Shel Silverstein (1930-1999) was a highly talented many-sided artist: Grammy awarded (for his song “A Boy Named Sue” in 1970, you know it by Johnny Cash), Oscar-nominated singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist musician, writer, poet:
Last night, while I lay thinking here,
some Whatifs crawled inside my ear
and pranced and partied all night long
and sang their same old Whatif song:
Whatif I’m dumb in school?
Whatif they’ve closed the swimming pool?
Whatif I get beat up?
Whatif there’s poison in my cup?
Whatif I start to cry?
Whatif I get sick and die?
Whatif I flunk that test?
Whatif green hair grows on my chest?
Whatif nobody likes me?
Whatif a bolt of lightning strikes me?
Whatif I don’t grow talle?
Whatif my head starts getting smaller?
Whatif the fish won’t bite?
Whatif the wind tears up my kite?
Whatif they start a war?
Whatif my parents get divorced?
Whatif the bus is late?
Whatif my teeth don’t grow in straight?
Whatif I tear my pants?
Whatif I never learn to dance?
Everything seems well, and then
the nighttime Whatifs strike again!
He wrote lots of songs for Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show, e.g. “The Ballad of Lucy Jordan”, which also was recorded by Marianne Faithful, Lee Hazelwood and others. One among his evergreens is “25 Minutes to Go”. It has become famous by Johnny Cash. Now here are 7 x last 25 minutes of a condemned to death by various artists. Of course there is the original one too.
1. Johnny Cash (from the live album “At Folsom Prison” 1968)
2. Dezperadoz (from the album “An Eye For An Eye” 2008)
3. S.W.A.T. (Jim Goad & Thee Slayer Hippy f.t.a: “Deep Inside A Cop’s Mind” 1994)
4. Shel Silverstein (original, f.t.a: “Inside Folk Songs” 1962)
5. Diamanda Galas (f.t.a: “Malediction & Prayer” 1998)
6. The Brothers Four (f.t.a: “Cross Country Concert” 1963)
7. Tiger Lillies (f.t.a: “2 Penny Opera” 2001)
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The audience say:
“Holy crap. It sounds like early Pixies went black metal.”
“It’s like the Dum Dum Girls and Dark Throne.”
The competent, Jorge Elbrecht reply:
“I love black metal as much as I love Sonic Youth and the ’60s pop stuff.”
I say: It comes the Liturgy to my mind.
debut 7″ and digital single of CORAL CROSS – 001 on Mexican Summer
Sicilian born Rome based Maria Violenza plays dark arabesque synth punk music
under the influence of her homeland’s mixed cultural heritage.
Let’s search for Sicel, Sicanian, Phonenician, Greek, Punic, Roman, Vandalic, Gothic, Byzantine, Arabic, Jewish, Norman, Lombardic, Spanish, Albanian and North-African elements!
She is member of
- French music collective Grand Triple Alliance Internationale De L’Est,
- Capputtini I Lignu, garage rock duo with Cheb Samir from Bobsleigh Baby, The Normals, Trans Upper Egypt, Vernon Sélavy,
- Corpus Christi, a duo with Tina (TJ and the Lipstix, The Intellectuals, Cokerocket, Felt Ups), play traditional country & western tunes on guitars, tambourines, toy keyboards, kazoos, whistles, bird calls, and bones. They have recently been joined by an American banjo player Sam Crawford (The Goodwill Orchestra, Bowery Boy Blue).
THE SPACE LADY (US)
ALONE (Srb, Nikola Vitkovic graphic artist’s dark-electro project)
SZENTCSALÁD ORAL ORCHESTRA
(H, urban blues on acoustic guitar by an RNR666 founder)
Second common work of Hawaiian born half Chinese/half American experimental guitarist Dustin Wong (was in Ponytail) and Japanese pop star Takako Minekawa. It’s more playful than the previous one, because there are more J-pop moments. Takako sings about quantum physics, human consciousness, and flying above a desert all within the framework of Japanese puns in the song “She He See Feel”
“Savage Imagination” LP, CD on Thrill Jockey Records (US)
Obnox is Bim Thomas Lamont, the drummer of raw blues band Bassholes. He has plenty of drive because he is working on two albums at the same time now. But before everything else he has thrown out an EP which is stuffed his basement jams. Harsh distorted rock and roll sometimes is like a strange Ministry.
“The Juke That Sat By The Door” EP on Chunklet Records (US)
Audacity Euro Tour: Aug 28 – Sept 27: Germany, Sweden, Norway, Holland, Poland, Czech, Hungary, Austria, Italy, France, Belgium, UK