Long Warm Winter…

It was nice not having a winter this year. No snow, no real cold. Weird, but nice. I know that Oscar Wilde once said “Conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative”, but that was way long before global warming…
Since it’s almost time to wear your best looking band shirts again, let’s talk about my friend’s Nasty Samy’s new book “Explosions Textiles – Mon Premier T-shirt de groupe” in which I talk about my first band shirt with 44 other people from the rock/punk/hardcore scene (musicians, journalists, webzine writers, etc.) Everyone gets back to their childhood and teenage memories (mostly from the 70s to the 90s) in order to remember when and how they bought their first band ExplosionsTextilesshirt, and everything that comes with it on a social level. It’s interesting to see that even when people come from different scenes, their background is often similar in the end. Let’s get it straight, most people’s first band shirt was an 80s hard rock one! Mostly shocking colourful record covers. At this point, you get to think that the guys who designed the logos of bands such as AC/DC or IRON MAIDEN were pure marketing geniuses: Easy to remember, easy to draw on your bag and on school tables… Let’s not forget KISS for obvious peronal reasons ;)… It’s also interesting to notice that maybe only one person talks about their RAMONES shirt while it’s probably the most famous rock band shirt nowadays. Quite logical actually, since the band wasn’t existing anymore when everyone started to wear a RAMONES shirt, most of the time for fashion purposes. It’s more surprising not to find tons of MOTORHEAD shirts though, since I’ve seen them around as far as I can remember… Anyway, the idea of writing about people’s first band shirt is a great one, we all know that looks have always been as important as music in the world of rock’n’roll. Now (and maybe for the first time in your life!), you probably wish you could speak French so that you could read Explosions Textiles! Actually, I think that a book like this with people from the USA or England would be very interesting to read as well since almost everyone talks about America and England as promised lands in the book (quite a few writers bought their first band shirts on UK school trips!)
On the music front, we played our first gig with SUGAR SUGAAR, opening for the restored version of Brian Palma’s Phantom Of The Paradise. It was great to play in this context, first because I’ve always Coliseewanted to play in an old cinema, and then Phantom Of The Paradise had quite a big impact on me as a kid. I remember staring again and again at the record at my uncle’s even before being able to see the movie. Thanks to Les Productions de L’Impossible for making it happen!… More gigs should be added to our calendar this year.
The KEVIN K tour that was supposed to happen in May is postponed to October/November, and the darkwavish/synthpop songs I was talking about in my last blog entry came into shape. We recorded them ourselves and work on more songs… For now, I’ll leave you with the first one if you’re not afraid to dance in the dark, stay tuned!:

Nine Inch Nail “Hesitation Marks”
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts “Unvarnished”
Lana Del Rey “Born To Die”
The Cure “Staring At The Sea – The Singles”
V/A “Music For Maniacs” (Wanda records)


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