Archive for December, 2005

Stuttgart ’88 (2)

Then comes The Big One. First of all, I must say that I’ve found listening to every version of “Stairway To Heaven” to be the most tedious part of this whole reviewing task. There’s simply nothing very interesting about most renditions of this too-long, too-familiar number. However, we finally get the payoff tonight. The Summit/Star Wars theme returns with a vengeance, with FZ shouting out invective about Star Wars between and even during the verses of this song. It ends with Ike and Robert singing “And she’s buying a stairway to Star Wars,” at which point FZ shouts “Won’t work!” repeatedly, and then FZ kicks in his loops during the coda and “Star Wars Won’t Work” is born. “Whipping Post” closes the show, with Robert getting in the inevitable Glasnost reference at the end, and the night is through.

Pat Buzby reviews Stuttgart, May 24, ’88.

Sleeping In a Jar-port

“Downstairs, you have metal chairs very uncomfortable at first but after 1 or 2 hours your body manages to fit in. You have to hurry though, as after 2am there’s quite a few people coming to stay the night.” The Budget Traveller’s Guide to Sleeping in Airports (soon to be thoroughly studied by part of the KUR team…).

Sebkha-Chott

Had any of you ever heard of this french band? Neither had I. What tickled my curiosity was a description by someone on the french Zappa-list (you can blame me for the translation to English):

They’re somewhere inbetween Zappa, Mr Bungle, Fantomas, Magma, Nuclear Rabbit, Vicious Hairy Mary and Léo Ferré. On stage, a musical/theatrical spectacle featuring a tyrant, a venusian albino rastafari, professor Siphon Trounezohle, […] a gardener and a pirate captain. […]

Disclaimer: I haven’t been able to listen yet, so don’t crucify me if they turn out to suck! :)