Elandsgracht festival 14 Sept 2008

Elandsgracht festival 14 Sept 2008

I don’t think the japanese invented karaoke. When you see how much fun the Dutch have with watching local crooners singing over backing tapes of old Johnny Jordaan or Andre Hajes songs, and getting drunk, and swaying to the haunting melodies (and joining in wailing with singers), you would have to believe that it’s an invention from the Netherlands.

Last weekend the local bar “Cafe de Jordaan” had it’s annual fest. Stage, beer, singing. No trouble, just some boozed up jolly folks. And for some strange reason many polished up Harleys (and their similarly polished up owners).

Shiny mid-life crisis model Harleys, in the Elandsgracht 14 sept.

Shiny mid-life crisis model Harleys, in the Elandsgracht 14 sept.

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John Peel relaxation

July 11, 2008

I worked waaaaaaaaay too late last night.

Following my recent download of old punk and new wave stuff, I had a yearning to listen to some John Peel. I wish someone would stream old shows – Radio 1 circa 1980 – 1990. At least the evening shows with Kid Jensen, Walters Weekly and John Peel.

Last night thanks to the super kind guys who produce Rewind the Tape I was able to listen to a 22 Feb 1982 John Peel show featuring sessions from Action Pact and The Cure.

John, you were great company while I did homework 26 years ago. And PowerPoint 12 hours ago