Tag: The Clash

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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