Michael Rother Be Solo

A great and rather open interview with Michael Rother in Uncut magazine, exploring his music career, focusing on his time working with Klaus Dinger on Neu! – a rather fractious and strained musical partnership by Rother’s own account, moving on to Harmonia and finally working solo.

It has given me more musical off shoots to explore…

New (Gold) Icon

I’ve done two previous posts I have labelled “icon”. One highlighting a piece of art I did incorporating Sir, and the other, once trying to capture this moment.

I love the way the sunlight filters through the break in the curtains and shines upon the pic. And to think I told this man he isn’t a messiah! (Sorry, Jim! I was an evil cow for saying that 😦 Love you ❤️)

Anyway…I couldn’t title the post “icon” AGAIN…hence the new title.

The first time I made an “icon” titled post, I was trying to capture the point that the sunlight through the break in the curtains reached the centre of the NME cover of Jim and lit up his face “icon style”. You can see from the previous post, I didn’t do that well. It never worked that well. But this morning, the sun was shining and I had my new phone to hand…and well…I took a few snaps and I like the contrast I caught between the first one (which failed in its objective) and the subsequent ones – playing with light levels on the phone’s camera settings. I’m sharing three of these as I like all three and couldn’t decide which one to post. (I posted one version on my FB timeline, another on the SMO visitor wall.)

I just find it a beautiful thing. Gonna have to hope I get a south-east facing bedroom in the new house to have any chance to replicate this. We’ll see…

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How To Buy – Post Punk LLV Magazine Special

Long Live Vinyl magazine is issuing a special run of the magazine called “The Vinyl Buyer’s Bible”. Volume 2 is currently on the shelves and I had a flick through a digital copy.

The “bible” is broken down into certain genres of music. In amongst the latest edition was a “How To Buy” on the post-punk genre.

It struck particular interest in me as a genre of music I really like. And as a fan of a certain band, I was hoping to see them represented within the pages accordingly. HAVE NO FEAR! Empires And Dance was INDEED amongst the illuminati discussed. But, WTAF? A Virgin reissue copy is worth DOUBLE a Zoom original?! Are you having a giraffe!!? I’m sorry…but NOT IN THIS HOUSEHOLD! My first pressing green label copy is one of my most prized possessions! I positively covet it! I nearly…just…I dunno…IMPLODED…had an orgasm…when I unwrapped the copy I obtained from a seller on Discogs around the summer of 2016. I was in raptures!

My tattoo DEFINITELY has the Zoom catalogue number for it (SPART 1140) and NOT a Virgin one. I mean, COME ON!

I digress.

It’s a fairly comprehensive list of the best the post-punk genre has to offer. Something for you peeps (and me!) to sink your teeth into.