Fellini - Rock Europeu: The first time I heard this song, at the end of the first sixteen bars I was expecting Ian Curtis to start complaining about how empty somethingorother was, but no, he doesn't. Instead I was pleasantly surprised to hear a brazillian guy singinging in Portuguese about (what sounds like) chicks and partying. I guess Fellini could be bitching about post-industrial lonliness, but I can't understand Portuguese so I'm gonna call chicks and partying on this one.
This track came off a 7" split with As Mercenaries, and will be coming out on a full length compilation of classic Brazillian post-punk called The Sexual Life of The Savages, on Soul Jazz Records. I am looking forward to it.
Click here to buy this 7" from Juno.
Click here to visit the Soul Jazz page on this record.
Gang of Four - Damaged Goods: I went to the Gang of Four concert here in Vancouver on Saturday night expecting an okay show. I knew they'd be the Gang of Four, and they'd be playing some Gang of Four songs, and that would be cool. I didn't think they were going to be awesome or anything, just an adequate account of musical history I missed the first time around cause I was only just born the year Entertainment came out. And instead of my parents taking me to see angry post-punk shows I went to Raffi while these guys were originally touring, fair enough though - children don't really get swaggering Brittish lads decrying consumerism. Anyway, like I was saying, I wasn't expecting a whole lot from this lot. But seriously, the Gang of Four were incredible. Jon King had the most British moves I'd ever seen and Andy Gill was all deadpan till he randomly smashed his guitar during some slow song about love. This song, Damaged Goods was originally released as a single in 1978, and then on their debut LP Entertainment! in 1979. And this was what they played for the first encore, finishing the show with I Found That Essence Rare. There are some dates left on the tour, go see them.
05-10 Minneapolis, MN - Quest
05-11 Chicago, IL - Metro
05-12 Chicago, IL - Metro
05-14 Toronto, Ontario - Phoenix
05-16 Boston, MA - Avalon
05-17 New York City, NY - Irving Plaza
05-18 New York City, NY - Irving Plaza
05-20 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
05-21 Philadelphia, PA - TBA
sorry for my lazy vancouveresque writing on this one, I am tired. it's 5:44 AM