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French post-punk rocker Daniel Darc has died
03.01.2013
02:10 pm

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Daniel Darc, the former lead singer of French post-punkers Taxi Girl, died yesterday of an apparent drug overdose.

Of the many French bands who were influenced by the dark romanticism of British groups like Joy Division, The Stranglers and Orchestral Maneuvers In The Dark, Taxi Girl reigned supreme among French rock fans during the late 1970s and early ‘80s. In addition to the synth-pop aspects of their sound, Darc and his collaborator Mirwais Ahmadzaï brought an edgy authenticity and street sensibility to their music that recalled The Velvet Underground and Darc’s hero Patti Smith.

In addition to Smith, Darc was a devotee of aphotic bards like Charles Bukowski, William Burroughs, Serge Gainsbourg, Iggy Pop and Johnny Thunders and they provided some of the inspiration in the creation of his own noir mythos. Sadly, he may have followed the darkness further than he intended.

In addition to his work with Taxi Girl, Darc recorded several solo albums, of which Nijinsky is a personal favorite.
 

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‘The Park’: 1970s Japanese Peeping Toms
03.01.2013
12:14 pm

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The Park is a disturbing art book by photographer Kohei Yoshiyuki which was originally published in 1980.

In the early 1970s, Yoshiyuki (not his real name) joined the throngs of voyeurs who would do their “peeping” in Tokyo’s Yoyogi Park, but not to peep himself (or so he says!), rather he was there to document the goings on with his camera and infra-red film. It would sometimes take him hours of waiting to get his shot. The photographs were blown up into life-size black and white prints and shown at the Komai Gallery in 1979 along with examples of amateur porn left behind in Tokyo’s hourly sex hotels. Post modern in the extreme—dig the triple transgression of the exhibitionist couplings, the peeping toms and the photographer capturing both—the show was a sensation in Japan.

Eventually Yoshiyuki’s paranoia got the best of him and he quit shooting the peepers, destroyed many of his negatives and began working in family portraiture(!). In 2005 the New York-based Yossi Milo Gallery contacted the artist and convinced him to reprint from the remaining negatives.

 
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Some things cannot be unseen: A hairless George Lucas
03.01.2013
11:12 am

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I have no idea why someone would take it upon themselves to create a hairless George Lucas minus his specs, but they have.

For some reason I feel compelled to share it with you.

Below, an oldie but goodie: ‘When David Lynch met George Lucas’ as told by David Lynch.

 
Previously on Dangerous Minds:
21-87: How Arthur Lipsett Influenced George Lucas’s Career
 
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This is why I don’t go to heavy metal shows: ‘I’m getting naked, lets roll!’
03.01.2013
08:42 am

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Marduk does not approve of this tomfoolery
 
Everyone has a story from a show that they use to one-up their friends. And now, the one to end them all.

I’ve been to many concerts over my career but I can honestly say I have never witnessed what happened at Marduk’s show in Chicago last night. Apparently a drunk racist guy got tossed out by security guards. He decided to fight them on sidewalk outside the venue, Reggie’s nightclub. Somewhere in his drunken mind, he must have thought fighting security guards naked was the edge he needed to take on the two security guards. After taking a punch to the face, the unnamed individual exclaims “I’m getting naked, lets roll!” and drops his pants. His plan didn’t work. And security still put the beatdown on him in the end (no pun intended). You can check out the video below filmed by Griffin Randall.

We get it, dude: you are the most metal guy at the show!
 

 
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The Dave Clark Five’s bass player Rick Huxley, R.I.P.
03.01.2013
03:53 am

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It is said that April is the cruelest month. But for fans of the The Dave Clark Five, February is a real bitch. Two members Rick Huxley (bass) and Mike Smith (vocals,keyboards) died in February. Huxley, 72, died from emphysema this past February 11. Smith, 64, died of a chest infection in February of 2008.

There was a time in my teens when I was a bigger fan of The Dave Clark Five than The Beatles. The Five’s propulsive energy and hard edge was a heavier alternative to the Beatles’ sweetness. Mike Smith’s vocals were tough, aggressive and soulful. Huxley in tandem with drummer Dave Clark created a massive back beat. Tom toms and bass: a marriage made in rock ‘n’ roll heaven.

Here’s a video clip of The Dave Clark Five performing one of their lesser known tunes, “Inside And Out.” It’s not characteristic of their signature sound (it’s downright Beatlesque), but it features Smith’s singing at its finest and a tasty bass line by Huxley.
 

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Happy Birthday Winston Rodney: Burning Spear live in Paris, 1988
03.01.2013
02:47 am

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Winston Rodney (Burning Spear) goes deep into the groove laid down by a magnificent band performing live at the Zenith in Paris, 1988.

The songs:

Spear Burning
Happy Day
Creation Rebel
Mistress Music
The Wilderness
Driver
Door Peep
Old Marcus Garvey
Swell Headed

The musicians:

Nelson Miller – drums
Devon Bradshaw – bass
Anthony Bradshaw – guitar
Lenford Richards – lead Guitar
Alvin Haughton – percussion
Pamela Fleming – trumpet
Jennifer Hill – saxophone
Nilda Richards – trombone
Richard Antony Johnson – synthesizer and keyboard

Superb looking and sounding video. Crank it up.
 

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The Lamb Lies Down on German TV: Full Peter Gabriel concert from 1978
02.28.2013
07:01 pm

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Peter Gabriel’s classic 1978 Rockpalast show has been so heavily bootlegged over the years that you’d think someone would have taken the hint and released it properly on DVD. Featuring standout versions of “Here Comes the Flood” and “Solsbury Hill,” with an energetic encore of “The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway.”

The band here is comprised of Tony Levin on bass, Jerry Marotta on drums, Larry Fast and the amusingly “himbo” Tim Capello (the dude could have been a Chippendale’s dancer) on keyboards (Capello plays sax, too) and Sid McGuiness on guitar.
 

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J. G. Ballard’s ‘Favorite TV commercial of all time’

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Author of Crash and Empire of the Sun, J. G. Ballard once said that a commercial showing ‘robots’ building a Fiat car was his favorite advert of all time.

Ballard made the claim on Desert Island Discs, BBC Radio 4’s long-running music and interview show, in February 1992, when he shared the 8 records that best represented his life with presenter, Sue Lawley.

As Ballard explained:

‘I like the overture to Rossini’s Barber of Seville, which many people will have heard as the background music to a wonderful Fiat ad. that was shown on television a few years ago. I think my favorite TV commercial of all time.’

It was Rossini’s “Figaro’s Aria” from the opera that was used in this famous Fiat Strada advert from 1979. The commercial was directed by Hugh Hudson, who is best-known for the Academy Award-winning Chariots of Fire. Hudson’s ad was a compelling mix of technology with opera, and was well-known for its tag-line:

Hand built by Robots

That was later famously spoofed on Not the NIne O’Clock News as:

Hand built by Roberts

Amongst Ballard‘s other favorite tracks on Desert island Discs were Noël Coward’s version of “Let’s Do It”, Astrud Gilberto being breathily seductive on “The Girl From Ipanema”, Rita Hayworth and “Put The Blame On Mame”, Henry Hall’s “Teddy Bears’ Picnic” and Marlene Dietrich singing “Falling In Love Again”.

Ballard also remarked that he considered himself a “disappointed painter’:

‘I think in many ways I am a sort of disappointed painter, I always wanted to be a painter, but simply lacked the technical ability, lacked the talent. In fact, people say my novels are tremendously visual, in a sense I paint my novels, there you have the life work of a frustrated painter.

Listen/download the full interview here.
 

 
Previously on Dangerous Minds

Postcards from J. G. Ballard


 

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‘The Man Who Shot The Sixties’: Documentary on pop photographer Brian Duffy
02.28.2013
06:02 pm

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Photo: Brian Duffy.
 
Linda Brusasco’s 2010 documentary, Duffy: The Man Who Shot Sixties, is an engaging film that shares with the viewer some of the life story of brilliant, elusive and street-wise photographer Brian Duffy. Along with David Bailey and Terence Donovan, Duffy pioneered a fresh approach to fashion photography that echoed the pop culture of Britain’s Swingin’ Sixties. His iconic shots of Jean Shrimpton, John Lennon, Michael Caine, David Bowie, Twiggy and many more, are familiar to anyone who has paid attention to rock ‘n’ roll and fashion.

The doc features David Bowie, Angela Bowie, Mick Ronson, David Bailey, among others. Mandatory viewing for anyone interested in photography as art and cultural touchstone.
 

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Ultra-hip TV: Prince’s 1997 appearance on ‘Muppets Tonight’
02.28.2013
04:33 pm

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Prince seems right home in this episode of the Muppets Tonight TV show which aired in 1997.

Things get positively psychedelic as the Purple One sings “Starfish And Coffee” and “She Gave Her Angels.”
 

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