… taking a cruise in Berlin with the Sex Pistols and The Jam – What an EXPERIENCE!

Me Mate Frosch reports from the Berlin away game of Jam Today:

My wife and I had to decide early on at the end of last year if we were going to take a trip to Berlin 1st weekend of May to watch our friends from Jam Today joining the Sex Pistols Experience on a boat trip on the river Spree in Berlin. And guess what? We took the challenge!

So we found ourselves standing at a pier in Berlin on a hot and sunny Sunday afternoon greeting Jam Today along with Johnny Rotter, Kid Vicious, Paul Crook and Steve Clones arriving back from their 1st sold out tour that day.

Jam Today (MS Stralau, Berlin 08.05.2016 (c) gehkacken.de)
Jam Today & Johnny Rotter having a laugh (MS Stralau, Berlin 08.05.2016 (c) gehkacken.de)

The little cruise ship “MS STRALAU” has space for up to 200 people but only 100 tickets were sold each trip. So it was pretty spacious and relaxed, no hassle at all to get a few drinks to start with. We had a quick chat with our friends in Jam Today before they already had to take the stage again.

It was their first proper show with a new drummer and latest after a couple of songs when they kicked into smash hits like “In The City”, “Down In The Tube Station At Midnight” or “A Town Called Malice” the party was on its way and a good part of the audience had fun and danced.

It would never match Jam Today’s boat trip in Hamburg on the river Elbe almost 7 years ago though – it is just different when there’s all friends and old companions in the audience eg. a home game… By all means try to get tickets and come to Hamburg if they are ever planning to do a trip on the “MS HEDI” again!

Just from peoples outfit it was crystal clear that most of them where here to see the infamous Sex Pistols Experience (SPE). Old School Punks, 40 and above, wherever you looked, but also some younger ones, including a perfect copy of Soo Catwoman – nice outfit!

Soo Catwoman (MS Stralau, Berlin 08.05.2016 (c) gehkacken.de)
Soo Catwoman (MS Stralau, Berlin 08.05.2016 (c) gehkacken.de)

The SPE made a start into their show and graced the little “stage” at the end of the boat with their perfect Sex Pistols looks. Since seeing them in Hamburg for the 1st time a couple years back I’m deeply impressed by their show. Having just missed the Sex Pistols in Hamburg January 1978 as they broke up little more than a week before, it was the closest and best thing to seeing them at the time.

Still honouring “Never Mind The Bollocks” as the best and most important album of all time I would have never wanted to see the “real” Sex Pistols when they reunited (that proved seeing John Lydon with PIL playing a horrible and extremely boring show some days later in Hamburg…).

I rather watch the SPE and as Steve Jones apparently put it: “They really are the Sex Pistols – superb”.

Half way into the set and the floor of the boat was soaked with beer and people started slipping and crashing to the floor like flies. What a great and wild show, the best I have seen the SPE play yet.

I had my moment when I pointed at Johnny Rotter during “Problems” and screamed that the “problem was him”. So he started pointing at everyone else, good fun and all around great guys in the band. And as usual it was “No Fun” that had to end a fantastic set and a terrific afternoon on the river Spree.

Looking forward to see the SPE at Blackpool Rebellion this year, thanks to Mario Irrek for setting this event up and Andi Incognito for the tickets – ‘til next time!

Thanks for that story Frosch and to Natali for pics and videos! And great to see Jam Today thrive in Berlin …

… Friggin‘ in the Riggin‘ – A cruise without a cause but loads of fun!

Sex Pistols Experience (MS Hedi. 18.05.2014 (c) gehkacken.de)
Sex Pistols Experience (MS Hedi. 18.05.2014 (c) gehkacken.de)

Sure we all know punk history and thus the infamous Silver Jubilee boat cruise by the Sex Pistols on 07.06.1977 – you can see yerself on Youtube. Allthough the Sex Pistols Experience just graced the Indra in February it sure was a match made in heaven to put them onto MS Hedi and give them a Hamburg Harbour Experience. 2 packed shows and many people taking the double dip – 1830 and 2000 for 10€ each, a bargin.

Sure due to location it was not the best set of all, sound was limited by what you can have on a small boat, but that did not take away the fun. Best captured when they where ready to start their 2nd set and the MS Hedi needed to return to base to get some more beer – too much was being consumed. But see yerself for a change of plan:

The fun ist best captured in videos this time – so here we are with some hits from the first trip. Starting of with a destination we could have reached with the vessel (not):


Followed suit by some good advice on holidays, knowing that we would pass the docked QE 2 on the way:


Thus it all turned …


So we docked again, forgot to take beer, corrected the mistake and it went on with my fav Pistols song actualy:

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Followed by some request to be submissive…


…and a lesser known Pistols song – „Silly Thing“ was a Cook/Jones song rather then a Pistols one that came about with „Who killed Bambi“. You can see The Professionals (one of the most underated bands actualy) comming:


and then finished off with style:


and a non-encore. Neat!


Those who where there might note that the actual running order was slightly different, but hey, who the fuck cares and here it is me who is deciding what makes history. Period.

Some more pictures below:

Thanks to all who joined and thanks to the SPE – good fun indeed!

…ever got the feeling you’ve been cheated?

Sex Pistols Experience (Indra, Hamburg, 07.02.2014)
Sex Pistols Experience (Indra, Hamburg, 07.02.2014)

Flashback 14.01.1978 – the Sex Pistols grace the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco and Mr. Rottern snears his famous „… ever got the feeling you’ve been cheated“ to end not only the US of A tour of the Pistols but also the Pistols as such. Now zoom over to Hamburg where quite a lot of young kids that got hooked on Punk all stored a precious treasure at home: A ticket for the Sex Pistols show at the Markthalle in Hamburg – finally the prime punk band (at least according to the local german pop magazins) make it to Hamburg! Little did they know in the pre-internet days that it’ll be a „no show“…

Sex Pistols (Hamburg, Markthalle, 24.01.1978)
Sex Pistols (Hamburg, Markthalle, 24.01.1978)

Hop into your time machine now and move 13163 days fast forward – the oldpunks in Hamburg finaly get their chance to see a Pistols set (ok, those who make the yearly pilgrimage to Blackpool had a chance already plus those who travelled to London to see Rotten/Cook/Jones/Matlock on stage in 2007). But it ain’t the old farts, it is a travelling circus type of tribute/cover band. In any other case this would make me avoid the show like the plague but this lot has it. Has it realy. A young Sid mockup. A young Rotten lookalike with the same voice and the same starry eyes. A Steve Jones who looks like my old boss in London (and my boss was called by the name of … David C Jones!). And a handsome Cook on drums. And boy do they make a show! The packed Indra was completly taken away and i am sure a lot of wet dreams came true!

But see yourself and listen up:

Satelite!

Liar!

EMI!

God save the Queen!

Stunning! For some more pictures see below…

Some people found it rather odd that you get a 1:1 / chord-by-chord / snear-by-snear / look-by-look copy but take it as „our“ ABBA musickal…

Side remark:
Allthough the Pistols came to an end back there on the stage of the Winterland Ballroom greedy promoters sure tried to cash in on them and put them on the poster for the first „big“ punk festival in Hamburg. More pictures from that event over at punkfoto.de!

Punk Festival (Audimax Hamburg 16.06.1978)
Punk Festival (Audimax Hamburg 16.06.1978)