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Sunday, October 26, 2014

V.A : Girls Rewrite Rock 1997


This is a compilation of Greek Rock bands , all with female vocals ,and was published with the Greek Rock magazine " Voice " in 1997.
This CD was not for sale in the music stores .

Various : Girls Re-Write Rock
Label : Voice (3)– Voice 002
Format : CD, Compilation
Country : Greece
Released : 1997
Genre : Rock
Style : Electro, Indie Rock, Dark Wave. Post Punk

BANDS and TRACKS


01. Sonar Blips : Wherever you are
02. Sound Devise : Flowers in your mouth
03. Ding An Sich (feat.Marina) : Comedy
04. Forward Music Quintet : For the wicked
05. This Fluid : Chink
06. Blue Birds Refused To Fly : Alchemy Of Love
07. Ding An Sich (feat.Maria) : Fun
08. Raw : Driven Mad
09. Ding An Sich (feat.Nadia) : Replica
10. Bokomolech : As a game
11. Jack Of All Trades : Heaven
12. Make Believe : Secret
13. Petunia Pig : Broken doll
14. Jack Of All Trades : Time
15. Sea Drunk Whale : June July August
16. Sonar Blips : Coincidence
17. Petunia Pig : Prisoner and Judge


SONAR BLIPS 


Sonar Blips was a short lived band from Athens that was formed in the late 80’s.
Most of the members of the band, like the guitar player Nikos Levantis and the bass player George “Rakos” Kagialedakis were former members of several Greek punk rock and new wave bands during the 80’s that had no releases.

Sonar Blips’s sound was refreshing for the Greek underground scene and that is the main reason why they pretty soon were on heavy radio rotation.
Their music could be categorised as pop/new wave in the spirit of the English bands of the late 80’s/early 90’s, like the Happy Mondays, Soup Dragons, Inspiral Carpets, Stone Roses and others.
The band released a same titled vinyl album in 1991 by Wipe out Records and soon their track "Coincidence" became a radio hit.  


DING AN SICH


First Chapter (1987 - 1991)

Ding An Sich was formed in 1987 in Athens - Greece. Their first formation included: Nick Sarikostas - bass , George Polizos - drums , Takis Merekos - voice , and a guitarist whose name is forgotten. He was replaced by Dimitris Papalakis just a while before the recordings for the first single were about to start.

In 1989 a 7 inch single named And / Wandering was released. In 1990 Vagelis Bekonopoulos joined the group as keyboardist. During that period, the guitarist Tasos Nomikos , replaced D. Papalakis. From 1988 until 1991, the band recorded the tracks which formed their first complete work named Old As Forever.New As Tomorrow. During this period, they performed some live shows too… the most remarkable of which are with Paul Roland and The Damned.

Second Chapter (1993 - 1996)

This period is distinguished for the substantial changes as far as the formation is concerned, but also their direction. Ding An Sich sustain as studio project only. The trinity consists of: Maria Batistatou - voices , George Ginis - Various / Effects , Nick Sarikostas - Programming / Keyboards , Some good friends of the band, offered a helping hand, and the album The Wanderer & His Shadow was released at the dawn of 1996.

Third Chapter ( 1996 - 2004)

Starting point of this period could be regarded any year after 1996.


FORWARD MUSIC QUINTET


Greek New Wave/Darkwave band.
Formed in 1981 by two members of Παρθενογένεσις (Parthenogenesis), George Makridis (bass) and Takis Polichronopoulos (vocals). Members were also Natassa Streuberg (keyboards), Elle (guitar and vocals) and Nick (drums).
In Septemeber 1982, they supported New Order at their concert in Athens. Within the same year they toured with T.V.C.in 10 Greek cities.


THIS FLUID


This fluid were formed in 1995 by Spyros Faros (composer, musician, performer), Makis Faros (visual artist, director, musician) and Anna Maratou (music therapist, musician). This line up of the group released ‘Flud’ a CD/2lp in 1997 and created stage performances of their music at Fournos Theater and elsewhere. The next releases were the ep ‘spiral’ (1999) and the cd ‘lips like poppy’ (2000), with a new line up that included Nicoleta Chatzopoulou (musician, composer) and Panagiotis Tsagkas (musician, director of photography). In parallel to producing and releasing music, they create music for modern dance productions.

In 2008-9 the group, whose dynamically shifting membership (the only constants members being Spyros and Makis Faros) now included Thanos Vavaroutas / Housework (musician, composer), releases the CD ‘heartbreak hotel’.
They also participate in the art exhibit ‘the portrait of museum’ at Averof art museum in Metsovo, with the sound instalation ‘For 3 days I was walking’ and create the sound environment for Nefeli Kontarini’s ‘2 eyes only’ art exhibit on all floors of the Benaki Museum of Islamic Art.

BLUE BIRDS REFUSE TO FLY



Members :
Eva K., George Dedes, George Priniotakis, Kyriakos Poursanides

Blue Birds Refuse To Fly was originally a song by Wasteland, a greek indie band in which both Kyriakos P. participated (as keyboard player and lead vocalist - guitar player respectively) from 1989 to 1998. The band split up in ‘98 and Kyriakos P. chose this song to be the name of his personal music journey.
Hailing from Greece, this band got their start a few years ago original as the solo project of Kyriako P, but was joined by vocalist Eva K. and George P. for a solid, futurepop band. Their sound shows the fresh direction of this band with Eva's siren-like vocals leading the way over a tapestry of solid, pounding elctronic music. Their albums are presented with cool artwork.

BOKOMOLECH



Alternative Rock band formed in 1991 in Athens, Greece.
Their name is a misspelling of the name of Ukrainian physiciologist Alexander A. Bogomoletz (1881-1946) who made research on the prolongation of life, producing also a serum of the same name.

On 13/7/1996 they performed live at 'Rock Of Gods' (Pireaus) along with 'Violent Femmes', 'Jesus And Mary Chain, The', 'Paradise Lost', 'Dead Moon' & 'Bad Religion'.
On 16/7/1998 they performed at 'Rockwave Festival' (Pireaus) along with 'Pulp', 'Sonic Youth', 'Closer (2)', 'Puressence' & 'Τα Ξύλινα Σπαθιά'.
They performed live at Indie Free Festival (Athens) in 1992, 1993 & 2010.

JACK OF ALL TRADES



"Jack Of All Trades" was a greek undergound psychedelic rock group.
They released a self-titled mini-album in 1990 and an album in 1995, titled "just Before unfair Loss".
They were in existence for almost a decade (mid-80's to mid-90's) and disbanded unexpectably, because of the death of Panagiotis Kiritsis (guitarist) in a car accident.
Members:
Άγης Γράβαρης, Βίκυ Βαρύτη, Ηλίας Πορτοκαλάκης, Μάριος Πεφτίτσης, Νίκος Βαρύτης, Παναγιώτης Κυρίτσης


MAKE  BELIEVE


Alternative Rock band from Athens, Greece.
On 12/12/1992 they performed live at Steki F.L.S. (Thessaloniki) along with 'Honeydive'.
They disbanded in 2000.
On 10/5/2012 they reformed for a benefit gig at Τώρα K44 (Athens), where they performed along with 'Three Way Plane' & '45Rats'.

Members:
Vocals & lyrics: Flora Ioannidi
Guitar: Tasos Nikogiannis (1991-1993), Diamantis Kazouris (1993-2000)
Bass: Yiannis Velis
Drums: Takis Koulis (1991-1997), Giorgos Apostolou (1997 - 2000)

PETUNIA PIG


Punk Rock band formed in 1988 in Patra, Greece.
They self-released a demo cassette in 1990.
They disbanded in 1992.
The “Petunia Pig” began as a four-woman band in late 1988 in Patras. The founding members were the voice of Cherry, Ada bass, guitar and Ioanna Litsa drums. Shortly afterwards came the drums Nick Pispiris (ex “Wicker Carrot”, “SS Party”, “‘vision zero”) and the band began work on his own pieces. In ‘91 they recorded and released a demo tape with ten songs.

That same year involved with the song “A Dream So Grey” in eftaintsi collection “Fragmenta II” of the fanzine “Shadows B-23” and the song “The End” in kasetosyllogi of “Radio Utopia” titled “You Ain ’ t Got No Friends No More “. The ‘91 departed Joanna and location of the band got Costas Vassilakis. The band continued in this composition by dissolution, one year later. Before disbanding had stopped playing and moved into shops in a clean diy ideological background. In ‘97, he released the second edition of the magazine “Voice”, a collection of “Girls Re-write Rock” with two pieces of “Petunia Pig”, the “Broken Doll” and “Prisoner And Judge”.

After the dissolution Costas Pispiri built with the “Madonna’s Cant” and later “No Logo”. The Cherry played bass on “Shit Hit The Fan” and later found to sing the “Pop In Noise”.

SEA  DRUNK  WHALE

Sea DrunkWhale (alias Sea Drunk Whale) was a short lived pop group of Athens, Greece. Band formed in 1994 and split in 1998. The band’s lineup consisted of Joseph B. (guitar, keyboards, vocals), Helen K. (vocals, percussion) and Harris A. (drums, percussion). They released three songs in three magazine music compilations (Audio, Voice and Lemon) in 1997. Band’s main influences were punk, dub, UK guitar pop, world music and 80’s electrosynth music.

Flac Part 2 Size : 233 MB

You can find more info , on " Fear Condition " , a brother Blog with " Urban Aspirines " .
HERE

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Barclay James Harvest : Baby James Harvest 1972


The group was formed in September of 1966 in Oldham, Lancashire. Lees and Wolstenholme were classmates who played together in a band called the Blues Keepers; that group soon merged with a band called the Wickeds, which included Holroyd and Pritchard.
They became Barclay James Harvest in June of 1967 and began rehearsing at an 18th century farmhouse in Lancashire.

The psychedelic era was in full swing, and the era of progressive rock about to begin -- the Moody Blues, in particular, were beginning to cut an international swathe across the music world. BJH cut a series of demos
In April they issued their first single, a folky, faux-classical song called "Early Morning." The group got caught up a year later in a corporate change at EMI, and it was decided to move the more progressive-sounding groups on the label onto a new label, coincidentally named Harvest. Their first release on the new label was the single "Brother Thrush."

The band recorded two more albums for Harvest,"Short Stories" (1971) and 'Baby James Harvest" (1972), and spent much of 1972 on the road, including an unsuccessful tour of the U.S. They also released a pair of singles, "When the City Sleeps" and "Breathless," under the pseudonym "Bombadil" (a name taken from a J.R.R. Tolkien short story), all to no avail. 1973 saw them part company with EMI after one last single, "Rock and Roll Woman."

It seemed at first as though BJH was locked once again into a cycle of failure. Finally, in late 1974, their double-album "Barclay James Harvest Live" broke through to the public -- the group was rewarded with a Top 40 placement in England and more sales activity on the European continent than they'd previously seen.

A year later, "Octoberon" reached the Top 20.
In 1977, they released "Gone to Earth", their most accomplished album to date, and by the end of the year the group found themselves playing to arena-sized audiences.
Their 1979 album "Eyes of the Universe" was a modest hit in England, but its release marked a flashpoint in Barclay James Harvest's career in continental Europe, especially Germany; on August 30, 1980, the band performed a free concert in front of nearly 200,000 people at the Reichstag in Berlin, which was filmed and recorded. A subsequent live album, Concert for the People, became the group's biggest-selling album in England, rising to number 15 in 1982.
"Turn of the Tide" (1981) and "Ring of Changes" (1983) were less successful, although the latter did spawn their last charting single, "Just a Day Away." Their subsequent Polydor albums, Victims of Circumstance, Face to Face, and Welcome to the Show, charted ever lower in England, even as the group's popularity grew in Europe. In 1988, they released a new live album, "Glasnost", cut at a concert in East Berlin.The group marked the 25th anniversary with a concert in Liverpool, and toured to support a British Polydor compilation, "The Best of Barclay James Harvest".
(all music)

TRACKS

01. Crazy Over (You)
Written-By – Les Holroyd  4:17
02. Delph Town Morn
Written-By – John Lee  4:48
03. Summer Soldier
Written-By – John Lees  10:27
04. Thank You
Written-By – John Lees  4:23
05. One Hundred Thousand Smiles Out
Written-By – Les Holroyd  6:04
06. Moonwater
Written-By – Woolly Wolstenholm  7:30

    Bonus Tracks

07. Child Of Man
Written-By – John Lees  3:21
08. I'm Over You
Written-By – John Lees  3:52
09. When The City Sleeps
Written-By – Lester Forest  4:15
10. Breathless
Written-By – Terry Bull   3:08
11. Thank You (Alternative Version) - Previously Unreleased
Written-By – John Lees  4:27
12. Medicine Man (Single Version)
Written-By – John Lees  4:29
13. Rock And Roll Woman
Written-By – Les Holroyd  3:17
14. The Joker
Written-By – John Lees, Les Holroyd  3:32
15. Child Of Man (BBC Session 15th March 1972) - Previously Unreleased
Written-By – John Lees  3:36
16. Moonwater (2002 Remix) - Previously Unreleased
Written-By – Woolly Wolstenholme  7:20



SUMMER SOLDIER LYRICS

I feel sorry for the soldier who is shot and stoned in anger
I feel sorry for his wife and child at home
I feel sorry for the bomber who all life and limb dishonours
For the people that he's maimed and left alone
The Lord God said love thy neighbour
Though in human life he trades, he's still a man
I feel sorry for the children who with open mind are willing
To fight for ideals aged and past their time
I feel sorry for the children who will join the vicious circle
Of instinct fear bred from their parents' minds
The Lord God said love thy neighbour
Break the circle, free the hater, call him a friend

Wake up, wake up, there's a man by your side
With a knife and a gun in each hand
Wake up, wake up, you're one and the same
It's time to stop and decide

Label:Harvest – 07243 538408 2 2, EMI – 07243 538408 2 2
Format:CD,Remastered
Country:UK
Released:27 May 2002
Genre:Rock
Style:Prog Rock, Symphonic Rock


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Γουστάρω Να Είμαι Βλάκας !

Βλέπω το πρωτογενές πλεόνασμα . Τρέχει από τα μπατζάκια μου .
Ο Σαμαράς σκίζει μνημόνια κάθε μέρα . Μου σκίζει τον πάτο !
Περνάω καλά ! Ψηφίζω καλά .
Είμαι όμορφος ΕΛΛΗΝΑΣ !
Στη βουλή τους μου τα χώνουν και γουστάρω . Επιλογή μου είναι .
Και τους Χρυσαυγίτες θα κάνω Κομματάρα , ( Αυτά τα Σκατά ) μέσα στο μπουρδέλο που επέλεξα να με κυβερνά .

Είμαι όμορφος ΕΛΛΗΝΑΣ !
Είμαι στον καναπέ και βλέπω τις ειδήσεις παρέα με τον Πρετεντέρη . Είμαι καλά ! Μου πλένουν το μυαλό , αποχαυνώνομαι , αυνανίζομαι στα τσοντοσάιντς του "You Porn " , δε διαβάζω βιβλία , δε γνωρίζω τον Ελύτη , ο Καβάφης μάλλον έγραψε έναν τσελεμεντέ για Gay Συνταγές Μαγειρικής .

Είμαι όμορφος ΕΛΛΗΝΑΣ.!
Κοιμάμαι . Κάνω Like σε κάθε κλαπαρχιδιά στο Facebook που πλένει το ηλίθιο μυαλό μου . 
Ξανά Like . 

Είμαι όμορφος ΕΛΛΗΝΑΣ ! 
Γουστάρω να είμαι Βλάκας ! Να ξυπνάω και να κοιμάμαι με ένα κινητό στο χέρι σερφάροντας στο Facebook που με φακελώνει . Θα ψηφίσω και στις επόμενες εκλογές . Θα ψηφίσω πάλι αυτούς που τόοοοοοοοοσα χρόνια αγαπάω . Δεν μιλάω για αντιπολίτευση . Χεσμένη την έχω 

Είμαι όμορφος ΕΛΛΗΝΑΣ ..

( Λέξεις :  Κωστακης  Urban Aspirines )

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Villa 21 : Electric Poison 1987




















Villa 21 – Electric Poison
Label: Wipe Out! Records – WOR 007
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: Greece
Released: 1987
Genre: Rock
Style: Garage Rock, Psychedelic Rock [discogs]

Listen: flac [oboom]  here  size : 296 MB
           flac [Zippy]  Part 1    Part 2
           mp3 @ 320  here size : 109 MB

 This is one of the greatest bands made in Greece...
Αt the end of 1981 Kostas Pothoulakis (former member of " Parthenogenesis " ) and Adda Labara formed Villa 21.
The punk and the new wave experience of pothoulakis in "Parthenogenesis" and "The Reporters " along with the music influences of the rest of band's members created the final sound of Villa 21.
Their first appearrance was at "Sofita" club in 1982.
In 1984 supported Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and in 1987 "Membranes" and "Wipers".
At Creep Records released their first single (1982) called "villa 21", also the single "move" (1983) and on the same year the Lp "A Ghost On The Move".


Also participated in "World Class Punk" tape compilation of "Roir records" . They released some more records but they changed gradually their music style to garage punk. The band disbanted in 1991.
In 1993 Kostas Pothoulakis was killed in a car accident.




















Tracklist

Poison A
A1 Bad Luck    
A2 Future Survivors
A3 Sentimental Trip    
A4 Tombstone Blues  

 



Poison B
B1 (The Land Where The) Sun Never Shines    
B2 Blackout Baby    
B3 I Wanna Be Your Dog
B4 Bottomless Well    

Credits
Lead Vocals, Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar – Costas " Fever" Pothulakis
Bass – Andreas Papadopoulos
Drums – Babis Dallidis
Rhythm Guitar – Adda Labara
Music By – Villa 21 (tracks: A1 to B2, B4)
Engineer, Mixed By – Chris Snake
Executive-producer – Greggy V., Teo Kritharis
Lyrics By – Fever (tracks: A1 to B2, B4)
Management – John Itchoubick
Photography By [Inner Cover Photo] – P.S.
Producer, Arranged By, Sleeve [Concept] – Villa 21




This post is dedicated to our friend Adda Labara

Saturday, September 06, 2014

ΣΥΝΟΡΑ

 

ΚΛΕΙΣΤΕ ΤΙΣ ΠΟΡΤΕΣ

Η νύχτα ξεσπαθώνει ,
οικοδέσποινα στο στειρωμένο , μωρό Νου
κάταχνο της ποίησης σύννεφο υφαίνει .

Κανείς δεν ανασαίνει .

Μονάχα μία θέα από πνιγμένα στόματα .
Μονάχα μιά βοή από μανιασμένα ποδοβολητά - Σκέψεις .
Και ... οι στίχοι σαλεύουν ορθωμένοι
στους ξέφρενους χορούς μιάς άδηλης φωτιάς .

ΚΛΕΙΣΤΕ ΤΙΣ ΠΟΡΤΕΣ 

Στις θερισμένες στιγμές της πυκνότερης ομίχλης .
Εκείνης που τις αναμνήσεις μας καλύπτει .
Στα καρφωμένα βλέμματα των αδαών
στη σήψη των κουρασμένων εραστών
στη μονοτονία κεραυνόπληκτων μουρμουρητών .

Ο φόβος για το μέλλον τσακίζεται
στην κορυφή της μυστικής πυραμίδας
στεγάζοντας με ημέρες παράξενες
τους έξαλλους κόσμους της παραφροσύνης μας .

ΚΛΕΙΣΤΕ ΤΙΣ ΠΟΡΤΕΣ 


Στην πλήρη άγνοια
από τις αστέρινες αβύσσους που τη γύμνια μας ενδύδουν .

Στον ήχο από τις γρεμμισμένες επιμονές .
Στους κληρονόμους των αρχαίων θεμελίων .
Στους Δαίμονες μιας ψιθυριστής φήμης .

 

ΚΛΕΙΣΤΕ ΤΙΣ ΠΟΡΤΕΣ

Συνεχίστε τις θολωμένες αποκαλύψεις
ξεστομίζοντας τη διαδικασία
αμείωτων συναισθημάτων .

Η Νύχτα κερδίζει ακόμη .

Μπορώ να μπω στα όνειρά σου ;
Δε ζητώ τίποτα .
Μονάχα μία σταγόνα της ψυχής σου να γευθώ .
Λες κι η απαγγελία στο αποκορύφωμά της φθάνει .

Μετά από φτερόκοπο τρέξιμο
τα βράδια αναπαύονται στις λάμψεις σωριασμένων εποχών
πίσω από τα συρρικνωμένα διαστήματα φθοράς και δόξας .

Η Νύχτα κερδίζει ακόμη .

Η σάρκα η γυμνή ματτώνει
και το παλιό βαθύ πηγάδι της ανθρώπινης φρίκης
ξεχειλίζει από κατάρες .

ΚΛΕΙΣΤΕ ΤΙΣ ΠΟΡΤΕΣ  


Πόσες
μα πόσες υποσχέσεις δε θάψαμε
στα παχνογάλαζα βουνά που δεν πιστέψαμε
κολυμπώντας στις ψευδαισθήσεις λιωμένης συνήθειας ;

Στη σκληρή πετρωμένή ισχυρογνωμοσύνη μας
στην πικραμένη αδιαλλαξία
στην άτιμη και άδικη αλαζονεία μας ;

Γυρνά .
Στροβιλίζεται ο χώρος .
Ο χρόνος .
Σε ωοθήκες κοσμικής Γέννεσης
σωριάζει παιχνίδια απόλαυσης για μια στιγμή
... Κι ύστερα χάνεται .


ΚΛΕΙΣΤΕ ΤΙΣ ΠΟΡΤΕΣ  


Το φεγγάρι σπαρταρά πάνω στο θρέμμα των Θεών
στο αναίμακτο βελούδο .
Την υστερία του τη νωχελική
στον Πατέρα Ουρανό καρφώνει  .

Αρρωστημένες ξένες μορφές , κάποτε φίλοι , κολλητοί , γυναίκες , εραστές
τώρα τίποτα , τώρα μια ανάμνηση
γδέρνουν με τρέλα επιληπτική
τον γερασμένο θόλο
μιας πνιγμένης από το δέος περιπλάνησης .

Μία αστροφεγγιά , αστρόφυλλο ψυχής
συστρέφεται , λυσσομανά , αγωνίζεται
γατζώνοντας επώδυνα τις λέξεις που απαραίτητες έγιναν
γιά το ΛΕΞΙΚΟ της γυμνής Ανθρωπότητας .


ΚΛΕΙΣΤΕ ΤΙΣ ΠΟΡΤΕΣ 

Αμφισβητώ το ζαρωμένο σβόλο του χώρου
που με τον χρόνο συνεργάζεται .
Τον πιστεύω όμως .
Συνεργός της ανθρώπινης αδυναμίας είναι .

Κύκλους κάνει .
Σαν αρπακτικό !
Γύρω από τη δύναμή μας .
Με υποταγμένους ρόλους μας προικίζει.
Τα λόγια τα χλωρά φυλάει
και τις εμπειρίες μας επισκέπτεται .
Όφις τρισκατάρατος .



ΚΛΕΙΣΤΕ ΤΙΣ ΠΟΡΤΕΣ

Επικίνδυνες είναι
Την αντοχή μας δοκιμάζουν
σε στιγμές που η θέρμη μας αγωνιά .

...Τόσα λόγια !
...Φυλαγμένα λόγια !
Ποτέ ειπωμένα .
Παράξενο δύναμης μήνυμα .
...Κι όμως !
Ίχνος τους κανένα .

Ένα φιλί μονάχα .
Γλυκό
Κόκκινο
Αναπάντεχο
που Ζωή στον σκόρπιο ουρανό φιλεύει .
Σκιρτάει , τρεμουλιάζει , αγωνιά , θρυμματίζεται
και βλασταίνει ατέρμονη Αγάπη .


ΕΚΛΕΙΣΑΝ ΟΙ ΠΟΡΤΕΣ .

...Μα , αυτό το μικρό κομμάτι Ελεύθερης σκέψης
ΔΙΚΟ ΜΟΥ ΕΙΝΑΙ .
ΔΙΚΟ ΜΟΥ !!!


Σαν πελελή ανάσα τρέχει στη ρυτιδιασμένη Γη
και σφραγίζει εκρήξεις από στίχους .

ΔΙΚΟ ΜΟΥ ΕΙΝΑΙ !!!

ΚΛΕΙΣΤΕ ΤΙΣ ΠΟΡΤΕΣ ΚΑΡΙΟΛΗΔΕΣ !!!

Στίχοι : Κωστάκης ( Urban Aspirines )
Σχέδια :  Vaso Delirium

Friday, August 29, 2014

Tiger Lillies : Special Edition EP - Jazz & Τζαζ 2004


The Tiger Lillies were formed in 1989 and as the decades go by their sound remains one of the most unique and original things one could come across. Martyn Jacques, the band's front man, songwriter and founder, spent most of his twenties in a flat above a brothel in London's Soho, peeping through his window at the buzz of Soho’s lowlife. It took him a good ten years to turn that strange world into art, while training as a singer and songwriter. In 1989 he got his first accordion and The Tiger Lillies were formed shortly after.

With their signature blend of chanson, opera, and Gypsy music, London-based experimental rock trio the Tiger Lillies are difficult to define in one sentence.

Back in the early 90's the avant garde trio stood out immediately for its distinct sound and style and the band quickly worked its way up from London pubs to the Piccadilly Theatre and buskers’ benches to the Sydney Opera House. Soon the The Tiger Lillies were touring the world giving concerts and participating in various art and theatre projects.

The group revels in the bawdy vaudeville traditions of prostitution, opium dens, and the seedy life of the eternal street musician.

A couple of the many highlights in their career were the 2 Olivier Awards they won for the cult hit musical Shockheaded Peter and the Grammy nomination for their album The Gorey End. Within the last two decades
The Tiger Lillies have been doing an average of over 200 gigs a year and despite spending so much time on the road they have managed to also release more than one album a year (total number is somewhere around 35, but who is counting?).

They have participated in numerous shows all over the world, collaborating with artists of all disciplines: from circus performers to Shakespearean actors, experimental dancers to avant garde photographers and burlesque puppeteers to classical music ensembles.

The world of The Tiger Lillies is dark, peculiar and varied, with moments of deep sadness, cruel black humour and immense beauty. This unique "anarchic Brechtian street opera trio" tours the world playing songs about “anything that doesn’t involve beautiful blonde girls and boys running at the meadow” to quote their founder Martyn Jacques. Hence, their songs cover all the dark aspects of life, from prostitution and drug addiction to violence and despair.

Always with a touch of twisted humor and sharp irony The Tiger Lillies “point an implicit accusing finger back at us: what on Earth are we doing, laughing at this stuff?”. Their music is a mixture of pre-war Berlin cabaret, anarchic opera and gypsy music, echoing the voices of Bertolt Brecht and Jacques Brel. The Tiger Lillies shock, amuse and entertain in a postmodern vaudeville way, with their inimitable in-yer-face shows, where no limit should be taken for granted.

http://tigerlillies.com/band

Tracks :
01. Holy Men
02. Danced All Night
03. Bank Robber blues
04. Maria

Published by the Greek magazine " Jazz & Τζαζ " 0037 -2
Their albums are not available in the music shops .
You can find them only in their Web site or at their concerts 


Maria  Lyrics


He picks you up, in his car,
He opens every orifice and scar.
Maria, Maria

He cuts you down, in your prime
You will not wither or decline.
Maria, Maria

He tortures you, he holds you down
He beats you black, blue, green and brown.
Maria, Maria

He murders you, he takes your life
For Satan, Satan, Satan's light.
Maria, Maria
Maria, Maria

He feasts on you from dusk to dawn
His knife your body will transform.
Maria, Maria

Your hair so long, your hair so brown
Now in his evil, in his evil you do drown.
Maria, Maria

He drinks your blood as holy wine,
Now in his evil you decline.
Maria, Maria
Maria, Maria
Maria, Maria

FLAC  :  Size : 131 MB
MP3  @ 320 :  Size : 59,6 MB 

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Echo Tattoo : Room Of Toys 1997

Evi Hasapidou Watson and guitarist Panos K. formed the band at the beginning of the 90s after the sparks flew between them during an audition. "I heard Evi sing" , "I was pretty much blown" away says Panos. Pretty much blown away by Panos guitar and poetry herself, Evi left the band she was in and started singing and composing with Panos.

The duo were soon joined by friends musicians and started playing live and recording their first album for Studio2 an independent Athenian label.
The album was adored by Greek and International psychedelia fans.


The band won first price in the 1996 Scype (song competition of Youth Programs in Europe) competition, hosted in Copenhagen, where bands from all European Union countries participated including the UK and Ireland. Voted by live audiences all around Europe as their favourite band and 'Over' as their favourite song, Echo Tattoo eventually landed a contract with another Athenian label, FM Records.

Their second album "Room of Toys" was recorded in Bath and London UK, produced by Bryan New and released in 1997 in Greece, Belgium, Spain and Holland with AFM FM Records European sub-label and Viva Records (subsidiary of Snuff Garrett Records).

More bio here .

TRACKS

01. Unconditional Luv
02. The Wave
03. Room-o-Toys
04. Fly In The Milk
05. My Wild Love
06. Celini - Artemis - Heckati
07. Lately
08. Look Ma
09. Liquid Bounces
10. Wish