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#86 : New and old punk bands around the world : UK, France, USA and Australia…Last news : The Saints and Laughing Clowns re-form with the Original members for the All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival 2009!! Nick Cave will be there too !!

Jeudi, octobre 2nd, 2008
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This time I got a true live audience with Gary from Dublin (Ireland), David from Galicie (Spain) and David from Torino (Italy) and I interviewed them during the time I played the songs chosen for that podcast : 16’s Legal from 3 Foot Ninja (UK), “Ode à Sarko” from Miseres et Cordes (France), “Blood for Oil” from Mutant Press (USA), “Where did I go wrong” (+ “I love Rock and Roll” in intro) from the band “X” founded by Ian Rilen, “Skinny Jean” from Ed Kuepper and “Wild about you and Erotic Neurotic” from the Original Saints (all those bands from Australia if you didn’t know it before)…Gary (18 years old) and the both David (24 years old) were very serious to give their point of view, they played themselves in bands : punk, lo-fi garage, new metal…a true shared pleasure with them, i hope for you too !

Jordan (16 years old) from 3 Foot Ninja (UK) Gary (18) from Dublin (Ireland)

Mutant Press (USA), the band “X” (Australia) in 2003 with Steve Lucas, Cath Synnerdahl, Ian Rilen and Geof Holmes (a meeting of the original line-up who recorded the “I love Rock’n Roll” album)

BTW : Gary and the both David owned a group of 20 young people between 16 and 24 who were during a week at Marseille in September for a transnational training session where I taught them how to record an interview and put it on a blog (on Meltingtalks soon with the best moments!!).

David from Italy (his band : your personal Santa Claus), Gary from Ireland and his percing-tunnel (his band : “As it bleeds”!!) David from Spain (his band : SNC “Sistema Nervioso Centra”), Gary and me at the final party !

Big and unexpected news at the end : Ed Kuepper announced to me Yesterday they re-formed the Original Saints with Chris Bailey and Ivor Hay for three shows at All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival in January 2009…in Australia !!! For the same event he will re-form as well Laughing Clowns with Jeffrey Weggener, Louise Elliott and Leslie Millar…more ? Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds will be there too !!!!!!!!

#85 Ed Kuepper in European tour 2008 Part 4 Live recording at the soundcheck at the Olympia at Paris with the Bad Seeds : interview in French and in English under the black flag with Radio Libertaire and Place aux fous musique !!

Dimanche, août 10th, 2008
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In this podcast a live interview with ED KUEPPER recorded after his soundcheck at the Olympia at Paris June 9th for the last show of his European tour 2008 with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.

Ed Kuepper just before the show; Ed at the show during Eternally yours

The interview is simultaneously translated in French by my friend Eric Tessier who hosts the rock show “Place aux fous musique” on the French Anarchist radio “Radio Libertaire” : a premiere on Meltingpod !! Eric couldn’t air the interview before the end of July, that’s why I waited.
I illustrated the interview with some excerpts of my live recordings at the soundcheck, specially when from the very first minutes both Bad Seeds Warren Ellis at the violin and Martyn Casey at the bass joined Ed Kuepper and Jeffrey Wegener to improvise together fot the first time on “Eternally yours” !!! A very nice surprise !

Jeffrey, Ed, Warren and Martyn at the soundcheck working on Eternally yours; Ed and Eric after the interview in the dressing room.

But the acoustic was very hard at the Olympia ( a new venue in fact, the old one has been destroyed a few years ago!!) and the sound engineer is working during my recording : not easy in that context to capture a correct sound but this recording was the unique memory of that interesting work; so I chose to keep some short moments like a very special noisy version from “Nights in Venice” at the end !! L’Olympia : a new punk venue ?

Ed’s sound engineer at the desk; The unique place to hear a sound which was not too much saturated in that prestigious venue !!

Ed announced in the interview his own label “Prince Melon records”‘ re-launching and his first live album’s release under this label. You could order on line his new production on the Prince Melon records page on myspace : Sir Alfonso will offer you for the visit a free downloading of a live bootleg recorded in November 2007 at Brisbane with the Kowalski Collective : don’t miss it and try to support his initiative if you believe in the independant music !!
You can as well support Meltingpod by clicking on my kangaroo logo on the right column of this blog and become an Happy Donator : even if it’s symbolic, it’s important to be present !

Prince Melon and Sir Alfonso’s three first bootlegs

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Update August 11th : hey watch what I found on youtube today !!!! Ed Kuepper and Jeffrey Wegener joining Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds on stage to play the encore…at the Olympia !!!! what a crazy end !!

#82 Ed Kuepper LIVE at l’Olympia Paris and at the Tempodrom Berlin : Interview (part3) in the Tiergarten during his European tour 2008 with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Mercredi, juin 18th, 2008
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I start this podcast with ED KUEPPER opening his show at l’Olympia June 9th at Paris with one my favorite song “the way I made you feel”!!

Ed Kuepper and Jeffrey Wegener during their show at l’Olympia

Martyn P.Casey from the Bad Seeds joining Ed and Jeffrey on stage

That concert closed his 3 weeks long european tour with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds with some great moments : Martyn P. Casey and Warren Ellis (the violonist and bass guitarist from the Bad Seeds) joined Ed and Jeffrey on stage for an unforgettable version from Eternally yours (videos clips soon : stay connected !!).; at the end of Nick Cave’ s show Ed and Jeffrey joined the Bad Seeds…Paris was lucky and me too !!

For the last song a big jam : Ed Kuepper, Warren Ellis (violin) and Nick Cave (back on the piano); the three drummers together : Thomas Wydler, Jeffrey Wegener and Jim Sclavunos !!

We continued the interview (part 3) in a very quiet, peaceful and intimate garden with flowers we found out walking in the Tiergarten at Berlin without a precise idea of the North…in fact a place for confidences and Ed spoke about his temporary blockage to write any song or play live after producing 12 (or 15 ?) albums between 1990 and 1997 , how he started again and his new approach of the music now !!

In that podcast I played “Horse under water” recorded during the show at the Tempodrom, “Rainy night” and Everything I got belongs to you” recorded during the soundcheck at l’Olympia…Ed tested all the time new versions with Jeffrey and it’s really an endless pleasure…:)

Some relaxing moments with Jeffrey in the dressing room at l’Olympia, with the Bad Seeds in the street at Paris (Matt Crosby the sound engineer and Conway Savage the pianist) !!

There will be a part 4 proposing a new interview recorded with Ed at l’Olympia and my friend Eric Tessier who hosts the bi-weekly rock show “Place aux fous musique” from Radio Libertaire, a national French radio spread by the Anarchist Federation (simultaneously translated in French); the podcast will be published after he will air the show July 25th…here I just played an extract with some great news about Ed’s projects for the second part of 2008 !! We couldn’t wait to share that with you !!

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Update June 25th : interesting interviews with Ed (in 2002 to 2005) on that site at “Tarentula!” by Christopher Hollow.

#81 Ed Kuepper LIVE at Berlin : interview from the Saints to the Laughing Clowns and more… Live music recorded at the Tempodrom during his European tour 2008 Podcast Part 2

Dimanche, juin 1st, 2008
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We continue the interview with ED KUEPPER in the Tiergarten at Berlin speaking about his musical evolution, how he experimented different line-ups and instruments to approach and satisfy his idea of the sound… from the “first” Saints to the Laughing Clowns and more…I start with playing excerpts from “Honey Steels’ Gold” recorded during the show, “If I had a ticket” (a cover from Phil Jones and the unknown blues) and “Horse under water” at the end (the whole song with Ed’s agreement) recorded at the soundcheck : the empty Tempodrom at that time sounded as a cathedral…a great moment for me and I hope for you too !!

Ed Kuepper and Jeffrey Wegener Live at Berlin May 21st and 22sd

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Update June 3rd : you can check these videos links to hear how sounded and looked like :
The Saints - Live At Paddington Town Hall II (1977)
The Laughing Clowns - Holy Joe (1980)

#80 Ed Kuepper LIVE interview and music at Berlin during his European tour with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds : Soundcheck in the Tempodrom and Interview in the Tiergarten Podcast Part 1

Jeudi, mai 29th, 2008
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At least I met ED KUEPPER in person at Berlin and he offered me the possibility to record his both soundchecks and live shows May 21th and 22th…alone with him, his drummer Jeffrey Wegener and the sound engineer in the Tempodrom the biggest venue at Berlin and a few hours later packed with 3500 people : I really loved the intimacy of the soundchecks but the shows were very exciting too and good !!!

Alone in the Tempodrom at Berlin with Ed Kuepper and Jeffrey Wegener at the soundcheck

Ed and Jeffrey playing live in front of 3500 people
The crowd at the break in the Tempodrom; Jeffrey at the break in the dressing room ! (click to enlarge the pics)

The second day in the afternoon I recorded one hour interview with Ed Kuepper in the Tiergarten a wonderful park in the middle of Berlin : my idea was to approach his musical evolution during 35 years.
In this podcast part one we started at Brême-Germany where Ed was born, then his childhood in Australia and his beginning with the “second band” : “Kid Galahad and the Eternals aka the Saints”…be patient : a small ridiculous little wind wasted the five first minutes of the recording but fortunately I detected it. I illustrate the interview with some of my live recordings at the soundcheck with : “When I first came to this land, Rainy night, Honey steel’s gold, The way I made you feel” + an unexpected cover from Skip James “Cypress Grove Blues” by Ed and Jeffrey + a cover I chose from the Troggs “I want you” by the Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs featuring Wayne Kramer to illustrate Ed’s talk about this first song they played with Chris and Ivor at their high school party…+ a short interview with Jeffrey at the end recorded after the second show : he even sang me a song…:)

Ed Kuepper’s European Tour’s last dates with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds :
May 30 2008 8:00P Villa Solaria Florence
May 31 2008 8:00P Vila Fidelia Perugia
Jun 1 2008 8:00P Tendastrisce Rome
Jun 3 2008 8:00P IN Music Festival Zagreb
Jun 4 2008 8:00P Arena Belgrade
Jun 6 2008 8:00P Moni Lazariston Salonika
Jun 7 2008 8:00P Lycabetus Theatre Athens
Jun 9 2008 8:00P Olympia Paris

8/11/07 Postcards from friends around the world : Punk attitude at New York, London, Marseille, Berlin and…Australia…and Chicago !!!

Jeudi, novembre 8th, 2007

Punk atttitude on stage : Olivier from the Hatepinks and Ingi from the Gee Strings at Marseille last week (my pic from Olivier is old, I still haven’t a new digital camera but my friend Luccio the Frog had one and took for me this one from Ingi !) Billy Hopeless from the Black Halos at Nice in 2006. Speaking about that band my friend Adam Becvare (Black Halos’ guitarist) played last week at London with the Lords of the New Church again. He sent me a link to a podcast (Yes I know I missed something !!) from THE LORDS LIVE FOR HALLOWEEN HERE !! Thanks Adam for that and (added Nov 9th) for the fine report from “the inside the show” straight ahead from Chicago !! Read it at the end of the review “Meltingpod Connections”!!!

Punk attitude in their mind : The Saints at New York City during their last US tour in November : Chris Bailey and Peter Wilkinson (Caspar Wijnberg in the background) on the pics from Dolly Llama and Marco; thanks you !!
Erratum Nov. 9th from Dolly : “it was in fact the New Jersey show”. oups !

Punk history : Buzzcocks Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle around my friend Luccio the Frog after a show in France 2006.

This picture I found in Luccio’s pics’ album remembers me one of my funniest podcaster’s memory !!! So here is a kind of punk story : Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle were my anonymous neighbours in a plane during three hours flying to Berlin in May 2006 …I just asked him politely where they were coming from when I sat down near Steve, crushed in a full up Boeing; he answered very shortly : “London !” Pete friendly added : “and you ? ah ! Marseille, nice city !” That was all for one hour…I was tired and almost asleep on Steve’s shoulder until I saw his tattoo on his arm : “Hey the Saint on your tattoo ! I did an interview with them”; Steve : “which one ? Roger Moore ?” Me : “Euh ! No ! Chris Bailey !” Steve : “ah ! the Saintsssss, I’m Stranded ! hey Pete she interviewed Chris Bailey from the Saints !” Pete : “ah ! yes ! I’m Stranded !” and nothing more for one hour, we were the three almost asleep until we were flying above Berlin. Suddently I heard the air hostess asking them what they were doing at Berlin; answer : “we’re a rock band and we are touring Europe !”. I thought a rock band touring in a plane ? strange, but I plugged my microphone with a podcaster’s instinct; they asked me : “oh ! an interview ?” Me : “No, just say your name, the name of your band and you are listening to Meltingpod ” the rest in on MY BERLINER PUNK PODCAST…ahaha ! At the airport Steve took a photo from me and someone in the band told me : “hey, Annie, you will become famous with that picture” ! I said goodbye with laughing. Nice story ?…:)

Punk video from Australia : My friend Robert James from GANGgajang with his other band JJ’s Way : Give the people what they want !! Everything…NOW !

Meltingpod Connections : Update November 15th
Have a look on my last pics and a listen to this very funny PODCAST INTERVIEW with JEAN-LOUIS COSTES an incredible French rocker who performs trash theater shows. I met him at Marseille last week just after he finished to play his last 50 minutes show “Little birds shit” and he made directly after that a second 40 minutes show just for MELTINGTALKS !!!
Update November 11th : Saints anedoctes during their New Jersey show sent by Dolly Llama in the comments section…happy Birthday Peter !!…:)
Update Nov. 9th : Fresh report about the Lords of the New Church show at London October 31th by Adam Becvare back to Chicago : Enjoy ! (more about Adam with an interview in April 2006 HERE on MELTINGPOD)
Hi Annie, Here’s my Lords report for you ;)
2 rehearsals and a fistful of Chaos!!
Insert Guinness and add Bordeaux HERE. This is what it is like to be a Lord again and it fits me just like a warm glove.
Much has changed in the New Church since June 2003 and I’ve never seen Brian James happier… (more…)

17/08/07 The Saints at the Australian Television tomorrow August 18th 2007 !!

Vendredi, août 17th, 2007

Documentary about the Saints at the Australian Television SBS Saturday August 18th at 08:30 pm !! Great Australian Albums will introduce “with never-before-seen live footage, interviews, photographs and artwork The Saints’ first single “(I’m) Stranded” which burst out of Brisbane, Australia in 1976 as one of the landmark recordings in the punk rock revolution that changed music forever.”

The Saints - telephones

“In the mid-1970s, Queensland was under the thumb of a corrupt, politically repressive government, and the number one enemy of the state was youth. Singer Chris Bailey and guitarist Ed Kuepper met and bonded over a love of music. The Saints brand of loud rock was shunned, so the group took it upon themselves to record their first single. Within weeks, they were the darlings of the international music press. EMI records in London signed the band - the first time an Australian artist had been approached. The Saints were in London at the epicentre of the punk revolution. The group’s individualistic, Australian scepticism alienated them from the fashion-conscious punk rock scene and the band imploded.(From Australia, in English) (Documentary Series) M (L) CC”.

#71 The Saints at Pig City Queensland Music Festival on stage with the original line up again for Bastille Day 2007 with Ed Kuepper’s interview and live show’s extracts

Mardi, juillet 24th, 2007
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Chris Bailey and Caspar Wijnberg, Ivor Hay and the horn section, The original Saints with Caspar, Ed Kuepper and Chris Bailey…the both school friends together on stage again (pic Judi Dransfield Kuepper).

The Original Saints played their unique reunion show at the Pig City Queensland Music festival for Bastille Day after a 30 years separation and Meltingpod emotionally was with them in Australia !!
The Saints founders Chris Bailey (vocals), Ed Kuepper (guitar) and Ivor Hay (drums) added to their original line-up Caspar Wijnberg The current Saints‘ bass guitarist and a three piece horn section to give a concert like everybody would have dreamed it after their third and ultime last album Prehistoric Sound in 78…
I was in contact with Ed Kuepper for two months and I lived virtually the preparation of the show; he knew as I was disappointed not to be there like a lot of fans too so he sent me two files recorded during the live show with the agreement to play some short extracts : a DVD could be released around the end of the year and he made me the pleasure to give me a spontaneous interview a few days after the show !!
I hope you will appreciate this delicate atention.

Meltingpod Connections (Update August 2 sd)
More infos in French on about this podcast with Ed Kuepper and the Saints and a cool review on Sincever a French music webmagazine : Thanks a lot for your support Ben !

12/07/07 Meltingpod connected the Saints’ family rehearsing for the Pig City Brisbane show July 14th 2007 !!

Jeudi, juillet 12th, 2007


Jude Kuepper sent me these photos (ph. Karl Kuepper) from the original Saints : Chris Bailey, Ed Kuepper and Ivor Hay rehearsing right now at Brisbane for their reunion show July 14th !!!! Caspar Wijnberg (current Saints) is playing bass with them ! Thanks Jude to share these moments with us!

9/07/07 The original Saints are preparing their Bastille Day Show 2007 at Brisbane Australia !!

Lundi, juillet 9th, 2007

The Saints (I’m) Stranded

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The Saints with their original line-up (Caspar Wijnberg replacing Kym Bradshaw on bass) are rehearsing for their Bastille Day show at Brisbane Queensland Australia and I found on myspace this super video clip about their music with short but recent interviews from Ed Kuepper, Chris Bailey, Rob Younger (Radio Birman) and Nick Cave…YEAH ! Thanks to Great Australian Albums and Jude for the connection !!
If like me you can’t bear the cut in the middle of Erotic Neurotic, you can watch the end of the video Paddington Town Hall Live 77 part 1.

Last Minute Info from Ed : this video extract comes from “a doco due out here next month“…hey !!!

Meltingpod Connection : Wo said “PIG CITY” the first ?
I just read on Brisbane Senator Andrew Bartlett’s blog that somebody answered to me when I asked help to find a sponsorship to come to the Pig City Queensland Music Festival where the Saints are performing.
Andrew Stafford, the man wrote the book “Pig City : From the Saints to Savage Garden” answered to me June 4th !!
“Hi Annie
You would need to contact the folks at Queensland Music Festival - go to for contact details, etc. Paul Grabowsky is the artistic director and Erica Hart is also very helpful.”
It’s so cool from you Andrew but unfortunately too late !!!! damnation !!
After a few days I stopped reading that blog…I thought nobody will answer to me : Australian people are nice as I said before !

28/05/07 More about The Saints !!

Lundi, mai 28th, 2007

     For those of you who wrote to me to know more about The Saints :
The Saints Live at Paddington Town Hall in 1977 with “Demolition Girl”and “Night in Venice” (click on the pics to watch the video). Three of the four members from this original line-up : Ivor Hay (drums) Chris Bailey (vocals) Ed Kuepper (guitar) are performing for a one off reunion July 14th 2007 at Brisbane for the Pig City Queensland Music festival.

You can listen to The Saints in many podcasts on Meltingpod with :
The Saints’ current line-up - Chris Bailey (vocals, guitar), Peter Wilkinson (drums) and Caspar Wijnberg (bass) :
07/12/05 Noisy Holidays in Hell with the Saints (THE live interview/show)
04/09/05 Eating Earth and drinking Fire (my very first live interview for Meltingpod with Chris Bailey at The Saints’ show at Marseille : 5 minutes !!)
04/07/05 Burning Bush Tour (The Saints’ live pics at Marseille)
Lars Wallin musician, Saints’ fan and Meltingpod’s faithful listener :
09/19/06 Chris Bailey in Sweden with Lars Wallin (videos from Lars)
11/21/05 The Aborigines love punk and roll (+ Saints’ songs)
Different subjects illustrated with the Saints’ or Chris Bailey’songs :
01/26/06 Oscar Wilde and me (recorded on Oscar Wilde’s grave at Paris)
08/25/05 Oscar Wilde, Agape and the indecente theology
07/18/05 The Saints from Tokyo to Nashville (festival + Saints’ live songs)

Meltingpod Connections :
Update May 30th : THE SAINTS’ BIO IN FRENCH !! by Eric Tessier - Radio Libertaire - Nef des Fous Editeur : the text is well written, funny and passionated ! Bravo Eric !!
Update May 31 th : OK, here a link to some Saints’ lyrics !!!…”you look so good that I could eat you but I wouldn’t kiss a steak so I won’t eat you”…so another version from Hannibal Lecter’s dreams…:)

21/05/07 The original members of The Saints performing AGAIN at Brisbane July 14th 2007 !!!

Lundi, mai 21st, 2007

Old friends at London in 2007 : Chris Bailey singing with Ed Kuepper’s band; Nick Cave, Chris Bailey and Ed Kuepper (pics from Ed’s myspace)

A nice message found today on my page Myspace/Meltingpod

There is a long time I wanted to go to Brisbane for many different reasons but now : the Pig City Queensland Music festival will bring together different bands from the 70s punk era through today with… The Saints founders Chris Bailey, Ed Kuepper and Ivor Hay …the Bastille Day : my French blood is burning…a podcast is planned with Ed Kuepper soon !
The Riptides are playing at that event too : hey Buzz, wasn’t Cal’s ex-band you produced ?…:) Will you be there ?

Meltingpod Connections :
Update May 22th : I recorded a podcast with GANGgajang (members or having played with the Riptides; thanks Buzz !!), the whole band in a car just before their show at Perth last February ! I need to add some short interviews and it will be OK ! A great moment of wild podcasting !!!
Update May 27th : Bertrand Lenôtre or Le Podcasteur tried to help me to find money to go to Brisbane with his blog.podemus : Interesting to see if it works, who knows ? Anyway a nice friendly initiative ! Thanks Bertrand !!