Blixa Bargeld: Classic or Dud?

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Blixa Bargeld--classic or dud?

carol brady, Sunday, 16 November 2003 19:04 (sixteen years ago) link

Most classic.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 16 November 2003 19:07 (sixteen years ago) link

please elaborate, everyone--*why* classic or dud?
thanks!

carol brady, Sunday, 16 November 2003 19:08 (sixteen years ago) link

Among other things because he looked so cute singing the Kylie Minogue part at the Bad Seeds show I saw back in 1998 or so.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 16 November 2003 19:11 (sixteen years ago) link

coolest voice, coolest guitar playing, coolest hair-do, coolest in greasy grimey leather outfits, coolest frontman for one of the coolest bands ever, coolest band member of one of the coolest backing bands, coolest...okay, i'll stop now.and i haven't even listened to bad seeds or E.N. in years and years. but my heart goes on.coolest name too.

scott seward, Sunday, 16 November 2003 19:45 (sixteen years ago) link

Dud, but only because he left the Bad Seeds before I got to seem them last summer.

Otherwise, c l a s s i c!

Johnny Fever (johnny fever), Sunday, 16 November 2003 19:50 (sixteen years ago) link

coolest cheek bones in rock (at least they were in the 80's) = classic all the way!

stirmonster, Sunday, 16 November 2003 20:34 (sixteen years ago) link

geeta to thread!

s1utsky (slutsky), Sunday, 16 November 2003 20:48 (sixteen years ago) link

BB == Udo Lindenberg, rev. ed. => dud

nestmanso (nestmanso), Sunday, 16 November 2003 21:28 (sixteen years ago) link

In a spin article about the Butthole Surfers, I remember reading about Gibby Haynes freaking out on acid at some European festival. He was running around naked and basically harassing people at random, and he tried to mess with Blixa onstage while the Bad Seeds were performing. Blixa promptly kicked the ugly American in the privates with a pointy leather boots, after which Gibby collasped. Therefore: CLASSIC.

Matt Helgeson (Matt Helgeson), Sunday, 16 November 2003 22:16 (sixteen years ago) link

hahaha!!! someone should lock this thread now just in case someone says 'dud'.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Sunday, 16 November 2003 22:23 (sixteen years ago) link

scott seward is OTM. the dude is so cool it's almost painful.

the surface noise (electricsound), Sunday, 16 November 2003 22:36 (sixteen years ago) link

I was listening to 'Silence is Sexy' at a friend's house a few months ago, quite enjoying it. That same evening I went to a Japanese restaurant and Blixa came and sat down next to me. He was dressed all in black. We got to reminiscing about the first time I'd met him, back in 1987 on a Primal Scream tour. He misheard my name as 'Mormons', so he called me that all night. I called him 'The Pope', cos he seemed at the time like Berlin's punky pontiff.

Now he has houses in Berlin and China. His wife (who soon arrived at the restaurant) is Chinese, and beautiful. I've seen him around since then, at art openings and stuff. Last time he was wearing a straw boater, looking like a raffish minstrel. I'm not saying dud.

Momus (Momus), Sunday, 16 November 2003 22:42 (sixteen years ago) link

blixa was a classic, but now he's a gigantic dud. and note: he has no homes in china--still a berliner, he's been slumming in sf with his chinese-american wife and has a dreadful addiction to fruity veiled hats, among other things.
it's time to hang it all up, blixa.
classic at age 23
dud by age 30
dead in the water at 40+ heute!
you know it's bad when you start to sell songs about green tea.

nein to en, Sunday, 16 November 2003 23:23 (sixteen years ago) link

I was trying to remember whether he'd said he had a second place in China or the US, you're right, it's SF. A bit like Malcolm McLaren boasting he has homes in Paris in NY, when in fact the NY one is the pad his girlfriend's parents bought for her!

Momus (Momus), Sunday, 16 November 2003 23:57 (sixteen years ago) link

but that just makes McLaren that much more classic.

Nihilist Pop Star (mjt), Monday, 17 November 2003 00:04 (sixteen years ago) link

good comparison--and this is the same case as blixa--this sf lifestyle is the result of the (greencard?) marriage.

nein to en, Monday, 17 November 2003 00:05 (sixteen years ago) link

Anyway, I probably shouldn't have brought the personal stuff in, it makes no difference. McLaren and Blixa are both classic in a 'lifetime award' sort of way. Let us salute their twin peaks!

Momus (Momus), Monday, 17 November 2003 00:20 (sixteen years ago) link

hahaha!!! someone should lock this thread now just in case someone says 'dud'.

Errrrrrrrrrrr, dud in many ways. His voice (or lack of one) is one of the main reasons I gave up on Neubauten - so weedy and irritating.

Dadaismus (Dada), Monday, 17 November 2003 11:13 (sixteen years ago) link

We (meaning my old housemate in NYC) used to have a cat named Blixa. It used to demolish things. Often crap goth records. Therefore, Blixa = classic.

Citizen Kate (kate), Monday, 17 November 2003 11:23 (sixteen years ago) link

Classic for screaming in Stagger Lee. And guitar playing. And looking like he'll kill you.

dave225 (Dave225), Monday, 17 November 2003 13:14 (sixteen years ago) link

sixteen years pass...

So Blixa has been spending his lockdown writing a book, or possibly two books:

1) he's turning his journals / notebooks / diaries into a book

2) he's trying to write a "fictionalised autobiography"*

(i.e. similar to Europa Kreuzweise, in that none of the things in that book actually happened the way they were depicted, but if you read it, you get a very good versimilitude of what Blixa's life is like.)

If you think Blixa is "Classic" then there are more details (and how to get involved if you're interested in joining in the fun) here: https://blixa-bargeld.com/

(If you think Blixa is "Dud" then I'm afraid you're just RONG! and I cannot help you.)

Branwell with an N, Saturday, 17 October 2020 15:25 (one week ago) link

He's great. I've been listening to Alles Wieder Offen again recently and his lyrics are amazing.

Duke, Saturday, 17 October 2020 15:27 (one week ago) link

He is an excellent and charming raconteur and I have absolutely no doubt that his autobiography, fictional or 'real' will be an incredible read. This Prussian has lived 10x more lives than all of us put together.

Branwell with an N, Saturday, 17 October 2020 15:30 (one week ago) link

Small things like the pun in the last line here:

Obwohl selbst farblos, erscheinst du blau wenn in deiner
Oberfläche ruhig sich der Himmel spiegelt, ein Idealparkour
Zum wandeln für den Sohn des Zimmermanns
Das wandelbarste Element.

Duke, Saturday, 17 October 2020 15:31 (one week ago) link

Obligatory "we had tickets to see Neubauten at the Fonda theatre on Thursday but you know, coronavirus" posts

Elvis Telecom, Saturday, 17 October 2020 20:45 (one week ago) link

Trust me, covid has fucked up Blixa’s life more than anyone... their crew lost like €30,000 when the tour was cancelled!

He’s had to leave Berlin because the infection rate in Mitte spiralled out of control. So he’s sitting out the plague in a house in rural Portugal, and he’s decided to write some books to keep him from going mad.

Anyway, enough gossip. I look forward to the books, even if he situation occasioning them is less than idea.

Branwell with an N, Saturday, 17 October 2020 20:54 (one week ago) link

We (meaning my old housemate in NYC) used to have a cat named Blixa. It used to demolish things. Often crap goth records. Therefore, Blixa = classic.
― Citizen Kate (kate), Monday, November 17, 2003 6:23 AM (sixteen years ago) bookmarkflaglink

Cats named after Blixa Bargeld do seem to be much more common than one would imagine, I must say.

Deflatormouse, Saturday, 17 October 2020 21:18 (one week ago) link

The rate in Berlin Mitte is far from being out of control. It's about 70 out of 100,000. Very far below parts of France, UK, Czech Republic etc.

Duke, Saturday, 17 October 2020 21:31 (one week ago) link

He may have felt the need to leave, but it's nowhere near out of control here.

Duke, Saturday, 17 October 2020 21:32 (one week ago) link

I apologise. I've googled the figures, and it's now 130 out of 100,000. But it's still lower than many regions in Europe.

Duke, Saturday, 17 October 2020 21:38 (one week ago) link

(I live in Mitte...)

Duke, Saturday, 17 October 2020 21:41 (one week ago) link


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