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Thursday, 24 December 2015

THE WORLD WAR 1 CHRISTMAS TRUCE 1914



Dear Readers,

last year it was the 100th anniversary of the wonderful "World War 1 Christmas Truce".
And I could bite my ass that I forgot. But this year I saw a documentary called "WW1 In Colours" from the BBC and it really touched me.
So this year's post is about the miracle that happened 101 years ago when soldiers refused to fight and sang corals instead and played soccer together in no-man's land between the trenches in Belgium and France.

Read more here...

I am not very religious but I believe in the good in man - when it really comes to the Point.




THE FARM's "All Together Now" from 1991 is about this night, when the decided not to fight.

Remember boy that your forefathers died
Lost in millions for a country's pride
They never mention the trenches of Belgium
When they stopped fighting and they were one
 
A spirit stronger than war was working that night
December 1914 cold, clear and bright
Countries' borders were right out of sight
They joined together and decided not to fight
 
All together now
All together now
All together now
In no man's land, together
 
The same old story again
All those tears shed in vain
Nothing learnt and nothing gained
Only hope remains
 
All together now
All together now
All together now
In no man's land, together
 
The boys had their say, they said no
Stop the slaughter and let's go home
Let's go, let's go, let's go, let's go, let's go
The boys had their say, they said no
Stop the slaughter and let's go home
Let's go, let's go, let's go, let's go home
 
All together now
All together now
All together now
In no man's land, together
 
 
I wish you a peaceful time with your loved ones wherever you are!
Take care!
And merry Christmas!
 
Yours, the monomod

Monday, 16 November 2015

TALK TALK After The Flood (1991)

 
 
Today for you a strictly limited and long deleted gem from great, great Mark Hollis and his mate.
I always loves the trilogy consisting of "SPIRIT OF EDEN", "LAUGHING STOCK" and actually the last remaining "MARK HOLLIS".

01 After The Flood (Outtake)
02 Myrrhman
03 New Grass
04 Stump
05 Ascension Day
06 5.09

Sunday, 18 October 2015

PAUL QUINN AND THE INDEPENDENT GROUP Will I Ever Be Inside Of You (1994)

 
...and one more from brilliant PAUL QUINN...
The follow-up and perfect "Will I Ever Be Inside Of You".
Deep and mysterious. Powerful.


PAUL QUINN AND THE INDEPENDENT GROUP Will I Ever Be Inside Of You (1994)
01 Will I Ever Be Inside Of You
02 You have been seen
03 Lover, that's you all over
04 Mooreefoc (Misty Blue)
05 A passing Thought
06 Outre
07 Misty Blue
08 Stupid Thing
09 At the End of the Night


"A passing Thought" is one of my all time favourites. And currently on my mobile phone - set as my alarm clock.

Sunday, 11 October 2015

PAUL QUINN AND THE INDEPENDENT GROUP The Phantoms And The Archetypes (1992)

 
One of the best singers worldwide. Unique, powerful.
PAUL QUINN used to be part of the posse around the "Postcard"-Label in Scotland.
He was with the JAZZATEERS and BOURGIE BOURGIE amongst others.
This is the first of two records with THE INDEPENDENT GROUP that consisted of ex-members of THE COMMOTIONS (LLOYD COLE), AZTEC CAMERA, ORANGE JUICE..
Quite some names...

01 The Phantoms and the Archetypes
02 Born on the wrong Side of Town
03 What can You do to Me now
04 Should've known by now
05 Punk Rock Hotel
06 Superstar (Cover of "The Carpenters")
07 Call my Name
08 The Damage is done
09 Darling I can't fight
10 Hangin' on

Friday, 2 October 2015

THE DUALERS The Melting Pot (2008)


How could this possibly happen...?
Only by accident I learned about THE DUALERS recently and after checking the www I found out that they exist since 1999. Holy Moly... Amazing Trojan Ska...
Now you have the chance to listen yourself:

01 Money
02 Stole The Show
03 Jack The Ripper
04 Take A Trip
05 Don't Go
06 Kiss On The Lips
07 Urban Spirit
08 Finally Your Day Has Come
09 Wake Up
10 Won't Let You Go
11 Ain't That A Shame
12 Truly Madly Deeply
13 What A Result
14 Last Call For Free Town

Sunday, 23 August 2015

EDWYN COLLINS Home Again (Documentary) 2007

 
 
EDWYN COLLINS turns 56 today.
Happy Birthday - Scottish Genius.
 
For you readers today the documentary "Home Again" from 2007 - shortly after his stroke in 2005.
I hope you are fine, Edwyn!

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

THE CURE Standing On A Beach - The B-Sides (1986)

 
 
This used to be a real rarity and I think it kind of still is one.
Here for you now the B-Side from the tape with B-Sides from the singles of the first decade from THE CURE.
 
01 I'm Cold
02 Another Journey By Train
03 Descent
04 Splintered In Her Head
05 Mr Pink Eye
06 Happy The Man
07 Throw Your Foot
08 The Exploding Boy
09 A Few Hours After This
10 A Man Inside My Mouth
11 Stop Dead
12 New Day
 

Sunday, 17 May 2015

SUPERPUNK Einmal Superpunk, Bitte! (2004)

 
 
SUPERPUNK was a German Mod-Band from Hamburg that was founded in 1996 and split in 2012.
They released 5 studio albums and one live album.
There Musical style was a mixture of Northern Soul, Punkrock and Garage.
It's absolutely worth a listen...
 
01 Ich weigere mich, aufzugeben
02 Ein bisschen Seele
03 Tu einfach dein Bestes und mach dir keine Sorgen
04 Ich mag den Mann nicht, der ich bin
05 Raus aus dieser Stadt
06 Return of Top Old Boys
07 Wenn du wieder rauskommst
08 Bitte verlass mich
09 Die Bismarck
10 Die Straßen deiner Stadt
11 Sie hierum, ich da rum
12 Allein in eisigen Tiefen
13 Zeit der eisernen Hand
14 It's all over now (Bonustrack)
15 Eine schärfere Welt (Bonustrack)
16 He's so fine (Bonustrack)
17 Man kann einen ehrlichen Mann nicht auf seine Knie zwingen (Bonustrack live)
18 Auf ein Wort, Herr Fabrikant (Bonustrack live)
19 The Happy Crossdresser (Bonustrack live)
20 Das ist heute nicht dein Tag (Bonustrack live)

Thursday, 16 April 2015

FIRE NEXT TIME Rare Tracks and a Request!

 
 
Hi Readers.
I want to offer two extremely rare tracks for your pleasure today.
And I want to ask for your support:
I am desperately looking for more tracks from FIRE NEXT TIME...
 
First, the appetizers...
 
I Can't Go Back (From 1987 single release with the same name)
 
Each Time That You Walk The Truth Inside You Moves (B2-side from 1988 "Stay With Me Now" 12")
 
 
And now my requests...:
from 1988 - Stay With Me Now
B1 - Will I End Up Like They Did
 
from 1988 - Too Close
B - Tears Are Nothing New
 
from 1987 - I Can't Go Back
B1 – Picket Lines
B2 - Tumbling Walls
 
from 1986 – Beneath The Hammers
A - Beneath The Hammers
B - Chains
 
plus
Hearts Anthem / Gentle Curve / Broken Promised Land (1988)

Sunday, 12 April 2015

NEW NORTHERN SOUL Various Artists (2015)

 
 
Well, what exactly is NEW NORTHERN SOUL?
I don't even know if this technical term actually already exists - if not... then here it is - and what people define as NEW NORTHERN SOUL then.
I made the term up for my purpose now and this is what came out...
It is kind of an "Indie-Pop Organ-Brass-Driven Up-Tempo Dance Thing".
And these are my favourite representatives:
 
01 Are You Trying to Be Lonely? - PAUL WELLER & ANDY LEWIS
02 Upfield - BILLY BRAGG
03 Forever Unmasked - NEW STREET ADVENTURE
04 Silver Lining - STIFF LITTLE FINGERS
05 Saint Mary's Steps (Up Tempo Version) - FIRE NEXT TIME
06 Lean On Me (incl The Return Of The Modern Soul Classic) - REDSKINS
07 Wake Up Boo! - THE BOO RADLEYS
08 Move on Up - THE JAM
 
Of course it's not new at all but ahh - come on........

Saturday, 4 April 2015

ANDY PAWLAK In The Kitchen (1985) 30th Anniversary






Hi readers.
Today 30 years ago, the great ANDY PAWLAK recorded his wonderful, wonderful demos and we all would love to celebrate this day and say "Thank You!"
 
ANDY would like to add this:
"I remember doing the demos like it was yesterday,
they were recorded in my tiny kitchen in my bedsit in whitley bay.
I borrowed my mate Johns ghetto blaster and stood and recorded all the songs
live straight onto cassette.
no overdubs all live.
I suppose those demos pretty much changed my life really.
Not long after I signed to Chrysalis publishing and Phonogram Records.
great times and great memories.
I wish I could do the whole thing again.
All the best
Andy"



 
 
 
 
01 Sunhine Girl
02 Waiting For The Fire
03 Blue and Grey
04 Perfect Days
05 This Our 85
06 Jazz Guitar
 
 

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

DOT DASH Earthquakes & Tidal Waves (2015)

 
 
It has been more that 2 years now that I wrote about DOT DASH the last time although they were quite productive in the meantime.
I simply didn't have the time. Sorry boys.
 
The recently released a new longplayer... - if you consider 30min approx "long"...
;-) But it's 30 minutes stuffed with 10 brilliant Indie-Punk-Pop-Songs.
I mentioned in earlier posts that they sound like BIFF BANG POW plus THE JAM to me and I have to add one other band - THE DARLING BUDS. Although the Buds used to have a female singer. Terry does not really sound like her but the way to sing is quite similar. And the band does actually sound like them - a bit...
 
DOT DASH offers a free download of the song "Rainclouds" on their website here.
 
 

To be honest... - I like the song but I simply LOVE "Satellite (far out)"
And if you would also like to check your favourite song, listen to the stream here.

Anyway... Support them!
 

Thursday, 19 March 2015

NEW STREET ADVENTURE The Big A.C. - Video

On saturday NEW STREET ADVENTURE will play in Hamburg.
Guys, I'm really looking forward!!!
 
For you Readers now the latest single / official Video:
THE BIG A.C.
 
 
Keep The Faith!

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

PAUL HARDCASTLE 19 (1985-2015)


Thirty years ago, the song "19" by PAUL HARDCASTLE was released.
Inspired by the documentary "Vietnam Requiem" that said, that the average age of the combat soldiers in Vietnam was 19. This has been disputed since but what is proved is, that the average age of deaths is 23 - and 38% of them were only 19 or 20 years old.
I tried to collect as many official mixes as possible and I will now give you the chance to listen to them as well.
I have no idea if the download will be available for long because there are always some mofos that delete uploads or posts.
So - be quick.
You can either download the mixes seperately or as a bundle.
Here we go:
Mastermix 7:32
12" Remix 6:56

 
Lyrics:

In 1965 Vietnam seemed like just another foreign war, but it wasn't.
It was different in many ways, as so were those that did the fighting.
In World War II the average age of the combat soldier was 26...
In Vietnam he was 19.
In inininininin Vietnam he was 19.
(TV announcer's voice)
The shooting and fighting of the past two weeks continued today 25 miles west of Saigon


I really wasn't sure what was going on (Vet's Voice)
Nininini Nineteen, 19, Ni-nineteen 19
19,19,19,19
In Vietnam the combat soldier typically served a twelve month tour of duty but
was exposed to hostile fire almost everyday
Ninininininininininin 19 nininininninin 19

(TV announcer's voice)
In Saigon a U.S.Military spokesman said today
More than 700 enemy troops were killed last week
In that sensitive border area
Through out all of south Vietnam the enemy lost a total of 2689 soldiers.

Nininini Nineteen, 19, Ni-nineteen 19
19,19,19,19

(Vet's voice)
You're 18 years old and you're wearing somebody's brains around your Shirt
because they got their heads blown off right next to you
and that's not supposed to affect you. I can never understand.
What would scare me? Is that we were to send a Group of 18 years olds 12000 miles away
and subject them to in a year of that obsanity and have them not affected.
That's would frighten me.

Hundreds of Thousands of men who saw heavy combat in Vietnam were arrested since discharge
Their arrest rate is almost twice that of non-veterans of the same age.
There are no accurate figures of how many of these men have been incarcerated.
But, a Veterans Administration study concludes that the greater of Vets
exposure to combat could more likely affect his chances of being arrested or
convicted. This is one legacy of the Vietnam War
(Singing Girls)
All those who remember the war
They won't forget what they've seen..
Destruction of men in their prime
whose average was 19
Dedededededede-Destruction
Dedededededede-Destruction
War, War
Dededede-Destruction, wa-wa-War, wa-War, War
Dedededededede-Destruction
War, War

After World War II the Men came home together on troop ships, but the Vietnam
Vet often arrived home within 48 hours of jungle combat
Perhaps the most dramatic difference between World War II and Vietnam was
coming home.. .none of them received a heroes welcome
None of them received a heroes welcome, none of them, none of them
Nenene Nenene None of them, none of them, none of them (etc...)
None of them received a heroes welcome
None of them received a heroes welcome

According to a Veteran's Administration study
Half of the Vietnam combat veterans suffered from what Psychiatrists call
Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder
Many vets complain of alienation, rage, or guilt
Some succumb to suicidal thoughts
Eight to Ten years after coming home almost eight-hundred-thousand men are still fighting the Vietnam War

(Singing Girls)
Dedededededede-Destruction

Nininininininininin Nineteen, 19, Ni-nineteen 19
19,19,19,19
Nininininininininin Nineteen, 19, Ni-nineteen 19
19,19,19,19

(Soldiers Voice)
When we came back it was different...
Everybody wants to know
"God, what happened to those guys over there
There's gotta be something wrong somewhere
We did what we had to do
There's gotta be something wrong somewhere
People wanted us to be ashamed of what it made us
Dad had no idea what he went to fight and he is now
All we want to do is come home
All we want to do is come home
What did we do it for
All we want to do is come home
Was it worth it?

"WAS IT WORTH IT??????"

THE MAKING OF... This is a collection of veteran-statements

Narrator: This is the story of men who are victims of war.  They fought the longest war in American history.  They all saw heavy combat in Vietnam.  Although they were all decorated for heroism, none of them received a hero's welcome.

Veteran #1: You see a lotta destruction.  You see a lot of villages being burned, and you know people are being killed, and... you shoot into bushes and you hear screams and you know that people have been hit, but... to see someone get hit with a high-velocity steel-jacket round - designed by people, to kill other people.  There is no more obscene way to die.

Narrator:  Hundreds of thousands of men who saw heavy combat in Vietnam have been arrested since discharge.  Their arrest rate is almost twice that of non-veterans of the same age.  There are no accurate figures on how many of these men have been incarcerated, but a Veterans' Administration study concludes that the greater a vet's exposure to combat, the more likely his chance of being arrested or convicted.  This is one legacy of the Vietnam War.

Veteran #1:  They had VC that were twelve feet tall.  They captured the 25th Infantry with a bag fulla rocks.  Everybody went after Ho Chih Minh with broken bayonets.  These were the baddest dudes I ever saw in my life.

Soldier: I looked at this guy and asked him what to do.  He'd been hit, right below his eye.  The side of his face was blown away.  He wasn't fallin', was just... standin'... and he kinda half-turned, and fell.  (And he kinda half-turned, and fell.)  And then we came back and we were different, and everybody wants to know "God, what happened to those guys over there"...

Veteran #2:  There's gotta be somethin' wrong somewhere.

Veteran #1:  ...We did what we had to do...

Veteran #1:  And people wanted us to be ashamed - of what it made us.

Veteran #2:  They have no idea what it meant for five, ten years now.  All we want to do is come home.

Veteran #1:  What did we do it for?

Veteran #1:  Was it worth it?

Narrator: This is the story of men who are victims of war.  They fought the longest war in American history.  They all saw heavy combat in Vietnam.  Although they were all decorated for heroism, none of them received a hero's welcome.

Narrator: Unlike Vietnam, World War 2 saw America unite behind her fighting men.  The two wars were just as different on the front lines as they were back home. 

Narrator:  Hundreds of thousands of men who saw heavy combat in Vietnam have been arrested since discharge.  Their arrest rate is almost twice that of non-veterans of the same age.  There are no accurate figures on how many of these men have been incarcerated, but a Veterans' Administration study concludes that the greater a vet's exposure to combat, the more likely his chance of being arrested or convicted.  This is one legacy of the Vietnam War.

Narrator:  After WW2, the men came home together, in troop ships, often less than 48 hours after jungle combat. ((( yes, that's exactly how it's sampled.  The re-recorded version is a re-reading of the original sample, or it says what the original Narrator meant. )))  Perhaps the most dramatic difference between WW2 and Vietnam was coming home.  (None of them received a hero's welcome.  None of them.  N-n-n-n-n-one-of-them-rec-none of them received a hero's welcome...  n-n-n-none of them...)

Veteran #1:  And then we came back and we were different, and everybody wants to know "God, what happened to those guys over there"...

Narrator:  In 1965, Vietnam seemed like just another foreign war, but it wasn't.  It was different in many ways.  In World War Two, the average age of the combat soldier was 26.  In Vietnam, he was 19.  In-in-in-in-in Vietnam, he was 19.  n-n-n-ninteen.

Newscaster:  The heaviest fighting of the past two weeks continued today, 25 miles northwest of Saigon.

Narrator:  In Vietnam, the combat soldier typically served a 12-month tour of duty, but was exposed to hostile fire almost every day.

Newscaster:  In Saigon, a US military spokesman said today more than 700 enemy troops were killed last week in that sensitive border area.  Throughout all of South Vietnam, the enemy lost a total of 2689 soldiers. 

Female background singer:  All those who remember the war, they won't forget what they've seen.  Destruction, of men in their prime, whose average age was 19.

Narrator:  According to a Veteran's Administration study, half of the Vietnam combat veterans suffer from what psychiatrists call Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Many vets complain of alienation, rage, or guilt.  Some succumb to suicidal thoughts.

Narrator:  This is one legacy of the Vietnam war.  They fought the longest war in American history.  None of them received a hero's welcome.


Narrator:  Almost 800,000 men are still fighting the Vietnam War.


"WAS IT WORTH IT??????"