Thursday, November 20, 2008

Pandora's Music @

A surprisingly little number of the Pandora's shows has ever been officially released. To the best of my knowledge, nothing from 83 was released. From 84, 7 songs have shown up on the Gun Club's Danse Kalinda Boom, and 2 songs as bonus tracks on the rerelease of the Sound's In The Hothouse. From 85, only 2 songs appeared as bonus tracks on the rerelease of Jeffrey Lee Pierce's Wildweed, and Nico's full show was released as Behind The Iron Curtain. And that's about it so far...

Beggars Archive is currently preparing a (partial?) release of the Fall's 84 show as bonus disc for the rerelease of their The Wonderful And Frightening World Of The Fall.

I'll be uploading the recordings that I have to the widget in the right hand frame over the next couple of weeks. They are encoded as mp3's at a relatively low bitrate, to ensure quick loading. If you're interested in having a high quality mp3 or lossless (flac) copy of the files, drop me a line and I'll see what I can do.

Uploaded so far:

Armoury Show, Danse Society, Die Haut with Nick Cave, Fad Gadget, Jah Wobble & the Invaders of the Heart, Siouxsie & the Banshees, Skeleton Crew, SPK, W.A.T.

Anne Clark, Anti Group, Billy Bragg, Blaine L. Reininger, Bronski Beat, Claw Boys Claw, Fiat Lux, Icicle Works, Me & the Heat, Palais Schaumburg, Shriekback, Tom Verlaine

Chris Isaak, Echo & the Bunnymen, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

Monday, April 28, 2008

Festival booklet 1983

Each year, the Dutch magazine Vinyl published the official festival booklets in the edition preceding the weekend.

Front cover of the official festival booklet. Note: the photo features the same models and car as the front cover of the Theme from Pandora's Music Box 12"...

Introduction by Joost Niemoller

Tickets 1984

Used ticket for Friday night

Unused ticket for Friday night (can you imagine: unused!)

Unused ticket for Saturday night

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

Nicholas Edward Cave (born 22 September 1957) is an Australian musician, songwriter, author, screenwriter, and occasional actor. He is best known for his work in the rock band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and his fascination with American music and its roots. He has a reputation, which he disowns, for singing dark, brooding songs which some listeners regard as depressing. His music is characterised by intensity, high energy and a wide variety of influences. (

Saturday, 12 October 1985, "Big Hall", 02:40 - 03:40

Nick Cave – vocals; Blixa Bargeld – guitars, vocals; Mick Harvey – guitar; Barry Adamson – bass; Thomas Wydler – drums

Set list
01 Avalanche
02 Tupelo
03 Well of misery
04 Sad dark eyes
05 Blind Lemon Jefferson

06 Wanted man
07 Say goodbye to the little girl tree
08 Knocking on Joe
09 Train long suffering
10 Saint Huck
11 I put a spell on you

12 Mutiny in heaven

This show has been extensively bootlegged over the years, but never officially released. Tracks 01 – 12 were on the bootleg LP (and later CD) Pandora’s Misery (complete audience, PMB 131085 (FR,198?)), 03 – 11 were released on the bootleg CD's He Put A Spell On Us (incomplete radio broadcast, Wild Angel records -NCCD2 (NL,1992)). The release is wrongfully credited as being recorded in Amsterdam,
1984. It is in fact Pandora's 1985. The same tracks were also released as In Funeral Night (incomplete radio broadcast, BRX 007).
I have a lossless (flac) copy of He Put A Spell On Us.

Front cover of (CD version of) Pandora's Misery

Front cover of In Funeral Night

Front cover of He Put A Spell On Us

Other info
Both Bargeld and Harvey played Pandora's 85 twice: Bargeld was also in Einsturzende Neubauten, Harvey also played in Crime & the City Solution.

Nick Cave on stage at Pandora's 1985 (

Nick Cave on stage at Pandora's 1985 (photo by Marcel Snoek - huge thanks to Jeroen)

On stage at Pandora's 85 (Sounds 26 October 1985)

Article from festival booklet

Eric Brus descibes his experiences of the show in literary magazine Passionate, issue 3, May/June 1997. (

Friday, February 22, 2008

Poster 1985

Poster for Pandora's 1985