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22 Oct

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Tales From Noise (Part 2: Vicious Circle)

17 Jul

In our job as “creative consultants” at Noise Records we sometimes got detailed instructions for the record covers from the musicians themselves – usually when a mini-LP was planned. Here’s an example of the creative input from the band. This colourful drawing landed on our desk in September 1984:

It came with an “explanation”: “Lightning strikes into the devil’s horn. The devil glows. Lightning is diverted through the devil’s tail and discharges into an explosion. The band logo has to look metallic, like steel, you know…”

As we were too lazy to make a flashy airbrush painting (and Karl “you guys will be my ruin someday” the label boss wouldn’t pay for it) we proposed a comic-style drawing – it was the time of magazines like “Metal Hurlant” and “Heavy Metal”, after all. And we had a few entertaining days digging out some old Jack Kirby comic books.

So this is what hit the shops in fall that year – in a glorious, glossy 12-inch sleeve:

Another NITS SET?

21 Feb

In a letter from E. Nitsfans were asked to compile a set of their favorite Nits tracks – 3 discs with 60 minutes each. Here’s mine:

NitsPix 1

YES | From NITS to ADIEU SWEET BAHNHOF:

  1. Yes Or No (Single Version) | “Nits” era 1977
  2. Looking For A Friend | “Nits” era 1978
  3. Some Other Night | “Tent” era 1979
  4. Hook Of Holland | “Tent” album 1979
  5. Office At Night | “New Flat” album 1980
  6. A Statue | “New Flat” album 1980
  7. Red Tape | “Work” album 1981
  8. Empty Room | “Work” album 1981
  9. Spirits Awake | “Omsk” album 1983
  10. A Touch Of Henry Moore | “Omsk” album 1983
  11. Nescio (Alternative Mix) | “Omsk” era 1983
  12. Sketches Of Spain | “Kilo” mini-album 1983
  13. Dapper Street | “Kilo” mini-album 1983
  14. Woman Cactus | “Adieu Sweet Bahnhof” album 1984
  15. Adieu, Sweet Bahnhof | “Adieu Sweet Bahnhof” album 1984
  16. Close Up The Honky Tonks | “Adieu Sweet Bahnhof” era 1984

NitsPix 2

BOY | From HENK to dAdAdA:

  1. Under A Canoe | “Henk” album 1986
  2. Home Before Dark | “Henk” album 1986
  3. Cabins | “Henk” album 1986
  4. House On House | “In The Dutch Mountains” era 1987
  5. Two Skaters | “In The Dutch Mountains” album 1987
  6. In The Dutch Mountains | “In The Dutch Mountains” album 1987
  7. The Train | “Hat” mini-album 1988
  8. Boy In A Tree | “Giant Normal Dwarf” album 1990
  9. Around The Fish | “Giant Normal Dwarf” album 1990
  10. Giant Normal Dwarf | “Giant Normal Dwarf” album 1990
  11. Fire In My Head | “Ting” album 1992
  12. Moved By Her | “Ting” era 1992
  13. Yellow Boat | “Ting” album 1992
  14. Sometime In Winter (Version) | “dAdAdA” era 1994
  15. Fishes | “dAdAdA” era 1994
  16. Dreams | “dAdAdA” album 1994

NitsPix 3

SKY | From ALANKOMAAT to MALPENSA:

  1. Alankomaat | “Alankomaat” era 1998
  2. Three Sisters | “Alankomaat” album 1998
  3. Soul Man | “Alankomaat” album 1998
  4. The Strawberry Girl | “Wool” era 2000
  5. 26A (Clouds In The Sky) (Remix) | “Wool” era 2001
  6. Welcome Back | “1974” album 2003
  7. Chain Of Ifs | “1974” album 2003
  8. The Rising Sun | “Les Nuits” album 2005
  9. The Milkman | “Les Nuits” album 2005
  10. Five & Dime | “Doing The Dishes” album 2008
  11. In Dutch Fields | “Doing The Dishes” album 2008
  12. Departure | “Strawberry Wood” album 2009
  13. Jisp | “Strawberry Wood” album 2009
  14. Return | “Strawberry Wood” album 2009
  15. Schwebebahn | “Malpensa” album 2012
  16. Bad Government And Its Effects On Town And Country (Perquisite Mix) | “Malpensa” era 2012
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Bowie

11 Jan

Cover1977 mini

It’s here!

11 Oct

The big “Black Europe” box finally arrived at our office!

Black Europe

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Black Europe Poster

13 Jul

Black Europe Poster

Announcing Black Europe

Skiffle Goes Techno!

6 Feb

Well, not really, but while putting together the “History Of Skiffle” book for a new Bear Family box set (out next week!) we came across these pictures of a Meccano “Skiffle Group”. A reprint of the full 2-page construction guide is included in the book.

 

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The Bear Family box includes 6 CDs with more than 170 songs – all the hits, the greatest performances, and lots of forgotten gems (including the complete legendary album by the Eden Skiffle Group which was only issued as a set of flexi-discs).