9.Rockpalast Rocknight 17.-18.October 1981
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WDR text 1981: The Undertones will open the 9th Rockpalast-Festival. The group was formed in 1976 in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. For the five band members, this seemed to be the best attempt to be able to stand the depressing life in their hometown. The early days of the Undertones were mainly filled with playing songs from well-known rock bands, then they slowly wrote their own texts and compositions.
In the mid '70s, there was a movement in English rock music. All at once, it was no longer necessary to play perfectly whenever possible, nor to be able to appear on-stage only with a large technically- equipped set-up. To play live concerts was important, no matter how. It also wasn't important whether one called himself a musician or tried to prove himself as a virtuoso instrument player. These differences also had some effects on the Undertones. The members of the group decided to become pros and to write only some of their songs.
In 1978, the Undertones released their first LP on one of the many labels that existed back then. 'Teenage Kicks' was a sales success. Now the group was well-known everywhere and regularly completed extended club tours, to which ever-increasing fans always came.
Today, the Undertones count amongst the most successful live groups in Great Britain. At concerts, the band presents a varied musical repertoire: For one, their stage appearance and the impressive voice of the singer, Feargel Sharkey and, for another, the way the group works the dense and imaginative arrangements. The Undertones don't waste any time on-stage. The songs are short and have no solo side-trips. The performances are played straight to the point, without forgetting to communicate with the audience. As the Undertones see it, it is very important that the audience doesn't come out short on fun and entertainment at their concerts. (Official -Text).
The Undertones, a band from Northern Ireland (you could tell from their texts), opened the 9th Rocknacht. You could tell that from their texts. A young group with a real singer, Feargal Sharkey, they will be pushed forwards with pressure from the band. From: 10 Jahre Rockpalast.
In 1975, five friends from Northern Ireland got together as the band The Undertones in order to close up the gap between punk, pop, rock and rhythm and blues. Three years later, they were in Belfast and had a first record contract. With the LP 'Positive Touch' in 1981, the Undertones changed stylistically and experimented with string and wind sections. They closed a big tour through North America and Europe (including Rockpalast). After a pause, the LP 'Sin of Pride' appeared in 1983, which did not meet expectations. Disappointed, the Undertones gave a farewell concert on July 17th, 1983, in Dublin, and then dissolved the group.
Feargal Sharkey - voc
01 You Got My Number (2'25'') 02 Hypnotized (2'20'') 03 His Goodlooking Girlfriend (2'35'') 04 Tearproof (2'00'') 05 As Long As I Can See That Girl (2'30'') 06 Girls That Don't Talk (2'10'') 07 It's Going To Happen (3'25'') 08 Jimmy Jimmy (2'25'') 09 I Don't Know (2'20'') 10 More Songs About Chocolate And Girls (2'22'') 11 Forever Paradise (2'25'') 12 Beautiful Friend (3'10'') 13 Julie Ocean (3'20'') 14 You're Welcome (3'15'') 15 When Saturday Comes (2'40'') 16 Jump Boys (2'30'') 17 Teenage Kicks (2'05'') 18 Get Over You (2'45'') 19 Sigh And Exlode (3'05'') 20 My Perfext Cousin (2'30'') 21 Get It On (4'00'')
Teenage Kicks (1978) Good Vibration The Undertones (1979) Sire/Ariola 200 681 Hypnotized (1980) Sire/Ariole 202 203 Positive Touch (1981) Ardeck/EMI 1 C 064-64367 All Wrapped Up (1983) Capitol The Sins Of Pride (1983) Ardeck 064-65009 Cher O'bowlies (1986) EMI The Peel Session Album (1989) Strange Fruit SFRLP 103 The Very Best Of The Undertones (1994) Six Women No Strings (1997) True Confessions Singles=A's+B's (1999) Castle No Sense Of Sin (2000) Castle Teenage Kicks (2003) Sanctuary (Best of)-Limite Get What You Need (2003) Sanctuary Dig Yourself Deep (2007) CookingVinyl An Anthology (2008) Soulfood 2CDs The Undertones (2009) BGO/Soulfood + Bonus Material An Introduction To... (2013) Soulfood The Very Best Of (2016) Soulfood 2 CD
Teenage Kicks (2003) Sanctuary - Story of 60 min Docu. 40 min Interviews
In memory of Willy De Ville 25. August 1950 - 6. August 2009
WDR text 1981: Mink De Ville is the second group at the 9th Rockpalast-Festival on October 17th and 18th, 1981. Mink De Ville's frontman is Willy De Ville (Willie Borsey), a 28-year old New Yorker who decided over ten years ago that he would rather sing in a rock 'n' roll band and write songs about his experiences than do anything else. Willy was influenced by black American rhythm and blues of the early '60s; this music contained the romance and melancholy of the overcrowded and unpredictable living in the too densely populated parts of New York.
Willy De Ville went to London to start his own band, but only gathered together a
few appearances in clubs and a few pounds as a street musician. After a short
stopover in New York, he tried his luck on the west coast in San Francisco. With the
New York originated New Wave, Mink De Ville then got the chance to present their
music style to an audience. The band played regularly in clubs. A little while
later, Mink De Ville met producer, Jack Nietzsche (who had recorded together with
many musicians and arrangers), whom fascinated him. Nietzsche did an outstanding job
in interpreting Willy's rhythm and blues from the '70s. Mink De Ville was almost
constantly on tour during 1977 and 1978, which surely sapped away at the already not
too strong constitution of Willy De Ville. So, he took a break and lived for a while
in Paris and took the time to write new songs and produce new records.
Willy de Ville, suit, tie, the slim mustache and the burning cigarette. He gave a perfect concert and didn't get sidetracked in spite of the fact that some of the audience couldn't get into his music. At rehearsal, he had been paralyzed by a flu. From: 10 Jahre Rockpalast.
William Borsay (Mink de Ville) was born in New York on August 25th, 1950. In 1971, the man with the raspy voice began his musical career in San Francisco. In 1977, he returned to New York to form his band and where, at this time, the punk movement was happening. His music could be described as romantic rhythm and blues with Latin-American and Cajun elements. His records also ran the gamut from the critics from enthusiastic to refusal. Line-up changes, being kicked out because of alcohol misuse and a change of record label have forced Willy de Ville to appear as a solo performer since 1987.
Willy de Ville - voc, g, harm
01 Harlem Nocturn (3'00'') 02 Slow Drain (5'45'') 03 Savoir Faire (2'30'') 04 Cadillac Walk (4'30'') 05 Mixed Up Shook Up Girl (4'15'') 06 Just Your Friends (3'40'') 07 Can't Do Without It (3'20'') 08 Love And Emotions (4'00'') 09 Love Me Like You Did Before (2'45'') 10 She's So Tough (2'35'') 11 You Better Move On (3'05'') 12 Teardrops Must Fall (4'30'') 13 Steady Driving Man (5'10'') 14 Just Gives Me One Good Reason (2'40'') 15 Maybe Tomorrow (2'55'') 16 This Must Be The Night (3'00'') 17 Spanish Stroll (3'15'') 18 Lipstick Traces (7'42'') 19 Mazurka (4'54'')
Mink de Ville: Cabretta (1977) Capitol/EMI 1 C 064-85 137 Mink DeVille (1977) ERA Return To Magenta (1978) Capitol/EMI 1 C 064-85 461 La Chat Blau (1979) Capitol/EMI 1 C 064-86 086 Coup De Gracal (1981) ATL K 50 833 WEA Where Angels Fear To Tread (1983) Atlantic 780115-1 Sportin Life (1985) Polydor 825776-1 The Originals (1996) Capitol
Live At The Savoy (1981) From The Bottom Line To The Olympia (1993) 25 Years of Heart & Soul (2002) Special Edition (2 DVDs) The Berlin Concerts (2003) EMS New Media 2DVD Live In The Lowlands (2006) DVD Eagle Rock 500ERD Live At Montreux 1982 (2008) Eagle Visions Live At Montreux 1994 (2009) Eagle Rock/Edel DVD+CD Still Alive (2012) MEYER RECORDS no 184 (3-Disc DVD Box Set)
Mink De Ville im Internet:
MINK DE VILLE - Rockpalast WDR Studio-L Köln 16.06.1978
Mink DeVille Live at Rockpalast (1978 & 1981)
Mink DeVille Live at Rockpalast (1995 & 2008)
WDR text 1981: For the first time, a reggae-formation will be appearing at the Rockpalast-Festival, the Black Uhuru (translated, this means: 'Black sounds of freedom'). The group comes from Jamaica and unites all the elements that have made reggae the most influential music trend in recent years. First of all, Black Uhuru is a singing trio, made up of: Puma Jones (born in the USA), Michael Rose and Duckie Simpson. The vocal group in this line-up have a long tradition in Jamaican music. The first ones came into being in the '60s as imitators of popular American role models, such as 'The Drifters' or 'The Platters'. Parallel to the further musical development of Ska to Rock Steady to Reggae, the vocal groups of Jamaica also developed their own style trends and today cannot be wished out of the total spectrum.
Black Uhuru was formed in 1977 by Duckie Simpson. After line-up changes and many futile attempts to publish their own compositions on records, Simpson, Puma Jones and Michael Rose met up with the drummer, Sly Dunbar, and bass player, Robbie Shakespeare. They declared themselves ready to produce Black Uhuru and to play live concerts together with them. Today, Black Uhuru (vocal trio as well as the six musicians in the band), is regarded as reggae icons that stand at the forefront of this music style. That can clearly be seen at live concerts at which, along with the singing group with it's structured harmonies, Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare were the most conspicuous performers. These two are at this time the most sought-after studio musicians everywhere, even though the spectrum from Ian Dury to Joan Armatrading is enough. They do live appearances only with two groups: Peter Tosh and Black Uhuru. (Official-Text).
An important music trend, reggae, also shouldn't be missed at the Rockpalast, and so, Black Uhuru will oblige. Unfortunately, one of the band's guitarists had to learn about German thoroughness and intolerance while going through customs at the Düsseldorf Airport. He was so thoroughly 'examined' that he ended up in the hospital. From: 10 Jahre Rockpalast.
From 1977 on, in Bob Marley's shadow, Black Uhuru, with help from the capable rhythm team, Robin Shakespeare and Sly Dunbar, became an internationally successful reggae band. The American songstress, Sandra 'Puma' Jones, who was politically engaged with the Black Panthers and the SNCC, left her stamp on Black Uhuru. The band managed to join together the originally militant reggae sound with western pop and rock-style riffs. The album 'Red' landed them in the English charts and they finished big tours throughout Europe and the USA, where they filled 36 stadiums in 1986.
Puma Jones - voc
01 Shine Eye Girl (5'35'') 02 Plastic Smile (5'05'') 03 Puff She Puff (5'25'') 04 King Selassie (4'50'') 05 Youth Of Eglington (5'10'') 06 Push, Push (5'20'') 07 General Penitentiary (4'25'') 08 Happiness (4'55'') 09 World Is Africa (5'30'') 10 Sponji Reggae (5'10'') 11 Sinsemilla (10'30'') 12 Guess Who Is Comimg To Dinner (6'35'') 13 Abortion (8'45'')
Love Crisis (1977) Third World TWS 925/Greensleeves in 1981 Uhuru In Dub (1978) Jammy's Showcase (1979) Taxi JA / Black Rose (Canada) / D-Roy U.K. Sensimilla (1980) Island/Ariola 202 525 Red (1981) Island/Ariola 203 775 Tear It Up (1982) Island 294367 Chill Out (1982) Island 204698 The Dub Factor (1983) Island 802694 Anthem (1984) Island 205911 Reggae Greats: Black Uhuru (1985) Island Brutal (1986) Bellaphon/Ras 260-07-088 Positive (1987) Bellaphone/Ras 260-07-106 Black Uhuru (s) (1981) Virgin/Ariola 202 513 Liberation Island Anthology (1993) Island Proud (1990) RCA ­p; U.K. / BMG Japan 1990 Bonanza (1992) Dread Lion / VAP Japan Japan-only release King of General (1994) HiBrite Japan Japan-only release Michael Rose (1995) Heartbeat US The Taxi Sessions (1995) Taxi Rising Star (Voice of the Ghetto) (1995) Record Factory U.K. / VP US Be Yourself (1996) Heartbeat US Big Sound Frontline (1996) Heartbeat US Nuh Carbon (1996) Greensleeves U.K. / RAS US Dance Wicked (1997) Heartbeat US Dub Wicked (1997) Heartbeat US Dynasty (2001) Jamaican No1/EFA 33266
Black Uhuru Internet:
01. Looks like Rain (Grateful Dead - Grugahalle Essen, 28.03.1981)
WDR text 1981: Roger Chapman and the Shortlist is the fourth group at the 9th Rockpalast-Festival on October 17th and 18th, 1981. Roger Chapman is one of the few English rock singers from the first generation that is still active today. He began in 1966 with Family, a group that he formed together with Charlie Whitney in the English city of Leicester. Until 1973, Family was one of the best English live bands. There was a lot of talk about Roger Chapman, especially, because he regularly used a large number of tambourines and microphone stands during appearances. From 1974 until 1977, Chapman was singer for the Streetwalkers.
In 1979, he left his years-long partner, Whitney, and has been singing solo since then with a 'half-solid' band, The Shortlist, in which many of his friends play. Roger Chapman and the Shortlist's appearance at the Rockpalast-Festival will show that Roger Chapman is absolutely one of the best rock singers ever. He will be supported by a partly new line-up whose members will see to it that this concert will also be an event that offers everything that one expects from good rock music. (Official-Text).
The best rock'n'roll. What energy. 10 Jahre Rockpalast: "A moment that simply had to come. Roger Chapman and the Shortlist in the Rockpalast-Nacht. They played until the sun went down and then still had problems getting away from the audience. We should have let him appear in the beginning, at the end and in the middle. Daddy Rolling Stone, Roger Chapman, the Rock'n'Roll Doctor had administered us the right medicine".
The singer was born on April 8th, 1942 and had his first large success with the group Family, who had produced some successful albums. He formed the band Streetwalker out of which The Shortlist would emerge in 1979. Roger Chapman gives everything he's got at his concerts and physically goes to the limit of what can be done. 'Chappo' is mostly on tour and is a successful live act today still, especially in Germany.
What does Roger Chapman actually do?
Uwe Schmalz in the Rockpalast Club Info, April 16th, 1998
Roger Chapman, surely one of the most important and well-known rock-shouters,
appeared at the Rockpalast four times already. First of all in 1975, with his band
Streetwalkers (back then), whom especially lived from their co-operation with
guitarist, Charlie Whitney (both formerly together with Family), and released
altogether four Lps.
On October 18th, 1981, 'Chappo' became a classic for many Rockpalast fans. True
to his motto from his first encore 'Let's spend the night together', he gave a
thunderous show in the Grugahalle in Essen. 'Chappo' was absolutely top-fit at all
times and, together with the refined guitar riffs from Geoff Whitehorn, his raspy
voice made him incomparable in all of Europe.
Roger Chapman remembers:
I've made contact with Roger Chapman and asked him what memories he had about his appearance at the Rocknacht. He gave me the following answer:
Roger Chapman - voc
01 Who Pulled The Night Down (5'15'') 02 Keep Forgettin' (3'45'') 03 Unknown Soldier (5'18'') 04 Ducking Down (5'17'') 05 I Just Went To Make Love To You (5'30'') 06 Killing Time (6'15'') 07 He Was, She Was (7'30'') 08 Hang On To A Dream (3'38'') 09 Prisoner (5'20'') 10 Short List (6'00'') 11 Hyenas Only Laugh For Fun (3'50'') 12 Comman Touch (6'10'') 13 Making The Same Mistake (6'05'') 14 Midnite Child (5'50'') 15 Stone Free (5'30'') 16 Goodbye Reprise (4'00'') 17 Blood And Sand (3'15'') 18 Let's Spend The Night Together (5'40'') 19 Jesus And The Devil (4'08'') 20 Can't Get In (4'30'') 21 Hey Bo Diddley (5'00'') 22 St. Pepper (4'55'') 23 Prisoner (0'45'')
The discs of Family and the Streetwalkers also:
Chappo (1979) Line/Teldec 6.24 708 Live in Hamburg (1979) Line/Teldec 6.24 720 Mail order magic (1980) Line/Teldoc 6.24 515 Hyenas only laugh for fun (1981) Line/Teldoc 6.24 850 The Riffburglar Album (1981) Line LLP 5150 AS He Was..She Was..He Was.. (1982) Line 628600 Mango Crazy (1983) Instant ZL 28532 The Shadow Knows (1984) Instant ZL 70482 Zipper (1986) RCA PL zo989 Techno Prisoners (1987) RCA PL 71516 Walking The Cat (1989) Maze 08-4631 Live in Berlin (1989) Polydor 843 886 Hybrid and Lowdown (1991) Polydor 847 117 Under No Obligations (1992) Polydor 513073 Chappo King Of The Shouters (1992) Polydor 523580-2 (S) 79-92 Kiss My Soul (1996) Essential/Castle ESS CD382 Do I Leave A Turn Unstoned (1998) SPV Anthology 1979-1998 (1998) Castle/Edel ESDCD 665 In My Own Time (1999) SPV Double Live CD Rollin' & Tumblin' (2001) Mystic Family & Friends (2003) Mystic 79788-2 5CDs One More Time For Peace (2007) Mystic Hide Go Seek (2009) Hypertension/Soulfood 2CDs Live At The Opera House (2009) Angel Air/Fenn - Newcastle 2002 Riff Burglar (2009) BGO/Soulfood - Live At Munster Hall Maybe The Last Time - Live (2012) Soulfood Peaceology (2014) Hypertension Live in Hamburg (2014) Life In The Pond (2021) Ruf/Indigo Moth To A Flame (2022) Cherry Red 5CDs Boxset Recordings 1979-1981
Roger Chapman Video/DVD:
Family & Friends (2003) Fenn Music DVD Roger Chapman At Rockpalast (2004) in-akustik DVD
Roger Chapman Internet:
Roger Chapman Official Appreciation Society
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