Behold the awesomeness of The Passions' "I'm In Love With A German Filmstar", plus, an ambitious conjecture

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If I were asked "Which three songs are you absolutely positive not one person on ILM would dislike?", my list would go as follows:

3) Love - You Set The Scene
2) Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel - Come Up And See Me (Make Me Smile)
1) this

Just got offed, Saturday, 19 May 2007 22:17 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Don't make me be that guy...

Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved, Saturday, 19 May 2007 22:18 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I don't like any of them.

jim, Saturday, 19 May 2007 22:19 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I'm the guy!

jim, Saturday, 19 May 2007 22:19 (eleven years ago) Permalink

dammit srsly?

Just got offed, Saturday, 19 May 2007 22:20 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Steve Harley is like some platonic absolute of shit.

jim, Saturday, 19 May 2007 22:22 (eleven years ago) Permalink

ok, replace CUASM(MMS) with Boards Of Canada - Roygbiv, nobody hates that one.

Everyone digging The Passions? That bit at the end where the guitars soar a few octaves = heaven.

Just got offed, Saturday, 19 May 2007 22:23 (eleven years ago) Permalink

It's a good song, the longer version's better though. The bassist looks like if Chris Morris and Graham Lewis had a kid.

Michael Philip Philip Philip philip Annoyman, Saturday, 19 May 2007 22:37 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Chris Morris actually introduced me to this song, via his show Blue Jam.

Just got offed, Saturday, 19 May 2007 22:39 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I like this song a lot. I haven't heard the others.

Curt1s Stephens, Saturday, 19 May 2007 22:54 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Time to fix that, my good man.

Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel's "Come Up And See Me (Make Me Smile)":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9c9biZOMII

Bimble, Saturday, 19 May 2007 23:51 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Also I do like the Passions song, but from my limited experience with that band I just don't think the rest of their stuff is as good as that. One day I'll give them another go, though.

Bimble, Saturday, 19 May 2007 23:55 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Love - You Set The Scene

That's a strange choice... for a Love song, I mean

Tom D., Sunday, 20 May 2007 11:23 (eleven years ago) Permalink

OMG - I soooo know that Harley song from somewhere. I'm thinking a movie...maybe over the end credits...maybe a Wes Anderson-esque film...anyone?

P.S. Dig all three songs. Much love for Love.

Kevin John Bozelka, Sunday, 20 May 2007 15:16 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i liked that passions song

lfam, Sunday, 20 May 2007 17:59 (eleven years ago) Permalink

There's a long version?

(repping for another great record from the NE)

Mark G, Sunday, 20 May 2007 21:08 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Yeah, bout 7 mins I think. I recall WBS playing it on his show once, slightly underwhelmed by the single edit as a result.

Michael Philip Philip Philip philip Annoyman, Sunday, 20 May 2007 22:35 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Chris Whitley covered the Passions song on the first of two posthumous records that have come out, the one entitled Reiter In. Both records are tremendous. His death was a great loss.

ellaguru, Monday, 21 May 2007 02:40 (eleven years ago) Permalink

How could anyone hate the steve harley song? (or love)

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy, Monday, 21 May 2007 02:45 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Come up and see me is shithouse.

Trayce, Monday, 21 May 2007 02:56 (eleven years ago) Permalink

ph3ar my skillz as a critic.

Trayce, Monday, 21 May 2007 02:57 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Heard it a million times too many.

You never hear "Sebastian" or "Tumbling Dice" on the radio, to name at least two of Harley's infinitely superior songs.

Marcello Carlin, Monday, 21 May 2007 07:37 (eleven years ago) Permalink

So, whither Barbara Gogan and the lads these days?

(Their follow-up single "Skin Deep" was a hugely underrated beauty)

Marcello Carlin, Monday, 21 May 2007 07:38 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Drummer Richard Williams was in the identity parade on Never Mind The Buzzcocks in the last series. Barbara Gogan did a couple of dance-ish records IIRC. Didn't latter-day guitarist and keybds player join Bowie's Tin Machine at some point. (This could be bollocks!)

They were a good band - for some reason I saw them around 7 or 8 times circa 81-82, they seemed to play at my Uni every term. Marcello is right about Skin Deep. I'm also very fond of the first album Michael and Miranda.

Dr.C, Monday, 21 May 2007 08:27 (eleven years ago) Permalink

This long version....

Is it on LP?

Mark G, Monday, 21 May 2007 09:14 (eleven years ago) Permalink

The version on the 12"/80s set I've got purports to be a "long version" but is only 3'58", so I think it lies.

mrlynch, Monday, 21 May 2007 09:23 (eleven years ago) Permalink

xposts to Marcello: My only experience of SH has been his Greatest Hits, on which CUASM was buried away somewhere in the middle. Even when judged on an equal footing as Sebastian and Tumbling Down (which are both still very, very good), it came out on top in my estimation.

Just got offed, Monday, 21 May 2007 09:28 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Get the first two albums - The Human Menagerie and Psychomodo. Howard Devoto and Magazine five years ahead of their time.

Marcello Carlin, Monday, 21 May 2007 09:31 (eleven years ago) Permalink

More than half of 'The Psychomodo' is on the Greatest Hits anyway! I love it, it's awesome, weird, but often disarmingly straightforward pop. The title-track especially is a stunner.

I'd like to have a crack at the debut. I've heard 'Death Trip' is an experience not to be missed.

Just got offed, Monday, 21 May 2007 09:42 (eleven years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

This is a brilliant song. I usually assume she's talking about Klaus Kinski. Who else could it possibly be?

everything, Wednesday, 13 June 2007 16:51 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Imperfect clothes:
http://www.verticalpool.com/media/kinski.jpg
http://www.reflectingarea.com/humans/KlausKinski/fitzcarraldo.gif

Trying not to pose
http://www.photos12-vintage.com/images/CFR02067_041.jpg

Playing the part of a real troublemaker:

It's a glamorous world:

everything, Wednesday, 13 June 2007 17:04 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Okay, let's do that again:

Playing the part of a real troublemaker:
http://www.german-films.de/app/filmarchive/images/mybestfiendkinski.jpg
http://gfx.filmweb.pl/blog/94504/79184.1.jpg

everything, Wednesday, 13 June 2007 17:07 (eleven years ago) Permalink

It's a glamorous world/trying not to pose"
http://www.lviv-life.com/media/pics/venus-sacher-masoch-furs.jpg

everything, Wednesday, 13 June 2007 17:08 (eleven years ago) Permalink

..in a bar, sitting in the corner
http://www.klaus-kinski.de/devo/autogramm_edgar_wallace.jpg

everything, Wednesday, 13 June 2007 17:20 (eleven years ago) Permalink

(in imperfect clothes of course)

Still trying not to pose:
http://dvdtoile.com/ARTISTES/1/1535.jpg

everything, Wednesday, 13 June 2007 17:24 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Wow could I forget this troublemaker too:
http://www.shystee.com/shysteeblog/archives/aguirrecut.jpg
http://stalker.hautetfort.com/images/medium_aguirre.2.jpg

everything, Wednesday, 13 June 2007 17:37 (eleven years ago) Permalink

this is indeed a brilliant song.

Ronan, Wednesday, 13 June 2007 17:38 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i don't see what's so good about this song... it's really slow and trudgey and messy sounding but not in a good way. just sounds like bauhaus fronted by a female singer.

the next grozart, Wednesday, 13 June 2007 18:44 (eleven years ago) Permalink

"sounds like bauhaus fronted by a female singer"

why would that be a bad thing?

Soukesian, Wednesday, 13 June 2007 18:47 (eleven years ago) Permalink

It's not messy sounding.

everything, Wednesday, 13 June 2007 18:59 (eleven years ago) Permalink

yep, this one one of my favourite songs of all time and i always think about Klaus Kinski when i hear it. and yet it's taken me til this thread to realise it's "in imperfect clothes" not "and in perfect clothes".

jed_, Wednesday, 13 June 2007 19:28 (eleven years ago) Permalink

although kinski wouldn't "try not to pose" to the cameras and girls - he'd be posing like his life depended on it.

jed_, Wednesday, 13 June 2007 19:34 (eleven years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

the guitars on this album = great proto-Marr jingle jangle

Curt1s Stephens, Tuesday, 4 September 2007 02:25 (ten years ago) Permalink

I Love the '80s

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 4 September 2007 03:48 (ten years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

I can't believe the Foo Fighters have covered this.

baaderonixx, Thursday, 4 October 2007 14:35 (ten years ago) Permalink

The original "Long Version"...

Who has seen this? I saw the LP in a shop, the version was short.

Mark G, Thursday, 4 October 2007 14:40 (ten years ago) Permalink

Did I really say it sounds like Bauhaus? I don't even know what Bauhaus sound like. Weird.

the next grozart, Thursday, 4 October 2007 16:44 (ten years ago) Permalink

The long version is on that 3 cd set called "12 inch 80s vol 1" which is priced ridiculously cheaply considering the amount of wicked tunes on it.

everything, Thursday, 4 October 2007 16:49 (ten years ago) Permalink

...except that version is under 4 minutes long

the next grozart, Thursday, 4 October 2007 16:52 (ten years ago) Permalink

Did I really say it sounds like Bauhaus? I don't even know what Bauhaus sound like. Weird.

i was gonna say, what the hell Bauhaus does this sound like?

blueski, Thursday, 4 October 2007 16:53 (ten years ago) Permalink

ten years pass...

Holy hell, how have I managed to not be aware of the Passions for this long?

Just went through Thirty Thousand Feet Over China and that is like some serious lost classic status.

he doesn't need to be racist about it though. (Austin), Saturday, 12 May 2018 21:55 (three months ago) Permalink

I spent ages looking for a seven minute version of "German Film Star" thanks to this thread. I'm pretty sure it doesn't actually exist, unless it was the Pet Shop Boys/Sam Taylor-Wood version, which is 9 minutes.

No way you could ever confuse it with the original band, though.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diKoTWcYEEo

Brainless Addlepated Timid Muddleheaded Awful No-Account (Pheeel), Saturday, 12 May 2018 23:21 (three months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

So, I got the first two Passions albums, and wow, they're really excellent records. I love Barbara Gogan's voice; vaguely reminiscent of Debora Iyall, which is never a bad thing for me. Just fantastic guitar sound throughout, as well. As a new waver, I can't believe it took me this long to get around to them.

he doesn't need to be racist about it though. (Austin), Friday, 1 June 2018 21:06 (two months ago) Permalink


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