It should have been a walk down memory lane but it turned out to be much more fun indeed. My business schedule took me to Manchester the week before Rebellion@Blackpool and everybody taunted me for not staying over. One of the reasons (next to spending the weekend with my love) was that i needed to be in London the week after and wanted to see my dear old friend Rudi, who on the way back from the Blackpool pilgrimage did a stopover in Hamburg before returning home to his new hometown of Perth. So i was up for Rudi, Adolescents and The Dickies – knowing that i had to fly out to London next morning. Grim outlook but nothing that could not be cured with good music, fun, friends and beer.
I did let go Arrested Denial but rather spend time talking – then it was time for the Adolescents.
I do not know how many times i have seen them but it is always unpretentious and class. Sure it ain’t the Adolescents from 1980 but Steve Soto and Tony Cadena keep their thing flying with style. And energy the have, ob boy, they do have. It is sure helped by the other 3 guys in the lineup, giving them the perfect backdrop. The stage entry was yet again cool, just went on, adjusted the lights and blasted off with „No Way“:
And they carried on without a scent of slowdown. And did they stop at one point in time? not realy, they gave the impression that they wanted to play on and on and on! Finaly „Sonic Reducer“ was a well timed „farewell“ to the audience. Wow – even better than last time at Hafenklang!
Next on The Dickies and that is down memory lane: 27.11.1979 was my fist punk show ever, seeing The Dickies (whom i thought to be from England) and The Stranglers as a 15 year old kid at the Markthalle in Hamburg. The Dickes blasted the place, there is a cool tape of that show but no video – they looked like this (apparently the only video footage of that area):
The Stranglers where just hated for all the stupid reasons of „… not punk“, „… sellout“ – see below cut from a German music magazin:
But hey, 35 years later The Dickies (ok, Stan Lee and Leonard Graves Phillips plus a variety of backline) still give it a go!
The music has been speeded up a wee bit to fit todays listening preferences but from there they are still one of the best sing-a-long bands of all times. And yes, it is memory lane! Forgive me and my age!
The took the stage with „Paranoid“ and took Hamburg by storm:
And took no prisoners from there. Be it short („Poodle Party“) or long (my all time live favourite „If Stuart could talk (what would he say?“):
Also The Dickies made no stop, played for ever and encore was added to encore:
I lost time, enjoyed the music, talked forever and had way too many beers. But within the set was a cool gem worth to explore. The Dickies sure are known for their cover versions and there are so many stories about these. But they also played my favorite cover: „See my way“ (a song by a long forgotten UK rock band from the early 70s):
The words for this one are priceless:
i know i can't see may hand and i can't help it if i stumble all of those things that are sad before me wanna see see my way need a friend to help me through when i'm gone pick my body up and carry me home take me home see the point of watching my life i can see it's been so wrong climbing mountains without even looking wanna see see my way need a friend to help me through when i'm gone pick my body up and carry me home take me home i know i can't see may hand and i can't help it if i stumble all of those things that are sad before me wanna see see my way need a friend to help me through when i'm gone pick my body up and carry me home take me home (c) 1970 Mick Abrahams
And in it’s 1970 boring rock glory it sounds like this – live at German Beat Club TV Program … and now you do know why it has been covered:
Actualy, on record and leaving the jazzy bridge and the sax aside, it is a decend pre-hard rock song:
And, not for a reason, also the Ramones family did a cover:
And you know, fuck it – i got all the space of the world here, this is a psych-proto-metal cover version from New Zealand, dated 1971. And you exactly know why punk had to happen:
So actualy next to be able to write this song, to give credit to this exhibit of reason why punk came about, they got their record covered designed with so much more class than bands nowadays who design for CD covers at maximum. Gatefold cover with a cool bord game on the inside. Now beat this!
I am sure my friends Alf and Wolfgang have this record in their collection, as they sport a few years more and made it through the pre-punk prog-rock area.
Humming „See my way“ did lead me home and with a late and short sleep and the „comfort flight“ next morning to London i sported a neat hangover in the office on Wednesday. Regrets? None! Even 35 years later these evenings make my day and pic’s like below will forever serve my memory!