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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.  :)

Indeed, that is horrible "pop" music. Now their sound is more grunge/punk I guess (i.e. a little better)...

Only "song" I knew was called "Johnny Rotten", about a South African serial killer (well that's what they said).

Nice review thanks Uli. We now all believe that you went for the support band and only waited for The Soapgirls to see if Maggie turned up. Many thanks for forcing yourself to do that for us.

Yeah well, I do have some experience with "Tits" (as opposed to "Tuts")...  ::)
Nothing wrong with tits hanging out, but it's not that special something to drag me to a gig (anymore - dirty old man that I am, but that's not enough!).   ;)

So Maggie Thatcher is NOT dead, but playing bass for The Soapgirls then?

Nah, without that mask the bass player looks pretty normal... ok, they had "extravagant" costumes... musically I got to say: the support band was much, much better!  :o

My review:
So I drive the 40km to the little town of Obermarchtal - "or is it more like a village?" I think to myself as I drive through the streets - how anyone can put on "punk" gigs here is beyond me! What would e.g. my neighbours say about such "noise"?

Anyway, the "Kreuz" (name I heard before, but never been there) is easy to find, as it seems to be THE pub in the town centre. Somehow I sense that the ground floor pub is not where the gigs happen, so I take a side staircase to the upper floor, where I find a nice room (after I pay the 15 Euro) and there are quite a few people in! (No-one seems bothered about me arriving, which is unusual for such a sleepy little town too...) Fortunately I don't have time to hang around for long, as The Franklys are starting their show. And already with the first song I realise they are just as good as I hoped they would be!!  :)
From the garage-y guitar sound to the energy they radiate, they deliver exactly what I came here for! Good songs, good performance, they seem to have fun. The audience is pretty enthusiastic, they even get asked to do an encore (which they happily oblige to). Of course, I buy the cd from their drummer and tell her I might be there next week when they play in Stuttgart. This is their first gig in southern Germany, they'll play Lindau & Munich next, I think.
Check them out if you can, you won't be disappointed if you like "garage rock"!  8)

Then The Soapgirls come on, these two sisters are obviously "not PC", they swear a lot and throw abuse at each other. Apparently they played here before and joke about Obermarchtal being the "drug capital of Germany". They have a red-haired drummer (but that's about all he has in common with Ratty...). They're not bad, a bit in the "grunge" vein; however their songs are pretty "basic", which (to my ears) makes the gig rather "monotonous" after a while.
Later they ask two males out of the audience on stage, what follows is pretty "anarchic" & funny, but a bit embarrassing too, as it includes diapers and chocolate... (No, I didn't take any photos, you had to be there, on the pics this could be misunderstood too easily...)  :-[
One encore gets played and I leave after 11.30pm (still puzzled about no complaints from the neighbours). Gotta admit, I would've left at that point even if they'd done another encore...

Quite frankly, I wouldn't know where to look at with a stage show like this:  :o
However, youtube seems to have a problem with some of their live vids...
I didn't know much about them before I heard about this gig. (Made me wonder how they put on such gigs in a rather "sleepy" little town in Swabia!)

Quite frankly, I thought The Franklys sounded quite good (they're gonna play Stuttgart next week w/ another band from Japan - this gig I knew about before the one in Obermarchtal).

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