… the invisible naked man appears: It’s Yard Bomb record release party!

The record has been in circulation for a while though the official release was only end of September. As such the record release party was set for 02.10., which meant next day would be a public holiday and thus nobody should have had an excuse for not showing up.

RECORD RELEASE DAY!
RECORD RELEASE DAY!

In the end downstairs at the Hafenklang turned out as a space too large for the party, above beauty was celebrated by less than 100 people i guess, a bit of a downturn.

First on Last Line Of Defense, who jumped in for Suck who could not make it due to their singer being ill. It was an easy and obvious choice, as they share home and people with Yard Bomb.

Last Line Of Defense (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 02.10.2019)

On average i am not a big fan of their songs, too often they sound just odd to my ears without being able to pin-point exactly what offends me. The best moment came at the end when they grabbed a 2nd singer from their circle of friends and gave us what i believe was a great cover version … check it your for yerself:

As ever don’t get offended by my mu-sick-al tastes and receptors, check them out on your own. For me not the best start into the proceedings.

Next on the Razors, who a couple of days ago had just played on the river Elbe on the MS Hedi, now back on-shore and a stone throw away from the Elbe. They had been invited specifically for this occasion by Yard Bomb and sure wanted to give cudos to their great seminal effort of a first record release.

Razors (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 02.10.2019)

For the Razors it was a bit of a 40 year comeback, their first 7″ (out in October 1979) was recorded at the old Hafenklang Studios, right here at this location. Some say it was the first DIY Punk 7″  by a German band – some doubt it. I am not sure about the statement but that does not matter – here is  „Madhouse Meeting“ from their 1982 12″ on Konneckschen.

They had shorted and speeded up their set and almost matched up with the so much younger Hardcore bands. For the encore, as ever „Because you’re young“ they got members of the Hamburg City Punk Rock Singers on stage and gave a nice sing-a-long finish.

Razors with Choir  (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 02.10.2019)

Next stop for the Razors will be „Burn down the Baum 13.0“ on 30.12.2019 at the Knust, with Sixteen Again (finest Buzzcocks covers from Hamburg) and Knock Off (finest Oi! from London).

Then it was time for Yard Bomb and what i thought another speedy run down of their songs (they can play 14 songs in 21 minutes). But this time round it was a bit more mellow, they took more time to … twist again:

For me they are the hottest shit currently, specifically in that little genre of CA Hardcore 1980s build. Perfect speed, great and very capable guitar work, solid back line and a singer so full of energy. Relentless energy.

Yard Bomb  (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 02.10.2019)

For this occasion they even re-worked their hit „Turning up Milhouse“ into a longer version with a a groovy extra minute, see yerself…

They got a good reception but given that it was only like 1/3 packed it was not bodies flying everywhere and people jumping up and down. I guess upstairs that would have been a much easier thing and, in hindsight, a better place for the party.

Yard Bomb  (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 02.10.2019)

They also played some covers as encores and got their old drummer back up for that occasion. And with that encore even the slowest brain would realize where they pull the mu-sick-al ideas from.

Great set to celebrate a great record. Let’s hope they put some touring behind it in order to sell it off quickly. They deserve to be seen so much wider than just Wedel or Hamburg, can someone please put them into a bus to support a larger US band?

The invisible naked man watching Yard Bomb ( pic by Fab)
The invisible naked man watching Yard Bomb ( pic by Fab)

But Yard Bomb did not finish off the party, late in the night we got something extra. Rolf, who has some Finland connections, was to surprise the lot with some Finish Country Death Metal Banjo or whatever mu-sick-al cupboard you would like to pass onto them.

They actually claim: „Dark Bottle is doombilly, psych-country, alt-punk and krautstoner at the same time.“ There you go!

The „crowd“ by now was a mere 30 people but they all enjoyed the surprise of something completely different. Sure it was late and sure the day off next day had lured some folks into booze – and on booze this was indeed a fun thing to watch. And that fun the audience provided back to the stage.

Dark Bottle  (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 02.10.2019)

But Dark Bottle (from sunny Tampereen kaupunki) had a wee bit more: The songs had meanings and besides the uptempo stuff it also has surprisingly good lyrics. Go and check them out, it may be worth it!

Great and late evening, though not really a record release party per se. It missed the feeling of „packed“ and „everybody going nuts“ but as said the Yard Bomb 12″ gets that across for a start. Go and score it! Now!

… when surprises get you left field: mOi!n it’s Hamburg 4!

I won’t be repeating that i dislike festivals in principle, as you will get just another praise of two great nights that actually belonged to a festival. Sam and Ralf from the Monkeys did put together another class event …

… the original line up!

… only to suffer from The Kids and Grade 2 having to pull out. Specifically The Kids are a mainstay in Hamburg, as such the loss was rather big. But with Knock Off and Rixe fitting replacements where found and the two days could set sail as per below.

… the final lineup for mOi!n it’s Hamburg, 2019 edition!

Given it was to be four bands on Friday the proceedings started rather early, too early for many that had to either travel or work on day. Snipper 66 from the US of A (and that’s Austin with a little help from Berlin this time round) thus faced a little bit of an empty space in front of the stage.

They not only brand themselves street punk i guess but they also look like it. And they hit hard, actually they have a rhythm section that not only provided that hard drive but also, and that was the best spin, added to the vocals. So with three folks singing (both solo and chorus) they provided some great variation.

Snipper 66 (Monkeys Music Club, Hamburg, 27.09.2019)

Great to see the girl behind the drums: Not only hitting hard but also having fun and being able to emit that from stage. I won’t necessarily buy a record of them but i won’t pass them by, if there is an option to see them life. Great start.

With the 2nd band the visuals slightly changed, it was them unpretentious Lads from London, Fred Perry and Doc Martens and their unpretentious songs about Life (so fucking live it), Love, Footie and Politics. They love to be in Hamburg and Hamburg loves them.

Knock Off (Monkeys Music Club, Hamburg, 27.09.2019)

They noted specifically that they love to play Hamburg for the size of the audience and i immediately wondered if they would know what the invite from the mighty Razoes for „Burn Down The Baum“ at year end would mean for them. They will face an even bigger stage and an even larger audience. And i damn sure then will win over that lot too!

mOi!n it’s Hamburg would be worthwhile event if it would not cultivate surprises and contrasts. But surprise and contrast came and it came with Gatans Lag from sunny Borås (city of the sheepshaggers eeer sheepshearers) and they not only flooded the stage but also had a large contingent in front of the stage.

Gatans Lag (Monkeys Music Club, Hamburg, 27.09.2019)

They kicked off providing their essence: „We are Gatans Lag and we generally dislike people“ and took it from there. Where the singer from Bonecrusher likes to sing in the audience, the singer from Gatans Lag likes to throw himself into people in the audience and yell the words right there into their face. My sideline guess was he was drunk anyway, if not he got it during the set as he had about a beer per song.

… it was much more raunchy in Hamburg!

Sound wise they where great, well oiled, had a sax included and took no prisoners at all. They did not care about the audience they just cared about a force full show and that they delivered. For the encore they added another member and freed up the bass (who sported a great Doberman Cult shirt) and gave a final „in your face“.

Wow – that was an early high!

Headlining for the day was for them lads from Macclessfield, Cheshire, and was a return to Hamburg shores after 24 years (not so tricky, as they where on hiatus from 1996 to 2018): The Macc Lads, self-proclaimed „rudest, crudest, lewdest, drunkest band in Christendom„.

The Macc Lads (Monkeys Music Club, Hamburg, 27.09.2019)

There where some from the Hamburg lot that just wanted nothing else then them, for me it was not really a burner. Their lad humor may work in England (less so abroad) and their silly songs (with a scent of silly humor) are glued into something that for me is just faster paced rock.

I listened, i watched and i gave in on the first doubt in my head. Rather than sustaining, i went home after day 5 songs and decided to catch a long sleep after the work week. Sorry Lads!

Without a doubt day one turned out better than i thought: Great bass/drums pair for a start with Sniper 66, lovely Knock Off and a massive surprise on what Gatans Lag where pushing upon the audience.

On Saturday it started even earlier (and that is me leaving out the reggae boot ride), that suited me anyway as i could take the short bike ride without being showered by the rain that was coming up. And luckily me and me mate where early, as we got to get the biggest surprise of the weekend as a starter.

I have never heard of Kalenko Urdangak, i have no clue what the name means as their local language does not lend itself to easy understanding and thus we had no clue what to expect.

To make it short: They tore down the place, they killed the audience and they left every single member of the audience (less those from Euskal Herria or Catalunya, i guess they knew what was comming) stunned. Perplex. Searching for words.

Kalenko Urdangak (Monkeys Music Club, Hamburg, 28.09.2019)

And who did it? A thin singer with relentless energy, a full bodied guy with a Cockney Rejects shirt with a perfect harsh and driving guitar sound, a towering bass with perfect backup vocals and the coolest sideburns of the weekend on drums, always smiling away.

… thank god for subtitles!

Say hello to my newest favorite live band. And it was not only me, also all of the Hamburg lot i was checking with had the same feeling of just being exposed to a perfect skinhead rock’n’roll set. The best was that the singer was able to bridge the language barrier in the songs by lots of gestures, so that you halfway could make out what it is about. And even with that barrier it was sing-a-long galore to great songs!

Kalenko Urdangak (Monkeys Music Club, Hamburg, 28.09.2019)

Nowadays (and with a too large record collection) i live by the rule „only buy a record when the band has convinced you live on stage“ and my praise for Kalenko Urdangak thus ends with the confession that i bought their vinyl. Later at home i realized they have more out, i got to hunt that down too!

They also included Pour La Gloire into the set and got some prominent French contingent with them on stage to sing it. Me mate Thomas, as ever dressed for the occasion, proudly sported his Camera Silens shirt at the front of the stage.

After that killer set someone had the poor task to continue, it was the Warrior Kids, one of the best bands of the massive wave of early 80s French Street Punk. By the looks they arrived late in Hamburg and had to do a sound check right there on stage. As such sound was less then perfect and they where forced to play against an already exhausted audience. After a couple of songs Marc asked in frustration „…are you asleep?“

Warrior Kids (Monkeys Music Club, Hamburg, 28.09.2019)

Once into the set and adding some ska and reggae themed stuff they got at least some people moving, that part of the set went well. The rest was just the wrong point in time stuff, unlucky them! I do hope they did not drive from windy Marseille all the way for this rather frustrating set. It was not their fault!

With a quick turnover La Inquisicion from Cap i Casal de Catalunya took the stage … and blasted the audience in all forms: Visually, stage performance wise and by their songs. I saw them last year at Barna’n’Roll where they played in the full sun as the first band. Back then my verdict was: „They got some cheers but did not manage to impress me. I guess that stage and that emptiness was just too big for them.

La Inquisicion (Monkeys Music Club, Hamburg, 28.09.2019)

Boy did this change: Against my memory they have speeded up, tightend up, added a scent of hardcore metal and took it from there (and the by now massive Basque and Catalan contingent in front of the stage by storm). Wow, i felt yet again blasted away.

Thinking about it after the gig i am damn sure that coming from Euskal Herria or Catalunya is something that puts a shitload of energy into you: The need to fight. The urge to fight. The will to stand up. All of that accumulated right here at the Monkeys with both Kaleko Urdangak and La Inqusicion.

Rixe (out of Paris) had to climb that by now larger than life stage next and their attempt to blow it up resulted in beer being spilled into electrics and thus blown fuses forcing power cuts on stage. Not once but twice and that somehow took some of the early energy away.

Rixe (Monkeys Music Club, Hamburg, 28.09.2019)

Still, their bare bones Oi! sound in it’s simplicity and harshness got the people moving and the longer the set lasted the better they sounded and the more the audience was up for it. I like them and they are of the same type of unpretentiousness as Knock Off. Well done and providing good vibes.

MUSIC IS LIFE. THAT’S WHY OUR HEARTS HAVE BEATS.
#HOMEISWHERETHEMUSICIS #HOMEISWHERETHEBOOZEIS
#HOMEISWHEREMEMATESARE

I by now was almost exhausted and thought about leaving, i could not think of this Upstarts version, with Mensi back from retirement, will do the trick. But given uplifting performances already seen, given the amount of friends met, chatted with and given the booze already taken i stayed on. It was both a worthy decision and one that would have a knock-on …

I think i have all their vinyl up until say 1987 and Sham, Cockney and the Upstarts where key bands for my early life in punk. But then i disbanded them somehow, some efforts where lackluster and some line-ups not fit for purpose. Here and now on the small stage they where greeted with cheers and as the first thing stormed into „2.000.000 Voices“ and had the audience sing-a-long from 0 to 100 in one go.

Angelic Upstarts (Monkeys Music Club, Hamburg, 28.09.2019)

I got carried away in sing-a-long too, though my rationale inner self kept trying to remind me that it was a speeded up version of the Upstarts with Mensi (in Celtic outfit) giving an almost spoken word performance on top. It is clear that age and size disallow him to move at the same pace, so the best moments (at least for me) where stuff like „Solidarity“.

At the end i have to confess that they converted me from „doubtful“ to „accepted“, though i still won’t add any new vinyl of them to my collection. But as a highlight to finish of mOi!n it’s Hamburg #4 it worked perfectly well.

On that high and with some surprise mates joining the proceedings late (after missing out all other bands on Saturday) i should have resorted home but somehow got stuck in the pub, chatting, praising and drinking. And one more. And a free Helbing from Sam. And another chat.

In a nutshell it was late, later and … hungover on Sunday. Well done. I should have been up and to the Millerntor on Sunday but the bad weather and too much booze mixed with people smoking forced me towards the easy way out: I watched St. Pauli kill Sandhausen from the Sofa.

Big time thanks for Sam & Ralf and the Monkeys crew for pulling this off and big time FANX for all the mu-sick-al surprises (i got to name Gatans Lag and Kaleko Urdangak again here). It was two worthwhile nights that some people would call a festival. I call it two class shows!

nb: If you belong to the doubtful caste too then pen 02nd to 4th of October 2020 into your diary and give it a try at mOi!n it’s Hamburg, 5th edition!

… Love always wins ctd: Three Chords, No Brain – Punk Rock Raduno #4!

2nd Part: July 13 – 15, from Saturday Morning’s Pop Punk Bus Tour to a last shot with Franz on a Monday Night at Edone

Hi again, so here’s part 2 covering the 2nd half of our 6 day trip to the latest Raduno (and for those who missed it – here is Part One). If you made it here through all my scribblings there’s a little reward: some videos that I promised, giving you quite a good impression of what’s it like at the Raduno I suppose.

Leaving Edone on the Friday night very happy, having seen Dan Vapid & the Cheats play a fantastic Riverdales set, waking up on Saturday morning just meant being in for 2 more short sets by Dan Vapid & the Cheats playing at the Roller Derby Game at the sports center, starting noon today.

So, we set off after breakfast to one of the bus stops of the Pop Punk Bus that was really close by. Arriving at 10:30am meeting more friends from Hamburg, the bus already turned up, full of Punx going crazy, drinking beer (included in the ride) and singing along to Menagramo, an anarchist country punk duo from Milan.

I guess you can imagine the puzzled, slightly shocked faces of passers-by who were just getting ready to do some weekend shopping. Next to the pics above her’s a lyric video for the song “Vajont”, great stuff, the world needs more Menagramo:

After a short ride the bus stopped for a special showcase by Menagramo at the Bikefellas Bike & Coffee shop. A lot of folks left the bus and walked there to see the busker duo playing a couple of songs on a provisional stage and to have a quick espresso before we all boarded the bus again to continue the ride to the sports center, where we arrived before noon and in good time for the Roller Derby Game.

Shortly after entering the sports center and before the start of the game we‘re already treated to the 1st set from Dan Vapid & the Cheats playing on the gallery of the sports hall.

Great fun to see them play a set of songs including a couple of new ones from their 3rd album as well as old faves such as “I Wanna Go to Macchu Picchu Before I Die” from their 2nd and a highlight for many, a cover of “Say Goodbye To Your Generation” by the wonderful Methadones, one of Dan’s several other great bands, he’s a truly blessed pop punk genius:

Dany Vapid & The Cheats – Say Goodbye To Your Generation
(fanx to Natali for the capture)

After that musical welcome it is up to the omnipresent Franz to introduce the 2 Roller Derby teams (Sheena Is A Punk Roller!), Bergamo’s own Crimson Vipers and the All Stars Italy. The punky fantasy names that the Roller Derby girls chose for themselves make it pretty easy for the ingenious head honcho of the Raduno to comment on (Maki Maniac, Lou C Fer, Baby Razor or Black Mamba being among the best).

Before half time of the game I am already securing my place on the gallery in anticipation of the Cheats’ 2nd set. And it’s going to be a short killer set that will be remembered for a long, long time: 6 songs in 18 mins, euphoric joyfulness, an absolutely thrilling show with quite a surreal touch as it’s almost too good to be true.

Probably even better than yesterday’s Riverdales set or at least on a par we are being treated to 2 Screeching Weasel hits to start with, “I Was A High School Psychopath” from Wiggle and “Guest List” from their 3rd, 1991 album, My Brain Hurts:

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Thanks to my lovely wife Natali and DosAlert’s editing skills we have the full set on video for you to enjoy, so here’s song #3, the brilliant Mopes song “I Don’t Know How To Say Goodbye”. You can look out for Andrea Manges singing along and smiling all over his face, just shows how much people are enjoying and appreciating Dan Vapid & his boys playing at Punk Rock Raduno:

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This one’s followed by the Riverdales classic “Back To You” – at the end of the song, after the music is over, you can hear everyone still singing along, encouraging the band to keep on playing – a nice proof for the big enthusiasm that everyone showed for the set :

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Same as yesterday at Edone the party had to end with the Riverdales anthem “Riverdale Stomp”. The one’s who know me can see me dancing my last pogo, quite daring as I’ve twisted my knee a few times before. But what can you do, you just forget when you’re going bonkers and had a couple of drinks already at this early time of day, and we don’t care about tomorrow do we? (Well, my knee still reminds me that I should have cared, 5 weeks later…):

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As happy as a clam we get ready to enter the Pop Punk Bus again, waiting outside for us to take us all back to Edone. Dan Vapid had told people that he is going to join us on the ride back. And as you can see from the photos and the video, he didn’t really know what he was in for, same as bassist Dillon who joined him. As all of this happened in a very similar way one year ago with the only exception that the Queers had to stand in for Dan Vapid (missing his flight, you know the story…), we knew what was going to come.

Punk Rock classics played at loud volume by the DJ on board, Ciaccio from the band Semprefreski. If you can find a little fault with something at all it is the bus driver, who doesn’t do an “encore” after arriving at Edone: This time the deafening “Vive la Rotunda” (“long live the roundabout”) shouts from everyone on the bus do not convince the bus driver to start his engine again and do a couple more rounds in the roundabout at high speed, which just feels like a wild ride at a fair – great fun!   

Arriving back at Edone everyone wants to take a picture with Dan Vapid. The charming guy fulfills all requests, a great down-to-earth guy. As I am quite drunk, plus having an adrenaline kick from the fantastic shows and bus ride, I do not follow my wife & sensible travel fellows back to the apartment to get some rest and stay on the parking lot at Edone instead. So, we are standing here in the midday heat, Debbie & Benni from Berlin, Dan Vapid, Dillon and me.

Dillon is a fantastic guy: we are talking about music and politics, and Dillon is telling me how he met Dan in the little town near St. Louis where they are living and how he offered him to join the band. I also learn about Dillon’s soft spot for Green Day and Queen. We are talking for more than half an hour, getting quite a sunburn, before we leave for the festival grounds next door. Great memory to this day when Dan asks Dillon about the bus ride while we’re walking up to the bar area at Edone: “Did you think it’s going to be that rowdy?“.

As my wife and all close friends have left me on my own, I’m ordering a burger at the bar, meet the Yum Yums, and join Greg from Hamburg’s phenomenal Haermorrhoids (playing the Raduno last year, Greg being back to enjoy the festival) & his lovely girlfriend Kati sitting on one of the long benches. So, we have a burger together before the action starts.

When all friends returned to Edone we kept on enjoying our early afternoon rest in the bar area and did not see (but heard) The Ferrets and I Like Allie from Italy play before it was Sweatpants Party who got us up on our feet again. They are a new band lead by Kevin Aper on Vocals, with Jake “Jagger Holly” and Kasper Keen from the 20 Belows on the guitars and backing vox. They have the song “I Hate Pineapple” on the Raduno compilation and I can only agree, I hate pineapple too.

This is only their 3rd show and they really rock, no wonder with these guys at the helm. As bands should only play the festival once and they have all been here before with their other bands, Apers, Jagger Holly and 20 Belows, you could ask yourself if they only started the band so that they could play the Raduno again, but hey, who cares as long as they are that good.

Then it’s back for some drinking and chatting at the bar area and we miss Gli Ignoranti, a well-known Italian punk band who only reformed once more to play this festival. And as the name suggests it is pretty ignorant from us to miss them, as we could already tell from hearing them play that they must have put on a good show, but watching a video of their show on the small stage on Youtube later on, with everyone going crazy (once again), we definitely knew what we missed out on.

Next up on the main stage are Kurt Baker and his Combo. I must admit that I did not go to see them at Hamburg’s Hafenklang in January this year (excuse: it was raining cats & dogs), and they put on a pretty great PowerPop show, with enough of that Oooomph I mentioned earlier.

They are followed by the DeeCracks, featuring Matt DeeCrack who did stand in with his bass for many bands before at earlier Radunos, and they are receiving a very good reception with their Ramones, low hanging guitar style Punk. I have to admit that I couldn’t really get into them yet.

Next up are Airbag from Spain and it seems as if they did bring their fan club over from Spain. So you had plenty of people dancing and singing along to their pop punk sound. A highlight of the show, and I’m sure for the band themselves, is Dan Vapid joining them on stage to sing a version of the Mopes “My Heart Won’t Bleed For You” with them. Another moment where Dan almost made fans cry for joy!

9 pm and it is time for one of today’s headlining bands, the McRackins from Canada, a band that is going for 25 years. Although I own most of their records released in the 90’s I did never see them play live and I’m not sure if they ever played Hamburg actually. So, I was quite looking forward to this. They always show and play in costumes, dressed as eggs with the dog Spot on drums.

During their set I recall a number of hits, such as “Life, Hey Mickey”, “We Like To Make Records” and 2 songs from their great Short & Sweet “10”, “Pollyanna”and “Mickey & Mallory”, their take on the infamous couple from the cult movie Natural Born Killers. Somehow I remember that they had more hits under their belt and there’s a slight disappointment about the setlist, still it’s good having seen them play live.

Next band on the main stage is Pansy Division, the first band that got announced for Raduno #4. The 1st openly gay band which signed to Lookout! Records in 1993 they spearheaded the queercore movement and are not only notorious for their cover art but also for song titles like ”For Those About To Suck Cock”, „Dick Of Death“, “Horny In The Morning” and my fav „He Whipped My Ass In Tennis (Then I Fucked His Ass In Bed)“. They fit this year’s set of Raduno bands perfectly as the festival is collaborating with Bergamo’s gay community and the Queer Choir is kicking off tomorrow’s festivities – and No Homophobia is one of Raduno’s major rules!

I am not very familiar with their musical output I have to admit: Checking their music out prior to the festival I was hoping for some more old songs, but they mainly play rather new ones tonight, more on the pop than on the punk side of things. That’s topped off by a cover of Pet Shop Boys’ “It’s A Sin”, and by that time we lose a bit of interest in their set I have to admit.

Last but not least and headlining Saturday’s bill are legendary Avengers from San Francisco, the band that supported the Sex Pistols at their last show in San Francisco’s Winterland in January 78.

But of course it wouldn’t do them justice at all to limit them to this, being one of the very first and best female fronted punk bands in the world makes them legends in their own right and their 1st album (a compilation really) is full of classic punk rock hits. Original singer Penelope Houston and guitarist Greg Ingraham kick into the set with „We Are The One“, leading song of their sole original release in 1977 on the famous Dangerhouse label.

That’s followed by smash hits such as „Thin White Line“, „Teenage Rebel“,„Car Crash“, „Open Your Eyes“ and last but not least the fantastic „The American In Me“. Although Penelope Houston has turned 60 last December she is still going strong, looking great and playing a powerful set with her band, but somehow it feels as if the spark of enthusiasm won’t really catch up with the Raduno crowd unfortunately.

Maybe it’s because their punk doesn’t go down that easily, certainly not the kind of pop punk stuff that everyone loves so much over here.

Following the Avengers set it’s time for the Golden Ticket lottery. Last year Natali was lucky and won one of the main prizes, a nice painting by Massimo from the Manges of Bugs Bunny in Guantanamo. This year it was Ulli from Hamburg snatching the main prize, an electric guitar, as already reported by DosAlert earlier in this blog.

We are the lucky ones it seems:

And… there is still an aftershow party (as every night), and tonight it’s Mass Manges turn as DJ. The bassist of the Manges is spinning hit record after hit record, but we are just too tired from music and partying and have to call it a day. Friends tell us later that all hell broke lose the next hour with Dan Vapid crowd surfing, a beer on his belly, without spilling a drop of it!

Sunday we have a long sleep and struggle to make it in time to the festival to catch Fuori Dal Coro, Bergamo’s Queer Choir doing a special rendition of „Smells Like Queer Spirit“.

First band this afternoon are Germany’s own Nimrods, playing their brand of Ramones Punk for the last 20 years. There are not too many people in front of stage yet, but they did bring their own fan crowd. Highlight of their set include a gimmick, when a guy in Gorilla costume did some crowd surfing before handing out small bottles of liqueur to everyone. Good fun!

While Red Car Burns and 7 Years from Italy & Flamingo Nosebleed from the US are playing we are mainly resting close to the stage, so that you can hear the music and catch a glimpse of the band without having to stand in front of stage.

Then it’s time for another RamonesPunk band from Germany, the Reekys, founded in Munich in the late 90’s. As they only released their 1st album last year I wasn’t familiar with them although the name rang a bell… and they really rocked, all wearing leather jackets just like the famous foursome from NYC.

Next up are the Murderburgers from Scotland and I have to admit that they couldn’t convince me with their kind of pop punk. I did check them out before but just don’t do it for me.

Then it’s time for the greatest power pop band in the world as Franz puts it in his introduction, and who am I to argue. The Yum Yums from Norway, a band that consistently puts out hit albums, but only released 4 LP’s in the last 26 years, which leads Franz to his charming assessment that they are stupid, lazy idiots…

No problem, as they can laugh about themselves, and singer Morten has a great sense of humour as you can see from the photos of us below, Morten sneaking into the picture making funny faces:

They play a fantastic set with a great selection of hits and get all of us up and dancing from the very first note. Standouts in a set full of smash hits are „I Wanna Be The One“, „Back To Rosie“, „Miss You Baby“,“Your Biggest Fan“ (I was stalking Morten the past 3 days telling him just that) & „It’s Gonna Be A Hit!“ – really wish it was, in a just world the Yum Yums would be bigger than the Beatles.

The Yum Yums also play a new song for us where they are joined by the Kurt Baker Combo doing backing vox and handclaps. And as usual they also pay hommage to some of the greatest power pop hits of all time and the fantastic „Out Of Luck“ from the Pointed Sticks is up for cover first.

Usually bands don’t play encores at Raduno, but the enthusiastic crowd and the commanding Franz made the Yum Yums play a couple more songs, topped off by their flawless rendition of the Real Kids „All Kindsa Girls“ that got many girls dancing and singing along on stage

A late great highlight of the Raduno, for me on the same level with Dan Vapid & The Cheats. Can’t wait for their next album which should be released very soon.

Last band of the festival is Senzabenza from Italy, also going for 30 years already and the best italian punk band ever, as one of the record sellers emphasized before. And they really are a very positive surprise, we really dig their set of classic punk sung in english, reminding us quite a bit of the Buzzcocks.

I can remember that we were also treated to some nice cover versions. It might have been Ramones „Bonzo Goes To Bitburg“ and/or Devo’s „Uncontrollable Urge“ as they have covered these songs before, but I just cannot tell for sure. A very enjoyable final Raduno set in any case.

Usually Sunday night’s close out early and pretty relaxed. This Sunday turned out differently as the Hamburg gang started ordering longdrinks to finish off the fantastic weekend. We had a few already when we met the Yum Yums outside of the bar area and asked them to join us.

So we kept on drinking with drummer Ulf Ramone and bassist Frank. When Morten was asked to join he gave us another example of his great humour saying: „I hate these guys“ – wonderful! But of course he joined as well and we really could have gone on drinking all night long, but (understandably) the staff at Edone wanted to close the bar at 2am.

Unfortunately a thunderstorm had come up earlier and it was raining cats & dogs, but thanks to the fantastic staff we are provided with trash bags that we cut to shape so that we are able to get back to our apartments kinda OK, only our socks and shoes are completely soaked (and won’t dry up before our flight home). Great fun anyhow walking down the street in that heavy rain, dressed as condoms.

On Monday we take it really easy, strolling through Bergamo, but still follow Franz invitation to everyone still out here at Bergamo to join him for a drink at Edone. Tonight there’s only Franz and some others from the Raduno staff at Edone, otherwise it turned into the usual place again, a neighbourhood meeting point to eat, drink & talk.

So we have a last shot with Franz and Raduno regular Nigel from the UK (great lad), but leave rather early as we are completely knackered from the 5 days and nights before… but not before handing him a list of bands that we would love to see at the Raduno in the coming years, well, hopefully there will be many, many more Radunos too come.

By now it’s really time to finish this festival review, it got very loooooong already, but there’s just too much happening at Raduno and excitement and joy lasts for days and weeks … until you start planning next year’s Raduno again (already booked provisionally), and start counting the days until mid of July 2020.

As DosAlert is thinking about joining us next year (even though he usually hates festivals), there is a good chance that he will be the one reporting from it in his blog next July.

One more huge THANK YOU to Franz, Andrea, the fantastic staff at Edone (Ciao Luca), the Take the Punk Rock Bus crew and last but not least the bands that make the best festival in the world possible!

Editorial note: Pics and Videos are either by Frosch/Natali or from the Punk Rock Raduno Facebook site (and used without specific consent – please shout if that is an issue). Fanx anyway!

And here is the Hamburg Lot on the Punk Rock Raduno casting couch – love and kisses to you! And special fanx to Frosch for this one! Love ya mate!

And if this does not get you into the mood…
… shed some tears to this one:

Your next chance is … Punk Rock Raduno #5 – July 16th-19th 2020!