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World Chat / Re: The Damned - Pledge album.
« on: Today at 10:29:00 AM »
...there’s always been a lot of music in this band—in fact we should make more albums. 11 or 12 in a 40 year career seems a bit slack.

Can't help but agree. There should've been an album around '89 (follow-up to 'Anything'), maybe one in '92 (reunion line-up), plus some more between 1998 and 2018 ("only" 3 albums in that period).
Oh well, we took what we could get.  8)

But listen in to conversations backstage at punk festivals these days and you’re more likely to hear tales of recent hospital treatment and the like than some fabulous party they just attended. While that’s a bit of a downer I must admit I find it extremely funny...


I sat next to a university lecturer on a flight back from Australia once. He specialized in animals and amongst the incredible stuff about spiders and bats we discussed the phenomenon of whales and dolphins prostrating themselves on beaches around the world. “All the articles I’ve ever read” I told him “claim there is no consensus as to why they do it. It could be this reason, or that reason—it’s all just guesswork”.
On the contrary my new zoologist chum informed me “we’ve known the cause for many years” and proceeded to tell me all about the ‘sonar deceit.’ All of which inspired our song of that very name – which is also the first Damned tune to have a Motown beat. And about time too!

TV Live / Re: How Many Times Have You Seen TV Live?
« on: Today at 09:39:37 AM »
TV said Gabumon still asks him for the setlists sometimes!  8)

Went to see The Franklys again! This time supporting Japanese rock band "Lazygunsbrisky" in Stuttgart.
Once again, I liked the support band better.  :)

Haven't been to the venue ("Schocken") for ages, it's smaller than I remembered. Still, there's only a few people there. (Local promoter tells me he's making a loss on this - fortunately he has 5 gigs coming up he expects to do well!)
The Franklys again ooze a lot of energy and rock the place (no encore this time).
Recent live videos:

Main act is quite good too. Singer & guitarist look like they're about 17, but they can't be as the band existed already years before their reformation in 2015...
Sound seems bad at first (too much bass), but it's because I stand under the "balcony" (which is closed tonite - there is one guy up there, possibly the owner of the club, strangely he looks a bit like Slimy Toad from the Johnny Moped band!), when I move, the sound is much better over there.
Band seems to have fun, despite the low turnout. Singer says she lived in Stuttgart for a few months when she was twelve, then sings a verse of "99 Luftballons", then band covers Kiss ("I was made...").  ::)
It gets much better when they do their own songs, Japanese rock'n'roll.  8)

TV Live / Re: How Many Times Have You Seen TV Live?
« on: October 16, 2018, 01:31:50 PM »
Time for more lists? Looking at the years, 2014 is topping the chart with 6 TV gigs visited!
2015 and 2011 are the lowest: only 1 gig.
Average number of gigs I visit per year is 3.
Above average (4-5 gigs): 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009.

TV Live / Re: How Many Times Have You Seen TV Live?
« on: October 15, 2018, 04:40:47 PM »
Well, I hadn't been counting since my 50th (which happened in Metzingen - a town I passed on the way home from my last one in Balingen - and TV will play Metzingen again in December!), so it was time.

Thanks Tj for introducing the concept of lists to us.

TV Live / Re: How Many Times Have You Seen TV Live?
« on: October 15, 2018, 04:29:47 PM »
Time for a new count...

25.11.99 London, Upstairs at The Garage
27.11.99 Southwick, Barn Theatre
22.09.00 Ulm, Beteigeuze
23.09.00 Asbach, Wirtshaus z. A.
24.06.01 München, Substanz
24.11.01 Tübingen, Bierkeller
02.05.02 Karlsruhe, Ex-Steffi
04.05.02 Stuttgart, Röhre
26.05.03 Karlsruhe, Ex-Steffi
27.05.03 Stuttgart, Röhre
31.05.03 München, New Backstage
13.12.03 Fürth, Kulturkeller O27
11.11.04 Horb/Mühringen, Café Amerika
20.11.04 Augsburg, Kulturhaus Abraxas
28.07.05 Horb/Mühringen, Café Amerika
29.10.05 Düsseldorf, ZAKK (Festival)
30.10.05 Essen, Anyway  (Earthbound 4G)
05.02.06 Karlsruhe, Mikado
07.06.06 Stuttgart, Zwölfzehn (TV & Band)
17.09.06 Essen, Anyway (Earthbound 5G)
04.03.07 Augsburg, Abraxas
08.03.07 Horb/Mühringen, Café Amerika
07.07.07 Geislingen, Helfensteinfestival (T.V. Smith & the Bored Teenagers)
29.09.07 Düsseldorf, Zakk  (T.V. Smith & the Bored Teenagers)
30.09.07 Essen, Anyway (Earthbound)
25.04.08 Stuttgart, Landespavillon
26.04.08 Ulm, Beteigeuze
21.05.08 Balingen, Sonnenkeller
17.10.08 Augsburg, Abraxas
23.10.08 Horb/Mühringen, Café Amerika
10.01.09 Schwäbisch Gmünd, Esperanza (TVom)
11.04.09 Balingen, Sonnenkeller (TVom)
13.06.09 Kingston-upon-Thames, Fighting Cocks
15.11.09 Schwäbisch Gmünd, Esperanza
06.12.09 München, Ampere
23.10.10 Balingen, Sonnenkeller
05.11.10 Schwäbisch Gmünd, Esperanza
26.11.11 Nürnberg, Wilderer
13.03.12 Pforzheim, HDJ
17.10.12 Balingen, Sonnenkeller
20.02.13 Stuttgart, Kellerklub
04.10.13 Augsburg, Earthbound 2013
05.10.13 Augsburg, Altes Gaswerk (ACUK Festival)
19.02.14 Karlsruhe, Alte Hackerei
21.05.14 Balingen, Sonnenkeller
22.05.14 Ludwigsburg, Rocknroll Bar
24.05.14 Augsburg, Kantine
25.05.14 Buchloe-Lindenberg, Hirsch
15.08.14 Augsburg, Sputnik
12.12.15 Metzingen, Club Thing
22.07.16 Schwäbisch Gmünd, Esperanza (TVom)
28.07.16 Horb/Mühringen, Café Amerika
16.02.17 Stuttgart, Goldmarks
05.05.17 Karlsruhe, Alte Hackerei (TV & BT)
20.02.18 Stuttgart, Goldmarks (TV & BT)
29.09.18 Schwäbisch Gmünd, Esperanza
30.09.18 Balingen, Doppeldecker

...which adds up to 57 now.

World Chat / Re: The Top 40 Best-Selling Studio Albums of All Time
« on: October 15, 2018, 01:47:24 PM »
No. 4.  :-[

First I'll sue you for still not being able to "quote" correctly!  :P


Chris Stein, 68, is co-founder and guitarist of new wave band Blondie, who have had six UK No 1 hits and sold 40m records worldwide. He’s also an accomplished photographer whose work has been exhibited worldwide and is now published in a new book, Point of View, which chronicles the downtown New York music scene of the 1970s. He has been married to the actress Barbara Sicuranza for 19 years and they have two daughters.

What was the inspiration for your new book?

Partly the visual aspect of social media, especially Instagram. There’s a lot of great street photography on that platform and generally I find that everyone’s more polite on there. There also seems to be a resurgence of interest in the 70s, with TV shows such as The Deuce, so I decided to dig up my images from that period.

Describe your style?
It’s about the aesthetics of it: angles, composition, just trying to create nice images. People I admired were the usual suspects: Brassaï, Robert Frank, Bresson, Arbus. I never had assistants or did photoshoots. I’d set stuff up myself and try to use natural light instead of flash.

There’s a shot of David Bowie too. Did his death hit you hard?

That was on the Idiot tour in 1977, when we supported Iggy and Bowie. Bowie was always cautious about his image and what got out there. Luckily, he didn’t know I was any kind of photographer and just thought I was a hobbyist. His death was a big deal for us. The last time I saw him was shortly before Lou Reed died and we were discussing how concerned we were for Lou. Little did I know that within a couple of years, he’d be gone too. We went on to record an album at the Magic Shop studio in SoHo, where he did Blackstar. It was very moving because Bowie’s books and stuff were still lying around.

The book closes with pictures of 9/11. Tell us about your experiences that day.
It bookends it, because early on, there’s some shots of Debbie and me at the World Trade Center in 1975. By 2001, I lived in a loft in Tribeca, 20 blocks away. I heard this plane, way louder than I was used to hearing, then this muffled boom. I thought it was just a sonic boom, but within a few minutes, people started ringing, telling us to put the TV on. We went into the street and saw a huge hole in the north tower. Soon, both towers were replaced by a huge dust cloud. It was a big turning point for New York. That’s when it started to transition into rampant consumerism and corporate interests took over. [Mayor Rudy] Giuliani had a lot to do with it, helping sell the city out.

Are you and Debbie still close?
Definitely. We talk all the time and see each other as much as possible. Now we’re in old age, we feel closer in a way. We have so much shared history.

Oh, you think I could sue Klaus and/or TV for being a mod?  ;D

Now one of them is suing the social network for psychological trauma after watching thousands of hours of toxic and disturbing content
She claims that she now suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the things she has seen online.

It's not been too bad here. Admittedly it was bad for a while with that "ab**ed & confused" guy (& his "mates") or that "tampaxs**ker", but it's a long time ago, fortunately.

You do know I'm currently watching Tony Soprano going to his "therapist" and how much it "helps" him (or her, for that matter)!  ::)

Seems like you can watch in original language!  ;)

Btw, "Babylon Berlin" does not look too bad also.  8)

World Of TUTS / Re: Football 2011/12/13/14...
« on: October 14, 2018, 05:22:05 PM »
We're used to being crap, but what the hell is going on in Germany Uli?!

I have no idea. Currently I do not watch footie (lost interest - too much money in it etc.)!

The only football match I might watch in the near future is when my niece will be playing locally...  :)

In today's newspaper I found an article about "Deutschland 86", it is done, currently only available via "Amazon Prime" streaming. I guess I'll wait for a screening on free telly (or dvd)...
Mit Deutschland 86 wird die preisgekrönte Serie Deutschland 83 fortgesetzt. Start der zweiten Staffel ist am 19. Oktober - exklusiv bei Amazon Prime Video!

According to that article, "Deutschland 89" has been given "green light".  8)
Mittlerweile wurde publik, dass Staffel drei, die "Deutschland 89" heißen wird, bereits von Amazon in Auftrag gegeben wurde. Tatsächlich erscheint das Format in dieser Form neben dem düster-wuchtigen "Babylon Berlin" als zweite deutsche Qualitätsserie, auf die man international betrachtet ohne Abstriche stolz sein kann.,20167242

World Chat / Re: The TUTS Jukebox > What Are You Playing This Week?
« on: October 13, 2018, 10:41:44 AM »
"Are you listening?" is the title of The Franklys' album - and yes, I am listening to it.  :)

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