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World Abused / US election
« on: November 09, 2016, 01:31:44 PM »
Unbelievable for many people I know, Trump has won this election!  :o

Well I got the impression many voters did not want Clinton and thus had no other choice... (with her email affairs, receiving money from the weapon industry etc.)  :(

Anyway, what do you TUTS think?

World Abused / Report from Turkey
« on: November 05, 2016, 02:38:14 PM »

The speed of Turkey’s decline is mind-boggling, even when you live through its the day-to-day machinations.

This week started with the Turkish government announcing plans to reintroduce the death penalty at the urging of the country’s strongman, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in order to garner the support of ultra-nationalists in his bid to expand the powers of his presidency. Later in the week came the arrests of the editor-in-chief and columnists of Cumhuriyet, Turkey’s oldest paper and a symbol of its fast-eroding secularism, on trumped-up charges of terrorism. And finally, Thursday night brought the detentions of Selahattin Demirtas, the charismatic leader of the country’s pro-Kurdish party, and Figen Yuksekdag, the co-leader of the party. Ten other elected Kurdish deputies were also arrested.

As I write these lines, citizens cannot communicate to organize demonstrations — Twitter is down in Turkey, Facebook is unreachable, and social media applications such as WhatsApp remain blocked. The social media crackdown is an entirely unnecessary measure; who would go out and risk arrest when there is an emergency rule and a formal ban on protests?


TV Chat / TV's lyric book "Alternative Top 50"
« on: October 29, 2016, 02:20:55 PM »
TV announced this will be on sale at the gig tonight and "online sale soon". About time to start a topic on it!

The first ever book of lyrics by TV Smith. Published by Foruli Codex, “The Alternative Top 50” presents fifty of TV’s best lyrics in the format of a poetry book. stunningly designed by Andy Vella. With a projected release date of Autumn 2016, the book will launch in two editions: a straightforward paperback, as well as a limited collector's hardback including a ten inch vinyl disc featuring a two track collaboration between TV and Henry Rollins.

TV Interviews / Herefordshire Live interview
« on: September 28, 2016, 09:00:39 AM »
Interview about "punk" and all that...
Actually the whole kind of aggression and political stance was just a little part of it which some bands took on and some didn't. The main thing was saying 'this is me, I'm going to say what I want to say and I'm gonna form a band and I'm going to do it in the style I want'. It was a very broad church, punk rock, at the time.

Johnny Rotten, certainly at the time, was just a brilliant performer and presence. I loved The Damned and loved The Clash, maybe The Clash less so I like them more in retrospect, but certainly The Damned and The Stranglers.

It was a brilliant movement with many, many fabulous live bands. They were all great on stage and they would set a room alight when you saw them. It was exciting, it was thrilling, it was new, it was really unforgettable movement.

World Chat / The Pretenders - Alone (2016)
« on: September 08, 2016, 12:56:34 PM »
New album out on October 21st!

The Pretenders release their brand new album, ‘Alone’ on October 21st through BMG. It is the first Pretenders album for eight years and was recorded in Nashville. Originally intended as a solo follow-up to 2014’s ‘Stockholm’, it soon dawned that those driving guitars, ragged but righteous arrangements, tough yet tender lyrics delivered by the most beautifully distinctive voice of a generation, sounded fantastically familiar. The Pretenders were back. 36 years after their remarkable first album, ‘Alone’ could be the older, wiser, badder sister to that exhilarating debut.

Chrissie Hynde recorded the album in Nashville with Dan Auerbach, from The Black Keys, who stood as captain, producer and multi-instrumentalist on the record, an album which sees Chrissie at her searingly honest, most incisive best.

The full band joining Chrissie and Dan on the album features Johnny Cash’s former bass player Dave Roe and country rocker Kenny Vaughan on guitar plus sundry members of Dan Auerbach’s side project The Arcs: Richard Swift, drums, Leon Michels, keyboards and Russ Pahl providing sly curlicues of pedal steel. The album was mixed by Tchad Blake (Arctic Monkeys, Peter Gabriel, Elvis Costello). Duane Eddy also features on the punchy ‘Never Be Together’.

Of the new album Chrissie Hynde said the following: “This record is what I love the most - real people playing real music. I sang and recorded every vocal in a 48 hour period - 48 hours to sing them, 40 years of preparation!”.

‘Alone’ is available to pre-order on CD and LP now. - See more at:

TV Chat / Adverts footage from tv show "Impact"
« on: June 27, 2016, 08:07:42 AM »
Some footage from'77 appeared. Haven't watched it yet, will do so maybe later...
The footage is from an apparently unaired UK TV show called Impact and was filmed December 21st 1977 by one Mike Mansfield.
One of the great surprises here is the only known footage of the five-piece version of The Damned with second guitarist Lu (who is currently playing in PiL, strangely enough) and Jon Moss, later of Culture Club fame, on drums! Also featured are The Rich Kids, former Sex Pistol Glen Matlock’s post-Pistols band with Steve New, Midge Ure (Ultravox) and Rusty Egan (Visage); the amazing Adverts are here and so the great Generation X with vocalist Billy Idol, bassist Tony James (later of Sigue Sigue Sputnik) and Bob “Derwood” Andrews, considered by many (myself included) to be the single best guitarist to come out of the punk rock era.

World Abused / Windows 10
« on: May 21, 2016, 03:01:59 PM »
So I finally gave in and agreed to install/upgrade to "Windows 10" (well it was for free). What a wasted 2 hours that was, I returned to Windows 7 very quickly after checking a few of the features (nice they were, but I wouldn't ever really need them) and missing a few things...  ::)

TV Interviews / 5 questions to TV
« on: April 26, 2016, 11:19:59 AM »
New short interview (in both German & English!):


World Of TUTS / 46 insults by Shakespeare
« on: April 23, 2016, 10:31:32 AM »
If you happen to run out of words, here's:
The 46 finest insults William Shakespeare gave the English language

A few nice examples:

Henry IV Part I
You are as a candle, the better burnt out.

Henry V
Thine face is not worth sunburning.

As You Like It
I do desire that we may be better strangers.

More of your conversation would infect my brain.

World Chat / The Mutants album "Your desert my mind"
« on: April 05, 2016, 09:13:33 AM »
The Mutants album "Your Desert My Mind" featuring Chris Constantinou, Paul Frazer, and Rat Scabies with members of Eagles of Death Metal, Queens of the Stone Age, Masters of Reality, and The Dandy Warhols. This album is scheduled to be released in September 2016.

The Mutants
"Your Desert My Mind" (Instrumental)
Preview from Bobby Friction's Sunday Service, BBC6 Music, 6 March 2016.

World Abused / It is expensive to be poor
« on: December 28, 2015, 11:47:07 AM »
Sometimes you think those journalist have heard TV's songs when creating headlines...  ;)

The Great Recession should have put the victim-blaming theory of poverty to rest. In the space of only a few months, millions of people entered the ranks of the officially poor—not only laid-off blue-collar workers, but also downsized tech workers, managers, lawyers, and other once-comfortable professionals. No one could accuse these “nouveau poor” Americans of having made bad choices or bad lifestyle decisions. They were educated, hardworking, and ambitious, and now they were also poor—applying for food stamps, showing up in shelters, lining up for entry-level jobs in retail. This would have been the moment for the pundits to finally admit the truth: Poverty is not a character failing or a lack of motivation. Poverty is a shortage of money.

I was also dismayed to find that in some ways, it is actually more expensive to be poor than not poor. If you can’t afford the first month’s rent and security deposit you need in order to rent an apartment, you may get stuck in an overpriced residential motel. If you don’t have a kitchen or even a refrigerator and microwave, you will find yourself falling back on convenience store food, which—in addition to its nutritional deficits—is also alarmingly overpriced. If you need a loan, as most poor people eventually do, you will end up paying an interest rate many times more than what a more affluent borrower would be charged. To be poor—especially with children to support and care for—is a perpetual high-wire act.

Written by T-Bone Burnett (ok, he focusses on the U.S., but...)

But this brave new digital world has a dark side, too — and it is the responsibility of everyone who loves and cares about music to acknowledge and deal with this uncomfortable truth.

Too much of the emotional, cultural and economic value that music creates is simply lost now, slipping through the digital cracks in some cases, outright hijacked by bad actors and online parasites in others.

Artists, fans and responsible music and technology businesses alike all know this. When my friend Taylor Swift spoke up for the value of our work and the righteous claim of all artists to be paid for what they do, she was celebrated and applauded — not just by her colleagues, but also by teenagers who care about the people who create the music that means something to them and businesses such as Apple that fundamentally want to do what’s right.

How bad is the problem? Consider this: In 2014, sales from vinyl records made more than all of the ad-supported on-demand streams on services such as YouTube. I’m not running down vinyl — it is still the best-sounding, most durable medium we have for listening to music, by far. But why should a technology most people consider outdated generate more revenue than an Internet service with more than 100 million American users? That’s just wrong.
In the digital marketplace, everyone seems to have found a way to make a living off music except the creators who actually record the songs. Websites put up illegal copies of music — or turn a blind eye while others do — then sell ads micro-targeted at everyone who comes to listen. Eventually, a site may be forced to pull down the unlicensed (and for the artists and labels, completely unpaid) copy, but in the meantime, its owners have cashed in.
Fortunately, creators have begun to band together and speak out — the roster of those demanding reform is a who’s who of the music business, from Elvis Costello to Annie Lennox, from REM to Chuck D, and hundreds more. Congress is reviewing the copyright laws, and this time, we will be heard, and there will be no more backroom deals or giveaways.

World Abused / They do matter
« on: November 15, 2015, 11:51:23 AM »
Of course these lives do matter, as much as any others.

There is a buffet of media; we would rather digest the sweet pointless posts and videos, than the news stories and tragedy that leaves a lump in our throat.

 A friend asked me why this was the case and why this wasn't major news on all media forms; to use a popular phrase why this hadn't broke the internet?

 Well, it could be because they are Black, could be because they are far away or even simply because the media has created a narrative about Africa. That narrative is a place that is uneducated, uncivilised and a conflict zone. Not a place of development, growth, innovation and full of people with hopes, dreams and aspirations just like anywhere else. This media driven narrative means people read stories about Africa and think "that's ok, that happens there all the time". This gives people an excuse not to emphasise. Not to care. Not to share. Not to write that status, tweet or share that post. "Africa and violence is old news". Do these lives not matter? Are we that busy sharing rubbish that we can't take a moment to care for these students?

But then again, if you try and take in all the bad news coming in from all over the world every day, you'll probably go crazy or commit suicide...  :(

Check your mind; when was the last time you read a story about someone who didn't look like you, live in your country or wasn't 'famous'?
When was the last time you sat and read a news story from start to finish?
When was the last time you thought "i won't let this story be forgotten between the posts about cats and selfies"?
When was the the last time you thought someone needs to read this; "The world needs to read, see and act on this"?

Well all this has happened with me. But I also found out sharing things that "matter" on FB gets you about 2 "likes", sharing some rubbish joke gets you about 25...  ::)

World Abused / Indonesia fire disaster
« on: November 10, 2015, 04:31:13 PM »
Of course in our part of the world, the media have other things to report...  :-\
A great tract of Earth is on fire. It looks as you might imagine hell to be. The air has turned ochre: visibility in some cities has been reduced to 30 metres. Children are being prepared for evacuation in warships; already some have choked to death. Species are going up in smoke at an untold rate. It is almost certainly the greatest environmental disaster of the 21st century – so far.

Fire is raging across the 5,000km length of Indonesia. It is surely, on any objective assessment, more important than anything else taking place today. And it shouldn’t require a columnist, writing in the middle of a newspaper, to say so. It should be on everyone’s front page. It is hard to convey the scale of this inferno, but here’s a comparison that might help: it is currently producing more carbon dioxide than the US economy. And in three weeks the fires have released more CO2 than the annual emissions of Germany.

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