Thursday, September 24, 2009

Ein Abend in Wien

The concept of Pandora's Music Box was resurrected in 1991 for a one-of festival at the same location under the moniker "Ein Abend in Wien". If and when I have time, I'll start uploading any info I have on http://ein-abend-in-wien.blogspot.com

Photo Phenomenon

Stub


Photo information flyer (thanks Surfling)


Front of photo ticket (thanks Surfling)


Back of photo ticket (thanks Surfling)


Glasses provided by Oor magazine (thanks Surfling)


What's this? Pandora's entry. They took a picture of every visitor of the festival. There were rumours that they would launch these photos into space. Guess they didn't. When I asked them for a duel they agreed. (http://www.itlooksdifferent.com/?id=79)


Photo information sheet, detailing the purpose and procedures of the whole photo phenomenon. If and when I have time, I might try to find out what happened to the photos.

Kiem (Klank Improvisatie Elektronische Muziek)

Rotterdams trio opgericht in 1982 uit de resten van Willy Nilly. Meest opvallend is de metalen drumkit van Meurs. Met de single The Moneyman wordt een hit in een aantal Zuid-Europese landen gescoord. (http://www.popinstituut.nl/biografie/kiem.1374.html)
Due to various problems with saxophone player Jos Valster, and the subsequent hassle of having to recruit and train yet another sax player, core members Cees and Huub decided to dismantle Kiem in 1987 (http://www.kiemrotterdam.nl/kiemrotterdam/category/about/)

Scheduled
Saturday, 22 September 1984, "Grote Box", 03:15-04:00

Line up
Cees Meurs – drums; Huub Kentie – keyboards, vocals; Ger van Voorden – saxophone

Set list
01 Soundcheck / Pili pili
02 Intro Ger Sax
03 Request to obtain
04 Metal drums FX (Cees IJzermans)
05 Behind
06 The real it
07 The money man
08 Short memories
09 It's working

Recordings
I have a lossy (mp3, 192kbps) radio recording of the full gig, 48'24" total. Get it here, on the band's website: http://www.kiemrotterdam.nl/kiemrotterdam/kiem-pandoras-music-box-1984-de-doelen-rotterdam-sep-22th-1984/

The gig was also (partially) recorded and broadcast on Dutch NOS television, view "It's working" it here as well as an interview conducted by Dutch legend Hennie Vrienten of Doe Maar fame (http://www.kiemrotterdam.nl/video/html/Pandora1984.html).

video


Other info
In drie uur tijd wordt het debuutalbum opgenomen. De korte opnametijd zorgt voor het spontane karakter van de muziek, maar de composities zijn wat te eenzijdig en kennen te weinig verschuivingen in ritme en sfeer. De plaat wordt tamelijk enthousiast ontvangen en dat levert de groep een aantal optredens bij opvallende gelegenheden op. Zo staat het drietal eerst op het Tegentonen festival in mei in Paradiso, in de zomer volgt het North Sea Jazz Festival en in september mag de band als afsluiter van het Rotterdamse festival Pandora's Music Box fungeren in een goed gevulde grote zaal van de Doelen. (http://www.popinstituut.nl/biografie/kiem.1374.html)


Article from festival booklet

Pete Shelley

Pete Shelley (born Peter Campbell McNeish, 17 April 1955 in Leigh, Greater Manchester) is an English singer, songwriter and guitarist, best-known as the leader of Buzzcocks. His stage name is a combination of his real first name and the name he would have been given had he been born female. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pete_Shelley)

Scheduled
Saturday 22 September 1984, "Kleine Box", 01:00-01:45

Line up
Unsure, but XL1 was recorded with this line up: Pete Shelley - vocals, guitar; Barry Adamson - bass; Martin Rushent - keyboards; Jim Russell - drums.
According to a review in Het Vrije Volk, Shelley had a four-piece backing band, in which Adamson is certain to have played.

Set list
Unknown

Recordings
Unknown

Other info


Article from festival booklet

Richard Strange

Richard Strange (born January 1951) is a British musician, actor, writer and composer. In 1975 he fronted the protopunk rock band Doctors of Madness. Strange has made films with Tim Burton, Neil Jordan, and Martin Scorsese, and appeared in several episodes of the successful comedy Men Behaving Badly playing the part of Neville the stoned hippy.
In 1981, Strange released the album "The Phenomenal Rise of Richard Strange" on Virgin Records.
In 1986, another song, "Damascus", got first released on 12'' maxi vinyl on both the Belgian Another Side and the German WEA labels.
In 2002, Strange’s autobiography, "Punks and Drunks and Flicks and Kicks" was published. Strange played the role of an Abraham Lincoln impersonator in Harmony Korine's 2008 film, Mister Lonely. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_strange)

Scheduled

Line up

Set list
Unknown

Recordings
Unknown

Strangest thing
Strange visited Cambodia in 2008 but I didn't get to meet him...

Chris Bailey

Chris Bailey is the co-founder and singer of rock band The Saints. He was born in Nanyuki, Kenya in 1959 to Irish parents. Bailey grew up in Belfast, Northern Ireland until the age of seven, when his family emigrated to Australia. The Saints were formed in Australia in 1974. Their first hit was in the UK with the classic punk anthem "(I'm) Stranded". The band slowly evolved toward a more sophisticated sound on their next few albums. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Bailey)

Scheduled

Line up

Set list
Unknown

Recordings
Unknown

The Fur Bible

Very short lived project with Kid Congo Powers (his first attempt at singing) and Patricia Morrison after the Gun Club disintegrated. Released only one EP "Plunder the Tombs" in 1985, produced by Jim Thirlwell (aka Clint Ruin aka Foetus).

Scheduled
Saturday 12 October 1985, "Small Hall", 22:45-23:30

Line up
Kid Congo Powers – guitar, vocals; Patricia Morrison – bass; Murray Mitchell – guitar (and saxophone?) ; Desparate (Peter Kablaen)– drums

Set list
01 Unknown
02 Headbolt
03 Unknown
04 Unknown (cut)

Recordings
I have a lossless (flac) radio recording of the above 4 tracks. Unfortunately, it's in mono.

Other info
Morrison and Powers played Pandora’s 1984 with the Gun Club, Desperate joined them shortly after Pandora's 84. Mitchell was an ex-roadie (and occasional guitar player) with Siouxsie & the Banshees who had played Pandora's 83. Gun Club main man Jeffrey Lee Pierce also played Pandora’s as the Jeffrey Lee Pierce Quartet.


Article from festival booklet




Article from Oor (1985-20)

The 77's

The 77s (alternatively spelled The Seventy Sevens or The 77's) are an American rock band. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_77s)

Scheduled


Line up
Michael Roe - vocals, guitar; Mark Tootle - keyboards, guitar; Jan Eric Volz - bass; Aaron Smith - drums

Set list
Unknown

Recordings
Unknown

Other info


Article from festival booklet

The group's video (and future show stopper) Mercy Mercy was aired on MTV. In Europe, where Polygram released the album, the group played festivals and showcases like the Pandora's Music Box festival, and videos aired on Music Box, the continent's equivalent to MTV. (http://www.shoutlife.com/the77s)

Shockheaded Peters

Shockheaded Peters revolves around Karl Blake (born: December 5, 1956; Reading, Berkshire, England), vocalist, bassist, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist most noted for his work with The Lemon Kittens, Danielle Dax, Sol Invictus, Current 93 and Gaë Bolg. Other past projects include Alternative TV, The Underneath, Evil Twin, British Racing Green, Blake Sabbath and solo work. Most of his work can be described as progressive-experimental and sometimes psychedelic. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl_Blake)

Scheduled

Line up
Karl Blake - vocals; Simon Moon - guitar; David Cadbury-Knight - guitar; Simon Shearston - bass; Trevor Reidy - drums

Set list
Unknown

Recordings
Unknown

Other info


Article from festival booklet




Article from Oor (1985-20)

24 years ago this month at Pandora's Music Box 1985 - Rotterdam. I was the bassist in "Shockheaded Peters". Got drunk with many of them that weekend - we were all in the same hotel. Met some very nice people in Sonic Youth, The Cult and Nico. A great memory. Anyone remember some of the legends in this line-up? (Escribano, http://www.foroflamenco.com/tm.asp?m=117975&appid=8&p=&mpage=1&key=&tmode=&smode=&s=#118903)

Screaming Blue Messiahs

The Screaming Blue Messiahs were a rock band, formed in 1983 in London by Bill Carter, Chris Thompson and Kenny Harris. The three had played together previously as The Small Brothers, and Thompson and Carter had formed part of Motor Boys Motor, together with Tony Moon on vocals, recording several tracks under that name on 24 August 1981 for John Peel's show on BBC Radio 1. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Screaming_Blue_Messiahs)

Scheduled

Line up
Bill Carter - vocals, guitar; Chris Thompson - bass, vocals; Kenny Harris - drums

Set list
Unknown

Recordings
Unknown

Other info


Article from festival booklet


Billy Carter on stage at Pandora's 85 (http://www.itlooksdifferent.com/index.cfm?id=78)

Yeah, they were great. If I recall, they went on just before us - which helped to warm the place up. (Escribano (bass player with Shockheaded Peters), http://www.foroflamenco.com/tm.asp?m=117975&appid=8&p=&mpage=1&key=&tmode=&smode=&s=#118903)