Indie musicians from America and Europe play a gig of VU tunes. Yes, the ones with melodies.
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SATELLITES OF LOVE
Wien 2009 [no label, 2CD]
Live at Stadtfest am Michaelerplatz (Open Air), Wein, Austria, April 25, 2009. Ex SBD stereo.
Ever wondered what happened to the progenitors of jangle pop and alternative music? They were bands from America like Green On Red, The Walkabouts and The Dream Syndicate, chiefly influenced by psychedelic rock, The Byrds and The Velvet Underground.
Like the Velvets, the alternative that didn’t turn into the mainstream sputtered out. These bands splintered and their creative lights continue in the shadows making music for indie labels. It’s not surprising that indie bands seem to fare better in Europe where bands, that don’t write and sing in English, understand what “struggle” means. In fractured Europe, terms like outsider and alien are better appreciated. This is also the attitude that anchors punk and alternative music.
This concert in Vienna, Austria, attracted like-minded performers like unsigned American singer-songwriter Eleni Mandell and Austrians Ernst Molden and Marilies Jagsch. Another fellow traveller along the dusty indie route is Slovenian folk rocker, Vlado Kreslin, now 56.
The intention was to celebrate the indie spirit with a tribute to Lou Reed, the mainman of the Velvets. All the talents came together as Satellites Of Love, named after a Reed song. If John Cale is the Velvets’ experimental side then Reed is recognised as the pop in the Velvets. So no droning tracks at this concert. From the jangling intro to Rock & Roll, you know this is what IT IS.
This show was intended to be a “gig-only CD” but plans fell through and Chris Eckman and Steve Wynn representing the Satellites Of Love, have allowed for it to be shared. Thanks to hanwaker who made it possible through Dime. Thanks to fracas64 for the CD art.
Green On Red, Dream Syndicate, The Walkabouts live on in the internet with many fans sharing live recordings by these bands. You don’t have to be rich to be remembered.
- The Little Chicken
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Disc 1 [singers in brackets]
Track 101. Introduction (4.2MB)
Track 102. Rock & Roll [Steve Wynn] (9.7MB)
Track 103. White Light [Chris Brokaw] (4.3MB)
Track 104. Hooky Wooky [Ernst Molden] (6.2MB)
Track 105. Die Karolin maant (Caroline Says) [Ernst Molden] (6.1MB)
Track 106. There Is No Time [Chris Eckman] (8.5MB)
Track 107. Femme Fatale [Marilies Jagsch] (5.7MB)
Track 108. Lisa Says [Marilies Jagsch] (5.1MB)
Track 109. Sunday Morning [Vlado Kreslin] (5.2MB)
Track 110. Waiting For The Man [Vlado Kreslin] (8.3MB)
Track 111. Venus In Furs [Rodrigo d’Erasmo] (8.2MB)
Track 112. Ferry Boat Bill [Chris Brokaw] (5.1MB)
Track 201. There She Goes [Eleni Mandell] (4.0MB)
Track 202. All Tomorrows Parties [Eleni Mandell] (8.8MB)
Track 203. Walk On The Wild Side [Steve Wynn] (8.1MB)
Track 204. Blue Mask [Steve Wynn] (7.7MB)
Track 205. Black Angel’s Death Song [Chris Brokaw] (6.6MB)
Track 206. What Goes On + Encore Break [Chris Cacavas] (12.4MB)
Track 207. Satellite Of Love [Vlado Kreslin] (6.1MB)
Track 208. Temptation [Eleni Mandell] (5.1MB)
Track 209. Sweet Jane [Eleni Mandell] (8.5MB)
Steve Wynn [Dream Syndicate],
Bass: Rupert Huber (Tosca), Austria
Dub mixing: Wolfgang Schloegl (Sofa Surfers), Austria
Guitar: Chris Eckman (The Walkabouts), USA
Guitar: Chris Brokaw (Thurston Moore, Evan Dando), USA
Keyboards: Chris Cacavas (Green On Red), USA
Violin: Rodrigo D’ Erasmo (Afterhours), Italy
Drums: Michael Holzgruber (Sofa Surfers), Austria
Dirk Dresselhaus - electro-noise
The most recent Velvet Underground compilation is the 2008 release, The Velvet Underground Playlist Plus (3CD set) which includes six solo tracks by singer Nico. Click on the link to order the album.