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:

Bücher, schnell gelesen, Double-Feature: Teil 877 und 878

Ken Bruen - Jack Taylor und der verlorene Sohn / Jack Taylor auf dem Kreuzweg (Atrium Verlag 2011)
Ken Bruen - Jack Taylor und der verlorene Sohn / Jack Taylor auf dem Kreuzweg (Atrium Verlag 2011)

Gelesen: 18.11. – 23.11.2011 (Zeit nicht genommen), netto 291 und 241 Seiten

Der 5te (sic!) und der 6te Band aus der großartigen Jack Taylor Reihe von Ken Bruen.

Was Ken Bruen so unendlich großartig macht ist „Helden“ tief tief im Elend zu erschaffen, Jack Tayler aus Galway ist sicherlich der elendste. Koks, Sprit und ein fettes Maß an Sarkasmus gepaart mit dem Elend derer die nix haben, nix bekommen werden und nicht dem Standard entsprechen sind ein großartiger Hintergrund für kleine Probleme, kleine Verbrechen die schnell einmal „groß“ werden. Es gibt kein besseres „Sittengemälde“ der irischen Gesellschaft als die Bücher von Ken.

Diesmal bietet die katholische Kirche (Mißbrauch von Jugendlichen) und eine fiese Rachegeschichte den Hintergrund für das Wühlen im Dreck. Einfach Klasse und in der von mir bevorzugten Art lakonisch in Sachen Gewalt, Tod und allem Bösen. Lesen! Soundtrack: The Mahones!

my loveliest vinyl, part 11

Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet - Savy Show Stoppers (Glass Records GLALP 31, 1988)
Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet – Savy Show Stoppers (Glass Records GLALP 31, 1988)

Now this is a fun one – one of the view times TV made me explore a band. Back in 1993 my soon the be wife already had pay-tv („Premiere“, now Sky) and they had some strange stuff there including a canadian commedy called „Kids in the Hall“. Highly entertaining and with a distinct „twang“ on the musical side. With a bit of pre-internet searching i found that the theme-song was from „Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet“, from Canada, and they released through Cargo – got it!

1977 – mhh, this is instrumental. few bands in 1977 burned their finger on that one!
published by a cool lable – Glass Records in the UK did the 1988 Vinyl, Cargo re-released it in 1990 when „Kids in the Hall“ went big.
found in a cool shop – ticked, again Martin Stehr’s Drugstore
catching sound – reverb and instrumental. surf. dig it! next thing cool to punk rock!
not too bad words – hahaha, having a laugh and having a say is one in one!

They dispanded 1996 and left behind quite a legacy and where instrumental (sic!) in driving other bands. Sadly bass player Reid Diamond died in 2001 of cancer. Damn.

This is the famous theme song:

And this is my loveliest thing from „Kids in the Hall“:

Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet served as the background band and sometimes even played in the foreground. You can listen to all sound snipits from all episodes here!