Bücher, schnell gelesen, Teil 875

Ross Thomas - Der Achte Zwerg (Alexander Verlag, 2011)
Ross Thomas - Der Achte Zwerg (Alexander Verlag, 2011)

Gelesen: 07.11. – 12.11.2011 (Zeit nicht genommen), netto 346 Seiten

Ross Thomas hat nicht nur die coole „Artie Wu /Quincy Durant“ Serie geschrieben – eine großartige Politthriller/Plot Serie aus den untiefen der amerikanischen Geheimdienste – sondern hat auch viele Einzelromane mit Bezug zu seiner Vergangenheit geschrieben.

Er war nach dem 2ten Weltkrieg früh in Deutschland und das AFN mit aufgebaut – einige seiner Bücher spielen somit im Nachkriegsdeutschland, wie auch „Der Achte Zwerg“. Eine knappe und präzise beobachtete Geschichte aus dem sich anbahnenden Israel/Palestina Konflikt und dazu die Verstrickung der Siegermächte des Krieges in das was später „Kalter Krieg“ genannt wurde.

Vor dem Hintergrund des hungernden und frierenden Deutschlands, der jüdischen Auswanderung nach Palestina und der ersten Kriegsgewinner einen Krimi geschmeidig und mit einem Schmunzeln zu einem Höhepunkt zu bringen – Klasse! Lohnt sich vor allem auch als echte Geschichtsstunde! Soundtrack: D.O.A.!

my loveliest vinyl, part 10

Chixdiggit - Chixdiggit! (Sub Pop SP355, 1996) - Chixdiggit II (Bad Taste Records 2007)
Chixdiggit – Chixdiggit! (Sub Pop SP355, 1996) – Chixdiggit II (Bad Taste Records 2007)

 

Punkrock and Hockey where my thing in the early 80ties. I even went to shows with  clothes that had an „HSV Eishockey“ patch on it (at that time soccer (and HSV) where no-go for punk – something that has sure big time relaxed since then). Chixdiggit appeared on the radar with their „Best Hung Carrot“ EP on Lance Rock in 1995, esp. as it had an Heino (sic! Hanson Brothers – Can’t hide the Heino) cover. Their debut for Sub Pop came in the hey-day of „Pop-punk“ and in a unique fashion they re-recorded it in 2007. And re-did the cover, giving them an „grown up“ state…

1977 – yup, a clear line of sight back to the mighty Ramones.
published by a cool label – Sub Pop, not sure if really „cool“ with me but yes – back then ok!
found in a cool shop – ticked, again Martin Stehr’s Drugstore
catching sound – Seldom a better entry into an album like the combination of the instrumental „Dolphins Love Kids“ followed in-kick by „Great Legs“ and all within under 02:00 minutes! Only other contender is the first Travoltas album („Modern World“).
not too bad words – the one who sings about love bringing in a hockey goalie can’t be a bad thing:

saw a picture yesterday
of a guy who used to play
for the boston bruins
and in school i always drew him

he had the longest undefeated streak
for every shot that hit his cheek
he drew on a stitch mark
and i think he played with brad park

i feel like gerry cheevers
i feel like gerry cheevers
i got stitch marks on my heart
just like gerry cheevers

saw a picture yesterday
of a guy who used to play
for the boston bruins
and in school i always drew him
he wore a mask just like my heart
he had stitch marks on every part
and he wore number 30
thats how old you were when you met me

i feel like gerry cheevers
i feel like gerry cheevers
i got stitch marks on my heart
just like gerry cheevers
i feel like gerry cheevers
(i got stitch marks on my heart)

(c) Chixdiggit 1996

and now listen and watch:

And in case you need more as in „do they still make it today?“ – go figure out

my loveliest vinyl, part 9

fluf - Home Improvements (CD) / Whitey on the moon (LP) (Headhunter HED032, 1994)
fluf – Home Improvements (CD) / Whitey on the moon (LP) (Headhunter HED032, 1994)

fluf, the band that threw records out like hell in the early 90’s, hailing from sunny San Diego and masterminded by someone aptly called „O“ and pushing the art of covers for the punk space into the retro-design territory. And as a bonus: Vinyle and CD releases had different covers and different names – cool, this way i could thrill my record collector asshole!

The verdict:
1977 – naaa, this type of sound the class of 1977 had not forseen. Classic anyway!
published by a cool lable – Headhunter, a Cargo outfit, had an endless stream of great stuff back then!
found in a cool shop – ticked, again Martin Stehr’s Drugstore
catching sound – „Fluf’s strength lies in its to-the-point songwriting, namely O.’s gift for combining ultra-heavy hooks and tender pop strains („happenin‘ melodies with friggin‘ raw, heavy guitar,“ is how he describes it)“ (claims the net, and the net is always right)
not too bad words – yeah, the are great. touchy, personal and to the point like this chorus:

you say you want a relationship
but you never really care
no one likes you anyway
you alway buy a fare
(c) 1994 fluf

And this is fluf, reformed and @ a private party in 2010, trashing out that very song:

An extra bonus goes to the band for the graphical design of the records – extra class! i’d say one of the most underrated bands from out west!