Is this the real life, is this just fantasy? Organ thing? Horrible what? Caught in a landslide? Weasel Walter? Anti karaoki? Feed the weasel, let him know… Really not a fan of old bands going on and on, or band reforming when they really should know better, still touring when half of them are long since dead. Have some artistic dignity for god sake, there are exceptions though, and the prospect of a This Heat live performance or two is enough to have us park our cynical smiles at the door and shell out for a ticket. it really is (almost) Christmas time, there’s no need to be afraid, do say a prayer for your experimental musicians out there, spare a thought for their world of dread and fear, their bitter sting of tears, and tonight thank god it’s them and not you. Weasel Walter is a sharing type, here he is raising a glass to everyone, he knows it’s Christmas time, for Wings covers and well, here you go, sounds far from horrible to us….
“Happy holidays. here’s a compilation of my HORRIBLE cover songs by Paul McCartney, Captain Beefheart, Edgard Varese, Queen, Band Aid, Sammy Davis Jr., Nitro, Neil Hamburger, and Teenage Jesus and the Jerks”.
A compilation of cover songs recorded by Weasel Walter between 2000 and 2014, released yesterday in the true spirit of Christmas. Here’s excerpts from the liner notes:
“I started writing a really long, incendiary paean to Rock and Roll-as-lifestyle, but, at alarming rate it got way too personal to the extent that I started to realize very few of you could handle it. So, I’m just going to say that for a while around the early 2000s, I was dealing with a bunch of major paradigm shifts, and, for whatever reason, my lifelong allegiance to rock music was rearing its head in a number of sordid ways. . . Cynical and heartfelt at the same time, without a conundrum in sight, I have always found joy, mirth and energy in gleefully SLAUGHTERING various hallowed (and not-so-hallowed) lambs of popular music. This collection encompasses several previously unreleased archival recordings, as well as obscure solo compilation tracks.”. The album features Weasel Walter dishing out all voices and instruments.
This Heat then, this is not This Heat….
“THIS IS NOT THIS HEAT, a two day residency at Cafe OTO (London), on February 12 and 13th, will mark exactly 40 years to the weekend of that first gig in 1976. This Heat founder members Charles Bullen and Charles Hayward will come together for the first time since 1982 to publicly perform new interpretations of their influential music in collaboration with an impressive ensemble of music luminaries of the past 50 years.”
This Heat: A Brief Timeline.
On the 13th February 1976 the seminal experimental rock band This Heat played their first gig. After a Peel session, two albums, an EP and a cassette tape collaboration they disbanded in 1982 leaving an undeniable legacy that has only continued to grow in stature and relevance.
While December 2001 saw the three band members begin tentative rehearsals, any hope of the band reforming ended with the death of Gareth Williams in the same month.
THIS IS NOT THIS HEAT, a two day residency at Cafe OTO, will mark exactly 40 years to the weekend of that first gig in 1976. This Heat founder members Charles Bullen and Charles Hayward will come together for the first time since 1982 to publicly perform new interpretations of their influential music in collaboration with an impressive ensemble of music luminaries of the past 50 years.
More information on this rare two day residency will be released in due course, more information right now over here via this Cafe Oto link
Hey look, if you really don’t know who Weasel Walter is then we suggest you start with this then spend Christmas working you way through his entire catalogue
And before we go, we’ll park this here (with thanks to Gregory Jacobsen), Bush Tetras, “An amazing post-punk band from Manhattan, who played the clubs in the early 1980s. Guitarist Pat Place had helped start the No Wave band The Contortions and she brought a lot of No Wave ideas to the band. “Too Many Creeps” was their first single (1980)”.
.More tomorrow I expect (More is our name and volume is our game)