schlachthof over Easter 1982 the compère mistakenly introduced them as Die Toten Hasen (The Dead Hares). In the same year they released their first single Wir sind bereit (We Are Ready),

later followed by Reisefieber (wanderlust).

 

Their first album was recorded in a studio rented by the hour.

The band kept to simple guitar chords and lyrics, in garage style. Die Toten Hosen were mainly influenced by punk bands from the 1970s, to whom they frequently pay tribute in recorded work and live performances

In 1988, the LP Ein kleines bisschen Horrorschau (A little bit horrorshow) came out, including the song Hier kommt Alex (Here comes Alex).

This album is considered the band’s commercial breakthrough. Much of the album was written by Die Toten Hosen for Bernd Schadewald’s theater play A Clockwork Orange, adapted from Anthony Burgess’s eponymous book and the film by Stanley Kubrick.



In 1991 the Toten Hosen released their album Learning English Lesson One, a tribute to the band’s musical influences, consisting mainly of cover versions of English punk rock classics.

Each track featured at least one member of the original band that had recorded it. Several songs were recorded in Rio de Janeiro with Great Train Robber Ronald Biggs.

 

 Die Toten Hosen discography

1983: Opel-Gang
1984: Unter falscher Flagge

1986: Damenwahl
1987: Never Mind the Hosen, Here’s Die Roten Rosen
1988: Ein kleines bisschen Horrorschau


1990: Auf dem Kreuzzug ins Glück
1991: Learning English Lesson 1
1993: Kauf MICH!
1996: Opium fürs Volk

1998: Wir warten auf’s Christkind…
1999: Unsterblich
2002: Auswärtsspiel
2004: Zurück zum Glück

2008: In aller Stille
2012: Ballast der Republik

The band’s members are passionate fans of their local football team, Fortuna Düsseldorf, which they sponsored from 2001 to 2003.

When a goal is scored at the club’s ground, the Esprit Arena, the chorus of the band’s song “Strom” is played.

The band released a football-themed song named Bayern in 2000 in which they proclaim that they would not join Bayern Munich under any circumstances.

Campino as Journalist 

Campino has acted as a journalist on several occasions. In 1994 German magazine Der Spiegel printed his interview with then Youth Minister Angela Merkel in which he asked her about her experiences with drugs, alcohol and pop music.

In 1993 he asked Paul McCartney similar questions.

He interviewed Joe Strummer, singer of The Clash for SZ magazine in August 2001

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Campino as Actor

Campino has performed as an actor on several occasions. In 1986 he played a significant role in the movie ‘Verlierer’ by Bernd Schadewald and in 1990, he played a punk in the early evening television serial ‘Der Fahnder’.

In 1992, he played the lead role in the comedy ‘Langer Samstag’ by Hanns Christian Müller, alongside Gisela Schneeberger, Dieter Pfaff, Ottfried Fischer, Jochen Busse and others.

He had his theatre debut playing the role of Mack the Knife in Bertolt Brecht’s “Dreigroschenoper” (engl. ‘The Beggar’s Opera’) from August to October 2006, with Gottfried John, Katrin Saß, Birgit Minichmayr and Maria Happel. The play was directed by Klaus Maria Brandauer and staged at the Admiralspalast (engl. ‘admiral’s palace’) theatre in Berlin.

He played the lead role in Wim Wenders’ movie Palermo Shooting (2008), which premiered in Germany on 20 November 2008.

The Great Train Robbery

 

The Great Train Robbery (originally called the Cheddington Mail Van Raid) is the name given to the train robbery of a Royal Mail train heading between Glasgow and London in the early hours of Thursday 8 August 1963 at Bridego Railway Bridge, Ledburn near Mentmore in Buckinghamshire, England.

 After tampering with line signals, a 15-strong gang of robbers led by Bruce Reynolds attacked the train.

 The gang consisted of 17 full members who were to receive an equal share, including the men who were at the robbery and two key informants.

 The gang that carried out the robbery consisted of 15 criminals predominantly from south London: Gordon Goody, Charlie Wilson, Buster Edwards, Bruce Reynolds, Roy James, John Daly, Roger Cordrey, Jimmy White, Bob Welch, Tommy Wisbey, Jim Hussey, Ronnie Biggs and three unknown members, plus the train driver they nicknamed ‘Pop’.

 The best known member of the gang, Biggs, had only a minor role, to recruit the train driver.

 With careful planning based on inside information from an individual widely known only as ‘The Ulsterman’, the robbers got away with over £2.6 million (the equivalent of £46 million today). The bulk of the stolen money was never recovered. Though the gang did not use any firearms, Jack Mills, the train driver, was beaten over the head with a metal bar.

 After the robbery the gang hid at Leatherslade Farm. It was after the police found this hideout that incriminating evidence would lead to the eventual arrest and conviction of most of the gang. The ringleaders were handed 30-year jail sentences.

 Ronald Arthur “Ronnie” Biggs (born 8 August 1929) is an English criminal, known for his role in the Great Train Robbery of 1963, for his escape from prison in 1965, for living as a fugitive for 36 years and for his various publicity stunts while in exile.

 The Biggest Blow

Biggs recorded vocals on two songs for The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle, Julien Temple’s film about the Sex Pistols.

The basic tracks for “No One is Innocent” (aka “The Biggest Blow (A Punk Prayer)”/”Cosh The Driver”) and “Belsen Was a Gas” were recorded with guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook at a studio in Brazil shortly after the Sex Pistols’ final performance, with overdubs added in an English studio at a later date. “No One is Innocent” was released as a single in the UK on 30 June 1978 and reached number 7 in the UK Singles Chart.

The sleeve showed a British actor dressed as Nazi leader Martin Bormann playing bass with the group.

In 1991, Biggs sang vocals for the songs “Police on My Back” and “Carnival in Rio (Punk Was)” by German punk band Die Toten Hosen.

In 1993, Biggs sang on three tracks for the album “Bajo otra bandera” by Argentinian punk band Pilsen

In 2001, he voluntarily returned to the United Kingdom and spent several years in prison, where his health rapidly declined. On 6 August 2009, Biggs was released from prison on compassionate grounds.

Die Fans

 

The day will come for everyone when they have to pay for everything

Then we’ll just stand there, thinking how beautiful it has been once,

We regret our mistakes, would like to have done everything different, to have been less malicious.

 

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