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Lets DANCE & thanks!!! [04 Jun 2007|02:36am]

[ mood | crazy ]

Hi all...
we are "thanks"!!!
(Powerpop / Big Beat / New Wave) =D
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Lets DANCE & FUN!!!

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Everything Is an Afterthought [23 Apr 2007|09:27am]

I recently sold my first book. In conjunction, I've established another LiveJournal to report on the project's progress, occasionally provide links about, and writings by, its subject, Paul Nelson (famous for his Rolling Stone cover story about Warren Zevon's battle with alcoholism), and share snippets of information or parts of interviews that may or may not be covered further in the final product.

The new journal shares the book's working title, Everything Is an Afterthought: The Life and Writings of Paul Nelson. Just follow the link.

Anybody interested in learning more about this brilliant critic, whose own life proved just as mysterious and fascinating as the artists' about whom he wrote, is welcome to join. As well, tracking the process of how a book goes from sale to publication should prove interesting. I'm rather curious about that part myself...
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[20 Oct 2006|09:04am]

hullo. i'll try it..

Name katharina
Location velbert, germany
Age 16
Top 10 '77 bands (i fear there gonna be more than 10...)the smiths(okaaai, 5 years too late), new york dolls & johnny thunders, the ramones, sex pistols(maaan!) siouxsie & the banshees (they came straight after '77, i hope),nina hagen (she really had moment of a truly queen...), the jam, die goldenen zitronen, DAF, fehlfarben(know "monarchie & alltag" ?), einstürzende neubauten, bauhaus ( i love love fucking love! "bela lugosi's dead"),soilent grün (west-berlin punk city) the clash,aaand: horrorpops and lovely mad sin.
What you like most about '77 bands tossy little art kids trying to shock their loves. Give me world war three and i can live again!
3 best shows you attended MIA. ( my very first concert and it just kicked my arse), MONEYBROTHER (those tight pants only two metres away made ma hoooot...ah...), hopefully (hopefully?! i mean: definetly!) MORRISSEY in dec' 06!!!( i'll tell you if he'd taken off his shirt again...)
3 favorite songs gosh, don't ask me...
Favorite line from a song "i decree today that life is simply taking and not giving, England is mine and it owes me a living." the smiths, reel around the fountain
Pick 5 bands(dead or alive) you'd kill to see the smiths, new york daolls, ramones and sex pistols (even together?!), mad sin (again not '77 but truly worth to kill for!)
Tell us about yerself " a truly weirdo of our times, maan!" and: " uh...sexy tie, tosshead!"
Pictures don't have any...i'll try to make some and hand them out to you, hmkay?
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Playing with Dolls [28 Jul 2006|02:41pm]

[ mood | famished ]

In the early Seventies, the New York Dolls were the reigning rock & roll band in New York City, the darlings of David Bowie and the avant-garde intelligentsia, Bruce Springsteen and Patti Smith rolled into one, and America's principal purveyors of such newfound concepts as deliberate musical primitivism and the punk rock of futuristic, haute-couture street children. A cult band, they were passionately loved or hated, and more than a few critics (myself included) saw in them this country's best chance to develop a home-grown Rolling Stones. The Dolls were talented, and, more importantly, they had poisonality! Both of their albums made the charts, but a series of stormy misunderstandings among their record company, their management and themselves eventually extinguished the green light of hope, and the group disbanded... Like all good romantics, they had destroyed everything they touched. 

-- Paul Nelson, Rolling Stone, May 18, 1978

The argument could be made that we have the Mormon Church to thank for One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This, the first studio album in 32 years by the New York Dolls. It may not be a particularly good argument, but all the components are there for a not even half-baked conspiracy theory: 

As depicted in Greg Whiteley's fine documentary New York Doll, original Dolls bassist Arthur "Killer" Kane, who, following an an act of self-defenestration, had converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, was working in the church's Family History Center Library when he discovered that an almost 30-year dream, something he had prayed for again and again, was about to come true: the remaining Dolls (David Johansen and Sylvain Sylvain) wanted to reunite. Not only are his Mormon coworkers and bishop supportive of their friend, whose life of drinking and drugs had gone out the window with him, they help fund the retrieval of his guitar from a local pawnshop so that he can start practicing for the reunion gig. Had they not and had Kane not rejoined the band, and had New York Doll never been made, you could argue that there would not have been the press and acclaim and subsequent momentum to get the Dolls back into the studio, back on the radio, back on TV, and back in the stores. 

If New York Doll isn't the best piece of pro-LDS propaganda the Mormon Church has ever had at its behest, it's at least some damn funny and insightful off-the-cuff filmmaking. (Has ever a movie come into being so accidentally?) The movie's wacky elements and plot twists -- a faded, jealous rock star, his bitter wife, a quart of peppermint schnapps, a handy piece of cat furniture, an open kitchen window, and an unexpected demise -- tell a tale of decadence and redemption worthy of Raymond Chandler.

But in the midst of all this craziness there beats a heart, and it's a sweet one. Such as when Kane, "the only living statue in rock & roll" and, in Johansen's words, "the miracle of God's creation," leads the group in prayer before they take the stage for the first time in almost 30 years. Or earlier, back at the library, when Kane explains the responsibilities of being a rock & roll bassist to the two little old ladies with whom he works. Or when he confesses to his Mormon bishop his apprehensions about getting back together with Johansen (who, when he finally arrives in the studio, looks like a haggard Allison Janney). 

Which brings us to the Dolls' third album, One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This, which arrived in stores on Tuesday and which, like Bettie Page adorned in leather, is hard and soft at the same time. Lots of ricocheting guitar lines and anthemic pounding housed within four Phil Spectorish walls of sound; middle-aged men acting tough, vamping and posturing while sounding melodic as all hell. A reminder of how rock & roll ought to be. How it used to be. 

Combining clever wordplay ("Evolution is so obsolete/Stomp your hands and clap your feet," from the pro-simian/anti-creationist single, "Dance Like a Monkey") and wordy cleverness ("Ain't gonna anthropomorphize ya/Or perversely polymorphousize ya"), Johansen, whose vocalizing and songwriting have both aged magnificently, proves that, despite his Buster Poindexter detour, he remains one of rock's savviest practitioners. He leads the Dolls through a variety of subjects and styles while spewing his trash poetry lyrics ("All light shines in darkness/Where else could it shine?") with his heart on his sleeve and his tongue firmly in cheek -- often at the same time:

Yeah, I've been to the doctor
He said there ain't much he could do
"You've got the human condition
Boy, I feel sorry for you"

Funny is one thing, smart is another; but funny and smart at the same time, that's tough. Ask Woody Allen.

Listening to the new album, I couldn't help but think of critic Paul Nelson, whose words opened this piece and who, back in the early Seventies, was the A&R guy who put his job with Mercury Records on the line when he signed the Dolls to their first record deal ("I knew they were going to have to be a big success or I would lose my job, and I did"). What would Nelson, whose body was found alone in his New York apartment earlier this month, have made of the Dolls' new effort and return to the spotlight? And would he have seen anything of himself in the song "I Ain't Got Nothing"?

This is not how the end should have come
Who could imagine this when I was young?
Where is everybody?
It's not the way I wanted it to be

With One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This, the New York Dolls pick up right where they left off over 30 years ago, as if no time at all has passed. Which begs the question (especially with all the dancing like a monkey going on): shouldn't there have been some kind of evolution musically? If the Dolls remain just as smart and funny as before, and rock just as hard -- if just plain surviving isn't enough -- what have they gained? 

Wisdom perhaps?

We all should be so lucky.

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[08 Jan 2006|10:06pm]

heyy no one ever posts anything good in here anymore!! Let's try making this group more alive... Post pictures, tell about some cool punk shows.. i dont know.. but lets alteast try and do something!
fuck yeah
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[26 Dec 2005|10:50am]

Top 10 '77 bands~The Jam, The Ramones, The Clash, The Buzzcocks, Echo & the Bunnymen, The Ruts, The Damned, The Dickies, Ordinary Boys, The Stranglers
What you like most about '77 bands~Classic music - it's not so poppy. Great sounds everytime.
3 best shows you attended~n/a
3 favorite songs~"Sheena is a Punk Rocker" - The Ramones, "Babylon's Burning" - The Ruts, "I got by in Time" - The Jam
Favorite line from a song~"Bought an a to z guidebook trying to find the clubs and the YMCAs" xD
Pick 5 bands(dead or alive) you'd kill to see~The Jam, The Clash, The Ramones, The Ruts, The Buzzcocks
Tell us about yerself~Hm. I live in the UK. I like playing loud music out my window to annoy my neighbours.
Pictures~n/a :(
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[15 Dec 2005|06:12am]

Name - Dima
Location - Moscow, Russia
Age - 17
Top 10 - Buzzcocks, The Clash, Blondie, Generation X, Stranglers, Dead Kennedys, The Boys, The Jam, Crisis, The Professionals
What you like most about '77 bands - I like Mod revival and british bands like The Jam and Purple Hearts
3 best shows you attended - you know,in Russia it is hard to attend such gigs 'cause there ain't true punk77 bands...maybe PopperKlopper,but they ain't 77
3 favorite songs - The Clash-Spanish Bombs
The Jam-Town Called Malice
Buzzcocks-Everybody Is Happy Nowadays
Favorite line from a song-mmm...i know what you're thinking you still think i'am a crap...

Pick 5 bands(dead or alive) you'd kill to see-Buzzcocks, The Clash, The Jam, Blondie, Purple Hearts
Tell us about yerself-Just a little mod...
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[05 Dec 2005|01:31am]

Age~ 19
Top 10 '77 bands~ Top 10 ish?
The Nipps, Johny T., Heartbreakers, The Brats/boys, Undertones, Slaughter, The rods, Rezillos, Subway SEct, Swelling Maps, Radiators from Space,
What you like most about '77 bands~ The chords, the power chords, very energizing music, catchy, easy to figure it out
3 best shows you attended~ UNDERTONES< Slaughter and the Sogs, THe riffs, jesus, those are all old.
3 favorite songs~ Hnaging on the telephone-the nerves U.S.I-the Boys ,Inget Ljus-Noise
Favorite line from a song~You have the look that turns me on-situations-slaughter and the dogs
Pick 5 bands(dead or alive) you'd kill to see~ Undertones, the boys/ brats, Heartbreakers
Tell us about yerself~ I'm a girl.
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support honest underground music? anyone? [02 Oct 2005|11:29am]

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[31 Jul 2005|03:40pm]

i never post or vote. so im out.
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Im bored. [06 Jul 2005|10:44am]


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[11 Jun 2005|02:49am]



Location~Houston TX


Top 10 '77 bands~-germs, gang of four, slits, wire, buzzcocks, Johnny Thunders, Richard hell and the voidoids (anything attending Richard hell television/the heartbreakers), television, Brian Eno, Psychedelic Furs, the fall

What you like most about '77 bands~-contends, more of an association issue. 77' offered an opputunity for exploration, something absoultely free overwhelmingly blunt and open. Destroyed the few boundaries that were inplaced. Kickedass, I don't feel as if there could ever be such a wave again and that's terrible. Jelous to have had to ben stuck in my dads sack instead of alive.

3 best shows you attended~the briefs, locust, adicts (musically not to much a fan, lyrically dry but the show was amazing these guys really do put on a good show.)

3 favorite songs~ Germs "Lexicon Devil", Wire "Pink Flag", Fall "Psycho Mafia"

Favorite line from a song~all the crap in the air, we'll fuck up your face

Pick 5 bands(dead or alive) you'd kill to see~ I missed the goddamn oppurtunity to see the fall last year and thats really grown out to be a huge regret, Johnny Thunders, I have the dvd of the deadboys live at cbgb's 1977 and to have witnessed such energy live would be unbeleavable, Richard Hell, Iggy Pop for sure

Tell us about yerself~I work at Papa Johns and deliver pizza to the fattest city in the country, play drums; have been in several bands mostly as a joke, in which typically i would sing and help in the smashing. hmm listen to music an incredible amount, having to be stuck in a pizza reeking car for 5 hours at a time.

Pictures~ (just bought myself a digital camera yesterday and have all night to have too figure out this shit), well this as good as i can do for now untill i can figure out how to send these a little larger.  Pretty sure i wrote everything, so there youve got



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[24 May 2005|02:51am]

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[17 May 2005|04:27pm]

you know what, i miss my boots :(
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My whole world's turned amphetamine blue [15 May 2005|11:50pm]

So guess what I did last thursday?

Only went to see THE VIBRATORS, holy shit those guys are still completely amazing, it blew my mind. Will post pictures in a bit..but really, be jealous
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[11 May 2005|04:45pm]
Anyone going to see the Rolling Stones on their upcoming tour?
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Greetings and Salutations [03 May 2005|09:29am]

[ mood | Awake ]

Nice day for a party, isn't it?Collapse )

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[28 Apr 2005|06:11pm]
[ mood | busy ]

I made these a while ago, I just haven't got around to putting them on here.

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"Take your protein pills and put your helmet on" [28 Apr 2005|05:35pm]

[ mood | floatin in a most peculiar way ]

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