eclipsed No. 149 / 4-2013

The day after next day

That really wasn't to be expected: Almost ten years after his last studio album David Bowie released "Where Are We Now?", a new single in January. The album "The Next Day" followed on March 8th. A comeback out of the blue. And one that raises questions.

Deep in the Archive

"People, Hell And Angels" shows once again how many treasures still lie dormant in the Hendrix archives. Experience and Band-of-Gypsys bassist Billy Cox was also involved in this posthumous release. The American Jimi Hendrix still feels close to the person as well as to the musician.

Earth, Quinn & Fire

Although the most glorious times of Manfred Mann's Earth Band are long ago, the group is still a firm fixture on German concert stages. On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the release of "Solar Fire" we placed Mick Rogers, Chris Thompson and the 72-year-old eponym at a round table to review the eventful history of the Earth Band.

Survival water

50 years ago, Eric Burdon joined the Animals, with whom he led the British invasion of the US market by English bands. Now the 71-year-old, who has been living in the States himself for decades, is at the start with his new album "'Til Your River Runs Dry". On the other hand, the subject of animals has largely disappeared for him, as he revealed eclipsed.

Terror of Originality

For exactly 30 years the Flaming Lips have been playing a sophisticated game with the possibilities of avant-garde rock and pop art. On their anniversary album "The Terror" they once again break new creative ground. But they are also interested in territories that have already been discovered: Soon the US formation King Crimson and the Stone Roses will take aim.

Balamir, bel ami

After the monolithic, gloomy "The Octopus", Amplifier's successor "Echo Street" is based on opposite virtues and delivers incredibly smooth, melodic songs. But here, too, they grant their fans rock wide pages.

Strain, crack, break: The secret of the Nurse-With-Wound-List

In 1979 the English avant-garde band Nurse With Wound released their debut "Chance Meeting On A Dissecting Table Of A Sewing Machine And An Umbrella". A peculiar industrial statement that, like the band itself, was to achieve cult status. Equally cult is the list of experimental groups and musicians printed in the artwork, which has developed a remarkable life of its own.

Keep the text up! Cult songs and their meaning

When Sting released the song about the now famous "Englishman in New York" in 1987, it seemed as if the ex-police chief was talking about his own experiences in the Big Apple. But far from it: The Englishman from Newcastle sang the praises of an eccentric fellow countryman.

Shopping list ELVIS COSTELLO
The all-rounder

Even though he has "Elvis" in his name, Declan Patrick Aloysius MacManus - the middle-class name of Elvis Costello - was Buddy Holly's reincarnation in the age of punk. With a brush cut, jacket, tie and glasses (later the circular saw - the characteristic straw hat - was added) he was the antithesis to the outfit of the seventies. And the fact that he was initially perceived as a punk was surely only due to the general inability to classify him at all. For the true Elvis himself was in opposition to the subculture.