"I don't know where I'm going from here, but I promise it won't be boring." —David Bowie
The talent that lay behind the monochrome eyes of David Bowie was not just his obvious gift for creating memorable songs, it was in fact his unique view of life and existence that separated him from us. Sometimes he did not always hit the intended mark, however when he did he rose above not only decipherable genres of music but art itself. This factor is omnipresent in his 1974, flamboyant and deadly Diamond Dogs.
This post-apocalyptic nightmare, was Bowie’s breakaway album from the Spiders from Mars. It was essential that the Spiders imploded for Bowie to push forward into new areas, this was his cut and run from glam rock and his Ziggy Stardust foil, guitarist Mick Ronson. Though the album itself is a drastically different approach which had capitulated Bowie's previous work, his earlier characters of Aladdin Sane and Ziggy, though dead, still made their spectral prescience felt on moments of the album. The front cover picture of Bowie with his Ziggy-like haircut was one give away, the sci-fi subject still at the fore another, but the style had shifted dramatically as did the delivery.
Diamond Dogs is a fur covered Clockwork Orange style rampage through an abysmal futurescape of drugs, murder and sex. It drips with a steel tongued punk attitude, a proto-ambient dash of the new wave to come. The reuniting with Tony Visconti as producer was another plus in helping the albums rock conception and complicated structure, getting it to number one in the UK and the amassed critical praise that followed the album then and now.
From the unearthly opening-‘Future Legends' heralds the album as it launches with a terrifying howl. An ambient and ominous music flows in the background, Bowie's vocal in and out of phase as he talks you through the new Manhattan, now renamed Hunger City. With a macabre nursery rhyme of children's voices, monstrous sounds and finally crowd kicks in and a recording of a live audience screaming and Bowies shiver down spine opening line-"This Ain't Rock and Roll, This Is Genocide!".
Into the title track and the introduction of a new character-"Halloween Jack". With a Stones/Stooges sounding guitar, simple in its approach which makes it all the more enjoyable and relatable. "Diamond Dogs" does feature some of David Bowie's most remarkable songs, such at the infectious 'Rebel Rebel' containing his own memorable guitar lick.
Then there is the punk avant garde of ‘Sweet Thing’ and its midway segue-'Candidate' an act of brilliance in both style and lyrics. Remaining q fan favourite even today,the lyrics sang in a seedy swagger.The bisexual question compounded even more so here-"If you want it, boys, get it here thing 'Cause hope, boys, is a cheap thing, cheap thing"
The middle section ‘Candidate’ features a strong example of Bowie’s attempts at a William S.Burroughs style cut and shut lyrics. Resulting in taking random lines and phrases and putting them into some order that makes sense, here to devastating effect as a distorted guitar leads the concerto;"I'm having so much fun with the poisonous people, Spreading rumors and lies and stories they made up, Some make you sing and some make you scream!”
The original conception of Diamond Dogs was designed to be a rock opera based on the George Orwell novel '1984'. Some of the obvious elements of which still exist on the latter half of the album in the songs 'Big Brother' and of course '1984'. The refusal by the widow of George Orwell-Sonia, to let the project take fruition does not in any way detract from the greatness of the album. Suffering in a way from the similar faith of The Who and Pete Townshend's breakdown triggering 'Lifehouse', a 48 track quadruple album, aborted for the more slimline and rock friendly 'Who's Next'. Bowie, in this case took it on the chin and thankfully continued to create the album.
The coke fueled assault, the music as an art form with a midas touch had came to fruition once again, another classic to add to canon of excellence David Bowie was building. More controversy via the cover this time instead of the subject matter. The album cover released as a gatefold image by Belgian painter Guy Peellaert, the front, Bowie-Ziggy like, resting whilst the back cover revealing that Bowie had the body of a dog, complete with a prominent penis. Some airbrushing rendering Bowie's canine groin smooth and blank. This risqué cover was quickly withdrawn, instantly becoming a collectors item.
The tour for the album, the most elaborate so far,a little over a million (nowadays) per set. With a stage itself a replica of 'Hunger City', along with the elaborate stage props. After two months of rehearsals, the tour kicked off in June 1974,running until August while the month was taken off. Bowie worked on his next skin shedding project, his plastic soul era.When the tour resumed the set was scrapped,the tour name changed to 'The Soul Tour', although the 'Diamond Dogs' era was over as quick as it started, the songs remained in his set, the idea and direction of his next project-Young Americans.
On this day, 29 years ago, British post-punk band Wire released their 7th studio album Manscape
On this day, 29 years ago, British post-punk band Wire released their 7th studio album Manscape (15.05.1990). It was produced by David M.Allen (who, amongst others, produced various albums of The Cure and The Sisters Of Mercy's First Last And Always) and introduced even more the use of electronic instruments than on Wire's previous albums. Almost all bass and drums were sequenced and even-though Wire drummer Robert Gotobed co-composed all tracks on this album he didn’t join them on stage during the 1990 promotional tour.
Upon release the album was received with mixed feelings by music critics mainly because Wire pretty much abandonned the whole rock-band setup switching primarily to synthesizers but, according to some critics, lacked to put them to great use.
The original vinyl release has a significantly different running order and omits "Life in the Manscape", "Stampede" and "Children of Groceries".
Manscape UK Vinyl Version (STUMM 80)
- "Patterns Of Behaviour"
- "Goodbye Ploy"
- "Morning Bell"
- "Small Black Reptile"
- "Torch It!"
- "Other Moments"
- "Sixth Sense"
- "What Do You See? (Welcome)"
- "Where's The Deputation?"
- "You Hung Your Lights In The Trees / A Craftsman's Touch"
Manscape CD version (CDSTUMM 80)
- "Life in the Manscape" – 3:28
- "Stampede" – 4:35
- "Patterns of Behaviour" – 4:33
- "Other Moments" – 3:50
- "Small Black Reptile" – 3:14
- "Torch It!" – 7:31
- "Morning Bell" – 4:22
- "Where's the Deputation?" – 3:51
- "What Do You See?" (Elvander, Gilbert, Gotobed, Lewis, Newman) – 6:47
- "Goodbye Ploy" – 3:50
- "Sixth Sense" – 4:19
- "Children of Groceries" – 3:03
- "You Hung Your Lights in the Trees/A Craftsman's Touch" – 10:03
All tracks written by Bruce Gilbert, Robert Gotobed, Graham Lewis and Colin Newman, except as indicated.
The movie Locating Silver Lake, distributed by Gunpowder & Sky (Cam, Lords of Chaos...), is available on DVD on May 14 via Amazon!
About the movie:
When I traveled to Edinburgh Film Fest last June there was one movie I really wanted to see: Locating Silver Lake. Maybe the coming-of-age movie, written and directed by Eric Bilitch, was the main reason to for visiting Scotland. Actually, I'm pretty sure it was.
I had watched Eric's first movie The Submarine Kid in advance and I got really curious about his latest feature film starring Josh Peck, Aubrey Peeples and Finn Wittrock. To be honest, I didn't manage to write a review right after the international movie premiere. Of course, not because the movie had been so bad. It simply left me thoughtful and somewhat puzzled as the storyline had been anything but predictable. This is why I waited for the movie to be eventually released digitally on March 22! Locating Silver Lake is definitely a movie you have to watch more than once! And I instantly got lost in details. Wonderful details.
Ok, let's talk about the movie plot. Don't worry, I won't spoil it here :)
College-graduate Daniel (Josh Peck) gets dumped by his girlfriend and moves to Los Angeles to find his place there as a writer. He rents an apartment from the very helpful José (Amaury Nolasco) and tries to get over his Ex. Later on, Daniel meets Seth (Finn Wittrock) in a local bar. He is the flamboyant leader of a group of friends - one of them Daniel's old friend Ella (Zelda Williams). Seth seems to have all the answers to Daniel's questions and offers him his help for the best possible start in LA. The new friendship ends abruptly when Daniel falls in love with Ella's sister Talya (Aubrey Peeples). What's really behind the glitter curtain? Why does Seth's boyfriend Mack (Robbie Kay) leave the group in a mad rush and why is Talya treating Daniel so dismissively? And what lies behind the machismo of José's friends?
Locating Silver Lake comes up with an outstanding cast, most notably Finn Wittrock's performance which surpasses all my expectations.. Like no other Wittrock manages to breathe a soul into Seth's controversial key character. It should not be forgotten to mention the outstanding movie score composed by Harlan Silverman. An insider tipp for music enthusiasts! The movie is definitely a must-watch - not only for the fans of indie movies! You can watch it via iTunes, Amazon, Vuvu and more!
Order the DVD here via Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07RG2TC3T/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_U_x_WR90CbKHC01WY
The cast includes Josh Peck, Finn Wittrock, Aubrey Peeples, Amaury Nolasco, Valerie Cruz, Zelda Williams, Robbie Kay, Dan Lauria and many more.
Writer/director: Eric Bilitch
Producers: Doug Bilitch, Deborah Del Prete, Annet McCroskey, David Polemeni, Monica Raymund, Daryn Simons, Finn Wittrock, Ronald Zamber
Composer: Harlan Silverman
Production companies: Cohesive Entertainment Group (CEG), Coronet Films
Distributor: Gunpower & Sky
Interview with Eric Bilitch: www.peek-a-boo-magazine.be/en/interviews/eric-bilitch-2018/
Today it’s exactly 22 years ago Nine Inch Nails released their The Perfect Drug (Versions) EP!
The title song was originally written for the David Lynch cult film Lost Highway (1996) and appeared for the first time in early 1997 on the soundtrack with the same name which was produced by Trent Reznor himself. The soundtrack album included original filmscores written by Trent Renzor, Barry Adams and Angelo Badalamenti, as well as songs by, amongst others, David Bowie, Marilyn Manson and Rammstein.
Musically the song was very influenced by the late 90s Drum and Bass hype and was most successful in Canada where it peaked at the 2nd position in the regular ‘Single Chart’ as well as in the RPM Rock/Alternative Chart. In the US the single peaked at 17th position on the Billboard Hot Single Sales.
Until today however, the song was never performed live by the band.
Later Trent Reznor would state in an interview on BBC1 radio that The Perfect Drug is one of his least favourite songs he ever produced.
Besides the single, The Perfect Drug - Versions EP featured remixes by Nine Inch Nails, Meat Beat Manifesto, Plug, Spacetime Continuum and The Orb. The original version of The Perfect Drug however was only included on non-US releases.
The music video for this single was directed by Mark Romanek and inspired by the illustrations of 20th century artist Edward Gory. Besides Trent himself, the video also features his bandmates Charlie Clouser, Danny Lohner and Chris Vrenna.
The Perfect Drug (Lyrics)
I got my head but my head is unraveling
Can't keep control can't keep track of where it's traveling
I got my heart but my heart's no good
You're the only one that's understood
I come along but I don't know where you're taking me
I shouldn't go but you're wrenching, dragging, shaking me
Turn off the sun pull the stars from the sky
The more I give to you the more I die
And I want you
You are the perfect drug
You make me hard when I'm all soft inside
I see the truth when I'm all stupid-eyed
The arrow goes straight through my heart
Without you everything just falls apart
My blood just wants to say hello to you
My soul is so afraid to realize
How very little there is left of me
And I want you
You are the perfect drug
(Take me with you)
Without you everything just falls apart
It's not as much fun to pick up the pieces
Songwriters: Charles Clouser / Chris Alan Vrenna / Daniel Patrick Lohner / Trent Reznor
Legendary Gothic/Death Rock Band CHRISTIAN DEATH Announces Forthcoming European Tour & First Ever Live Video Chat/'Forgiven' Video Premiere
Gothic/Death Rock legends CHRISTIAN DEATH are very pleased to announce their very first LIVE VIDEO CHAT and premiere of their new video, "FORGIVEN."
Live Chat on Facebook Sunday 19th of May 2019 18:00 UTC/ 6pm GMT (London time).
Presented by SONIC SEDUCER magazine.
And the third, HERE!
Furthermore, CHRISTIAN DEATH will be embarking on a European tour beginning on 22nd May and ending on 22nd June.
Tues. May 21: Stoke-on-Trent, UK / @Underground
Wed. May 22: Plymouth, UK / @The Junction
Fri. May 24: Leeds / @Temple of Boom
Sat. May 25: London, UK / @Underworld
Sun. May 26: Manchester, UK / @Rebellion
Wed. May 29: Zagreb, CRO / @Boogaloo
Thu. May 30: Padova, IT / @summer festivals-
Fri. May 31: Torino, IT / @Padiglione 14-
Sat. June 1: Roma, IT / @Traffic
Sun June 2: Pomigliano D’Arco, IT / @First Floor Club
Mon. June 3: Milano, IT / @Soundclub -
Wed. June 5: Frankfurt, GE / @The Cave
Thur. June 6: Oberhausen, GE / @Kultempel 6
Fri. June 7: Hamburg, GE / @Logo
Sat. June 8: Kassel, GE / @Goldgrube
Sun. June 9: Leipzig, GE / @Wave Gothic Treffen, Festival
Mon. June 10: Osnabruck, GE / @Works
Wed. June 12: Lyon, FR / @Rock’n Eat live
Thur. June 13: Paris, FR /@Room tba
Fri. June 14: Rotterdam, NL / @Baroeg
Sat. June 15: Leige, BE / @Le Garage - Creative Music
Sun. June 16: Ernegem, BE / @B52 Rock Club
Fri. June 21: Wroclaw, PL / @ Liverpool
Sat. June 22: Warszawa, PL / @ Poglos
More info: Christian Death (Facebook)