Killing Joke’s Youth blog “Lord of the flies …..only on a bus”

More genius from Youth as he documents the European Killing Joke tour:

Me and Geordie have been blasting the tunes in the back of the bus loud in to the night, the bus has a  great pounding sound system which drowns out the sound of the air-con fans and the traffic, lots of Trance and from X Dream to Deadmaus, classics like Funkadelic, ZZ Top, John Bonham, Scratch and even Bad Company.

Tom, our drum tech and myself would play DJ ping pong, we would have Doom rock/Black metal  vs Stoner rock battles, Gogoroth to Floor,  the drone rock of Om and Earth, Sleep to Kyuss.

Both Big Paul and Jaz are now really digging Om  ….and some bubbling Berlin minimal techno and of course the Krautrock or its correct title “Komiche ” is working  well racing up the Autobahn, great to see Geordie slapping his knees and hollering in deep pleasure, like a cross between Hank Williams and Chuck Berry.

much, much, more at Killing Joke European Tour blog 2012 Part 2 Lord of the flies …..only on a bus « cultofyouth.

Tubeway Army – “Are ‘Friends’ Electric?” named in Grauniad’s “The best No 1 records”

After David Bowie’s Low and Heroes, the race was on for the first big British electronic hit. Everyone knew it was going to happen, because this was the sound of the future. Who would it be: the Human League, Ultravox, Orchestral Maneouvres in the Dark? Nobody expected this to come out of left-field: a slow, almost dirge-y blast of pure teen alienation set in a chill Science Fiction future – or, rather, alternative present – with its intimations of surveillance, gay cruising, and robotic sex. It sounds too much, but Numan sealed it with a perfect, disconnected vocal and a sweeping, whooshing synthetic arrangement. With its two note hook, Are ‘Friends’ Electric? – even the quote marks are of their time – dominated the high summer of 1979.

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Gary Numan live, Tuesday 29th May 2012, Bristol O2 Academy

I haven’t really kept up with Gary Numan’s career.  I love Tubeway Army, especially the eponymous debut LP, when he was riding high on high energy, proto-punk rhythms and before his burgeoning PUNK! career was de-railed by his chance encounter with a synth in a studio (allegedly) …and thus was born epic-synth Numan.

I also love most of the early Gary Numan stuff, especially Pleasure Principle, Telekon, Dance and I, Assassin.  I like the way his music morphed from punk to dark/futuristic synth to almost pop/bass synth to light-industrial (!!!) and all between 1979 and 1983!  This was truly pioneering synth music – Numan has had a huge influence on so many aspects of music (performance, synth, stage/lighting, etc.) and it is really good to see him still going and still popular, and finally getting the respect he deserves from the industry.

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