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Old pics: I remember this show quite well. Eventful night. That shirt from some kind of Coca-cola corporate training retreat was from a thrift shop in (I think) Atlanta, which was better than doing laundry. source: https://www.facebook.com/groups/642148675925832/permalink/1788378984636123/ and: https://www.facebook.com/groups/642148675925832/permalink/1788469827960372/

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I should get a medal just for being me Well, friends, the calendar is still relentless and another Wodnesdæg has rolled along, meaning another Song for Odin™, and for you, should you be interested. So I have reached into my old bag of tricks, that is to say songs, not to say lēoþcræft, and got hold of the following. https://youtu.be/jRrTUkaTFog That's me doing "Mr Ramones," from a solo acoustic set at Autonomes Zentrum (AZ) Aachen (Germany), October 3, 2012. It was the last night of the Kepi & Dr. Frank European "Art" Tour of 2012, about which I've written quite a bit about in this "series." If it isn't clear, that meandering, drink-fogged intro refers to Kepi, who talked me into coming to Europe and playing music again. Against my better judgment, it must be said, but it wound up being a good time. And more than anything else, it got me back into playing and singing songs again in public, something I wasn't sure I'd ever do. You can read more about that at the link in the notes below if you want, but I'll quote the relevant bit here: '[This tour] was a real catalyst to rekindling my interest in doing music again: I'd largely given up on it at the time. When I think of it, Kepi has played that role several times over the course of the years, breaking down my skepticism about the prospect and egging me on to give it all another go. In a way it's like how Bowie searched Berlin for Iggy, found him, pulled him out of his squalid hole, and brought him and his career back to life, except, of course, I'm no Iggy and what I was being pulled out of was nothing like Romantic rock n roll dissolution but mere lethargy and pessimism. 'It's not a coincidence that 2012 marks the time when I started investigating the old records, listening to them for the first time in years and years and trying to assess the validity and worth of the songs and such. This was the beginning of the "rescue and reissue" project I'm now engaged in, and it's possible that without that Euro tour I'd have let the "legacy" lie and stopped the songwriting etc. altogether. So, thanks be to Kepi. Songs are important, I see that now.' They are indeed. Or, they can be. And while I'm not sure "Mr Ramones" is one of the super important ones, it's... pretty darn good. Though it wasn't recorded and released till AD 2000 on the Miracle of Shame EP, this song had been kicking around for many, many years previously. It was one of those tunes I'd pull out when the drums broke or something, just turning down the volume knob on the guitar and singing it folk song style in lieu of just standing around awkwardly trying to think of things to say to draw attention away from the fact that the set had ground to a halt yet again. It worked great for that purpose, a brief bit of comic relief in a bad situation. Some might say it performs a similar function on the record it's in the center of. But not me, I'd never say that. The song is self-explanatory, I hope. We've all met loads and loads of Mr Ramoneses, I'm sure, and some of us may actually be a Mr Ramones ourselves. It is a vague attempt at social satire, I suppose, meaningful only within the tiniest sliver of society. Yet another joke of the way inside type. At worst, and most, it's a gentle lampoon. I have, however, encountered a fair few who don't take it as a lampoon at all, but rather as a kind of personal anthem, a celebration, in fact. "You wrote a song about me! Ramones ARE God! You're not the only one who knows! I know it too!" And then they want me to give them "five" or do that handshake where you grab each other's thumb and hit each other on the back with the other hand. Admittedly, many of these are people for whom English is not a first language. I'm glad they like the song, or if they don't, that they've taken back the night on it, if you know what I mean. One final "minor secret": "Ramones are God" is an inscription on the dead wax run out grooves of Side 2 of Everybody's Entitled to Their Own Opinion. Not a lot of people know that. notes: -- studio recording from The Miracle of Shame: https://youtu.be/XUXsIrc4PKQ -- more on that Euro "art tour": https://www.minds.com/newsfeed/1023625720721571840?referrer=frankportman -- the poster for that tour: https://www.minds.com/newsfeed/1023613083791130624?referrer=frankportman -- Songs for Odin playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLommF46BbnATopffORs0YkspebJHka2o_ #music #songs #video #punkrock #minds
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More from Dr Frank

Old pics: I remember this show quite well. Eventful night. That shirt from some kind of Coca-cola corporate training retreat was from a thrift shop in (I think) Atlanta, which was better than doing laundry. source: https://www.facebook.com/groups/642148675925832/permalink/1788378984636123/ and: https://www.facebook.com/groups/642148675925832/permalink/1788469827960372/

37 views · Dec 2nd, 2020
I should get a medal just for being me Well, friends, the calendar is still relentless and another Wodnesdæg has rolled along, meaning another Song for Odin™, and for you, should you be interested. So I have reached into my old bag of tricks, that is to say songs, not to say lēoþcræft, and got hold of the following. https://youtu.be/jRrTUkaTFog That's me doing "Mr Ramones," from a solo acoustic set at Autonomes Zentrum (AZ) Aachen (Germany), October 3, 2012. It was the last night of the Kepi & Dr. Frank European "Art" Tour of 2012, about which I've written quite a bit about in this "series." If it isn't clear, that meandering, drink-fogged intro refers to Kepi, who talked me into coming to Europe and playing music again. Against my better judgment, it must be said, but it wound up being a good time. And more than anything else, it got me back into playing and singing songs again in public, something I wasn't sure I'd ever do. You can read more about that at the link in the notes below if you want, but I'll quote the relevant bit here: '[This tour] was a real catalyst to rekindling my interest in doing music again: I'd largely given up on it at the time. When I think of it, Kepi has played that role several times over the course of the years, breaking down my skepticism about the prospect and egging me on to give it all another go. In a way it's like how Bowie searched Berlin for Iggy, found him, pulled him out of his squalid hole, and brought him and his career back to life, except, of course, I'm no Iggy and what I was being pulled out of was nothing like Romantic rock n roll dissolution but mere lethargy and pessimism. 'It's not a coincidence that 2012 marks the time when I started investigating the old records, listening to them for the first time in years and years and trying to assess the validity and worth of the songs and such. This was the beginning of the "rescue and reissue" project I'm now engaged in, and it's possible that without that Euro tour I'd have let the "legacy" lie and stopped the songwriting etc. altogether. So, thanks be to Kepi. Songs are important, I see that now.' They are indeed. Or, they can be. And while I'm not sure "Mr Ramones" is one of the super important ones, it's... pretty darn good. Though it wasn't recorded and released till AD 2000 on the Miracle of Shame EP, this song had been kicking around for many, many years previously. It was one of those tunes I'd pull out when the drums broke or something, just turning down the volume knob on the guitar and singing it folk song style in lieu of just standing around awkwardly trying to think of things to say to draw attention away from the fact that the set had ground to a halt yet again. It worked great for that purpose, a brief bit of comic relief in a bad situation. Some might say it performs a similar function on the record it's in the center of. But not me, I'd never say that. The song is self-explanatory, I hope. We've all met loads and loads of Mr Ramoneses, I'm sure, and some of us may actually be a Mr Ramones ourselves. It is a vague attempt at social satire, I suppose, meaningful only within the tiniest sliver of society. Yet another joke of the way inside type. At worst, and most, it's a gentle lampoon. I have, however, encountered a fair few who don't take it as a lampoon at all, but rather as a kind of personal anthem, a celebration, in fact. "You wrote a song about me! Ramones ARE God! You're not the only one who knows! I know it too!" And then they want me to give them "five" or do that handshake where you grab each other's thumb and hit each other on the back with the other hand. Admittedly, many of these are people for whom English is not a first language. I'm glad they like the song, or if they don't, that they've taken back the night on it, if you know what I mean. One final "minor secret": "Ramones are God" is an inscription on the dead wax run out grooves of Side 2 of Everybody's Entitled to Their Own Opinion. Not a lot of people know that. notes: -- studio recording from The Miracle of Shame: https://youtu.be/XUXsIrc4PKQ -- more on that Euro "art tour": https://www.minds.com/newsfeed/1023625720721571840?referrer=frankportman -- the poster for that tour: https://www.minds.com/newsfeed/1023613083791130624?referrer=frankportman -- Songs for Odin playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLommF46BbnATopffORs0YkspebJHka2o_ #music #songs #video #punkrock #minds
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