Yesterday we went to Vinyl Office a new record store in Bastille. It was an art opening, a friend of ours Patrice Caillet, collects modified album art. You know, when people change the record album with doodles, collage or other ways of defacing the original. Some of it was fan adoration and others complete disrespect! I think sometimes people made new covers because the first was damaged. There were children’s scribbles and druggie doodles. Amongst the record store inventory, I found a french edition box set of Gene Vincent that I have been searching for since an old roommate stole my copy (very exciting since it was very reasonably priced!). I also found a cool Screamin’ Jay Hawkins disc, “Real Life”. Afterward we went to see authentic jazz in a St-Germain-des-Prés cave. Why did I wait so long!!!??? It was like a time warp, everything beatnik and cool that I imagine Paris was in the 1950’s . Serge Gainsbourg covers by some talented american musicians, check it out. They are playing again here on monday night.
Here’s an image from “Lili” a great french teenage comic strip that I adore. I love this image because it shows what a concert in a cave looks like. Check the bored beatniks! I will show you more about Lili later.
Tonight we’re going to see Sonic Chicken 4 au Gambetta.
Friday night my husband had his usual once a month DJ gig (where usually I spin a few discs with him and his friend). This time they switched things up and decided to hold a sale at the same time. All the discs that were played were for sale. It was soooo much fun! Usually in a bar people don’t pay much attention to the music, it’s just background to conversations with friends, but everyone was paying attention to what was being played. I got a 45 of Johnny Kidd and the Pirates “Shaking all over” plus two other funny novelties. It was so exciting once people started buying. The DJ’s were animated and joking around, people were dancing.
Also this weekend we were listening to some of the records we bought in NY. The new 45 by Wounded Lion is amazing! The best record of the year! You can play it at 45 or 33 and it sound perfect!!! At 45 it’s a girl singing and at 33 a guy! Soooo great, brilliant!
This client of mine asked for a fag and a ho doing the twist at the Ball Populaire to the music of The Cramps. In order to convince him to let me do the project I promised we would listen to said group all through the session. We had a lot of fun!
In the same subject I’ve been reading my friend Miriams blog about her early days in The Cramps Kicksville66