… farewell “Old Erwin”!

Farwell Erwin “Old Erwin” Lieske (17.09.1962 – 29.07.2019)

This time it is just silent appreciation for someone that was an all-time asset of the Hamburg Punk scene and at least for me was always up there, on stage.

Running order at the Knust (thanks for hosting).

Erwin was with us all night, at the side of the stage.


Kinche (Knust, Hamburg, 24.08.2019 (c) gehkacken.de)

Hake (Guitar, Vocals), Britta (Vocals)


Early Birds:

Nessi (Guitar), (Drums), Schulze (Vocals), Bernhard (Bass)

Early Birds (Knust, Hamburg, 24.08.2019 (c) gehkacken.de)

Spitfire Stevens:

Spitfire Stevens (Knust, Hamburg, 24.08.2019 (c) gehkacken.de)

Luke (Guitar, Vocals), Jan (Drums), Doc (Bass), Timothy (Guitar)

Nasser Hund:

Jan (Guitar, Vocals), Arne (Bass, Vocals), Kai (Drums)

Nasser Hund (Knust, Hamburg, 24.08.2019 (c) gehkacken.de)

Rudi with some very personal words:


Arne with a little story about his first bass and how that bass did meet Old Erwin:


Kotzbrocken - 1 (Knust, Hamburg, 24.08.2019)
Kotzbrocken  (Knust, Hamburg, 24.08.2019 pic by Schaub – thanks)

Rudi (Guitar, Vocals), Meng (Drums), Votzer (Vocals), Arne (Bass)

The song “Aggressivität und 220 Volt” was the first ever song “Old Erwin” did write for his first band Kotzbrocken, somewhere in 1978. Needles to say that they played it without rehearsing a single minute.


C³I (Knust, Hamburg, 24.08.2019 (c) gehkacken.de)

Rudi (Guitar), Jens (Drums), Arne (Bass, Guitar)

“Old Erwin” – Last ever song of the Phantastix:

Unreleased video of a song by Erwin intended for the never completed Schwabe tribute LP. 


Intro banner for Erwin that was shown at the last St. Pauli home game.

Razors (Knust, Hamburg, 24.08.2019 (c) gehkacken.de)

Witte (Guitar), Gott (Drums), Danker (Vocals), Christiane (Bass)

Note: Never to be repeated cover of Phantastix “Das Herz von St. Pauli”

Razors (Knust, Hamburg, 24.08.2019 (c) gehkacken.de)

Thanks to all who made this possible, thanks to all who took care of Erwin personally and thanks to all those attending and celebrated Erwin.

Special thanks to those who had the deep and personal conversations about losses, death and how to deal with it with my humble self. Much appreciated!

Farewell Old Erwin!

… kick-off at 20:15 should be the norm: Hamburgs finest with an early show and a failed Saturday wish!

It does not need to be bands from far to make them kids happy, sometimes it can also be some of our towns finest to get people out and into it. What was supposed to be Jam Today and Razors had to be changed to Spitfire Stevens and Razors, as Lui of Jam Today fame had to work abroad and could not make it.

And those Spitfires not only had to appear they also had to appear pretty early, 20:15 was supposed to kick-off time on stage. I thought of this as a perfect Friday as it meant to be able to finish early, get home early, get up early on Saturday and be done with weekend shopping with some good time to prepare for the home game of the magical FC (with an equally early 13:00 kick off, implying to be in the pub opposite the ground at 12:00).

But it was not only early for the Spitfires, it was also somehow early for a good sound. The drums felt a wee bit too loud (actually throughout the show) and for the first couple of songs everything sounded disjointed.

Spitfire Stevens (Molotow, Hamburg, 15.09.2017) (c) gehkacken.de)

But the more they played, the better they sounded and the better they got together. First it was only the faster songs that sounded great – later it was also the slower parts that created not only sound but also magic. And whilst they got into the groove they also got great appreciation from the audience, though from the stage they where rather silent and nimble.

But a great set nevertheless and i am sure it is not far that we will see underwear being thrown onto the stage and signs “i want a child from you” are held up. Stars to come, trust my words.

And against that almost headlining the Razors had to claim the stage (and battle the sonic drums) and win back the audience. And winning back they did, digging deep into their almost 40 years of existence and into songs that made not only them famous but the times when they where young.

That love was, is and always will be mutual for the Hamburg lot and that love for punk rock has driven them throughout the years, any troubles and as driven them to subtle but steady change their sound into what is now a mighty force with an up2date sound and not attempting to bridge something from Hamburg 1979 into today.

Razors (Molotow, Hamburg, 15.09.2017) (c) gehkacken.de)

Even one of my loveliest singles ever they transformed into something meaningful and sounding quite recent. For me it remains one of the greatest sing-a-long hits from Hamburg ever.

So what is it that makes the Razors still hitting it with so much force? My wild guess is that for all of them it ain’t a job and it ain’t a career but for all of them it is the love for the music. That simple.

Razors (Molotow, Hamburg, 15.09.2017) (c) gehkacken.de)

And that love for the mu-sick makes allows them not to bother about cover songs but just take them and Razor-fy them big time. So in best tradition they take on not only “Because you’re young” from Cock Sparrer but also “YNWA” and blend it into a killer closing of the set (despite some minor out of tune guitar).

Whilst Klaus wished everybody a great dancing night and 3 points tomorrow it was the start of all my weekend plans to go astray:

I managed to get home early, i managed to get weekend shopping done early and then stupid me managed to get an LBP (or Lumbago) whilst trying to lift a crate of beer from the trunk of the car. So instead seeing the mighty FC at home i was tied to the sofa and painkillers (and my old mate Christian could take along someone on my season ticket).

And those in the stadium? They had to resort to liquid painkillers, as the our team managed to be down 0:4 at half time and there was not much change in the 2nd half. As someone put it “0:4 equals Beer” (it rhymes perfectly if you mix German with English).

So, in hindsight, the only good thing this weekend was … them Spitfires and them Razors and the fact that me love if a perfect doctor and nurse. Lovely!

… 10″ remains the coolest format: Record release party in style – Spitfire Stevens rule the Hafenbahnhof!

Home grown often is good, sometimes it is bad and sometimes leaves you just speechless, both in a positive or negative sense. Spitfire Stevens are around for stunning 17 years but never touched my heart nor impressed my ear – and i just did not bother to see one of the rare life shows prior.

And then they did a mighty step forward, recorded under proper direction and put so much effort into their first release. And set a record release party, down at the harbour.

Spitfire Stevens - Setlist (Hafenbahnhof, Hamburg, 18.05.2017 (c) gehkacken.de)
Spitfire Stevens – Setlist ((c) gehkacken.de)

And indeed that is a mighty setlist (and some clever hints on mu-sick) and it lured quite a large audience into the small location – mostly friends of the band who seemed as proud of the band as the band is of the record. And, mu-sick-al connoisseurs too, Spitfire Stevens made a late start in trust that some more folks come over once the MS Hedi (hosting Flanders 72) had taken dock again.

Spitfire Stevens (Hafenbahnhof, Hamburg, 18.05.2017) (c) gehkacken.de)

From the start they got great appreciation and the space in front of the non-existing stage was packed. The mix of slower and faster songs, bellowed and almost spoken words and the great guitar work made it refreshingly diverse – from one song to the other the style almost changed. Here is “Last Show”, introduced by front man Luke as “… and now a short fast song, if we are able to get it done!

Yes, they also get faster stuff done. But their strength is in the slower world, it is not a surprise that people compare them with Joy Division, Wipers, Saints or even The Sound. What makes it for sure unique is our beloved Mr. Gum-Knee Luke Stevens on front: Ain’t a poser, is just class and has a unique voice.

Spitfire Stevens (Hafenbahnhof, Hamburg, 18.05.2017) (c) gehkacken.de)

And they even got help, Frank did join them for “In A Rut” and seems to be a stand-in singer now, we just had him helping Jam Today playing “That’s Entertainment” on Toni’s Farewell.

People started to dance (though hard in the packed space) and people indeed did smile big time. Next to the music i also did like that the band ensured that the stage visual was consistent and in style: Black suits, black shirts and sneakers. Whilst the rest of the band gave in to the heat soon it was Luke who stayed dressed to the end, though sweat kept dripping from his head like a waterfall.

Spitfire Stevens (Hafenbahnhof, Hamburg, 18.05.2017) (c) gehkacken.de)

And once they finished their 17 songs set they reluctantly declared “that’s it” but where forced by peer pressure to stay … and play …. and stay on and play on. And in the encore they also played their signature song “Hollow Inside” again:

And that was it finally. 17 songs, 6 encores and quite some cheering. And a lot of people that took the 10″ with them, i am sure it will run on many record players on the weekend (it for sure will run on mine). And as so many friends where there sure thing someone had something extra for them…


Spitfire Stevens (Hafenbahnhof, Hamburg, 18.05.2017 (c) gehkacken.de)
Spitfire Stevens (Hafenbahnhof, Hamburg, 18.05.2017 (c) gehkacken.de)

And in full glory it looked like this:

A perfect release party, now i do hope that they can earn some success over the year and get a lot of chances to play – that will only make them tighter and sound even better.

I am a convinced Spitpunk now!

Get their 10″ from K-Klangträger now or at the next show! It is a god damn fucking 10″, the greatest format there is! Trust my greedy record collector mind.

And this is how it sounds on record and the video that made them just about to be famous: