Month: September 2017

Re-make/Re-model

I’m an old soul when it comes to cover versions. I believe musicians should first and foremost be judged on their performance and not on the quality of their songwriting. When Jimi Hendrix covered Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band a couple of days after The Beatles released the album with the same title he…


A day in the life

Strolling through the airport departure hall I suddenly hear it, the unmistakable synthesizer sound and that lazy, slightly nasal voice: Enola Gay, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, 1980. I immediately want to return the favor by humming a contemporary, but then I remember…I’m at Z├╝rich Airport, not Vienna’s, I can’t sing Ultravox here. The flight…


Rock ‘n roll suicide II

You’re too old to lose it, too young to choose it (Bowie, Rock ‘n Roll suicide) Far more musicians die from natural causes. Far more musicians die from heart attacks and cancer. Far more musicians die from substance abuse. Even knowing that, there is an almost natural bond between suicide and artistry. It is because…


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