… Love always wins ctd: Three Chords, No Brain – Punk Rock Raduno #4!

2nd Part: July 13 – 15, from Saturday Morning’s Pop Punk Bus Tour to a last shot with Franz on a Monday Night at Edone

Hi again, so here’s part 2 covering the 2nd half of our 6 day trip to the latest Raduno (and for those who missed it – here is Part One). If you made it here through all my scribblings there’s a little reward: some videos that I promised, giving you quite a good impression of what’s it like at the Raduno I suppose.

Leaving Edone on the Friday night very happy, having seen Dan Vapid & the Cheats play a fantastic Riverdales set, waking up on Saturday morning just meant being in for 2 more short sets by Dan Vapid & the Cheats playing at the Roller Derby Game at the sports center, starting noon today.

So, we set off after breakfast to one of the bus stops of the Pop Punk Bus that was really close by. Arriving at 10:30am meeting more friends from Hamburg, the bus already turned up, full of Punx going crazy, drinking beer (included in the ride) and singing along to Menagramo, an anarchist country punk duo from Milan.

I guess you can imagine the puzzled, slightly shocked faces of passers-by who were just getting ready to do some weekend shopping. Next to the pics above her’s a lyric video for the song “Vajont”, great stuff, the world needs more Menagramo:

After a short ride the bus stopped for a special showcase by Menagramo at the Bikefellas Bike & Coffee shop. A lot of folks left the bus and walked there to see the busker duo playing a couple of songs on a provisional stage and to have a quick espresso before we all boarded the bus again to continue the ride to the sports center, where we arrived before noon and in good time for the Roller Derby Game.

Shortly after entering the sports center and before the start of the game we‘re already treated to the 1st set from Dan Vapid & the Cheats playing on the gallery of the sports hall.

Great fun to see them play a set of songs including a couple of new ones from their 3rd album as well as old faves such as “I Wanna Go to Macchu Picchu Before I Die” from their 2nd and a highlight for many, a cover of “Say Goodbye To Your Generation” by the wonderful Methadones, one of Dan’s several other great bands, he’s a truly blessed pop punk genius:

Dany Vapid & The Cheats – Say Goodbye To Your Generation
(fanx to Natali for the capture)

After that musical welcome it is up to the omnipresent Franz to introduce the 2 Roller Derby teams (Sheena Is A Punk Roller!), Bergamo’s own Crimson Vipers and the All Stars Italy. The punky fantasy names that the Roller Derby girls chose for themselves make it pretty easy for the ingenious head honcho of the Raduno to comment on (Maki Maniac, Lou C Fer, Baby Razor or Black Mamba being among the best).

Before half time of the game I am already securing my place on the gallery in anticipation of the Cheats’ 2nd set. And it’s going to be a short killer set that will be remembered for a long, long time: 6 songs in 18 mins, euphoric joyfulness, an absolutely thrilling show with quite a surreal touch as it’s almost too good to be true.

Probably even better than yesterday’s Riverdales set or at least on a par we are being treated to 2 Screeching Weasel hits to start with, “I Was A High School Psychopath” from Wiggle and “Guest List” from their 3rd, 1991 album, My Brain Hurts:

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Thanks to my lovely wife Natali and DosAlert’s editing skills we have the full set on video for you to enjoy, so here’s song #3, the brilliant Mopes song “I Don’t Know How To Say Goodbye”. You can look out for Andrea Manges singing along and smiling all over his face, just shows how much people are enjoying and appreciating Dan Vapid & his boys playing at Punk Rock Raduno:

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This one’s followed by the Riverdales classic “Back To You” – at the end of the song, after the music is over, you can hear everyone still singing along, encouraging the band to keep on playing – a nice proof for the big enthusiasm that everyone showed for the set :

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Same as yesterday at Edone the party had to end with the Riverdales anthem “Riverdale Stomp”. The one’s who know me can see me dancing my last pogo, quite daring as I’ve twisted my knee a few times before. But what can you do, you just forget when you’re going bonkers and had a couple of drinks already at this early time of day, and we don’t care about tomorrow do we? (Well, my knee still reminds me that I should have cared, 5 weeks later…):

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As happy as a clam we get ready to enter the Pop Punk Bus again, waiting outside for us to take us all back to Edone. Dan Vapid had told people that he is going to join us on the ride back. And as you can see from the photos and the video, he didn’t really know what he was in for, same as bassist Dillon who joined him. As all of this happened in a very similar way one year ago with the only exception that the Queers had to stand in for Dan Vapid (missing his flight, you know the story…), we knew what was going to come.

Punk Rock classics played at loud volume by the DJ on board, Ciaccio from the band Semprefreski. If you can find a little fault with something at all it is the bus driver, who doesn’t do an “encore” after arriving at Edone: This time the deafening “Vive la Rotunda” (“long live the roundabout”) shouts from everyone on the bus do not convince the bus driver to start his engine again and do a couple more rounds in the roundabout at high speed, which just feels like a wild ride at a fair – great fun!   

Arriving back at Edone everyone wants to take a picture with Dan Vapid. The charming guy fulfills all requests, a great down-to-earth guy. As I am quite drunk, plus having an adrenaline kick from the fantastic shows and bus ride, I do not follow my wife & sensible travel fellows back to the apartment to get some rest and stay on the parking lot at Edone instead. So, we are standing here in the midday heat, Debbie & Benni from Berlin, Dan Vapid, Dillon and me.

Dillon is a fantastic guy: we are talking about music and politics, and Dillon is telling me how he met Dan in the little town near St. Louis where they are living and how he offered him to join the band. I also learn about Dillon’s soft spot for Green Day and Queen. We are talking for more than half an hour, getting quite a sunburn, before we leave for the festival grounds next door. Great memory to this day when Dan asks Dillon about the bus ride while we’re walking up to the bar area at Edone: “Did you think it’s going to be that rowdy?“.

As my wife and all close friends have left me on my own, I’m ordering a burger at the bar, meet the Yum Yums, and join Greg from Hamburg’s phenomenal Haermorrhoids (playing the Raduno last year, Greg being back to enjoy the festival) & his lovely girlfriend Kati sitting on one of the long benches. So, we have a burger together before the action starts.

When all friends returned to Edone we kept on enjoying our early afternoon rest in the bar area and did not see (but heard) The Ferrets and I Like Allie from Italy play before it was Sweatpants Party who got us up on our feet again. They are a new band lead by Kevin Aper on Vocals, with Jake “Jagger Holly” and Kasper Keen from the 20 Belows on the guitars and backing vox. They have the song “I Hate Pineapple” on the Raduno compilation and I can only agree, I hate pineapple too.

This is only their 3rd show and they really rock, no wonder with these guys at the helm. As bands should only play the festival once and they have all been here before with their other bands, Apers, Jagger Holly and 20 Belows, you could ask yourself if they only started the band so that they could play the Raduno again, but hey, who cares as long as they are that good.

Then it’s back for some drinking and chatting at the bar area and we miss Gli Ignoranti, a well-known Italian punk band who only reformed once more to play this festival. And as the name suggests it is pretty ignorant from us to miss them, as we could already tell from hearing them play that they must have put on a good show, but watching a video of their show on the small stage on Youtube later on, with everyone going crazy (once again), we definitely knew what we missed out on.

Next up on the main stage are Kurt Baker and his Combo. I must admit that I did not go to see them at Hamburg’s Hafenklang in January this year (excuse: it was raining cats & dogs), and they put on a pretty great PowerPop show, with enough of that Oooomph I mentioned earlier.

They are followed by the DeeCracks, featuring Matt DeeCrack who did stand in with his bass for many bands before at earlier Radunos, and they are receiving a very good reception with their Ramones, low hanging guitar style Punk. I have to admit that I couldn’t really get into them yet.

Next up are Airbag from Spain and it seems as if they did bring their fan club over from Spain. So you had plenty of people dancing and singing along to their pop punk sound. A highlight of the show, and I’m sure for the band themselves, is Dan Vapid joining them on stage to sing a version of the Mopes “My Heart Won’t Bleed For You” with them. Another moment where Dan almost made fans cry for joy!

9 pm and it is time for one of today’s headlining bands, the McRackins from Canada, a band that is going for 25 years. Although I own most of their records released in the 90’s I did never see them play live and I’m not sure if they ever played Hamburg actually. So, I was quite looking forward to this. They always show and play in costumes, dressed as eggs with the dog Spot on drums.

During their set I recall a number of hits, such as “Life, Hey Mickey”, “We Like To Make Records” and 2 songs from their great Short & Sweet “10”, “Pollyanna”and “Mickey & Mallory”, their take on the infamous couple from the cult movie Natural Born Killers. Somehow I remember that they had more hits under their belt and there’s a slight disappointment about the setlist, still it’s good having seen them play live.

Next band on the main stage is Pansy Division, the first band that got announced for Raduno #4. The 1st openly gay band which signed to Lookout! Records in 1993 they spearheaded the queercore movement and are not only notorious for their cover art but also for song titles like ”For Those About To Suck Cock”, „Dick Of Death“, “Horny In The Morning” and my fav „He Whipped My Ass In Tennis (Then I Fucked His Ass In Bed)“. They fit this year’s set of Raduno bands perfectly as the festival is collaborating with Bergamo’s gay community and the Queer Choir is kicking off tomorrow’s festivities – and No Homophobia is one of Raduno’s major rules!

I am not very familiar with their musical output I have to admit: Checking their music out prior to the festival I was hoping for some more old songs, but they mainly play rather new ones tonight, more on the pop than on the punk side of things. That’s topped off by a cover of Pet Shop Boys’ “It’s A Sin”, and by that time we lose a bit of interest in their set I have to admit.

Last but not least and headlining Saturday’s bill are legendary Avengers from San Francisco, the band that supported the Sex Pistols at their last show in San Francisco’s Winterland in January 78.

But of course it wouldn’t do them justice at all to limit them to this, being one of the very first and best female fronted punk bands in the world makes them legends in their own right and their 1st album (a compilation really) is full of classic punk rock hits. Original singer Penelope Houston and guitarist Greg Ingraham kick into the set with „We Are The One“, leading song of their sole original release in 1977 on the famous Dangerhouse label.

That’s followed by smash hits such as „Thin White Line“, „Teenage Rebel“,„Car Crash“, „Open Your Eyes“ and last but not least the fantastic „The American In Me“. Although Penelope Houston has turned 60 last December she is still going strong, looking great and playing a powerful set with her band, but somehow it feels as if the spark of enthusiasm won’t really catch up with the Raduno crowd unfortunately.

Maybe it’s because their punk doesn’t go down that easily, certainly not the kind of pop punk stuff that everyone loves so much over here.

Following the Avengers set it’s time for the Golden Ticket lottery. Last year Natali was lucky and won one of the main prizes, a nice painting by Massimo from the Manges of Bugs Bunny in Guantanamo. This year it was Ulli from Hamburg snatching the main prize, an electric guitar, as already reported by DosAlert earlier in this blog.

We are the lucky ones it seems:

And… there is still an aftershow party (as every night), and tonight it’s Mass Manges turn as DJ. The bassist of the Manges is spinning hit record after hit record, but we are just too tired from music and partying and have to call it a day. Friends tell us later that all hell broke lose the next hour with Dan Vapid crowd surfing, a beer on his belly, without spilling a drop of it!

Sunday we have a long sleep and struggle to make it in time to the festival to catch Fuori Dal Coro, Bergamo’s Queer Choir doing a special rendition of „Smells Like Queer Spirit“.

First band this afternoon are Germany’s own Nimrods, playing their brand of Ramones Punk for the last 20 years. There are not too many people in front of stage yet, but they did bring their own fan crowd. Highlight of their set include a gimmick, when a guy in Gorilla costume did some crowd surfing before handing out small bottles of liqueur to everyone. Good fun!

While Red Car Burns and 7 Years from Italy & Flamingo Nosebleed from the US are playing we are mainly resting close to the stage, so that you can hear the music and catch a glimpse of the band without having to stand in front of stage.

Then it’s time for another RamonesPunk band from Germany, the Reekys, founded in Munich in the late 90’s. As they only released their 1st album last year I wasn’t familiar with them although the name rang a bell… and they really rocked, all wearing leather jackets just like the famous foursome from NYC.

Next up are the Murderburgers from Scotland and I have to admit that they couldn’t convince me with their kind of pop punk. I did check them out before but just don’t do it for me.

Then it’s time for the greatest power pop band in the world as Franz puts it in his introduction, and who am I to argue. The Yum Yums from Norway, a band that consistently puts out hit albums, but only released 4 LP’s in the last 26 years, which leads Franz to his charming assessment that they are stupid, lazy idiots…

No problem, as they can laugh about themselves, and singer Morten has a great sense of humour as you can see from the photos of us below, Morten sneaking into the picture making funny faces:

They play a fantastic set with a great selection of hits and get all of us up and dancing from the very first note. Standouts in a set full of smash hits are „I Wanna Be The One“, „Back To Rosie“, „Miss You Baby“,“Your Biggest Fan“ (I was stalking Morten the past 3 days telling him just that) & „It’s Gonna Be A Hit!“ – really wish it was, in a just world the Yum Yums would be bigger than the Beatles.

The Yum Yums also play a new song for us where they are joined by the Kurt Baker Combo doing backing vox and handclaps. And as usual they also pay hommage to some of the greatest power pop hits of all time and the fantastic „Out Of Luck“ from the Pointed Sticks is up for cover first.

Usually bands don’t play encores at Raduno, but the enthusiastic crowd and the commanding Franz made the Yum Yums play a couple more songs, topped off by their flawless rendition of the Real Kids „All Kindsa Girls“ that got many girls dancing and singing along on stage

A late great highlight of the Raduno, for me on the same level with Dan Vapid & The Cheats. Can’t wait for their next album which should be released very soon.

Last band of the festival is Senzabenza from Italy, also going for 30 years already and the best italian punk band ever, as one of the record sellers emphasized before. And they really are a very positive surprise, we really dig their set of classic punk sung in english, reminding us quite a bit of the Buzzcocks.

I can remember that we were also treated to some nice cover versions. It might have been Ramones „Bonzo Goes To Bitburg“ and/or Devo’s „Uncontrollable Urge“ as they have covered these songs before, but I just cannot tell for sure. A very enjoyable final Raduno set in any case.

Usually Sunday night’s close out early and pretty relaxed. This Sunday turned out differently as the Hamburg gang started ordering longdrinks to finish off the fantastic weekend. We had a few already when we met the Yum Yums outside of the bar area and asked them to join us.

So we kept on drinking with drummer Ulf Ramone and bassist Frank. When Morten was asked to join he gave us another example of his great humour saying: „I hate these guys“ – wonderful! But of course he joined as well and we really could have gone on drinking all night long, but (understandably) the staff at Edone wanted to close the bar at 2am.

Unfortunately a thunderstorm had come up earlier and it was raining cats & dogs, but thanks to the fantastic staff we are provided with trash bags that we cut to shape so that we are able to get back to our apartments kinda OK, only our socks and shoes are completely soaked (and won’t dry up before our flight home). Great fun anyhow walking down the street in that heavy rain, dressed as condoms.

On Monday we take it really easy, strolling through Bergamo, but still follow Franz invitation to everyone still out here at Bergamo to join him for a drink at Edone. Tonight there’s only Franz and some others from the Raduno staff at Edone, otherwise it turned into the usual place again, a neighbourhood meeting point to eat, drink & talk.

So we have a last shot with Franz and Raduno regular Nigel from the UK (great lad), but leave rather early as we are completely knackered from the 5 days and nights before… but not before handing him a list of bands that we would love to see at the Raduno in the coming years, well, hopefully there will be many, many more Radunos too come.

By now it’s really time to finish this festival review, it got very loooooong already, but there’s just too much happening at Raduno and excitement and joy lasts for days and weeks … until you start planning next year’s Raduno again (already booked provisionally), and start counting the days until mid of July 2020.

As DosAlert is thinking about joining us next year (even though he usually hates festivals), there is a good chance that he will be the one reporting from it in his blog next July.

One more huge THANK YOU to Franz, Andrea, the fantastic staff at Edone (Ciao Luca), the Take the Punk Rock Bus crew and last but not least the bands that make the best festival in the world possible!

Editorial note: Pics and Videos are either by Frosch/Natali or from the Punk Rock Raduno Facebook site (and used without specific consent – please shout if that is an issue). Fanx anyway!

And here is the Hamburg Lot on the Punk Rock Raduno casting couch – love and kisses to you! And special fanx to Frosch for this one! Love ya mate!

And if this does not get you into the mood…
… shed some tears to this one:

Your next chance is … Punk Rock Raduno #5 – July 16th-19th 2020!

… how to stage the maximum number of bands with the minimum number of people: Get Lost! Fest 4 also best in class in this category!

The clever folks at Wild Wax Shows always want to improve and deliver for us mu-sick thirsty record collecting dumb fucks – and this time round they found a little formula to make us even happier:

26 + 17 over 7 + 9

A beer for the person to provide the correct answer for this riddle, pls drop a comment below this article. The correct answers is denoted by a number calculated to two decimal places.

Get Lost! Fest 4 - Day One Rooster ( (c) gehkacken.de)
Get Lost! Fest 4 – Day One Rooster ( (c) gehkacken.de)

A year has gone and another sold out Get Lost! Fest awaits me! And i am sort of double lucky, as initially i was supposed to be out of town and enjoying my holiday – but then we decided to move house and that did free up the weekend for some serious live mu-sick action to be enjoyed with friends from near and from further away.

Death Canyons (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 27.08.2016 (c) gehkacken.de)
Death Canyons (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 27.08.2016 (c) gehkacken.de)

The proceedings kicked off without the TV Head this year and with Death Canyons from Hamburg, upstairs at the Goldener Salon. And, as ever at 20:15 and in bright sunlight, with the vast majority of the audience outside and talking. Death Canyons play „Garage Punk“ and did not mean anything to me. Also they annoyed with way too much echo on the vocals: That destroyed the sometimes not too bad „twang“ they produced.

Sick Horse (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 27.08.2016 (c) gehkacken.de)
Sick Horse (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 27.08.2016 (c) gehkacken.de)

As much as Death Canyons did not touch my mu-sick-al soul i was touched by what appeared next on the stage of the Hafenklang Ballroom: Sick Horse from Berlin took the stage and … took the audience by storm. Really! From the first chords they proved not only to be good musicians but also having found, nurtured and perfected they own style (as in: they sure where no copy cats). But listen up for yerself:

Great stuff and early on in the night the typical Get Lost! feeling of something new that takes you by surprise. They got a fair share of applause and people did really dig them. Well done! The only disappointment: No vinyl to sell. No T-Shirts to sell. They claimed to be able to produce some Coffee Mugs but how the fuck can i listen to a fucking coffee mug on me record player? Me and me friends agreed that they would be worth a visit if they would play as headliners upstairs – can someone please make that happen?

Next up where The Glücks from sunny Ostende in Belgium (of all places) and they claim for themselves „It’s The Exorcist, garagerock style!„. Not, if you ask me. Whilst that lady on drums provides a real heavy backdrop that guitar just does not work for me.

The Glücks (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 27.08.2016 (c) gehkacken.de)
The Glücks (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 27.08.2016 (c) gehkacken.de)

You may like them if you like The Cramps and within their genre they might be great but they are not my kind of thing. Hence i resorted back down and out, to sip a beer and have some chats.

Next on Biznaga from Madrid, Spain, and i am not sure if they are named after that round shaped cactus (Biznaga-barril cilíndrica) or after this flower thingy from Malaga…nevermind, they kicked into melodic punk rock from the start:

Well paced, loads of melody and quite in a typical iberian punk style. Their songs where surprisingly long (compared to most other bands of the two days) and where carried by harmonies (rather then disharmonies). Pleasant but maybe a wee bit too pleasant.

Biznaga (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 26.08.2016) (c) gehkacken.de)

But hey, most likely i would not have seen them on another occasion so it was sure ok. And one of the much appreciated variations Get Lost! provides. The only shortcoming: Little to no interaction with the audience, some hints on their songs and what they are about would have helped!

Upstairs the first really strange band: Jack of Heart from southern France took the stage and surprised the audience not only by the bass player being centre but also by their guitar player on the right: Tall, thin and in stockings (but lacking high heels). They claim to be something like „psychedelic ghetto rock’n’roll“ which most likely is something french (and i do not speak a single word of french).

Jack of Heart (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 27.08.2016 (c) gehkacken.de)
Jack of Heart (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 27.08.2016 (c) gehkacken.de)

The audience though was glued to said guitar player, who fuzzed, distorted and threw himself and his axe around and, to much awe of those in front of the stage, had some of his private parts dangling from his underwear. My thing? Nope. Something special? For sure.

Jack of Balls (Photo by Beno - Merci)
Jack of Balls (Photo by Beno – Merci)

And that gave way to the two headliners downstairs – first on Sick Thoughts from New Orleans. And they took the stage like this:

OK, let’s see: That guitar player i have seen stage side during all other bands that night and with growing intoxication (beer for sure, other goodies not sure). Cool drummer, great bass … and a rather young kid howling his insults at the audience (and also giving the impression to be under the influence). Wow – punk fucking rock!

Sick Thoughts (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 26.08.2016) (c) gehkacken.de)

Whilst it was punk fucking rock the guitar player was so drunk that he neither had is axe in tune nor cared about that fact – and his only interaction with the audience was the middle finger. The singer quickly gave impression of a maniac with a problem and interrupted a song to walk off, destroyed a beer bottle on stage and generally tried to hate the audience. But in a way that left little room for „hey, he is just acting“ … he rather gave the impression of having some serious problems.

Looking up some stuff on him on the internet (damn internet, never forgets) i do learn that he is 19, started Sick Thoughts in his hometown at the age of 16 (check out this video), moved to New Orleans and teamed up with Die Rötzz as his backing band. And now claims to be settling in Finnland, as it is colder and more punk – not sure if this is true. They aborted their set after like 25 minutes in true punk and chaos style and left large parts of the audience stunned (and some annoyed).

And that freed up the stage for the final show case, a true rock’n’roll show from San Francisco’s Apache. Think of dingy clubs off the beaten track, think of sleazy leather clad people and and dirty high energy rock’n’roll. Then you get Apache. Some AC/DC, some Kinks and maybe some early punk. And add fucking rock and steer it up (maybe with some Cocaine supplied by Jens, as this was the running gag on stage).

Apache (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 26.08.2016) (c) gehkacken.de)

They provided a very professional set, to the point and with all that rock glamour that you need to inject. Yet again not something that i would be looking out for but happy to savour. The went off and where called back on stage and got the encore going like this:

Great end to Day One of the Get Lost! Fest and little did we know about how many musicians would haunt us back next day and how much fun was to come. But first we needed a cab and a sleep! No, stop: First we needed a final beer and to come to a judgement: What was today’s winner? The majority voted for Sick Horse, as they surprised with not only their own unique sound but also a great set!

Day Two started with a hangover (and me love being super kind in allowing extra sleep) and a boat trip in the bright sunshine on the famous MS Hedi, Hamburgs own punk rock party boat. It hold like 75 people and the band basically needs to play between the audience and needs to balance the waves.

We where greeted by a new joiner, Marcel of Gummopunx fame came over from Amsterdamned and joined the Get Lost! fun. And we where greeted with the first déjà-vu:

GET LOST! FEST CRUISE SHIP

GET LOST! FEST CRUISE SHIP

Setting up and checking the sound where Slick!, Glam punk rock’n’roll from Oakland, who sported very familiar faces: It was drums, bass und guitar from Apache. So half way we had an expectation on sound and where not disappointed.

Slick! (Get Lost! Fest IV Boat Trip, Hamburg, 27.08.2016) (c) gehkacken.de)

The played an energetic set in rather wild waters and whilst that sturdy bass and the versed drum stood their ground their young axe by the name of Nick Slick had to bite down some sea sickness. He also stood his ground until they end of the set, red in the face and not really looking good. But he stood his ground. And then climbed on the bass amp, that was tied down so not to move, and threw up overboard. A couple of times. Hardship of rock’n’roll stardom i’d say and i guess a „first“ in his life!

After a quick refresh stop at the harbour to replenish the beer supplies (it was damn hot) we set sail for the 2nd trip and were still accompanied by poor Nick, who managed to miss the opportunity to get off. And had to endure more sickness though. Poor Nick! But his girlfriend took good care of poor Nick, providing coke & water sips to cure the upset stomach.

The „stage“ was taken by The Yum-Yums from Norway, our best loved bubblegum ramonescore friends, who graced Hamburg just a couple of months ago at the Monkeys.

The Yum-Yums (Get Lost! Fest IV Boat Trip, Hamburg, 27.08.2016) (c) gehkacken.de)

They had fun too and provided even more fun to the audience. And smiles. And then some more.

Yes, they don’t want male record collectors standing in front of them, they want the beautiful tall blonde to come forward. But even that stop in the middle of the song and all the bagging did not get her forward – i fear that Yum-Yum needs to slim down a wee bit to be able to chat her up!

The Yum-Yums though where lucky, whilst Slick! needed to sustain the troubled water of the river Elbe this time round the captain took the scenic tour through the inner Harbour and through some locks, so the water was calm and the boat people had maximum fun. And those Norwegians are just happy people and they make people happy – a great set despite issues with vocal volume and broken stuff and strings.

We de-boarded and strolled to the Kogge (pub and rock’n’roll hotel on the harbour side) and had beer and other refreshing juice.

The Get Lost! connoisseurs at the Kogge! (Thanks to Uli for the pic (c) gehkacken.de)
The Get Lost! connoisseurs at the Kogge! (Thanks to Ulli for the pic (c) gehkacken.de)

And as it was early and everybody needed something into the belly we took residence at Man Wah thanks to our catering adviser Luke. His own choice of menu though was bad (not so much the fact he had tea instead of beer but the tofu plus pak-choi was rather tasteless by all means) but nothing that could not be healed with some more beers later.

Finest Cantonese Cuisne since 1977: Man Wah
Finest Cantonese Cuisne since 1977: Man Wah

And from the Man Wah it was a pleasant after dinner walk down to the Hafenklang, just in time for the 2nd night of the proms.

Get Lost! Fest 4 - Day Two Rooster ( (c) gehkacken.de)
Get Lost! Fest 4 – Day Two Rooster ( (c) gehkacken.de)

And for the starting duo it was a real outsch: The brightest of sunshine outside and only a handful of people upstairs.

Johnny Notebook (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 27.08.2016 (c) gehkacken.de)
Johnny Notebook (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 27.08.2016 (c) gehkacken.de)

They do electro punk and they do it … ehhh … no clue. All i could make out was that there was too little interaction with the (non existing) crowd and that the half-playback (by the nature of the mu-sick-al style) was just not aggressive enough. Would i buy their 10″? Nope, sorry.

Next Bad Sports and they took us from electro way back to electric punk rock as in a proper band with drums, electrical bass and an electrical guitar. And they took the stage with some drive:

Good stuff but seriously impacted by a bad sound. There where constant problems with some low frequency resonance or feedback and the volume of the vocals also was just not where the band wanted it. I’d say rightfully they appeared to be pissed with the girl that handled the sound and where not short of even providing some direct non-verbal feedback from the stage.

Bad Sports (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 27.08.2016) (c) gehkacken.de)

For me a good set and if they would have a perfect sound than for sure they are a major force – they can blast a room away for sure. But today and on this stage and with these issues it felt not as good as it could be. Damn.

Hank Robot and The Ethnics (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 27.08.2016 (c) gehkacken.de)
Hank Robot and The Ethnics (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 27.08.2016 (c) gehkacken.de)

Upstairs a neat surprise, Hank Robot and The Ethnics from Denmark. They sported a fun mix of Rock-a-billy-going-Punk-a-Billy and a distinct double guitar sound (and a cool stage presence by Henk). They are best described in his own words:

Hank Robot is a tall handsome, blue-eyed sumbitch - a ladies friend, the redneck's enemy. A man who's seen some of the worst things imaginable happen in his own back alley, and a man who's seen some of the most beautiful things happen in his own backyard.

Another one of these typical Get Lost! surprises (at least for me, me single minded old punk fart) og som alt dansk jeg kunne lide det meget!

Next Die Rötzz and a setlist that watered the mouth – 16 songs for 30 minutes sounds like a great number short crisp hits:

Die Rötzz - Setlist (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 27.08.2016)
Die Rötzz – Setlist (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 27.08.2016)

And yet another déjà-vu: Die Rötzz are Sick Thoughts without that juvenile trouble kid. And they blasted the audience away and injected quite some adrenaline into the parts of the male audience: Dancing, fist in the air, bellowing of slogans and feeling young & reckless again … doh!

Die Rötz (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 27.08.2016) (c) gehkacken.de)

For the encore they where joined by the Sick Thoughts singer on drums and their drummer took sole singing duties: A couple of blasts they pinned together during the current tour. Nice ones indeed. But in the end that idiot (let’s agree to call him so) yet again not only trashed a beer bootle (real glass) in the pit in front of the stage during the Die Rötzz songs but also wrecked the drum set and threw himself across in the attempt to down the guitar player.

Idot at Happy Hour ( (c) gehkacken.de)
Idot at Happy Hour ( (c) gehkacken.de)

Pffffft – something is just not right with that kid (and indeed he got a booting off the premises not much later for continued stupid behaviour). But Die Rötzz did provide a hard hitting and dirty hardcore punk set – well done for that.

Upstairs déjà-vu number 4: Big Tits are Apache minus the singer and the 2nd guitar resorting to sing roaming the audience and in a very talkative manner.

Big Tits (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 27.08.2016 (c) gehkacken.de)
Big Tits (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 27.08.2016 (c) gehkacken.de)

I think they got the best entertainment together, as the mu-sick was a perfect backdrop or say, eh, red carpet for his interactions with the crowd and his beloved cocaine dealer (poor Jens was again victim of that running gag). He also branched out in discussing the joy of anal sexual intercourse, threw himself in front of people to lick their shoes and was just a great entertainer.

By now some of the good folks in the audience where tired but eager to see the two main headliners of the Get Lost! Fest IV – them Brats and Radioactivity. First on where the Neighborhood Brats and they stormed into their set like this:

First surprise: Jenny Angelillo has changed visual style towartds short blonde hair and a general „all american girl“ style. And i do not exaggerate when i mention that one half of (older) male audience fell in love with her right there and from the spot. What people might miss is that this is just her – did you know what she has been doing for a living?

I toured in bands for the majority of my 20’s and continue to do so today at 34 years old. I’ve made a “career” out of it although I’m still waiting for punk rock to pay the bills. 

I went to college, got a degree in Graphic Design from Loyola Marymount and I even have a MFA in Fine Art from Otis College of Art and Design. On paper I studied photography in Grad School but I was touring consistently throughout my 2 year program and made the majority of my work on the road. 

My MFA thesis paper was entitled “Rock and Roll Ruined My Life” and for my final thesis project I just had my band set up in the gallery and we played a show.

I’ve had a pretty interesting life and done lots of weird random jobs. I worked for the son of Vivienne W and Malcolm M at Agent Provocateur. I had a radio show on KXLU for years (I’m the legendary DJ Jenny Quitter). I’m a licensed asthetician (I also went to beauty school) and worked at a waxing salon where I just gave women Brazilian waxes for 8 hours a day. I was a unionised co-op owner of a peep show in San Francisco and was a dancer at the legendary Lusty Lady Theater.

(wanna read more - go here)

Neighborhood Brats (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 27.08.2016) (c) gehkacken.de)

Them Brats gave a tight and full set and Jenny was no short of giving the audience a genuine smile and some twink-twink with the eye (and generally looking good indeed). Sometime they speeded up a wee bit too much for my liking but that might just be me. Great stuff, great entertainment!

nb: Why am i not surprised for Jenny also making that statement re. Germany in the same open letter?

I slept in many weird beds including a cum stained college kids sticky sheets and crumbled up tissue’s bed in Kalamazoo Michigan. I got into fights over sexuality and feminism with Germans.

And off she went from stage into the merch both and continued to brighten the dark club with her smile (nope, i did not fall in love with her, i fell in love with a different woman with short blonde hair and a bright smile on 01.04.1992 at 08:52 and have married her in May 2000).

After that set almost all of the audience went outside for fresh air and a beer and then rushed in to see The Marked … ähem, Radioactivity. And there was the final déjà-vu: One of the ex-Market Men guys in Radioactivity could not make it so Jeff Burke paired up with Bad Sports (who anyway are 2/4th of Radioactivity) to have a full band on stage. And they stormed into a set full of hits like this:

Some said „… did they just play a Marked Men song?“ but that ain’t fair – whilst it comes obviously from the same drawer it has it’s own unique sound and it’s own perfection. And that’s what it is to me: Just puuuurfect!

And with respect to perfect note Jeff is one of them:

”He admits to being something of a perfectionist, which is due partly to being his own worst critic and partly to his home studio setup. “It takes me a long time to be happy with particular things about recording,” he explains. “Usually, it just has to do with my own playing and my own performance; everyone else always nails stuff, [but] I can probably always find something wrong with something I did. We recorded at the studio at my house, so I have the ability to keep redoing things if I want to, but that gets in the way and it takes longer to get things done.” 
(Quote from a 2015 Interview in New Noise Magazine)

Now please get their records! You! Now! Get ‚em!

Radioactivity (Hafenklang, Hamburg, 27.08.2016) (c) gehkacken.de)

And whilst the final whistle was not blown yet i for my humble self decided that is was Radioactivity who where the winner, but only by a short margin ahead of Sick Horse.

And once they left the stage and retreated backstage none of the audience left the room. And begged. And stayed. And got some encore though Jeff complained that Jens did not pay for an encore. And with the Bad Sports guy singing they stormed into two more songs and left the audience battered, sweaty and ready to take on the world (or the sheets of the bed at home).

Me mates keep pestering me to join the pilgrimage to Blackpool for Rebellion and i always deny that with a reasoning of „i do not like festivals“. The Get Lost! Festival year-on-year seems to prove me wrong and i am happy to admit that. For that thing. Only. Great stuff made possible by the great and good folks at The Hafenklang and at Wild Wax Shows! FANX! And similar to all the bands that come from far and further to provide maximum joy on a shoestring budget!

PS: I have asked around in my group of Get Lost! connoisseurs what they liked and not liked etc – here are some few choice words:

Get Lost! for me means that i can see a lot of (at least to me) unknown bands and most of them i come out digging! The atmosphere is great and the movements between up/down take away annoying waiting time for setting stage etc. Finally the after show party at Goldener Salon is always a burner with loads of nice people and loads of the musicians.

My biggest positive surprise was Slick! That the seasick singer did manage to get his set done - hats of! There was no disappointment but only great joy - and the greatest joy was The Yum-Yums: A good mood & sunshine band fitting the sunny weather in Hamburg!

Ulli (Female, 48)
What was my biggest surprise? As always, it's the real deal! My biggest disappointment? I was not disappointed - just by my looks (i managed to shred my face on the asphalt after the pre-party on Thursday). What is GL!F for me? Cool venues, cool atmosphere, cool people and (sometimes!) cool music - in a nutshell good, good times - even with a damaged face!

Thomas (Male, 53)
Biggest surprise? That Crypt-Dirk did not sell records! Biggest disappointment? That Crypt-Dirk did not sell records! Why GL!F? An annual highlight were you see more than the obvious faces, hear more than the obvious sounds and see more than the obvious shows!

Boffer (Male, doesn't matter)
There where no big surprises nor disappointments - those bands expected to be great where great and those not i did let go. The best at GL!F is to see new bands not expected, the mixed and partly out of town audience and notably the perfect organisation and the seamless flow!
But i want The Kids and The Hex Dispensers back plus maybe The Nomads and - even better - Rocket from the Crypt as head-headliner!

Frosch (Male, 54)
The only item i was disappointed with was myself - i did follow Luke's meal suggestion and was disappointed by a tasteless tofu/pak-choi something. Stupid me!

Benjamin (Male, 23)
Biggest surprise: Sick Horse (where is the 7"?)! Biggest disappointment: Audience and Hafenklang too nice to D D Owen (should have gotten a proper Hamburg "Jackvoll" - people have been tarred and feathered for less)! GL!F to me is the annual surprise that i actually can sustain a festival (if the setting is @home and the flow as smooth and professional as during GL!F). Extra bonus: Get to see bands my ignorant and single-minded music tastes normally would pass by ... class event!

DOS (Male, 52)