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World Chat / Re: Music Documentaries
« on: March 15, 2018, 05:31:32 PM »
Should be a good one, coming in 2019!
Help make the new feature-length documentary a reality and become part of The Stranglers' history.

The Stranglers are calling on their long-standing and devoted fanbase to help their official photographer and director David Boni (Go Boogie Films) make the first ever feature-length film charting their unique story from start to finish.

David has spent six years collecting and piecing together never seen before footage, both contemporary and vintage, intimate interviews with band members, and exclusive backstage action. The finished film will document the full tale of The Stranglers’ career, from humble beginnings in a Surrey scout hut in the early ’70s through to the present day in a career that has seen the group banned from playing in Glasgow, jailed in Nice and marched out of Sweden.

By getting involved with David’s PledgeMusic campaign, you will help make this incredible story a reality and get your name mentioned in the documentary’s credits and accompanying liner notes. There’s also the opportunity to pledge on VIP tickets to the completed film’s London premiere in 2019, complete with Q&A.

World Chat / Re: The Damned - Pledge album.
« on: March 15, 2018, 01:42:00 PM »
It’s just been announced that THE DAMNED will be playing live at the first ever Vive Le Rock Awards, where they’ll also be receiving the Band Of The Year Award!

They’ll be joining Hanoi Rocks frontman Michael Monroe, who was announced this morning, along with UK SUBS legend Charlie Harper, THE PROFESSIONALS, GINGER WILDHEART, TV Smith of THE ADVERTS, BUZZCOCKS’ Steve Diggle and one of the best-selling singles artists of the 80s, the Elvis of the Valleys, SHAKIN’ STEVENS!

TV Live / Re: TV Gigs 2018
« on: March 13, 2018, 09:18:57 AM »
how old are you?
No excuse!

In the pic above you can see him (on the right) rocking to TV & BT, so: he's definitely not too old!!!  8)

Justin Sullivan (of New Model Army) last night (Ulm @ Eden bar). It was pretty full (& hot in there). He played a quite intimate solo show, often telling stories about the songs etc. I only knew about 4 of them, but it didn't matter, it was well worth listening closely to any of the songs he performed. (Thankfully, most of the audience remained quiet during them & while he talked.) :)
The strange details I do remember sometimes... last time I saw Justin Sullivan (& friends) many years ago, the song that played over the speakers when he finished was a reggae song: Althea & Donna's "Uptown Top Ranking" (I remember 'cause I like that one, but found it an odd choice after such a gig). You guessed it already, the same song was used as an "outro" last night!  :o
(I guess Justin really likes it too.)

World Chat / Re: John Cale
« on: March 12, 2018, 10:27:18 AM »

Also, it was Cale’s 1993 reading of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, which first popularised that sublime song ...

Yeah well, I did hear the song in 1984 (or so) when Cohen performed it on a german tv show (playback probably, but I liked the song)...  8)

Normally I do not plan this far ahead, but The Mis-Made returning to Stuttgart in summer, is one I want to see!  8)
They're a three-piece band now, so should be different, but still good.

It's good to hear so many actors from "The Wire" are still busy...
Can you believe it's been 10 years since the finale of the HBO series The Wire! Since the show has come to an end, many of the show's stars have gone on to attain superstar status, including Idris Elba and Michael B. Jordan.

We think it's time for another binge-watching session — it's considered the best show ever for a reason.

LEE PERRY IS 82 on 20th March
This may be the last chance to see the reggae legend known as the Upsetter Live in London.

Lee "Scratch" Perry  is a Jamaican music legend and a pioneer in the development of dub music with his early adoption of remixing and studio effects to create new instrumental or vocal versions of existing reggae tracks. He has worked with and produced for a wide variety of artists, including Bob Marley and the Wailers, Junior Murvin, the Congos and Max Romeo.

Rock & Roll Cinema Present
Lee Scratch Perry Film & Full Live Band set

A mind-blowing encounter with The Prophet of the international Rastafari movement, one of the icons of the Black Power movement and inventor of reggae and dub.  Lee Scratch Perry’s Vision Of Paradise is a humorous adventure of epic dimensions and a guide for how to change the world with music – with a positive attitude, mindset or, as Lee Perry calls it: “vibration”.   With Lee Scratch Perry making a rare London performance alongside a specially commissioned cut of the movie, this will be the most intimate, extensive and fascinating adventure you can possibly have with Lee Perry, one of the most special and influential artists of all time.

World Chat / Re: The Damned - Pledge album.
« on: March 09, 2018, 02:23:15 PM »
Why's that then Uli and who's filling in???

Possibly because of his job (for the Musicians Union) and "no idea" (communication from band on this is low). Some say Patricia, but I imagine it will be some "stand-in", as Paul told fans he'll be at the shows with Hollywood Vampires...  ::)

World Chat / Re: The Damned - Pledge album.
« on: March 09, 2018, 11:05:12 AM »
Two new tracks now available as download for the Pledgers!  :)
"Look Left" was unexpected, really a very good one!

Sadly it looks like Paul G. won't be there for the German tour in May.  :(

World Chat / Re: Stranglers
« on: March 08, 2018, 12:07:41 PM »
The Stranglers Definitive Tour with support from Therapy? is a hot ticket this cold spring and opened up in Liverpool, ‘Music City’, where both bands have a strong track record of live performances.

People have been musing on why it is the Definitive Tour but really, when the band hit the stage, they provide all the clarification required with all criteria satisfied. Having returned in triumph from their Australian tour (which is a nice change for an English team) they are match fit and in mid-season form and with a partisan crowd behind them they are nigh on unstoppable.
So, why ‘Definitive’? Well, let’s consider the reasons why, over the past seven or eight years, the band has become one of the most consistently-strong selling bands on the live circuit.
Starting with the set-list, The Stranglers quite simply boast one of the most original and innovative back-catalogues there is and the Spring tour is traditionally the place where they flaunt this to best effect. Trying to avoid spoilers so early in the tour, fans can rest assured that there is the usual mix of non-negotiables and rarely-aired gems.

World Chat / Re: The Cure
« on: March 06, 2018, 12:32:05 PM »
Robert Smith has announced the artists he has curated for this year's Meltdown festival.

The Cure frontman has brought together some of the most influential artists of the last 40 years, who will perform at the Southbank Centre in London from June 15 - 24.

Some I'd expected (MBV, Mogwai, 65DOS), some are more surprising (Kristin Hersh, Mono)!  8)

World Chat / Re: Music Documentaries
« on: March 05, 2018, 10:56:46 AM »
Well there are quite a few (been released recently or coming soon)...

One I really liked watching was this:

and the Anne Clark film:

Here the aforementioned Slits doc:


NO STOPPING! “We haven’t finished yet. It’s still too early for me to talk about the Stones’ legacy. There’s one thing that we haven’t yet achieved, and that’s to really find out how long you can do this. It’s still such a joy to play with this band that you can’t really let go of it.” Keith Richards

The Rolling Stones will come to Stuttgart (again, last visit was in 2006)! I am tempted, will wait and see how expensive the tickets will be...

You mean that the BBC don't run Germany?!

Apparently they do - Spahn is being named as a minister for the cabinet.  :o

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