… Topper vinna slaget om banden på 2015/11/28 !

It was Topper and actually Topper only that made my choice easy for a crowded Saturday: Motorhead should have been in town (but the show got canned, surprisingly not because of Lemmy being ill), Razors and Razzia graced Yacøpsae’s 25th anniversary show at the Martkhalle, OXO86 next to door at the Monkeys and a couple of more shows where combined with Adicts at the Fabrik.

But once Topper where announced as support i was „all-in“ for that date – and it was a good choice.

Topper (Fabrik Hamburg, 28.11.2015 (c) gehkacken.de)
Topper (Fabrik Hamburg, 28.11.2015 (c) gehkacken.de)

And i was not alone, a couple of other Oldpunks where in it for Topper too, having seen the Adicts too often and luring for new and rare stuff – and Topper are rare for Hamburg, they only played the Molotov once many years ago.

From the start they where tight, all-in and – i do like that – properly dressed in a Topper stage uniform. Well done for that. And what did we get? We got best in class 77 punk rock with a scent of Clash and a dose of SLF (and, in all honesty, a lead singer that looks like the illegitimate son of Jack Burns).

Topper (Fabrik Hamburg, 28.11.2015 (c) gehkacken.de)
Topper (Fabrik Hamburg, 28.11.2015 (c) gehkacken.de)

Great stuff, including their hit single „Once a Punk, always a punk“ and they got a surprising good reception from the „under-21“ part of the audience too. And, speaking to them after the show, generally nice guys. On side sideline: The heavy Swedish ascent on the English lyrics actually works neat – broad smile on my end!

The Adicts (Fabrik Hamburg, 28.11.2015 (c) gehkacken.de)
The Adicts (Fabrik Hamburg, 28.11.2015 (c) gehkacken.de)

And that gave way for the Adicts, now in front of an almost full house and plenty of younger fans in the front (and most of them well styled). Prior to the set Monkey did roam the Fabrik and was not shy of taking pictures with fans sans makeup – now all of them in standard stage attire.

Monkey even did remember that it was a long time ago that they played this venue in Hamburg – i can help, i was there: It was 14.03.1984 and i do remember the show as we had a couple of beers with the band prior to that show. And Toni did tape it.

The Adicts did what the Adcits do best (and quite successfully our there in the US of A): They did throw a kids party underpinned by some good tunes and some not so good tunes. Solid entertainment with a unique selling proposition. The sound was a wee bit odd (as always for me in the Fabrik, hence i do not like it there too much) and they had some amp hickups. But, ever the good entertainment machine, they worked it and kept the balls in the air (literally).

The Adicts (Fabrik Hamburg, 28.11.2015 (c) gehkacken.de)
The Adicts (Fabrik Hamburg, 28.11.2015 (c) gehkacken.de)

Was it worth it? Yes it was, for Topper and all these fancy show elements of the Adicts. And for all the friends i was able to met and talk to. Pity though that i stayed away from Booze (just one beer after the show to quench my thirst) in order to be sober for the FCSP home game next day. Given that 0:4 home loss i should have gotten rather wasted ahead of the game! Those who did are most likely the winners of the weekend … again literally!

… and another great gift indeed!

Das Quartett zum Untergang Vol. 1 (Kerresinhio Quartett, 2015)
Das Quartett zum Untergang Vol. 1 (Kerresinhio Quartett, 2015)

… and that love never ends!

Yet again me love has her eye on detail and gives attention to my greedy collector needs:

The next edition of the Punk Quartett is out, this time round themed German Punk as such aptly named „Das Quartett zum Untergang“.

Number #0313 of 2015 numbered is mine.

Get yours via Kerresinhio! Let the games begin…

Bücher, schnell gelesen: Teil 1.139

Richard Hell - I dreamed i was a very clean tramp (HarperCollins, 2013)
Richard Hell – I dreamed i was a very clean tramp (HarperCollins, 2013)

Gelesen: 17. – 25.11.2015, netto 287 Seiten.

Und noch eine Biografie, aber eine der besseren. Vor allem sicher daher, dass Richard Hell aka Richard Meyers schreiben kann und daher ohne Ghostwriter auskommt.

Was ist wichtig? Auch Richard Hell meint, das Malcom McLAren den Punk Look von ihm geklaut und den Sex Pistols verpasst hat. Damit ist diese wichtige historische Nummer dann endlich auch erledigt – und dieser Teil ist laaangweilig.

Schöner ist, das Richard Hell ganz offen über „die“ Szene in NYC von 1973 bis 1977 spricht und den Anfang von dem was wir jetzt alle als Punk kennen im Detail und aus erster Hand beschreibt. Ab 1977 wird das dann ehr dünn, da er sowohl Ehrgeiz als auch Inspiration an die Drogen verloren hat – ab da wird die Geschichte einseitig und handelt nur noch von Drogen und den Frauen, die er entweder damit rumgekriegt hat oder die ihm Drogen besorgt haben.

Am Ende wird klar das er kein Held ist sondern ein Verlorener auf der Suche. Und auf der Suche nach Sex und/oder Liebe (wird nicht so richtig klar). Ein ziemlicher Womanizer. Und natürlich ein Looser was den Erfolg als Musiker angeht: Zum bequem als Hero in NYC mit bestem Zugang zu den Drogen als auf Tour zu gehen und damit Geld zu verdienen.

Neues als Poet, Musiker, Drogennutzer, Journalist etc wird angefangen und schnell wieder beendet. Das Buch endet exakt 1984 – er lässt das Musik Business (und die Drogen) hinter sich und wird Autor. Und davon lebt er noch heute. Und das sicher besser als früher.

Ein schönes Buch, ehrlich und sehr direkt. Und vervollständigt mein Wissen darüber, wie sich die ganze Nummer „Punk Rock“ denn nun entwickelt hat. Lesenswert (aber in Englisch).

Soundtrack dazu: None.

1983 – schön kaputt:

2013 – schön geredet: