november 05, 2006.
there are stars [...] in every house and
on every street
... everybody's a star ( * )
I recorded my very first cassette on my very first cassette recording machine, which must have been a christmas or something present ... sometime in the early 1970's. I (think I) do no longer have that cassette, but I still remember at least two of the songs that were on it, recorded by posing a microphone in front of our tube radio's (one) loud speaker. One of these was John Lennon (and Yoko Ono)'s Happy Xmas (War is Over). The other one was Ray Davies' Celluloid Heroes, from the Kinks' Everybody's in Showbiz album.
I'm telling you this, because, unlike the Lennon song, Celluloid Heroes ever since has been probably the most persistent among my personal PMT's, my 'perpetual music tracks'. By this I mean: musical images (melodies, tunes, songs ...) of which - at mostly unpredictable and sometimes inconvenient moments in time - parts start and continue to loop-play, unasked for, inside of your head, and that often seem near impossible to turn off again, except by 'replacing' them by some 'next' PMT ... ( ** )
A most curious phenomenon.
And why is it Celluloid Heroes that after all of these years still pops up to play inside my head, and not Happy Xmas, which was on the same tape? That can hardly be because as a kid I was more of a Kinks fan than a Lennon fan. I like(d) Kinks songs, but I never ever bought a single Kinks album. I did buy Lennon's albums in the 1970's though ... (Well, so maybe I should have bought Kinks records, and that stubborn 'inside my head' recording is but there to remind me ... :-) ...)
All of this has gotten as far as being written down on this here page, because since the morning after our Paradiso Cellar Hall Placard on tuesday evening october 10th, Celluloid Heroes has been playing persistenly for several weeks again ... though - curious enough - it was only after a few days that I realised that the first line had changed: my in-head recorded Ray sang "Everybody's a hero, and everybody's a star" ... (instead of "Everybody's a dreamer ...") ... The reason must reside in the words 'cellar hall' and me naming - without thinking - the ookoi set we did that Paradiso evening: Cellar Hall Heroes ___ thus causing - but also caused by - a curious circle of associations ...
The Cellar Hall placard was the second in a series of public 'presentations' (in front) of and around ookoi's 1024, many more of which will surely follow. [ Including those were it actually will be possible to obtain a copy of the dvd ... (at the time, official copies are not yet available ... ) ] We set up in Paradiso's cellar hall (thanks to Jan Dietvorst and Paradiso) on the eve, and indeed as part of, an event entitled Darkness is Enlightening, which included, in the big hall right above our heads, performances by Lydia Lunch and Genesis P. Orridge's Psychic TV ( *** )
Setting was great, so were the sets and the recordings that I have just been listening to. I do think this was a particularly fine 'placard'.
It ended with someone from the audience grabbing the microphone around midnight, and commenting our combined 'Paradiso Cellar Hall All Stars' set.
Here's what the man (he wore a fur cap) told us:
"We need voice! We need punk! ..." he moaned, he groaned, "we need rock 'n' roll! ... I like rock 'n' roll, like Vince Taylor ... Vince Taylor working on station ... we need rock 'n' roll station to Vince Taylor ... we need ... rock 'n' roll ... we need punk ... we need rock 'n' roll ... please ... give me ... rock 'n' roll! ... "
But then, hey, haven't we been feeling that way all along? Did not the guy with the fur cap, in but secs, here sum up many a good year of our lives?
Thus, in the best of traditions, we decided to document the Paradiso Cellar Hall placard as a two part Raudio vodcast: "We need Rock 'n' Roll!" part 1, and "We need Rock 'n' Roll!" part 2 ...
If you subscribe(d) to the Raudio podcasts (click the green podcast button in the side bar) the short videos will pop up in your player automatically. Alternatively, clicking the images will beam you on to ookoi's YouTube page, where you may watch the clips (as well as (extracts from) earlier Raudio vodcasts) ...
About the Placard international Headphone Festival on the SoundBlog:
(june 20, 2003) - live chronicles
(july 13, 2003) - gaité lyrique
(may 13, 2004) - tafelmuziek placard
(may 31, 2004) - old bears new tricks
(june 18, 2005) - zandoog placard & cd
|→ (july 27, 2005) - tafelmuziek: placard & cd
(july 31, 2005) - tafelmuziek: paradiso placard
(july 07, 2006) - de_'tails of lite house keeping'
(july 30, 2006) - "le zida ne passera pas par moi..."
|→ (august 14, 2006) - placard : la générale
(october 20, 2006) - Funky Shit!
(november 05, 2006) - Cellarlar Heroes
(february 12, 2008) - Karlheinz's Song of Praise
|→ (august 08, 2009) - (Le) CLeUb, Placard, CLeUb
|→ (august 04, 2012) - 72 Hours of Post-Nuclear Survival
[ Earlier related SB-entry : funky shit! ]
notes __ ::
(*) ... "celluloid _ cellular _ cellarlar _ cellar hall" ... the motto's lines of course are taken from the lyrics to Ray Davies' Celluloid Heroes. Ookoi's set in the Paradiso Cellar Hall Placard of tuesday october 10th, 2006, was entitled Cellar Hall Heroes. The similarity, indeed, is purely coincidental. Or is it ? [ ^ ]
(**) The expression 'PMT' stems from a recent article by Steven Brown in the Journal of Consciousness Studies (volume 13, nr. 6, may 2006), entitled The Perpetual Music Track: The Phenomenon of Constant Musical Imagery ...
(Added november 29th, 2006: ) This is surely related to what often is referred to as: earworm. During this year's edition of the 'Beurs voor Kleine Uitgevers', on sunday december 10th in Paradiso, Amsterdam, FPCM will be spreading them, for free ... 'Mopjes', we Dutch sometimes say ..
Here is (a transduction of) Peter's own description of his deal ('Mop')... :
[ ^ ]
(***) Here's how these two fit into my 'personal soundscape' : I remember Lydia as a singer mainly from her 1982 recording of Lee Hazlewoord's Some Velvet Morning, as a duet with Rowland S. Howard (who at that time played guitar with Nick Cave's Birthday Party).
Genesis P. Orridge I remember from the fine Throbbing Gristle albums to which most notably Alien Brains' Nigel Jacklin introduced me, and from his compilation of William S. Burroughs' tape experiments and cut ups, released on the Industrial Records label (Nothing here now but the recordings, 1981, IR0016) ... [ ^ ]
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