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Deutsches forum / Re: Parkplatzgespräche ("off-t...
Last post by SueC - Today at 00:22:45
One of my favourite comedians, Bengt Washburn, about learning German when he moved to Germany with his wife...


Hilarious comparison between driving in Germany versus America - road culture, road-building culture...

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Unconfirmed news and rumours / Re: The Cure to release new al...
Last post by piggymirror - November 14, 2019, 05:33:17
Quote from: Ulrich on November 13, 2019, 09:47:07In reference to the topic title: I have my doubts that this album will drop in 2019.

My guess? Around Robert's birthday in April/May 2020. And I might be very wrong...

Like I said, in the year 2193, the release of the long-lost Cure albums is announced once again...
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Other Artists / Re: Currently Listening to
Last post by Ulrich - November 13, 2019, 18:41:01
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Something else / Re: What's On Your Mind Atm??
Last post by SueC - November 13, 2019, 18:07:25
Blues gig this evening!



The warm-up act was a local guy called Moondog who's been couch-surfing in the US for months every year, for the last ten years.  He was very competent with his guitar, harmonica and stomp box.  The themes were rather stereotypical - I lost my baby, I got a baby etc, various odes to sex and alcohol, and he had a song called I Mixed Me A Drink which he wanted everyone to sing the chorus to but that felt too much like church to us!  :beaming-face  Blues has a funny way of making even trite things someone is complaining about sound ultra-significant.  Sort of like opera.  You could write a song about how bad your potatoes are and you'd have people crying in the audience.

The basic blues guitar sound is very pleasant, and the harmonica is rather atmospheric.  It's fun to go to a gig like that once in a while, but I have a feeling I'd go mad if I listened to blues night after night, because it's a bit limited thematically, and a bit howling-at-the-moon.  It'd be like eating nothing but Spaghetti Bolognese every evening.

A sort of master of ceremonies appeared and gave a long alcohol-soaked speech during which he lapsed into actual tears several times while mentioning various blues musicians.  I recognised him from work way back; he'd been a chaplain at one of the local schools.  Back then he had collected applause for God, now he was staggering around emoting and asking us to clap at the mere mention of various names of people not present who were apparently blues legends.  He was at that stage of progression through a large number of beer bottles where people get maudlin and cry everywhere, and I was glad when he finally stopped talking and let the musicians do their thing.

The main act was The Original Chicago Blues All-Stars, and they were excellent.  Their drummer got ill and couldn't make the trip, so they had a young Perth drummer they introduced as Tyler standing in for the tour, and he'd not rehearsed with them, but did a seamless job, looking incredibly focused.  Other than that, they had one bass player and three guitarists.  The bass player, Freddie Dixon, was a very cool cat, a total no-nonsense musician who just stood there and sang like he was born to do just that. He had a particularly lovely, large, curvy red bass with two sound holes shaped very much like the f-holes on a violin, and his playing sounded very like the style you often hear on double bass.  He sang us a song about "not being superstitious, but a black cat just crossed my path" - much more thematic variation than the support act - as well as some blues standards written by his father, Willie Dixon.

After the bass guitarist had finished his couple of songs, he passed on to a lanky character who called himself Root Doc, and who sang a song that wasn't all that different from Led Zeppelin's Lemon Song in subject matter - and now I wonder which was first... Our eyebrows nearly climbed up over our heads when we looked sideways at each other during that one.  There was a comedic element as he started describing the love interest's breasts and playing deliberately ridiculous, sustained high notes on his guitar as his voice climbed higher and higher until he was shrieking incoherently.  :rofl  A bit after that he also sang us a song about a 500-year-old Jarrah tree, which is a West Australian tree, and he said he'd written it especially for the gig (they must have come through Pemberton way...).  Later on he did an extremely funny number about meeting a girl on the Internet.  He was deliberately hamming everything up, in contrast to the very grounded Freddie Dixon.

I had difficulty in the first half of the show working out who played what, with the three guitarists all playing at the same time.  Two of them were doing lead type guitar, and their instruments had very distinctive voices, which combined with the finger patterns usually made things clear pretty quickly.  But, the guy standing between them (name of Bob Lassandrello and the club owner back home) was doing a lot of rhythm guitar, and for a long time I really couldn't hear what he was doing at all - it was like he wasn't there, even though he clearly was playing - maybe my brain can only process a maximum of one bass and two guitars, in any given band.  After the interval, I finally heard him, because he was doing lead guitar for a bit!

Their young guitarist, name of Michael Damani, early 20s, was fantastic - they all were, but the rest of them were over twice his age, and this young guy looked as if he was completely lost in the music and in a perpetual state of reverie, from which he occasionally emerged to make eye contact with the audience.

These guys played blues, explained a few things about the music, and after the interval, got quite funky, so much so that they ended up having people dancing in front of the stage for the last half hour of the three-hour gig.  We were in the front row, and as more people arrived to dance, we ended up shifting backwards from all the wiggling!  Brett uncharitably told me he wished for a large trapdoor to make them all disappear, so we could see the musicians doing their thing again.  It was nearing 11pm, we'd been awake since 5.30am, and the music was starting to settle on us like a heavy quilt, so we snuck out during the dance encore, but it had been a really interesting night out.

This is a band well worth catching if they're ever touring in other people's local areas.  :cool

Here's a clip I found on YouTube with Freddie Dixon singing, Root Doc on the left, and young Michael Damani on the right.

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Unconfirmed news and rumours / Re: The Cure to release new al...
Last post by Ulrich - November 13, 2019, 09:47:07
In reference to the topic title: I have my doubts that this album will drop in 2019.

My guess? Around Robert's birthday in April/May 2020. And I might be very wrong...
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General The Cure Discussion / Re: What actors do you imagine...
Last post by dsanchez - November 13, 2019, 08:43:28
I like this choice:
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General The Cure Discussion / Re: What actors do you imagine...
Last post by SueC - November 13, 2019, 04:51:27


It's really refreshing to see people apologising and smoothing things over in this modern world, especially on the internet!   :smth023

I don't think anyone meant to upset anyone else here, and I think it would be so much easier around a table with some coffee and nice pastries, everyone being able to see each other's faces and people able to laugh and pretend-thump each other when there's extra-naughty humour going on.  :beaming-face

It's not necessarily a bad topic - and it can be fun to imagine various different people for playing a role.  I sort of related to what @Ulrich said about not watching such a film, not sure if for the same reasons.  I enjoy people's stories when told by themselves, but feel a bit uncomfortable about people's life stories appearing in film... it's so difficult to make a realistic portrait, and so easy to produce a distortion.  I prefer reading books / interviews on this topic, preferably first-person accounts.  They won't be totally realistic either, because none of us are perfect in recall or honesty, but at least if you're reading several different points of view, e.g. several accounts of being in the same band / workplace / situation / whatever, you're getting a more complete picture, and an awareness of the grey areas - and not just some movie maker's overall take substituted for reality.

For some reason though, I don't mind watching films about the stories of people who lived a long time ago, like the Brontës - of course, similar problems there.  Perhaps it's because I like the visual reconstruction of historical periods I've not experienced personally.

I don't think I would go watch a biopic about The Cure, or any other band.  I'd rather watch their concerts, or a period piece from before my time.

And I don't think anyone who enjoys biopics on present-day people needs to have their enjoyment impaired because some people don't!  :cool

I hope that was sufficiently on-topic for everyone.  :)  And I'm interested in what other people think.  It's pretty amazing to be able to have a conversation with people from all sorts of different places on the planet, just by typing away.  Even if it's without coffee and pastries and all around a table!  I hope everyone has a decent day.  :smth023
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General The Cure Discussion / Re: What actors do you imagine...
Last post by dsanchez - November 12, 2019, 16:42:10
Team, didn't mean to upset anyone.

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Deutsches forum / Re: Parkplatzgespräche ("off-t...
Last post by Ulrich - November 12, 2019, 14:51:19
Quote from: SueC on November 11, 2019, 01:12:15Eine Umfrage an Euch beide:  Habt Ihr als Kinder auch gerne Comics gelesen?  Wenn ja, welche, und habt Ihr jemals aufgehört? :)

Ja, ich habe einige gelesen (auch die erwähnten Disney-Taschenbücher!), vor allem: Asterix, Tim und Struppi, Lucky Luke und sicher noch einige mehr.

"Aufgehört" hab ich irgendwann (als ich "größer" war), aber eigentlich nicht wirklich - heutzutage leihe ich neue Asterix-Hefte von meiner Nichte. :happy
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