Second try in english

Best wishes to everybody for 2019!

Again in english, because its a funny kind of training. I’m useing online-dictionary now. But choosing right words is sometimes a problem:

When you find a good record – is it a discovery or a detection? Or is it „woorshd“, how germans say for „there is no difference.“?

To much 70s stuff in my last post? So for this one:

Several Species of Bludgy-Favorites –

from the period after the wallfall.

  1. We start in the early 90s: NEW MODEL ARMYFirst I was on the hunt for all my greats, that I couldn’t buy in the time before 1989. But not only 70s or 80s records were filling my music-closet. „Impurity“ from the NEW MODEL ARMY came out 1990 and were under my first aquirements too. In Vinyl. Later on also in CD-Version, because it’s a very good record. I startet buying CD around 1994. Justin Sullivan (the mastermind) is an unremovable Idealist. A fighter for equality. A political Poet. A Peter Garrett (Midnight Oil) from England.
  2. Hüsker Dü were down around 1990, so Bob Mould starts his Solo-Career. MOULDI’ve got a very long Fan-Phase to his Music. His first Album „Workbook“ is his best, I think. Melodic, jazzified (a little), mostly acoustic, a silent surprise from the Pope of Sonic Sounds. But after a while he founded a new Bandproject: Sugar and the very strong debut was „Copperblue“, including the wonderful „If I can‘t change your mind“. Hey man, he don’t must change my mind as well, because he got me on the hook for years.
  3. Pere Ubu is a band, founded in the 70s; but I like some of their late Albums more than the early stuff. I love the band from their beginning: 30 seconds over Tokyo, final solution, sentimental journey. My favorit West-Radiostation played these 3 tracks 1978 – so I want a record! But „Cold War Times“: you couldn’t get Punk-Records in East-Germany in legal ways. So I had to wait untill the 90s. PERE UBUFirst the early Material was not on CD, so I bought the currently releases „Pennsylvania“, „Ray Gun Suitcase“ and „world in collision“. Good records. Years later at last „the modern dance“ came in my shop; the CD-Version. I thought I had the best together, but: 2002 happend the birth of „St Arkansas“! Speak it like „‘s’ain’t our cancer“; Soundtrack of midlife crisis, when you reached your 42th birthday, and you see how boring life is in the eternal 9 to 5 job. Everywhere is party, except on your place. This Masterpiece shut it all down. If I lose one day all of my music (God bless me from that!) – the „St Arkansas“ is a MUST-HAVE! I had to buy it again. I’m to old for spotify!
  4. In 1999 the Nuclear Blast Lable produced an Compilation of new trends in Heavy Metal: „The beauty of darkness“; Metal developed at this time quickly in many interesting directions. Before that I was absolutly no metal-head. Iron Maiden, Motörhead, Metallica, Kreator … amorphisI knew the names, but I saved my money and my ears from that. Now with this Compilation in my hands I noticed Amorphis with their big one „Elegy“! Epic concept album about an old finish saga. Including „My kantele“. Therion with „Mega therion“ an inspiring Sound-Bastard of Deathmetal and Classic. I had to search for the full Albums and I‘ve got them!
  5. The real Masterpiece of new unorthodox metal seems to be „Wildhoney“ from Tiamat. It sounds like a better soundtrack to „Lord of the rings“ than the official one. TIAMATYou hear sounds from the swamps, voices of Elfs, Orcs growling, Golum singing, mostly acoustic guitars, but hypnotizing slow heavy wardance-drumming. Gorgeous!
  6. One of my best detections are Haggard! Haggard came from Bavaria. 4 Deathmetal-Dudes with 13 companiens with classical instruments. haggardThey made two very good concept-albums about Nostradamus. And thou shall must … the seer“(1999) and „Awaking the centuries“(2000). MUST-HAVES! Both! I’ve seen the Band two times live. It works on stage too! (The following Albums are not my cup of tea, my kind of beer, anymore.)
  7. Opeth is a band from Sweden, who skipped the metalhorizon wider and wider with their releases. Many good albums till „Heritage“! The Peak of Art was „Watershed“. In words and music perfect. OPETHA complicated story about a dude, who lost his grandpa and discovers after the funeral, that his grandpa had a dark secret in his biography. He reads some old letters from grandpa to grandma, from their younger days. Now the grandson stands on the watershed: If he banned his grandpa out of his memories, he is an ungratful Dude, who learned once so much from this forefather; but if he stays grateful, his remorse says: Shame on you! You are loving a killer! Opeth using between brutal Deathmetalchords excerpts from the famous Argus-Album by Wishbone Ash („I hate to be a warrior“ and „throw down your sword“). I see this album somewhere among the grandmasters like „Electric Ladyland“ by Hendrix, „Quadrophenia“ by the Who, „Tales from topographic ocean“ by Yes and „dark side oft he moon“ by Pink Floyd, it’s a rockhistorical milestone.

So far my taste of detections from the years after the reunification of Germany.

 

 

15 Gedanken zu “Second try in english

  1. Quite an interesting list I got to say! Regarding Opeth, I actually like Heritage and Pale Communion. Only problem – they intentionally sound so much like the classic 1970s prog that I quite often ask myself: Why not listen to the originals instead? That actually takes out a lot of fun listening to these two albums for me. Regarding Haggard: I seriously wonder if they took the name from King Haggard, the tragic King from the Book „The last Unicorn“.

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    • Thanx for your reply; but its a little bit upgespaced, if an Ossi and an Ösi are talking inglish, so ei will zurückmoven in the anjeborene Idiom, ju noh?
      Ja, da ist was dran, am Problem Neo-Prog. Warum Porcupine Tree oder aktuellere Opeth hören, wenn’s eh nach Wishbone ash mal Yes geteilt durch Pink Floyd minus Genesis klingt. Vermutlich sind die Soundrezepturen ausgereizt. Ich habs deshalb schon vor geraumer Zeit aufgegeben, da neues finden zu wollen.
      Ob das für Opeth so eine gute Idee war, den Metal-Gefilden so gänzlich den Rücken zu kehren? Weiß nicht. Zwischen Ghost Reveries und Watershed war die Band bereits ziemlich am Ende. Schreib- und Komponierblockaden. Erfolgsdruck und Ausgebranntheit gleichzeitig. Da war dann die Watershed ein vorübergehender Befreiungsschlag, aber danach gings nicht weiter.
      Vor der Heritage hatte ich Angst. Wird das der beginnende Abstieg vom Gipfel? Ja. Er wurde es. Eine Platte zu der ich keinen Zugang finde. Die Pale Communion dann klang sehr gefällig, aber nach der Formel von siehe oben gestrickt. Auf die verzichtete ich also auch.
      Überhaupt ist meine Erfahrung die, dass Bob Mould mein letztes Langzeitfantum war; alles was an neueren Bands danach kam, gefiel mir ein oder zwei Platten lang, ab der dritten klang es „ausgelutscht“, war das jeweilige Selbstplagiat zu spüren. Hängt vermutlich damit zusammen, dass nach dem 30. die Gesprächspartner und die (Erst-)Erlebnismöglichkeiten wegbrechen, die sich an manche Klänge hefteten.
      Im „Unicorn“ gibt’s einen Haggard? Oops! Nu wird’s doch endlich mal Zeit, Film oder Buch kennenzulernen. Bisher kenn ich nur den America-Hit von anno dunnemals. Mir hat die Kenntnis von Haggard seinerzeit geholfen, die ersten beiden Bände von Harry Potter zu lesen. Weil jede Erwähnung von Hogwarts die Assoziation Haggard bei mir auslöste, ja zeitweilig sogar die CDs im hintergrund liefen. Die Potter-Saga hat mMn sowieso so einen angenehm gruselnden Gothic-Metal-Video-Touch. Trotzdem hatte ich aber nach zwei Bänden genug.

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  2. Das nenne ich mal eine ausführliche Antwort! Zum Einhorn: Ja, diese Figur spielt in der Geschichte eine elementare Rolle. Der Film ist ja nun im deutschsprachigen Raum deutlich bekannter als das Buch – wenn Sie das Buch nicht so leicht auftreiben, ist der Film meines Erachtens nach vollkommen ausreichend, da wurde eigentlich nichts weggelassen oder verändert. Über den apokalyptischen Text des Songs staune ich im Übrigen heute noch.

    Die Einschätzung der ausgelutschten Songstrukturen teile ich komplett. Egal ob´s jetzt symphonisch wird, extremster Metal mit Folk oder mit Jazz gekreuzt wird oder man sich am geradezu patentierten Pink-Floyd-Sphärenklang bedient: Irgendwie beeindruckt mich nichts mehr. Ich suche aber auch nicht kontinuierlich aktiv, muss ich sagen, sondern bleibe dabei, wenn mir etwas gefällt und bin glücklich damit. Wenn ich einmal neues finde (da ich querbeet höre, kommt das oft vor), freue ich mich. Zeitlich gesehen sind meine Hörgewohnheiten großteils altmodisch, aber ich halte mir zugute, nie zu sagen: „Früher war die Musik viel besser“. So lange Musik den Hörer erreicht, hat sie ihre Aufgabe erfüllt, egal aus welcher Zeit sie stammt.

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    • Geht mir ähnlich mit dem „Queerbeet hören“, allerdings bleibe ich doch eher bei „Alten Herren“ hängen. Es muss nicht unbedingt Musik von früher sein, aber sie muss von Leuten stammen, die früher schon was konnten. Die Anfänge irgendwelcher next big thinger jucken mich seit ca. 5 Jahren überhaupt nicht mehr.

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  3. Hey, sorry it’s taken a while to get back to you but it’s been Monday morning listening and reply now! To start with nothing wrong with your English as far i can tell but I’m pretty bad at it myself!

    New Model Army is a band I know because some of my fave bands have covered them and I’ve always mean to check them out more so that song you’ve linked is very cool! I’ll check out that whole album sometime and they’re a few covers I know but my fave is by a Brazil band, Sepultura and the song The Hunt, I’ll try an embedded the song here but it might not work?

    I know Bob Mould also but more his bands and as far as I remember his solo stuff I need to dig deeper into but Copperblue would be easy fave Sugar album for me! BTW do you know of the little 33 1/3 book series? They did a whole book on Workbook! Link here: https://bloomsbury.com/uk/bob-moulds-workbook-9781501321351/
    Well, you know I love Pere Ubu already and I’ve got all the early stuff but because it’s a huge catalog I’ve not heard it all yet, your recommend the late stuff and oh my god that Dark song you’ve got linked is so epic!
    Then you’ve got some cool metal which I’m a bit hit and miss about sometimes but these ones you’ve got are all wicked! i do know Opeth but only by name really but the bands and songs in all your links are very, very cool tracks/albums and all i think will check them out more too!

    As a side-note to end my reply on: seems you’ve compare and named Midnight Oil and if you don’t mind me suggesting or requesting something? I would like to know what your all-time fave albums by Aussies are? Love to know what you rate the best from here and what gets over there in your part of the world etc. Just an idea, maybe to think about? or just continuing blogging whatever music you want, off course! 🙂

    Cheers 🙂

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    • Now I got a lot to answer.
      I don’t know the 33 1/3 Book-Series. Amazon sells only the english Version. It’s better for me to buy more Mould records than to buy a english book. It takes me for reading very slowly and with the internet-dictionary by my side. In 5, (with luck in 3 years) I reach my retirement age, then eventually I take time to do so.

      Wich Acts from Australia do I like. Its terrible for me to confess: There is not much to tell.

      A few years ago, I liked Wolfsmother. They reminded me on spitituell beggars. But there are so many other Bands with a greater magnetism to me. So I don’t bought a record. I only checked some youtube videos from them.
      My younger brother was a big fan from Midnight Oil in the 90s. So I know the two big Albums from them. „Diesel and dust“ and „blue sky mining“.

      The funniest stories I can tell are about my experience with AC/DC, when I was 18 or something. Around 1978. Radio hyped the punk-Sensation, but they played rarely a few songs. We were hot for punk: So we declaired every harder guitarr-riff on the radio for Punk. Ted Nugent? Punk! Van Halen? Punk! Whole lotta rosie? Of course – Punk! How is the right writing of the name eyzzie-deazzy? Ey see! Thee sea? Icy deasy? There was no way for us to read the name somewhere. We only heared it on the radio. We couldn’t get records of them. One time a friend of mine discovered somehow the right writing: AC/DC. Now we two are the wiser ones of the class. Then he got „problem child“ on tape. The live-Version. In the middle Bon says „ dirty little communist!“ What a big laugher for us, living in a communist country.( It‘s the same joke, like the Sex Pistols doin‘ in „pretty vakant“: Now I’m sitten on my 10inch wall, now I’m waiten for the communist call!) I only like the Bon Scott years.

      In 1976 Sherbet had a little one hit wonder in Germany with „Howzat“. I’d seen them on TV. It was okay. I recognized it on youtube these days and I found much more good 70s stuff by Sherbet.

      The men at work had a much greater hit with „down under“. For the first 3 or 4 times on the radio, it was okay, but they played it on all stations in East- and Westgermany 100 times a day! So it turns to rubbish. Its the same disease with Abba or Village People. I could barf the tune out of all bodywindows at one time!

      Nick Cave is a big number. Everybody is telling that. I know, he is also a great poet. Not only a musican. But I own only one record: Let love rule. It’s a good one. I played it maybe 10 times in 20 years. I can not realy explain, why he is not more to me. „Mercy seat“ is a Songmonolith – but rather in the Johnny Cash version.

      At last comes „here at last“ – a perfect live-Album by the Bee Gees. Maybe its a shock for you? „Men with good music taste couldn’t love Bee Gees.“ Few days ago a TV-Film had told me so. But the truth is: I like the Bee Gees. Not all of their records, but – a lot – till „Saturday night fever“. Especially the first career. That psychedelic-beatles-thing: Every chistian lion hearted man will show you…. And so on. I know, the lyrics are often crap. But it sounnnnnnnds! They can sing the weather-report to me. I would like it. If its arranged like on their old 60s or early 70s Records. Later on they used this electric drum sound of the 80s and they whimpered all songs in the same way: tradgedyyyyy…. Horrible!
      My favorits are (first) „Here at last“(‘78), (for the second position) „Odessa“(‘69) and (on position three)„Maincourse“(‘75).

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  4. Your so very right about St Arkansas being a totally great album, listened to it in full and Dark track as closer is amazing! I’ll give it a few more listens, have seen a box-set of the three records around that time together so I’ll check out those other ones too but it’s most likely already on my shopping list!
    Bob’s album is up next this morning but i dig out two of my old posts at the same time, you might want to have a quick look at?
    https://a1000mistakes.wordpress.com/2017/09/18/classic-albums-candy-apple-grey-by-husker-du-remembering-grant-hart/
    and
    https://a1000mistakes.wordpress.com/2017/04/07/classic-albums-the-shape-of-things-by-pere-ubu/
    Or maybe not? Those my two kind-of related posts I’ve done on them, maybe I’ve blogged more about them but those easy ones to find? They’re by far NOT the greatest blog posts ever written so it does matter really!
    I did notices Bob got a brand new solo album coming out pretty soon too! Did know about that one?
    Then later I’ll check out the rest of New Model Army and Opeth albums too! Anyway that’s the latest update so I guess I’m also saying cheers again for the recommend albums! 🙂

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  5. Die beiden erwähnten Midnight-Oil Alben habe ich, gefallen mir sehr gut. Kenne von dort ansonsten insgesamt nur eine Death-Metal mit christlichen Texten und eine Black-Metal-Band mit dem schönen Namen „Destroyer 666“. Vor vielen vielen Jahren habe ich dann noch in meinen Studentenkreisen einen australischen Metaller kennengelernt, der immer wieder mit dem T-Shirt einer deutschen Naziband herumlief und aufs Germanentum stand. War ein angenehmer Typ, mochten wir. Sprach ihn nie auf´sT-Shirt an, weil ich dachte, er wüsste gar nicht, was er trägt. Deutsch musste er erst lernen. Später hat einem Kollegen erzählt, dass er zu Hause an einer Bücherverbrennung teilgenommen hatte, naja…

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