… Damned, been to a psychedelic rock show!

It has been a while that i have been to a Rock Show. And it’s been a while that i have been to the Grünspan (a place that i normally connect with Rock Shows only). Reason was lure by those who saw The Damned rather recently and where actually full of praise.

I saw them the last time early to mid 80s in the Markthalle and i think it was a show that had playback in it (at least that is my vague recollection). Never bothered about them after and Another Great Record From The Damned (1981) is the last Damned record in my collection.

But as always, sometimes it is good to challenge choices and habits, hence i choose to take them on. At the Grünspan.

Kick off was with the locals from The Jaded, who had to setup their gear in front of the Damned gear, in best Rock Show tradition. In contrast to that tradition they had a near perfect sound, maybe nowadays they guys on the mixing desks are more professional (and less influenced by the main band).

Known faces on stage and a very crisp set. Actually they grooved rather fast through their set and where done way ahead of the allowed time, so two encores where added citing some of their references.

The Jaded (Grünspan, Hamburg, 07.03.2023 (c) gehkacken.de 2023)

They claim they play Rock ‘n’Roll which i guess technically is true, i think they play a nice mid-tempo with loads of references to the sound of the UK towards the end of the 70 and early 80s, call it Punk Rock, New Wave or else. Their biggest asset sure is the native Englishman on vocals, it gives the whole thing a great glue, the needed banter and fits the sound perfect.

I never saw them before, i think i would not run away from them next time they take the stage.

After a quick turnaround it was time for The Damned, this year with Dave, The Captain, Paul Gray on Bass, Monty on Organ/Synthesizer and Will Taylor on Drums. All but the drummer came as stage personas, whereby the stage personas of Dave and The Captain sure being known icons. Monty sported a nice Skull nightgown (i’d say dressed for the occasion!).

The Damned (Grünspan, Hamburg, 07.03.2023 (c) gehkacken.de 2023)

They started of slow and with stuff years outside of the initial Punk Years. That said, the sound was near perfect and all of them are absolutely gifted musicians. And that made the whole thingy more pleasant.

For my ears though it was too much of both that Gothic and Psychedelic style that actually is way off my liking though sometime with great melodies, nice choruses and surprisingly well glued song structures. Albeit, way to the right of the 02:20 mark of a proper pop song. Yes, sometimes lengthy for my ears.

The Damned (Grünspan, Hamburg, 07.03.2023 (c) gehkacken.de 2023)

Towards the end they did throw some of the old stuff in, sometimes super fast, sometimes as a nice deconstruction of an old hit. They played for i guess almost 2 hours, something that i did not expect, so cudos for that.

Within that and towards the end another Rock Show moment did happen, Paul had problems with his Bass and was trying to get first attention and sure then resolution of the Guitar Roadie that was stationed next to The Captain.

Paul Gray vs. Guitar Roadie, 3rd Round (Grünspan, Hamburg, 07.03.2023 (c) gehkacken.de 2023)

And from there it went sour, downhill and – for us at the front on the stage side where Paul was – rather funny (for an observer). I guess Paul pointed out he wanted the replacement Bass waiting for action on the side, the Roadie seem to have deducted that the problem was the sling on Pauls current Bass and worked on taking the sling off the replacement Bass.

More than once Paul point out that he needed the new Bass rather, but that fell on death ears. At the end it ended in a song break with Paul basically going on strike and Dave and The Captain taking the piss out of him for not being able to master his gear and the sling.

Although Paul had sun glasses on you could see that he was angry, furious and about to kill the Roadie. It took a disastrous amount of time (at least for a professional rock show) to get resolved.

Bets where taken if the Roadie survives the tour, some assumed he would be lifted home immediately. Lets hope he survived.

Did i like the show? Not too much. Did i enjoy the show? Yes i did somehow but more as an outside observer. Will i volunteer to see The Damned again? I guess not. Did i enjoy the company around me? Yes i did, plenty out of the Punk Rock Hamburg community where around.

The only odd item was the aftermath, as i had to fly out to Amsterdamned on the red eye flight at 06:00 in the morning, facing a long work day. But it was not too cumbersome as i choose to stay sober and did not sip on beer nor booze. Lucky me!

Bücher, schnell gelesen: 1.628

Michael Mann, Meg Gardiner – Heat 2 (HarperCollins, 2022)

Gelesen: 20.02. – 04.03.2023 (netto 677 Seiten).

Aus dem amerikanischen Englisch von Wolfgang Thon.

Hach, das war ein flottes Lesevergnügen. Fast ein alter Don Winslow. Auf jeden Fall aber eine flotte, spannende und in Teilen auch sehr realistische Story.

Das ganze ist ein Prequel zu Heat, ein großartiger Film von 1995 mit Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro, Val Kilmer und vielen anderen. Während Heat ja eigentlich auf einer wahren Figur aus den 1960er Jahren fußt, ist der Film und dieses Buch deutlich später angesiedelt.

Aber das der Regisseur und Drehbuchschreiber Michael Mann dann so viele Jahre später die Geschichte nochmal aufgreift und so als Buch umsetzt – Chapeau!

Das Buch spannt einen Bogen rund um den Film, inhaltlich wie auch zeitlich: Es beobachtet die Protagonisten von 1988 bis 2000 und zeichnet dabei wie diese damals in Chicago das erste Mal übereinander gestolpert sind und wie Chris, der einzige Überlebende der Gangsterbande aus Heat, viele Jahre später wieder in Richtung des Cops Vincent Hanna stolpert.

Härte, Tempo und jede Menge Spannung. Schade nur das die Brücke zwischen den Zeiten durch eine Nebenrolle (Otis Wardell als Frauenschänder in Chicago und L.A.) erledigt wird – das wird der gesamten Geschichte nicht wirklich gerecht. Lustig aber das Chris im Exil in Paraguay lernt das seine Raubzüge zwar clever waren aber nur Peanuts waren. Die chinesischen Mafiosi für die er dort unerkannt arbeitet reißen sich ganze Industriezweige unter den Nagel und machen damit nochmal soviel Geld.

Soundtrack dazu: Brick Assassin – Chicago Brick Crew, was sonst?

PS: Und Michael Mann so?

PPS: Und Heat? Gibt es hier in full…

Bücher, schnell gelesen: 1.627

Jonathan Moore – Poison Artist (Suhrkamp, 2022)

Gelesen: 13. – 19.02.2023 (netto 343 Seiten).

Aus dem amerikanischen Englisch von Stefan Lux.

Mhhhhh, irgendwie ein komisches Buch. Vor allem weil das Buch zwischendurch ziemlich nervt mit seinen 2 Fäden, die so garnicht zusammenkommen. Fast schon bemüht getrennt.

Am Ende versteht der Leser dann auch warum (sorry, der Trick wird hier nicht verraten) und mir fehlt da dann was: Zu bemüht, zu konstruiert wirkt das ganze – von hinten ausgedacht, von vorne geschrieben.

Im ersten Drittel ist das Buch spannend, eine Wissenschaftler hilft einem Kumpel – Gerichtsmediziner – bei einer Mordserie. Und zwar einer, bei der nur sehr helle Köpfe (mit sehr guter Ausstattung) auf das “Wie” kommen.

Im zweiten Drittel wird es dann etwas wirr und weniger spannend: Der Wissenschaftler verliert seine Frau (sie trennt sich von ihm) und macht mit einer geheimnisvollen jungen Absynth-Elfe rum.

Und im letzten Drittel läuft dann alles auf den Kniff zu, den der Autor ewig lange zu verstecken versucht – zu bemüht und am Ende irgendwie die einzige Lösung. Das fand ich extrem anstrengend.

Insgesamt nix halbes und nix ganzes, da bin ich richtig überrascht das ich eine Buch herausgegeben von Thomas Wörtche ehr so lala finde. Aber so ist das Leben!

Soundtrack dazu: The Gits – Absynthe, was sonst?

PS: The Gits, forever loving Mia Zapata, haben den passenden Song – sing-a-long!

There are these people that use you for
Their own need for deception
By the size of their lies and
The size of the stories that they're telling
They've proved themselves to be
Very small.....minded
Do you ever think when you're dealing with the worst
The outcome is the best thing for you
And by the good of evil is the knowledge
That you face it, one day you're gonna have to
I could put it in some theme of a tale
Or a story from a myth
But it means a simple thing
No I ain't worth nothing if there's no perspective
Of truth in my life

And you ever think when you're dealing with the worst
The outcome is the best thing for you
And by the good of evil is the knowledge
That you face it

I think I've had enough
I wonder why I don't just go off
Don't like to be a violent woman
But I know I have it in me
I know I shouldn't be surprised
Why some people look like hogs rolling in the mud
It's a dying shame
That's where some look for the truth!

(c) The Gits 1992