Monday, August 04, 2008

Russell interviews Morrissey on BBC Radio 2

December 2006, BBC Radio 2

Whenever a friend of mine feels a bit low and rejected I keep coming back to this Morrissey-interview, which was first aired in December 2006 on the Russell Brand show on BBC Radio 2. I downloaded the podcast then and kept the interview. I had a feeling it's a keeper.

And I was right. Because sometimes it's good to hear what Morrissey has to say about being content with yourself in the simplest of terms:

"...and you're quite happy to be as you are. And you reach a take-it-or-leave-it-stage - a take-ME-or-leave-me stage...and that's quite nice".

Now I don't care much about fawning over what other people say in interviews and being "inspired" by it, but this little sentence is pretty damn good. I try to take it on board whenever I can. So perhaps this will make you 'appy too.

Morrissey also talks about vegetarianism in a pretty kick-ass, down-to-earth manner:

"I don't bring life to an end simply because I'm slightly peckish".

Nice one. This, of course, is happening on Russell's show, the man who was voted Sexiest Vegetarian of both Europe and the World in one and the same year. Crikey.

Now, this thing is probably copyrighted by the BBC. Don't sue me or nowt, please, just enjoy. Russell and Morrissey have a great rapport, it's a fun little number. Well, almost 30 minutes long.

If you want to download it, click here. And check out Russell Brand on BBC Radio 2 for more info on his show and the podcast. Do yourself a favour and subsribe to it.

Friday, August 01, 2008


Du Bist So Wunderschön (Soundflat Records, 2007)

Endlich mal wieder ein Lebenszeichen! Und was für eins. This time it's the wonderful Beat-Band from Germany, the amazing Montesas. They're straight-up 60s-Beat and come from the whole garage-trash-scene that was particularly prominent in the 90s through Labels such as Estrus Records and Sympathy For The Record Industry.

And this is the European side of it all, and part of the new breed. Usually they sing in English, but for this special 7" they did two German songs, and they're both kick-ass. It just makes me wanna dance, go out to a party, drink Frucade and flirt with the girls.

The packaging makes this thing just a must-have. It comes in a gatefold and includes a bona-fide Montesas-comb! Not some cheap stuff, this is a Triumph ("Nylon farbecht").

The insides of the cover is also very cheeky indeed. It has original vintage classified ads for guns, breast-enlargement, hair products, muscle-work-outs ("Zentrale für Selbstentwicklung, 404 Neuss") and mailorders for naughty films.

And then there's the A-Z of how to become a Schlurf ("Teddyboy" is the most fitting translation I'd say). I too have to combat a "Herrenwinker" from time to time, which is a term for locks or parts of your hair that aren't in place. Och, the drama! This is all just fun, and it's so frivolous!

Get this 7" from Soundflat Records. Support the Montesas. Hully Gully!

Montesas - Halbstark für Anfänger

Montesas - Kamm

mp3: Die Montesas - Du Bist So Wunderschön

Die Montesas
Die Montesas Myspace
Soundflat Records