… We Were Feared and Urban Struggle: The Battle of the Cuckoo’s Nest – Two great LA Punk Documentaries

This beauty is from 1984 and never was properly released. The internet (damn internet, never forgets) states:

Believe it or not, once upon a time, Punk Rock was as dangerous as it was interesting.
 
This covers one of the best Punk Rock documentaries ever released: "Urban Struggle: The Battle for the Cuckoos Nest". This 1981 film is an unabashed look into the dawn of West Coast American Hardcore Punk-Rock and how the "powers-that-be" fought so hard against it.
 
It chronicles the Costa-Mesa based club "The Cuckoos Nest" and it's owner Jerry Roach during his long-going fight with local authorities trying to shut his club down. Unfortunately, he fought the law, and the law won. 

Featured throughout this are performances and interviews from quintessential punk bands such as Black Flag (in my personal favorite era with Henry Rollins), The Vandals (Stevo years), T.S.O.L., The Circle Jerks, and more. 

Legend has it that this documentary was aired on a local cable access channel at the time, and someone recorded it from TV. This sole recording is what birthed the generations and generations of bootlegs that came from it. Despite a lack of official release, "Urban Struggle" has long been traded in West-Coast based record stores.

Quote from Anti-Current Video Archive

Cut’s from it ended up in this worthwhile 2012 documentary:

That’s OC Life and some great footage and some great memories of those who where there.

I’d wish that someone would have a camera and film back then in Hamburg – oh my lord that would be memories!

… Sgt. Peppers Loud Punk Rock Band returns with a twang!

Colt, who runs Colturschock, dared to take on re-issuing old Hamburg Punk mu-sick – be it rather well known bands like Razzia or complete unknown legends like Art Of Tin Toys (active around 1988-1992, with a sole 7″ in 1990). To sum it all up he threw a little label fest, providing Art Of Tin Toys with a return after 25 Years.

First on Plastic Propaganda, now also a Colturschock band, who filled in for Stahlschwester. They are young, they are bright and they have indeed something to say. Their sound ain’t hardcore punk, but they provided the perfect contrast to both Art Of Tin Toys and Razzia.

Plastic Propaganda (Knust, Hamburg, 21.01.2017) (c) gehkacken.de)

They have come a long way and if they are lucky then can even grow further – they managed to find their own niche: Grounded in 77 Punk, added with a scent of Wave and Post Punk and very clear vocals. Not bad, actually good – though still not my thing. But check out for yerself!

And that gave way to Art Of Tin Toys. By now the Knust actually was decent full, i guess it was namely Razzia that pulled around 400 odd folks – but whilst Public Propaganda provided their set into a lot of space Art Of Tin Toys had the front of the stage packed. And a surprise introduction:

Already now it was clear that is was supposed to be a grand show, with a focus on show, and that was what they entered into with their one and only hit single:

Whilst the start was a wee bit like finding feet it went only ever uphill from there. I do love bands that endeavour to create a show with stage outfits and/or stage personas and Art Of Tin Toys did that in perfect setting.

Art Of Tin Toys (Knust, Hamburg, 21.01.2017) (c) gehkacken.de)

They got plenty of cheers and loads of applause. Next to the songs of Hake themselves i take it is the setting of the different vocals to go with it: Whilst Heiko bellows it out and Mis Minerva provides a real singing voice (already a contrast in itself) it is Hake and his almost talking vocals that provides the last element in a huge spread – and that makes it so entertaining!

Now let’s hope that Art Of Tin Toys (and actually Spitfire Stevens) get their drummer back with a healthy wrist and that it does not take another 25 years for such a grand show!

Headliner clearly where Razzia and looking at the audience (and having listened into some conversations on the subway to the Knust) it was their 1980s following coming out to see them again. I never was able to warm up with them, though i have to give them that they had a distinct career (if such a thing exists) and largely did it DIY (and putting our records on their own label). But their mu-sick never did stick with me.

Razzia (Knust, Hamburg, 20.01.2017 Photo by Luke, (c) gehkacken.de)
Razzia (Knust, Hamburg, 20.01.2017 Photo by Luke, (c) gehkacken.de)

They have gone through many changes and when their initial setup from 1979 folded around the beginning of the 90’s it was a „B-Team“ using the Name Razzia until 2004. From 2008 onward most of the old Razzia where back at the helm but by now this has changed again. Frank – just like many of the UK bands, ain’t it?

They sound like Razzia, they had enough speed but it still was not to my liking. Some people enjoyed it big time (and where dreaming back 25 years), some made naughty comments like „… they look and sound like Kettcar„. I’d say both is unjust – they try to enjoy and i take they try to make their sound available to people.

Was the night worth it? Yes it was. Namely because of pairing bands from opposite spectrum, age and sound. That setting is the best setting there is, if that is paired with meeting and chatting with friends then it is great. Still loving live mu-sick!

Bücher, schnell gelesen: Teil 1.221

Joe Ide - IQ (Suhrkamp, 2016)
Joe Ide – IQ (Suhrkamp, 2016)

Gelesen: 17. – 19.01.2017 netto 379 Seiten

Cooler Scheiss, seit Megacool von Jess Mowry hab ich keinen so coolen Einblick mehr in die Welt von Crips, Bloods und Rap gehabt – dazu das ganze als eine etwas andere Detektiv Story, passt!

IQ (Isaihah Quintabe) ist ein Deduktions-Detektiv und nutzt seine deduktiven Fähigkeiten um den Menschen in seinem Hood zu helfen. Das Buch erzählt dabei sowohl die Geschichte von IQ, der nicht über den Tod seines großen Bruders hinauskommt, als auch die Story des Rap Stars Cal aka Murder One, der nicht mehr aus seinem Haus herauskommt (zum einem weil er bedroht wird, zum anderen weil er eine mächtige Klatsche hat).

Das Vor und Zurück zwischen beiden Geschichten ist gut getaktet (wenn auch manchmal verwirrend), die Story um den Rapper wächst sich nicht nur zu einem irren Kampf mit einem durchgeknallten Killer (der gerne mal einen 60 KG Pitbull als Mordwaffe einsetzt) sondern – natürlich – zu einem Epos um Liebe und Verrat. Dazwischen der kleine und kluge Detektiv IQ, der viel mehr drauf hat als alle denken.

Super! Viel Humor, ordentlich Gewalt und durchgeknallte Figuren – cooles setting, cool gemacht. Lesen!

Soundtrack dazu: Ho99o9, was sonst?

PS: Herausgegeben von Thomas Wörtche und übersetzt von der wunderbaren Conny Lösch – zwei Qualitätsmerkmale!