Tag: The Clash

Pushing against boundaries: create your own art!

All governments want to control art. They either use public funding to support the arts, but dictate terms in the process of doing so, or they push it out to the market, in the hope that only commercially viable art will see the light of day. I agree. I think government should stay far away…


Fantasy Football II – The needed substitutes

I told you, a football team only has 11 players, and in putting together my near perfect line-up for the land of Music I had to make a lot of hard choices. let’s not try to be complete here. I could come up with at least 100 artists I could also have added. Let’s just…


Get into the groove; reflections on side A opening songs

I’m a romantic who loves destruction and a bit of chaos. I love human-made ruins, the results of criminal neglect or failed maintenance. I once saw a deserted and completely run down football stadium somewhere between Milan and Malpensa airport. Deteriorating tapes, scratched records, it all appeals to my romantic self. I hated the false…


Teenage Wildlife

Friends are like clothes, they are either in or out of fashion, they make you look good or not. As a teenager I defined style as the point where politics and music intersected.The Clash were the only band that mattered and after reading Orwell’s ‘Homage to Catalonia’ I ruled out communism in favour of anarchism…


Ghost in the machine

When I was 17 I read Arthur Koestler’s ‘Ghost in the machine’ (1967). I didn’t understand half of the book, but it still left a big impression.Taking the relationship between mind and body as a starting point, Koestler tries to explain why people have a tendency towards (self-)destruction. According to him it all boils down…


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…


Girly Music

As you grow older your lens gets softer. You gradually begin to appreciate the unimaginable. As a teenager I hated bands like U2 and Simple Minds for their extreme pathos and their appeal to girls. Now I know and accept both bands created some pretty fine music. I even have no problem anymore admitting ‘Don’t…


Lost Tapes – The Clash live

What surprises me most is that John Cale’s ‘Paris 1919’ is on the B-side. I taped it over Nick Cave’s ‘The Firstborn is dead’, bit of a prophetic title in retrospect. Means that I must have taped it after 1985, probably somewhere in that same year. I was still living with my parents, and I…


Know your rights!

Life was good at Elementary. Some kids flirted with Punk but I was still a huge Beatles fan. They decorated their fake leather jackets with safety pins and big buttons, I just had a small white button with the name of my favourite band, and long hair of course.They whispered ‘no future’ without really knowing…


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