Monday, July 25, 2016

Darkwaves beyond the 80's (toujours under construction)

Alfredo Andersen
Brincando no Jardim
Alfredo Andersen
Retrato de Dirceu Andersen (1930)
Almeida Júnior
Estudo de nú masculino (1873)
Candido Portinari
Menino de Brodowski (1946)
Tomie Ohtake
Sem título (1965)
Geraldo de Barros
Unilabor Chair (1954)
Ademar Manarini
Pavor (1951)
German Lorca
Cavalo Bravo (1970)

Depeche Mode's Enjoy the Silence;
Depeche Mode's Shake the Disease;
New Order's Sub-Culture;
The Cure's Lullaby;
The Cure's The Forest;
The Cure's The Walk;
The Cure's Charlotte's Sometimes;
Duran Duran's Come Undone;
Duran Duran's Save a Prayer;
Bauhaus's In the Flat Field;
Bauhaus's Bela Lugosi's Dead;
Eurythmics's Sweet Dreams;
Siouxsie & the Banshees' Cities in Dust;
DAF 's Sato Sato;
DAF's Der Räuber und der Prinz;
Japan's Ghosts;
Soft Cell's Tainted Love;
Tubeway Army's Down in the Park;
Sigue Sigue Sputnik's Atari Babby;
Sigue Sigue Sputnik's Love Missile F1-11;
B-52's Private Idaho;
Public Image Limited's Albatross;
Chrome's All Data Lost;
Chrome's New Age;
Factrix's Anemone Housing;
Tuxedomoon's No Tears;
Tuxedomoon's In Heaven;
The Resident's Burning Love;
Beirut Slump's See Pretty;
Throbbing Gristle's Persuasion ;
Throbbing Gristle's Separated;
Human League's Don't You Want Me;
Cabaret Voltaire's Yashar;
Depeche Mode's Martyr (Paul van Dyk Remix);
Depeche Mode's Only When I lose Myself (Lexicon Avenue Remix);
Radiohead's Down is the New Up;
Anton Corbijn, Control (2007);

"The Woodstock revolution started in 1966, peaked in 1976, and hit the wall with a thud! in 1980 with the election of Nancy Reagan."
"So good-bye to turn on, tune in, drop out... and hello to the motto of the 1980: Hang on. Hang in. Hang over."
"In the 1960's Dylan sang: 'We ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more.' Lennon sang: 'Give Peace a Chance.' In the somnambulant 1980s Michael Jackson, Prince, Madonna, George Michael kept us moving in the big auditorium-arenas under the watchful eyes of the security guards, but the lyrics are not high in socially redeeming value, while the anger of young activist musicians is limited to the denigrated punk-club scene."
"What do self-respecting, intelligent, ambitious young Americans do [in the 80s]? They perform. They master a craft. They learn to excel in a personal skill. They become entrepreneurs, i.e., people who organize, operate, and assume risks... They are politically and psychologically independent. They are notoriously nonloyal to institutions... black athletes led this evolution."
Timothy Leary
"Other singer-lyricists—Joy Division's Ian Curtis, Paul Haig of Josef K—were steeped in the shadowy unease and crippling anxiety of Dostoevsky, Kafka, Conrad, and Beckett. Three minute mininovels, their songs grappled with classic existentialist quandaries: the struggle and agony of having a self; love versus isolation..."
"Although Burgess drew specific inspiration from his hometown of Manchester, Clockwork Orange's backdrop was familiar to anyone living in Urban Britain during the 1970s. Tower blocks, skyways, shadowy underpasses: This was the desolate psychogeography of a new England created by town planners and Brutalist architects from the early 1960s onward."
"Influenced by Burroughs and his paradoxically depersonalized yet personified vision of Control, the Cabs developed a worldview in which power figured as a demonic, omnipresent force, a multitentacled yet sourceless network of domination and mind coercion. 'Being in a state of paranoia is a very healthy state to be in,' [Stephen] Mallinder said. 'It gives you a permanently questioning and searching nonacceptance of situations..."
"'I ended up working two years in a university bookshop and I had every science-fiction paperback you could get. I was really into Philip K. Dick and Ballard' [Phil Oakey]."
"Drugs of the socially sanctioned sort flooded Manchester in the Seventies. Numbing and often incapacitating tranquilizers were massively overprescribed to help ordinary people (menopausal housewives, troubled teenagers, wage slaves cracked by stress and boredom) not so much manage their lives as be manageable."
"'The reality  of the psychedelic experience isn't love and peace, it's insanity. If you actually took LSD and listened to our records, the trip would get so whacked-out you'd start laughing. Funny-scary, we called it. The bad trip would turn into a good trip, because you'd already been to th emost negative part of the universe' [Helios Creed/Chrome]."
"... underneath the campy surface the B-52's sound was stark and spiky, a tough dance groove midway between James Brown's minimal Afro-funk and the Leeds agit-funk of Gang of Four and Delta 5."
"... the debut Eurythmics album, In the Garden, featured Can's Holger Czukay and DAF's Robert Görl..."
"Whether it was the Human League's celebration of romance or Goth's patchouliscented romanticism, 1982 saw the return of that old (black) magic..."
"... Standard musical fixtures included scything guitar patterns, high-pitched post-Joy Division basslines that usurped the melodic role, beats that were either hypnotically dirgelike or 'tribal'..."
"Any suspect totalitarian leanings were mostly held in check by Goth's opposing attraction to Aleister Crowley's libertine dictum, 'Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.'"
Simon Reynolds (Rip It Up)

"She looked like an ancient vampire countess who was definitely o a mission to capture my soul... Connie might have brought me close to death a lot of times, but in a way, she kept me alive. No one else did."
Dee Dee Ramone (Please Kill Me)
"I was so sick of hippie culture. People were trying to keep up those peace and love ideals, but it was so devalued. That was the era of real hip capitalism too... I found the hippie culture nauseating and prissy and sentimental, and smiley-faced. So Richard Hell just came over and said, 'This is what we are, we're the blank generation. It's over."
Mary Harron (Please Kill Me)
"Remember that season? Fall '86 I think, and all that Soviet madness? We wore Russian logos and listened to Sigue Sigue Sputnik. Oh, and we all quoted Karl Marx and went to those Yakov Smirnoff concerts (or was that just me?). Anyway, Communist chic was all the rage."
James St. James
"Who said that drugs will make you smile?"
Tommy Cash

"Je veux, dans cette dernière partie, définir, et analyser le ravage moral causé par cette dangereuse et délicieuse gymnastique, ravage si grand, danger si profond, que ceux qui ne reviennent du combat que légèrement avariés, m'apparaissent comme des braves échappés de la caverne d'un Protée multiforme, des Orphées vainqueurs de l'Enfer. Qu'on prenne, si l'on veut, cette forme de langage pour une métaphore excessive, j'avouerai que les poisons excitants me semblant non seulement un des plus terribles et des plus sûrs moyens dont dispose l'Esprit des Ténèbres pour enrôler et asservir la déplorable humanité, mais même une de ses incorporations les plus parfaites."
"Il est facile de saisir le rapport qui existe entre les créations sataniques des poëtes et les créatues vivantes qui se sont vouées aux excitants. L'homme a voulu être Dieu, et bientôt le voilà, en vertu d'une loi morale incontrolable, tombé plus bas que sa nature réelle... Il est vraiment superflue d'insister sur le caractère imoral du haschisch... Que je l'assimile à la sorcellerie, à la magie, que veulent, en óperant sur la matière, et par des arcanes dont rien ne prouve la fausseté non plus que l'efficacité, conquérir une domination interdite à l'homem ou permise seulement à celui que en est jugé digne..."
"Elle ne lève jamais les yeux; sa tête, coiffée d'un turban en loques, tombe toujours, et toujours regarde la terre. Elle ne pleure pas, elle ne gémit pas. De temps à autre elle soupire inintelligiblement, Sa soeur, la Madone, est quelquefois tempétueuse et frénétique, délirant contre le ciel et réclamant ses bien-aimés. Mais Notre-Dame des Soupirs ne crie jamais, n'accuse jamais, ne rêve jamais de révolte. Elle est humble jusqu'à l'abjection. Sa douceur est celles des êtres sans espoir..."
"... la plus jeune soeur se meut avec des mouvements impossibles à prévoir; elle bondit; elle a les sauts du tigre. Elle ne porte pas de clef; car, bien qu'elle visite rarement les hommes, quand il lui est permis d'approcher d'une porte, elle s'en empare d'assaut et l'enfonce. Et son nom est Mater Tenebrarum, Notre-Dame des Ténèbres... Telles étaient les Euménides ou Gracieuses Déesses..."
Baudelaire/De Quincey (Les Paradis artificiels)

"Killing an Arab was inspired by the novel L'Étranger written by Camus, the protagonist, for reasons he doesn't understand and cannot explain, shoots an Arab on the beach... Although the song is a treatise on existential angst and has nothing to do with racism, it can attract the wrong type of seeker... At Kingston Poly, we got permission to play it after Robert calmly took several of the students aside and explained the song's literary origins... It wasn't just the skinheads who thought the song was racist: so did the college students!"
"We slept in the old Morgan Studio 1 for some sessions, which was kind of creepy, as it used to be a church. Above the new ceiling was an old, stained-glass roof. When the studio was dark it was visible in a ghostly kind of glow. At 4 a.m. it looked almost otherwordly."
"It's obvious to me now that one of the main things I got out of being in The Cure was that emotional release and understanding of where I was spiritually at any particular time. The lyrics have always spoken to me in a very helpful and healing way."  
"I was playing the songs with ferocious intensity, madly slashing and berating the God who would let this happen to me when I was so young. I felt cast out of heaven and thrown down to earth like a damaged archangel."
"Robert doesn't play halfheartedly; when he plays his songs he has to inhabit them for them to work. I remember some tours where he would literally collapse after the gig and lie on the floor for thirty minutes to recover from the effort he'd put out."
"Pornography stands the test of time because it's not a slave to whatever the current fashions of the day were. It was born out of our own desperation and peculiar madness."
"My other memory of that session is twofold: one, the view from the upstairs room of the studio looking out over London in the early morning, just as the sun was rising and the mist was still enveloping the treetops. The other was..."
"Depeche Mode and The Cure had a lot in common: we both originated in 'new towns,'us in Crawley and them in Basildon, and both bands still have a large US following, which can't be said for some of our peers... We have also over the years shared several crew members."
Lol Tolhurst (Cured: the tale of two imaginary boys)

Aleister Crowley's The Book of Thoth:
- 18/The Moon [Pisces, the last of the signs, the last stage of the winter, gateway to resurrection, midnight, the sacred Egyptian beetle (which "bears the sun in his silence through the darkness of the night, and the bitterness of the winter"), "sinister and forbidden landscape," waning moon, moon of witchcraft, "the poisoned darkness which is the condition of the rebirth of light," "prejudice, superstition, ancestral loathing," "the howling of wild beasts," the threshold, "the dreadful madness of pernicious drugs," the dark night of the soul ("an horror of great darkness came upon me," said Abraham)] [from Nietzsche's Ecce Homo: "Rechne ich dagegen von jenem Tage an vorwärts, bis zur plötzlichen und unter den unwahrscheinlichsten Verhältnissen eintretenden Niederkunft im Februar 1883 — die Schlußpartie, dieselbe, aus der ich im Vorwort ein paar Sätze citirt habe, wurde genau in der heiligen Stunde fertig gemacht, in der Richard Wagner in Venedig starb — so ergeben sich achtzehn Monate für die Schwangerschaft. Diese Zahl gerade von achtzehn Monaten dürfte den Gedanken nahelegen, unter Buddhisten wenigstens, daß ich im Grunde ein Elephanten-Weibchen bin."];
- 9/The Hermit [the Hand ("tool or instrument par excellence"), the letter Yod (which is "the foundation of all the other letters of the Hebrew alphabet, merely combinations of it in various ways, and also "the first letter of the name Tetragrammaton," symbolizing the Father, "the highest form of Mercury, and the Logos, the Creator of all worlds," "the spermatozoon"), the sign of Virgo, corn, wheat, Persephone (queen of underworld) (concealed within Mercury is a light which pervades all parts of the Universe equally... one of his titles is Psychopompos, the guide of the soul through the lower regions") ("these symbols are indicated by his Serpent Wand, which is actually growing out of the Abyss, and is the spermatozoon developed as a poison, and manifesting the foetus... following him is Cerberus... this trump is shewn the entire mystery of Life in its most secret workings... the method")];

See also:
- Bellocchio &/or Eye of (Dreadful) Beauty;
- Warszawa;
- Spooky Blue;
And also:
- Allen Ginsberg, Burroughs & Ney Matogrosso;
- Audrey Hempburnt Haunted by A/Z;
- Genug! Manifesto;
- liste des déclencheurs;
- Kur-d-t My Ghost;
- God Save the Queen;
- High or Middle Culture (electronic and others)?
- movies about musicians;
- Série, presque à genoux with thread;
- Brazil in the 80's;- Tropicalismo;

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