my loveliest vinyl, part 13

Nasal Boys - Hot Love / Die Wüste Lebt (Periphery Perfume ZVpp0177, 1978)
Nasal Boys – Hot Love / Die Wüste Lebt (Periphery Perfume ZVpp0177, 1978)

Oh Boy, this is offficialy the first ever Swizz punk record! The Nasal Boys played their first show 01.10.1977 as support for The Clash (@ Kaufleuten in Zürich) and quickly went into oblivion as CBS took them on, moved them to London and tried to make them „New Wave“. The band quickly dissolved. Notable members are sure Rudolph Dietrich (from the punk historican side of view) and later (joining in ~ Dec 1977 after this was recorded) Dieter Meyer (later fame with Yello and as solo artist). The b-side „Die Wüste lebt“ is actualy one of the best songs from back then, 1977 non-US and non-UK that is!

1977 – 197,7%, punk:  raw, rought and real. Da true thing!
published by a cool lable – Self made more or less. The rest does not matter.
found in a cool shop – ticked, Konnekschen (prior to become “Unterm Durchschnitt”) who had so much great Swizz Punk back then incl. releasing a 10″ compilaton!
catching sound – driving, thrusting and simple chords – perfect gem!
not too bad words – again (aka Razors) a bit of a tricky one, as it is in english and not the native tongue of our southern neighbors. But still a nice rant about the Swizz urban desert and to run away from it (this refers to the b-side).

Play the record version of „Die Wüste lebt“ here Die Wueste lebt (warning, open’s in pop-up)

Rudolph Dietrich also did play early on in Nasal Boys, he unearthed a demo version:

It is quite funny, but back then i always found the bands from Switzerland to be „better“, actualy looking back now i have to admit that they sounded actualy much more diverse and „modern“ than god old punk from Germany – i still adore eg. Crazy from Luzern!

The internet (remember, damn net never forgets) assures: „In a TV interview from 1977, the Nasal Boys where asked why they didn’t dress punky. “We’re against cliches”, the singer responded, and: “Our main inspiration is U.S. Punk, not U.K. Punk.” Guess one can hear that. Still, the band got famous for opening up for CLASH when they played in Zurich in 1977.

See Swizz TV from Feb 1978 with a long one on the emerging punk scene and with great live scene from a Nasal Boys show:

Swizz TV – Punk in CH (aired in «Music Scene», 11.2.1978)

Bücher, schnell gelesen: Teil 879

William Gibson - Mustererkennung (Klett-Cotta, 2003)
William Gibson - Mustererkennung (Klett-Cotta, 2003)

Gelesen: 23.11. – 29.11.2011 (Zeit nicht genommen), netto 451 Seiten.

Mein irischer Arbeitskollege Ian nervt mich seit langem mit William Gibson (wohl am besten bekannt durch „Neuromancer„) und zwar mit der lustigen Begründung ich würde ja ein alter Punk sein der immer Schwarz tragen und das würde zu William Gibson passen, der wäre nämlich „the „noir prophet“ of the cyberpunk subgenre„…hahaha!

Wenn es nicht wirklich einen Crime oder Thriller Background interessiert es mich meistens nicht -but nevermind, ich mag ja auch Neal Stephenson.  Also nehme ich mir jetzt mal die Trilogie „Mustererkennung / Quellcode / Systemneustart“ vor. Der erste Band ist eine spannende Geschichte, ohne aber dabei wirklich besonders ausgefallen oder clever zu sein. Wäre es ein Hollywood-Movie würde ich ihn im Cinemax gucken und schnell vergessen. Handwerklich gut, aber kein Hängenbleiber. Vieleicht ja im Context aller 3 Bücher aber so ehr „lala“. Soundtrack: Mega City Four.

my loveliest vinyl, part 12

Razors - Tommies gang (Konnekschen KON S4, 1981)
Razors – Tommies gang (Konnekschen KON S4, 1981)

Now this is history and this is sad. This has always been my favorite punk single from Hamburg, period. „Tommies gang“ (or „Tommy’s Gang“ as on the vinyl lable) has been one of the greatest „sing along the gangs all here“ anthems by far. And it means a lot to me as an „oldpunk“ from Hamburg. Also it means a lot since i had the luck to see them and spend time with them in the 70ties, in the 80ties, in the 90ties and yes in last 10 years. Sad that this has all been overshadowed by the tragic death of Schwabe, their guitar player and punk mastermind in Hamburg, in 2010. One of the most demanding things in my life was to attend his funeral – heart breaking.

1977 – 110%, punk in Hamburg back then was firmly fixed on UK1977!
published by a cool lable – Konnekschen run by Robert Nitz. Any questions, punk?
found in a cool shop – ticked, Konnekschen (prior to become „Unterm Durchschnitt“)
catching sound – stunning guitar/drum intro and utmost catchy chorus! fists in the air!
not too bad words – ok, now that is a trick question. What do you think you get with a bid of school englisch (and you actualy did not pay much attention in school). Nevermind, Danker mumbles the words anyway and the only item that matters is the chorus, eh?

The words of the song are long lost, this is what some people think it is:

he is in a gang he lives sick of the rats
his mother is a known prostitute
his father lives a dirty day
and hey tommy zero is alone

then he heard a voice in his brain
tommy it's your gang, tommy it's your gang
your're the leader, you're the leader
tommy it's your gang, tommy it's your gang

they are best friends and live the same life
these people are tommies gang
they are his life, his home and his future
they try to life tough, they are tommies kids

then he heard a voice in his brain
tommy it's your gang, tommy it's your gang
your're the leader, you're the leader
tommy it's your gang, tommy it's your gang

now he walks alone through a dead end street
and he hears the same voice again
with his eye on the street tommy zero goes
and his bid for the leader is gonna come

then he heard a voice in his brain
tommy it's your gang, tommy it's your gang
your're the leader, you're the leader
tommy it's your gang, tommy it's your gang

now he walks alone through a dead end street
and he hears the same voice again
with his eye on the street tommy zero goes
and his bid for the leader is gonna come

then he heard a voice in his brain
tommy it's your gang, tommy it's your gang
your're the leader, you're the leader
tommy it's your gang, tommy it's your gang

tommy it's your gang,
tommy it's your gang,
tommy it's your gang, your gang
tommy it's your gang,
tommy it's your gang,
tommy it's your gang, your gang

then he heard a voice in his brain
tommy it's your gang, tommy it's your gang
your're the leader, you're the leader
tommy it's your gang, tommy it's your gang

(c) Razors 1981

There is not a lot of videos out there but at least you get this: