Tuesday, February 19, 2013

From the Archives - Jim Rose and Preacher Muad'dib

“PT Barnan meets John Waters with women Sumo wrestling and Mexican transvestite wrestling… It’s thrills, chills and doctor pills, a ticket’s good for a seat but you will only use the edge, it’s high flying bone-jarring excitement, not since Christians were fed to the lions has there been a show this dangerous.” Jim Rose, Dublin 1999

I first encountered the Jim Rose Circus Sideshow in 1992 at Lollapalooza. The New England leg of the touring festival was held at the 20,000 capacity Great Woods amphitheatre, in Mansfield, Massachusettes, 30 miles south of Boston. The main stage in '92 featured Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Ministry, Ice Cube, Soundgarden, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Pearl Jam and Lush. Ministry were the highlight of my day but Pearl Jam definately won the popular vote with an amazingly powerful performance in broad daylight. Their early timeslot may be explained by the fact that even though Ten, their debut album, had been released in August 2001 it was a slow burner. On the day they literally tore Great Woods apart. Peral Jam were a revelation, I never particularly liked Ten but live they were incredible. The other revelation of the day was the Jim Rose Circus Sideshow. I caught them on the second stage and was suitably gobsmacked. Jim Rose led an old school Sideshow act of daredevils performing feats of masochistic madness. It was brilliant.

In July 1999 Jim Rose performed in Dublin's Vicar Street with his Secrets of the Strange tour. I spent an afternoon in Vicar Street as local performers auditioned for the show. In this feature I chat to Rose and a 19 year old Dubliner hoping to become part of Rose's touring troupe. The young Dubliner was Preacher Muad'dib, now an internationally successful fire breathing specialist with several Guinness World Records under his belt. In the feature he talks about his aspirations of touring with his hero, let's just say, it all worked out for the guy. He and Jim Rose now refer to each other as 'my hero' and they're both continued to tour even working together opening for Alice Cooper.

                          Preacher Muad'dib                                        Jim Rose


Saturday, February 16, 2013

Low - Flyers and Ticket Stubs

Low return in March with their tenth album. The Invisible Way is released on Sub Pop records on the 18th. Below is a collection of flyers I've kept over the years and a taster from the new record.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Who's That Man? - A Tribute To Conny Plank

The Conny Plank Boxset arrived. It's a beautiful package and €10 cheaper from Groenland then any other online shop. Worth every cent of its €30 price. CD1 and CD2 compile tracks produced by Plank during his career and includes music from: Eno/Moebius/Roedelius; NEU!; La Düsseldorf; Eurythmics; Michael Rother and D.A.F. CD3 contains remixes by amongst others; Walls; Eye; Fujiya & Miyagi and Automat. CD4 is a live gig recorded in Mexico in 1986 with Moebius and Arno Steffen. There are some big names missing, notably Guru Guru, Ash Ra Tempel, Harmonia and of course Kraftwerk. Presumably a lot of these are absent for licening reasons, but the Boxset is still an essential purchase for fans of the German producer.   

And as if we needed another reason to love the great man, here's a story from the wonderful Conny Plank site. "It is the mid-1980s and a British colleague introduces a German producer to a band from Dublin, Ireland. The Brit is convinced the German is the right man to produce the band’s next album. However, after a brief meeting with the band, the German comes to a completely different conclusion. “I cannot work with that singer,” he says, turning the job down. “That singer” was Bono Vox, the band U2, the album The Joshua Tree, the British producer Brian Eno and the German producer Conny Plank."

Any excuse to post a few Plank productions...

La Düsseldorf - Silver Cloud (Teldec Records, 1976) 
Silver Cloud was a single lifted from La Düsseldorf's first album.

D.A.F. - Alles ist Gut (Virgin Records, 1981)
The title track of the band's third album.