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Anchoress
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posted 13 September 2004 09:33 PM      Profile for Anchoress     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
From another thread:

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Originally posted by audra trower williams:
I saw Johnny Cash play in England when I was 18. I am LUCKY.

I was fortunate enough to see Nina Simone at the Town and Country in London a few weeks before it closed. Unforgettable.


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posted 13 September 2004 09:35 PM      Profile for lagatta     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
What is a foreign country?
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posted 13 September 2004 09:35 PM      Profile for Baldfresh   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 

Some of us are lucky to get to concerts at all, let alone one's in foreign countries. I saw the Vans Warped tour in Montreal 6 or 7 years ago . . . that was kinda like another country . . .


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posted 13 September 2004 09:37 PM      Profile for Anchoress     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by lagatta:
What is a foreign country?

Ugh, not that again.


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posted 13 September 2004 09:44 PM      Profile for beluga2     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I saw Count Basie & His Orchestra playing at a bandstand in Disneyland when I was 13. At that age, I didn't have a clue who he was, but my mother was suitably impressed. (He died not too long afterwards.)
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posted 13 September 2004 09:46 PM      Profile for lagatta     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Nothing feline is foreign to me.

Homo sum, humani nihil a me alienum puto. "I am human, so nothing that is human is foreign to me".

Seriously though Anchoress, I really am allergic to the concept of a "foreign country". I didn't want to offend you - I think travel and concerts is a cool thread idea.


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posted 13 September 2004 09:47 PM      Profile for Anchoress     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by lagatta:

Seriously though Anchoress, I really am allergic to the concept of a "foreign country".

I already knew that from the last time you had your thumb up my butt about it.


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posted 13 September 2004 10:34 PM      Profile for planteater     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Why are you allergic to the concept of foreign countries?

There are several countries on the planet and the vast majority of them are not ours... therefore by definition they are foreign. To me, this isn't even a concept. It's more like ground reality on this world.


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BTW, coolest concert in a foreign country was Moby in London... he managed to fill up Wimbly. Now that is uberly wow! inducing. The show kicked ass too
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posted 13 September 2004 10:42 PM      Profile for lagatta     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
planteater, I find the concept of "foreign countries" or "foreigners" not xenophobic, but a bit old-fashioned, like something some old aunt would say (and I'm old enough to be your mum).

Here is Pauline Julien on that. I've heard her, but here in Montréal (suppose that is a foreign country for the RoC people)...

L'ÉTRANGER

quand j'étais petite fille
dans une petite ville
il y avait la famille, les amis, les voisins
ceux qui étaient comme nous
puis il y avait les autres
les étrangers, l'étranger
c'était l'italien, le polonais
l'homme de la ville d'à côté
les pauvres, les quêteux, les moins bien habillés

et ma mère bonne comme du bon pain
ouvrait sa porte
rarement son coeur
c'est ainsi que j'apprenais la charité
mais non pas la bonté
la crainte mais non pas le respect

dépaysée, au bout du monde
je pense à vous, je pense à vous
demain ce sera votre tour
que ferez-vous, que ferez-vous
dépaysée au bout du monde
je pense à vous, je pense à vous
demain ce sera votre tour
que ferez-vous, que ferez-vous

aujourd'hui l'étranger
c'est moi et quelques autres
comme l'arabe, le noir, l'homme d'ailleurs, l'homme de partout
c'est un peu comme chez nous
on me regarde en souriant
ou on se méfie
on change de trottoir quand on me voit
on éloigne les enfants
je suis rarement invitée à leur table

il semble que j'aie des moeurs étranges
l'âme aussi noire que le charbon
je viens sûrement du bout du monde
je suis l'étrangère
on est toujours l'étranger de quelqu'un

dépaysée au bout du monde
je pense à vous, je pense à vous
demain ce sera votre tour
que ferez-vous, que ferez-vous
dépaysée au bout du monde
je me prends à rêver, à rêver
à la chaleur, à l'amitié
au pain à partager, à la tendresse

croyez-vous qu'il soit possible d'inventer un monde
où les hommes s'aiment entr' eux
croyez-vous qu'il soit possible d'inventer un monde
où les hommes soient heureux
croyez-vous qu'il soit possible d'inventer un monde
un monde amoureux
croyez-vous qu'il soit possible d'inventer un monde
où il n'y aurait plus d'ÉTRANGER.

Paroles de Pauline Julien.
Musique de Jacques Perron.
© Éditions Nicolas.
Tous droits réservés.


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posted 13 September 2004 10:57 PM      Profile for Lard Tunderin' Jeezus   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I initially thought that The Who at Madison Square Gardens was the closest thing to a cool concert (it was the very first in their never-ending series of 'one-time-only' farewell concerts after Mr. Moon passed over) that I'd seen elsewhere - and I was rather depressed. (The Who should never, ever have played again without Keith.)

But then I recalled seeing Alain Stivell in Breton, France. Much, much cooler.


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I don't consider any of the other English speaking countries foreign, so I guess it'll have to be Mercury Rev in Washington State. Although, purely for bragging rights, I saw the Harry Smith project at the Royal Festival Hall in London featuring Nick Cave, Bryan Ferry, Van Dyke Parks, Jimmy Scott, Blixa Bargeld, Beth Orton, Gavin Friday, Jarvis Cocker, the McGarrigles, Eliza Carthy, Mary Margaret O'Hara and some other folks. I'd just gotten back from Glastonbury 1999 where I got engaged.
It's all been downhill ever since, really.

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I would agree that Pauline Julien's words are highly relevant to the world that we live in.

I still don't understand about the concept being out dated though. To me foreign is simply a catch all term to define the unfamiliar or to be highly esoteric about it, the other. It's a completely neutral term, with no negative connotations. Here's an example:

You say Montreal would be like a foreign country to people from RoC. I am a Montrealer to the core, but the rest of Quebec is far more foreign to me than a chunk of RoC. And before the question comes up, French is my other first language, and I've only ever lived in Montreal.


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posted 13 September 2004 11:10 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Although, purely for bragging rights, I saw the Harry Smith project at the Royal Festival Hall in London featuring Nick Cave, Bryan Ferry, Van Dyke Parks, Jimmy Scott, Blixa Bargeld, Beth Orton, Gavin Friday, Jarvis Cocker, the McGarrigles, Eliza Carthy, Mary Margaret O'Hara and some other folks. I'd just gotten back from Glastonbury 1999 where I got engaged.

Damn you, SLB! I mean, I wouldn't cross the street to see the McGarrigles, but that's just sour grapes on my part.

I don't travel much, but I guess for me it'd be either Yo La Tengo at Bumbershoot in Seattle, or the Oranj Symphonette in San Francisco.


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posted 13 September 2004 11:39 PM      Profile for audra trower williams   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Anchoress:

I already knew that from the last time you had your thumb up my butt about it.


Hey. Simmer down. lagatta is being good natured about it. I'd ask you to do the same.


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posted 13 September 2004 11:50 PM      Profile for Anchoress     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by audra trower williams:

Hey. Simmer down. lagatta is being good natured about it. I'd ask you to do the same.


Ask away, audra.


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posted 13 September 2004 11:57 PM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I saw Tri Yann at outside concerts twice, for free. Once at Vertou (outside Nantes) and another at Pornic, on the Biscay coast.

I also saw Les Negresses Vertes at a free concert beside the Cathedral in Nantes, but the coolest of them all was Ar Re Yaouank at the old port of Nantes (near the site of les noyades for Swinburne fans). They play traditionalish binou et bombarde music, which is kind of hypnotic in the right circumstances.

Once they started to play, people in the audience began an old Breton dance in which pinky fingers are linked and everyone dances in a long chain, snaking all throughout the foule.

Two cool concerts at Nantes that I just missed (and so can't brag about) were by Raï artist Cheb Mami, and Gypsy Swing guitarist Jimmy Rosenberg.


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quote:
Originally posted by 'lance:

Damn you, SLB! I mean, I wouldn't cross the street to see the McGarrigles, but that's just sour grapes on my part.


I was going to post much the same thing; actually, out of all he listed I would have most liked to see Mercury Rev, w/o question one of my most-loved bands.


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al, not a concert but in terms of Rai bragging rights, I was out at a bar with Rachid Taha in Lyon as he is a close friend of a friend of mine there ... I'm not so musical as to pay for big concerts - I've attended a lot of cool street festivals with splendid musics from round the world, but no on particular one sticks out.

And Anchoress, I really had no intention of offending you - I certainly don't think you are a xenophobe of any variety, moreover it is an interesting thread idea. I do confess I don't understand why I piqued you so.


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posted 14 September 2004 08:10 AM      Profile for Willowdale Wizard   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
i've seen a belgian band, soulwax, in both berlin and london. i guess seeing them twice outside their home country qualifies me as a groupie.


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I've heard all kinds of things on the Paris Metro. My favourites were an African drum troupe and a superb old fellow just sitting on the ground, head back, and singing the Volga Boat Song from somewhere deep inside his body.

I also heard/saw Charlebois and [what is her name?] perform Lindberg at Ste-Agathe in the summer of '72. Formidable.


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quote:
[what is her name?]

Louise Forrestier?


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Ah. Google says yes, although she is a Forestier. Thank you, 'lance. I am so lazy.
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'lance
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I think I still have an LP featuring those two.

Note to self: buy replacement turntable, at long last.


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Hey! You got the LP; I got the turntable!

And I got a brand new pair of roller-skates, ... etc.


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'lance
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posted 14 September 2004 11:47 AM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Or, since I'm living in Alberta...

"I've got a brand-new combine harvester,
and I'll give you the key..." etc., etc.

It's a real song, by the way. You could look it up.


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posted 14 September 2004 11:55 AM      Profile for Screaming Lord Byron     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
By The Wurzels. Number 1 the day I was born, fact fans.
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'lance
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... my dear fellow. I'll play pool against you any time, but music trivia? No, and I thank you. I'll plead no contest, and give you a bye to the next round.

Unless, of course, you simply Googled that...


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Sadly, no.
This helps, though.
http://www.thisdayinmusic.com/cont/choose.html

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'lance
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Cool!

US No. 1 the day I was born was "My Guy," by Mary Wells. Fair enough.

But the UK No. 1 was "Juliet," by the Four Pennies. As our friend 'topherscompy might say -- whisky tango foxtrot?!


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That site may deserve its own thread.
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quote:
Originally posted by 'lance:
"I've got a brand-new combine harvester,
and I'll give you the key..." etc., etc.

That sounds suspiciously like a knock-off/parody of Melanie's 1971 hit, "Brand New Key".

quote:

I rode my bicycle past your window last night
I roller-skated to your door at daylight
It almost seems like you're avoiding me
I'm okay alone, but you got something I need

Well, I got a brand new pair of roller skates
You got a brand new key
I think that we should get together and try them out you see
I been looking around awhile
You got something for me
Oh! I got a brand new pair of roller skates
You got a brand new key

I ride my bike, I roller skate don't drive no care
Don't go too fast, but I go pretty far
For somebody who don't drive
I been all around the world
Some people say, I done all right for a girl

Oh, yea yea, oh, yea yea yea, oh yea yea yea yea yea yea

I asked your mother if you were at home
She said yes but you weren't alone
Oh, sometimes I think that you're avoiding me
I'm okay alone, but you got something I need

Well, I got a brand new pair of roller skates
You got a brand new key
I think that we should get together and try them out to see
La la la la la la la la, la la la la la la
Oh! I got a brand new pair of roller skates
You got a brand new key


Have either of you got the lyrics for the combine harvester song?

[Edited to add: OMG, that Melanie song has a bit of a double entendre that was lost on me as a six-year-old ]

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Sadly, it's a pastiche of the earlier hit.

COMBINE HARVESTER (BRAND NEW KEY)
12/06/1976 - 2 weeks at #1 - 13 weeks on chart

I drove my tractor through your haystack last night
(ooh aah ooh aah)
I threw me pitchfork at your dog to keep quiet
(ooh aah ooh aah)
Now something's telling me
That you'm avoiding me
Come on now darling you've got something I need

Cuz I got a brand new combine harvester
An' I'll give you the key
Come on now let's get together
In perfect harmony
I got twenty acres
An' you got forty-three
Now I got a brand new combine harvester
An' I'll give you the key

She made I laugh ha ha

I'll stick by you, I'll give you all that you need
We'll 'ave twins and triplets
I'm a man built for speed
And you know I'll love you darlin'
So give me your hand
But what I want the most
Is all they acres of land

Cuz I got a brand new combine harvester
An' I'll give you the key
Come on now let's get together
In perfect harmony
I got twenty acres
An' you got forty-three
Now I got a brand new combine harvester
An' I'll give you the key

Ooaah she's a lovely bit of stuff an' all

For seven long years I've been alone in this place
Eat, sleep, in the kitchen, it's a proper disgrace
Now if I cleaned it up would you change your mind
I'll give up drinking scrumpy and that lager and lime

Cuz I got a brand new combine harvester
An' I'll give you the key
Come on now let's get together
In perfect harmony
I got twenty acres
An' you got forty-three
Now I got a brand new combine harvester
An' I'll give you the key

Who loves ya baby ha

Weren't we a grand couple at that last wurzel dance
I wore brand new gaters and me cordouroy pants
In your new Sunday dress with your perfume smelling grand
We had our photos took and us holding hands

Now I got a brand new combine harvester
An' I'll give you the key
Now that we'me both past our fifties I think that you and me
Should stop this galavanting and will you marry me
Coz I got a brand new combine harvester
An' I'll give you the key

Aahh yu're a fine looking woman and I can't wait to get me 'ands on your land


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[edited on accounta SLB was too quick on the draw fer me, consound it]

[ 14 September 2004: Message edited by: 'lance ]


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quote:
Originally posted by Anchoress:

Ask away, audra.


Well then, consider yourself asked. Behave yourself.


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I saw U2's Joshua Tree Tour in Cork, Ireland in '87.
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quote:
Originally posted by audra trower williams:

Well then, consider yourself asked. Behave yourself.


Lagatta, I've PM'd you.


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The Band, Atlanta Georgia. But then again its the only concert I've attended in a foreign country.
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I saw Morcheeba at the Shepherd's Bush Empire in London the night I landed there. I was so jetlagged that I fell asleep in my seat before the band came out. Once they started playing, though, I was wide awake. They're ultrasmoothcool.

That's the only concert I've seen in a country I didn't live in.


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Best show was easily the Ramones (opening act) and Iggy Pop at theatre St. Denis. I think it was 1977.

Got to hang out with the Ramones after the show


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Ooh! I remember. Nearly Joel, the Kiwi Billy Joel tribute act at half time during an Otago Highlanders rugby match at Carisbrooke, Dunedin, NZ.
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quote:
Nearly Joel, the Kiwi Billy Joel tribute act ...

Good Gawd.

Was this in the so-bad-it's-good category?


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Monterey Pop. I was 3.

Which version of 'the Band" was that BleedingHeart?


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Screaming Lord Byron
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posted 14 September 2004 05:03 PM      Profile for Screaming Lord Byron     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by 'lance:

Good Gawd.

Was this in the so-bad-it's-good category?


It was a guy who, as far as I could tell made no attempt in any way to resemble Mr. Joel, save for a pair of shades. He had a cheap little Casio keyboard and played 'Uptown Girl', 'Piano Man' and, oh yes, 'We Didn't Start The Fire'. It may have been an ironic joke, I honestly couldn't tell.


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'lance
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posted 14 September 2004 05:05 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Was he lynched by beery rugby fans?
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Screaming Lord Byron
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posted 14 September 2004 05:08 PM      Profile for Screaming Lord Byron     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I recall a couple of cans being flung, but a fairly muted reception. Perhaps other half-time acts were worse? I believe I may have found the culprit.

http://www.kiwireviews.co.nz/showreview.php?pid=347


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