I’m still in the throes of the Summer-Autumn transition (kids going back to school, wife starting a new job, work crazy busy, etc.), but I promise to have some beefier, more substantial posts up here again soon, but in the interim, here’s another round-up of crap I saw around the internet that’s captured my interest.
First, check out this animated discussion about vintage “battle jackets” on the I Love Music discussion boards. For what it’s worth, I briefly had a denim vest with a Motorhead patch on the back (the face of the snaggletooth within the Ace of Spades) with UK Subs and Clash patches on the front (both held on with safety pins). I also scrawled the name Killing Joke in the Fire Dances font across the back shoulders and the Venom log beneath the Motorhead patch. It was short-lived, somewhat ridiculous and swiftly fell apart. Still, I loved it.
Punk heroes Legs McNeil and Keith Morris recently got together to discuss the latter’s history in seminal hardcore bands Black Flag and the Circle Jerks, and his current doings in the litigiously-contested FLAG.
While some might immediately think of Ikea and erotica at the invocation of Sweden, the nation’s most famous exports are still probably Abba and legions of frowny metal bands like Arch Enemy, Death Breath, Entombed, Necrophobic, Opeth and Vomitory. That said, as polar as the entities of Abba’s timeless pop and Sweden’s most insidiously inflammatory metal might seem, they evidently have something in common: the espousal of GODLESSNESS.
I’ve put up the video for Belfegore’s “All That I Wanted” here several times over the years, frequently citing that the clip is my favorite video ever made (it is). It was directly in purposely vertigo-inducing fashion by Oscar-winning Polish director Zbigniew Rybczyński. As it turns out, “All That I Wanted” (which was filmed on pier on the Hudson River just north of the World Trade Center in 1984), was not his only rock video. He also shot notable clips for acts like The Art of Noise (“Close to the Edit”), Rush (“Time Stands Still”) and Lou Reed’s deservedly maligned “Original Wrapper” (which was shot in and around TriBeCa). In any case, Rybczyński also filmed the below clip for his fellow countrymen in Warsaw’s seemingly forgotten (though surprisingly prolific) Lady Pank. From the look of it, this was shot on the same strip of undeveloped real estate where the director shot the Belfegore vid. Frankly, that’s pretty much the only reason it’s notable (and I’m being generous).
Lastly, and somewhat inexplicably, here’s Bobby Steele of the Undead recorded live in 2011, singing “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond. You’re welcome.