Archive for April, 2012

Ten reasons to like David Bowie even if you hate his music #4

Posted in David Bowie with tags , , , , , on April 28, 2012 by Jagged Visions

So you might hate Bowie, still you should at least respect him for one thing his friendship with Iggy Pop! It was his David Bowie who got him from several times from the gutter in the 70-ties to save him from an early junkie dead and revive his career. So without Bowie you would have seen this shit hot Stooges reunion shows and all these great Iggy Pop solo records. Face it, even if you don’t like his music, Bowie is the Man! Iggy Pop himself is also hero!

Bowie liked the Stooges and he met Pop for the first time in early seventies in New York. The rock star Ziggy Stardust was based on Iggy Pop, who according Bowie represented the wild side of existentialist America. So it was Bowie who got the band in 1973 together to record their third album “Raw Power“. Iggy Pop says about this himself “Very few people recognized the quality of the Stooges’ songwriting, it was really meticulous. And to his credit, the only person I’d ever known of in print to notice it, among my peers of professional musicians, was Bowie. He noticed it right off.” Bowie is also credited as the producer of Raw Power. Although according to the story he only had 3 tracks of the 24  to mix. So the only thing he could do is to turn up to volume of the guitar and vocal up and down and to put some echo on the guitar.

Unfortunately the album never really got off and The Stooges disbanded again a year after the release. Pop worked for a while on a  Bowie tour through the US, but drug problems made him leave. He became a heroin addict and checked himself into a psychiatric hospital in LA where Bowie foudn him in 1976. Bowie got him out took him as companion on the “Station to Station” tour and later they moved to Berlin, where they both had a really creative period inspired by drugs, parties and Berlin. Iggy Pop recorded “The Idiot” and “Lust For Life”, especially on the “The Idiot”  Bowie contributed a lot of songwriting. Vice verse on “Low” Iggy Pop is doing backing vocals. A true creative collaboration. China Girl, Night Clubbing, Funtime, Lust For Live, The Passenger…

Check out this great interview with Pop and Bowie in an American talkshow:

Bowie also played piano on “The Idiot” tour. Check here Funtime live:

documentary on bowie and pop

Bowie and Pop dressed up

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The Process Zine #3

Posted in Zinestars with tags , , , on April 10, 2012 by Jagged Visions

Through a trade with Michal, the maker of the zine, I got the Process  Zine of Final Judgement from Poland. The hc zine is dedicated to Satanism and in particular to the Proces Church of the Final Judgement.

The zine starts with an interview with the Polish tuff guy band Bloodstained. They seem to be nice guys, but I never would be interested to buy their record. Also an interview with Harms Way who also seem to be nice guys and I would be a bit more interested to listen to their stuff. Definitely would check them out if they would do a show in my town. Anyway these interviews seem to be there, because Michal has his roots in hc punk. The thing he really wants to talk about is about Satanism and he tries to bring that up in the interviews, but the bands have not too much to say on this topic.

Hans Verbeke of Liar has surprisingly a lot to tell on Satanism. Liar was one of my favorite H8000 bands. I always more affiliated them with animal rights than the church of Satan. So it was interesting to hear Hans in this interview explain his interest in Satanism. Lately he became the new singer of Holy Terror band Rot In Hell, which he also talks about. Good interview!

The zine also contains several columns and texts on Satanism. “The 11 satanic rules of the earth” by Anton Szandor Lavey himself which is printed in the zine with an explanation are bullshit to me. Too much of a punk for that shit. I don’t want any rules, especially not like “do not give advice unless you are asked” or “do not make sexual advances unless you are given the mating signal”. I’m interested in how LaVey is influenced by Nietzsche and gnostics, but all these crappy symbols, codes, rituals and the idea of establishing a church as an organization is too authorial for me, even if they preach individualism. LaVey also seems a bit too much of a poser too me. He might be an intelligent and nice guy, it just doesn’t attract me.

The Process Church of Final Judgement that is of another level. More the real deal to me, although I’m not that interested in their theology, the story of Process Church, like a story of humanity, is really fascinating. The Process church started in late 60-ties in London as spiritual groups around Marry Anne and Robert DeGrimston doing psychotherapy and within years the group moved to Mexico to live in a commune. A book on Process Church, which this zine also refers to, was released in 2009 and I still want to read that book, which is written by an insider of the early Process church. In the zine also a piece of writing by Robert DeGrimston himself is printed, which is not too interesting for me. I’m more interested in the psychotherapy techniques the group used, undergoing them yourself even would probably be more insightful than reading hundreds of books about the church.

There is also a cool column in the zine on why metal shows suck. He complains about the fact that metal kids use satanic symbols, but don’t refer to sources of satanism. Yeah, a lot metal kids are just  long-haired beer drinking guys with dark evil t-shirts with reverted crosses playing Diablo and read Tolkien. Like in a lot of scenes there is a lot of emphasis on looks, just like punk and hardcore I believe. I mean how many punks with anarchy signs really read Bakunin? Still I agree with him too much fake Satanists in metal. And metal shows often are boring, but then just don’t go!

Great zine, especially if you are into Process Church. You can order it from Michal and I also have some copies available if you are interested. Just drop me a  mail.

Charles Manson Interview

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on April 6, 2012 by Jagged Visions

I wanted to buy the new LP buy by Aaron Dilloway, which unfortunately already was sold out. So I was strolling around a bit into the catalogue of Hanson records and ended up in the zine section. Here I found a reprint of zine made by Robert Turman which contained the transcript of a legendary interview Tom Snyder did with Charles Manson in 1981. I was listening too much Integrity lately, so Charles Manson was somehow morphed into my head. Thanks god to internet the interview of course is also available on youtube. Tommy Snyder only seems to be interested in Manson as a psycho and not really in the interesting things he has to say to. On the other it is not bad and I have to give him the credits of doing the interview. Can you imagine a famous late night talk show host doing this in 2012?

First part manson explaining why he cut of hitman’s ear and about Helter Skelter, “It was a song that people sang“.

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He shows a lot of anger at the start of the video, like a real animal. His Jesus joke is good, he has good sense of humour. although it seems Tommy doesn’t really get it.

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Asked about being in prison

“Well, we’re our own prisons. We each our own wardens and we do our own times. We get stuck in our own little trips and we kind of judge ourselves the way we do.”

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Manson on drugs, children and his music: “but the way I do it, ain’t the same way you guys do it. And the way I do it scares you guys.” and “there’s only one person that you could be scared of and that is yourself”. Then his comments on woman are bit downgrading..

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This part starts contains interview with Nuel Emmons, who helped Manson writing sort of a biography.

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Last part of the interview. Killer quote “Sometimes I feel scared to live. Living is what scares me. Dying is easy. Getting up everyday and going through this again and again is hard”

What to say about Manson? He is quite an intelligent guy, who talks a lot of paranoid nonsense and sometimes he is really nailing things down fucking right. He is a smart guy who sometimes seems to be playing with Mr Snyder and at other parts acts like a child. Interesting video though and like he says himself if you are afraid of Charles Manson, you are afraid of something in your own mind.

Manson still in prison, is now 77 years old, you can read his letters at mansondirect.com The bastard turns 78 at 12 November.

Happy Easter!

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