Monthly Archives: June 2009

Days Of Future Passed vol. 7

We posted about R.R. Hearse a couple of times in the past.

The blog Tape Recorder posted the one and only release of that project for free downloading, here.

It is a very rare cassette that was released in 1985.

We post here today one more video taken by the Opticoacoustic Bomb VHS compilation that was released in 1992.

One more vid can be found here.

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Posted by on June 29, 2009 in Days Of Future Passed


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Fun Video Day

It’s a lazy, hazy Saturday … completely braindead … and in search of mindless entertainment …

Here’s a video of how 1,500+ CPDRC inmates of the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center, Cebu, Philippines spend their days.  This isn’t the completed version and we do hope you enjoy the teaser.

And if your Saturday is as lazy as mine has been, thus far, here’s a 20 minute documentary of the prisoners at the maximum security prison of Cebu.  They are considered the most dangerous offenders in the Philippines … murderers, rapists, violent drug criminals … but because of the four hours they dedicate to dancing each day, their behaviour has been transformed.

“Previously, Cebu prison was a wretched place ruled by rival gangs. But when the warden introduced dance lessons, everything changed. ‘Everyone became friends’.  Now the prisoners spend most of the day practising new routines.”

Produced by SBS/Dateline
Distributed by Journeyman Pictures

Sending you our wishes for a relaxing and humorous weekend!

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Posted by on June 27, 2009 in Comedy


Sky Saxon

Sky “Sunlight” Saxon (born Richard Marsh) who was best known as the leader of the 1960’s Los Angeles band The Seeds, is no longer with us.

 He died yesterday,  June 25, 2009.

Sky Saxon was hospitalized since last Thursday in an Austin, Texas hospital with what doctors suspected was an infection of the internal organs, but the cause of death has not yet been released.

On her Facebook page, his wife, Sabrina, announced his death as follows: “Sky has passed over and YaHoWha is waiting for him at the gate. He will soon be home with his Father. I’m so sorry I couldn’t keep him here with us. More later. I’m sorry.”

He was reported to be 63 years old..

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Posted by on June 26, 2009 in Reflections


Michael Jackson – Part II

UPDATED:  7:40 pm (EST)

Confirmed reports are in now … Michael Jackson has been pronounced dead. 

Regardless of any allegations made over the years, I put my personal feelings aside and pay tribute to a man who had made a huge impact on the music industry.  We all grew up watching him and being entertained by the brilliance of his musical talent.

So, I bow my head, I raise my glass high for the second time today and third time this week (Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett), and wish Mr. Jackson Godspeed with peace and serenity.

I’ll end this post with a clip from my favorite “Jackson” era … when times were simplier and life was grand.  He truly was talented …


@ 22:30:

Unconfirmed reports coming in that Michael Jackson has died. 

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Posted by on June 25, 2009 in Reflections


Michael Jackson

A strange day, indeed…

Reports coming in over the wires that Michael Jackson has been rushed to the hospital after he stopped breathing in his home.  Official reports at the moment have listed that the singer was in cardiac arrest with no further details of his condition being reported at this time.  Patient confidentiality laws prohibit the hospital from releasing any further information, but … I’m sure it’s just a matter of time before some “un-official” reports come in.

According to paramedics, Jackson was revived prior to transport.

Will let you know as more details come thru.

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Posted by on June 25, 2009 in Reflections


Farrah Fawcett

Very sad news coming over the wires right now …

Well-known icon Farrah Fawcett (Charlie’s Angels, The Burning Bed) has lost her three-year battle with cancer. She died moments ago at 9:28 am (Pacific) with long-time love Ryan O’Neal (Love Story) and best friend Alana Stewart (ex-wife of George Hamilton and Rod Stewart) by her hospital bedside.

Farrah Fawcett

MSNBC recently aired a very poignant video documentary of her struggle with cancer.  Just two days ago Ryan announced that he and Farrah would finally tie the knot after a 28-year relationship.  They are the parents of Redmond O’Neal who also appeared in the documentary.

Godspeed, Miss Fawcett .. may you finally be painfree after an extremely courageous fight.

Biography – HERE

Updated News – HERE

Details and clip from her recent documentary, “Farrah’s Story” – HERE

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Posted by on June 25, 2009 in Reflections


A new snack by Baby Trio

baby_trioGeorge Kontrafouris is one of the top Greek Jazz musicians. He was born in Athens in 1967, studied classical piano but at the age of 16 he switched to jazz music.

He was the founding member of the jazz band “Page One“, and later joined the bands  “Exit” and “Houston Pearson Quartet“.

He worked with many international musicians, such as: Arild Andersen, Carey Bell, Bob Brozman, Carla Cook, Keith Copeland, Wayne Dockery, Stepko Gut, Marc McDonald, Markus Stockhausen, Louisiana Red, Andy Shepard and participated in many recordings.

After releasing three solo albums,  he formed Baby Trio along with two very young but talented musicians, guitar player Alexandros Vichos and drummer Vangelis Kotzabasis.


  1. The Insane Attack of the Komodo Waran
  2. 5 to 7
  3. 3. Daddy Giorgos

a_new_snackOn this mini CD of theirs, titled “A New Snack”, Kontrafouris continues exploring the world of Hammond organ like he did on his album “Little Daddy’s Blues” (which was released through Tony Monaco’s record label Chicken Coop)

These three great Greek jazz musicians released in 2008 a limited edition CD (777 copies) of groovy jazz which is close enough to the style of Mel Rhyne and Jimmy Smith.

More about mr. Kontrafouris can be found here

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Posted by on June 25, 2009 in Jazz



The Syndromo syndrome

syndromoI have to admit that I witnessed only once in my life the funk rock band of Syndromo.

I wrote about that time on this post. They were playing with Mousikes Taxiarhies and were both supported by the Soldiers of Anarchy (and some other band by the name Psychovgaltes).

Formed in 1980 by singer/guitar player Nikos Ginnis, the band had the following line up on their first album: Nikos Ginnis vocals/guitars, Vasilis Korovesis guitars/percussions, Panos “Chiko” Katsakiotis drums and percussions, Costas Theodorakos on the bass and percussionist Costas “Coco” Eftathiou.

Their sound was close enough to that of Mousikes Taxiarhies (engl. Music Brigades ελλ. Μουσικές Ταξιαρχίες) but Sundromo were a lot more funky.

In any case, this was a band that unfortunately came about 5-10 years late as their sound would fit great in the early/mid 70’s but not in the early ’80’s.

They released only one album titled “Syndromo” through Vertigo, which came out with a bonus 7” single in 1982.

The tracklist of the album:

A Side

1.Stis Anagkis ton Apanthropo Rythmo

2. Panta Monos

3. Τi Thes Na Kano ?

4. Skorpios Skopos

5. Xeneroma


B Side

1. Rizes

2. Rebela Zise To Rock

3. Ιos

4. Fatses Sto Avrio

5. Vlepo Na Hanis

album coverThe bonus single had “Agapi mou Iro” on the first side and the track “Rihno Psema, Psofio Thema” which was recorded live, on the flipside.

My humble opinion is that sometimes the band appeared to be influenced by Frank Zappa. Some other times, by the Rollin Stones….

The song “Rihno Psema, Psofio Thema” is one of these moments but on the other hand, to be honest, it’s a great track.

It catches the atmosphere of the band on stage.

The album had some very nice songs, like the track “Rebela Zise To Rock” (which reminds me of the Rolling Stones of the late ‘60’s-early ‘70’s) and “Ios” which finds the band members in great shape.

Although the sound production is not great, the album probably had great sales.

On the other hand, the band was very active, being constantly on the road and the audience was thirsty for Greek rock bands.

In general, “Syndromo” represents the Greek “anarcho-hippy” spirit of the late ‘70’s/early 80’s.

After the release, Antonis Loxas (I think he played with Vanakos for a while and also released a solo album later) replaced their drummer Katsakiotis and bass player Giorgos Kaliviotis replaced Costas Theodorakos.

With this line up they released in 1983 a 12” EP with with English lyrics.

Actually, only the track “You”  which was on the first side had lyrics.

Rizes” on the second side was an instrumental but very interesting track as it was close enough to David Byrne’s works.

The last time that Syndromo had an other release was in 1988 when a compilation of live recordings of 30 Greek artists came out featuring their track “To stigma tis stigmis”.

The title of the compilation was “Ihi tou himona” (engl. Sounds of the winter ελλ. Ηχοι του Χειμώνα)

I found yesterday a photo of Nikos Ginis  on this blog.

It’s about the making of a documentary and Nikos looks absolutely great.

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Posted by on June 24, 2009 in Music



Groovin’ Over Beirut with the Proxies

It’s a pity I can’t find any video of the next band.

It would give you an idea about the sound of Proxies.

They could easily fit in your synth-pop record collection next to bands such as O.M.D., Heaven 17 and the early Depeche Mode.

Coming from the city of Thessaloniki, singer and guitar player Dimitris Bizenis, drummer (?) Lazaros Pliambas and keyboard player Manolis Trichakis formed the Proxies in 1980.

When they released their debut album “Groovin’ Over Beirut” in 1983, they created a sensation.


A Side


2.Let The Radio Play

3.Something Went Wrong

4.Little Lorraine



B Side


2.Its A Life-Life

3.Groovin’ Over Beirut

4.These Boots Are Made For Walking


Groovin’ Over BeirutI think this was the very first Greek synth-pop release and for sure the boys would have a better luck if they were in some other country.

You can listen to one of their songs here.

By the same year, CVR, their record label released a very smart cover of the Greek folk song “Fishing Boat” on a 12” EP which became a club hit.

Thanks to the “Fishing Boat” track, they were discovered by the Greek audience.

The band never managed to repeat their success and disbanded after 5 albums sometime in the mid 90’s.

For their last two albums they turned their name to Greek, “Προξις”.

Although Proxies  should be well respected for their contribution to the Greek new-wave, synth-pop scene, their first album is nowdays very rare and there is not even a single track of theirs on youtube…


Posted by on June 23, 2009 in New Wave / Dark Wave



Echo Tattoo supporting U2

Someone uploaded this very rare and nice video.

This is the Echo Tattoo supporting the U2 in Thessaloniki on September 26, 1997.

Between U2’s amps and under a video wall, the band performed in front of a crowd of 70.000.

More about the Echo Tattoo here.