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Richard Hawley

I've been appreciating Richard Hawley's solo work since Nigel at the Rough Trade Shop suggested I should listen to his recordings a few years ago. His other albums 'Richard Hawley' and 'Late Night Final' are also very good. If you can hunt down my fellow Adelaidian Luke Ashby's work he is also in a similar vein but probably better!

The most played CD of the New Year so far is 'Profile' by Githead which I got as a present. Colin Newman makes this sound like a great Wire album that never was.

I'm not aware of the new Pet Shop Boys album but I can tell you I'm definitely not on it. Unless they really want to commit commercial suicide I'm sure that will remain that way as well. The Death Shop Boys is but a Dream - "a horrible one" as Gen/Breyer would chip in!

However, did Neil Tennant contribute to the vocals on "One Word" by Kelly Osbourne? When I first heard this in April being played in a gay bar in Boston called 'Paradise' (which it was not!) that Thomas Nola had thoughtfully taken John Murphy and I to I was sure it was something to do with him and was dumb-founded when the barman said it was a Kelly Osbourne promo. A few days later a promo copy of the whole album was in my intrigued hands but it had no real information on it. Heilige! Douglas P.


"NADA!" availability etc.....

--- At this time of year many titles go temporarily out of stock due to demand but "NADA!" is most definitely still available and should be back in stock at NER Mail Order and The Rough Trade Shop after the Yuletide holidays. Please try again in a week or so and you can view the revamped site:

http://www.deathinjune.net

for price and other informations etc. Alternatively, any UK based mail order service that frequents this list can also provide you with this title so,.....Gaya/Hagshadow?

However, the following titles are all out of stock at source and are now unlikely to be repressed in their present forms whether it effects their track listings, deluxe packaging etc:

  • ROSE CLOUDS OF HOLOCAUST
  • BUT, WHAT ENDS WHEN THE SYMBOLS SHATTER?
  • HEILIGE!
  • THE WORLD THAT SUMMER
  • DISCRIMINATE
  • KAPO!
  • ALL PIGS MUST DIE

2005 was an excellent year in terms of sales over the entire Death In June catalogue and 2006 will see a certain amount of restructuring. I suggest if you see these titles in a shop somewhere and you've been treading water on getting them now is the time to buy. Heilige! Douglas P.


Acoustic hits etc.

--- Dear Ben, Upon returning to Australia after the last World tour in June, 2005 I recorded nearly 40 acoustic versions of the songs John Murphy and myself were making the DIJ sets up from.

Yes, Folks we know at least this many and can even play them - ourselves!

From these recordings at Big Sound Studios S.A. the following contributions have already been made:

Versions of 'Come Before Christ And Murder Love' and 'Golden Wedding Of Sorrow' with me simply playing the guitar and singing are featured on the 'Behind The Mask' documentary DVD.

Versions of 'Death Of The West' and 'Rocking Horse Night' with me simply playing the guitar and singing have also been contributed to an as yet to be announced German compilation that should be issued later this year featuring many other worthy groups for an even worthier cause.

Time will tell what I decide to do with the other songs from these recording sessions but the Live In New York DVD is really very, very good and like the DVD that accompanies the reissue of 'The Guilty Have No Pride'CD truly shows a moment in the History of Death In June. If anyone is after a recording that captures this stripped back version of Death In June that was to be featured all over the World in DIJ's last live performance years - this most definitely is it!

We here at Fort Nada look forward to its release. And, so should you! Heilige,... Douglas P.


Your dreams,.....

--- In deathinjune@yahoogroups.com, finnan keith <keeffinnan@y...> wrote: ....Keith are very odd as Ken Thomas, my long time studio engineer and co-producer in the early to mid-1990s(who was born in Rhodesia now known as the glorious Homophobic, Honky hating, Honky murdering, AIDs ridden, starving, piss poor but 'free' People's Republic of Zimbabwe)had a huge collection of African artifacts that I kept well clear of believing them to be full of bad ju ju. Me no go near - ever!!

And, David Tibet and I had a long standing 'thing' about dirty arses - brought up even during our last telephone conversation whilst he was honeymooning in Malaya in Autumn 2002. Mind you we were talking about litigation.

The World famed Mature Escort Barnaby had also evidently never met anyone quite a stickler for cleanliness in that region as my good self! So much for the rest of his clientele!

What naughty boys they must be,....... And should be punished as such! Oooooh!!

Heilige! Douglas P.


back on topic: Death In June live in Melbourne/ banned in Germany

--- It was too good an opportunity to miss!

The organisers of the 2 day Cold Meat Industries' Festival in Melbourne, Australia, as well as Roger of CMI and Brighter Death Now, invited me to perform on the second night after they met me in the audience on the first night. So,..... I did!

A different version of 'Rose Clouds Of Holocaust' entitled 'Wolken Rotlich' was performed at the very start of Sunday evening before Isomer began their set and a version of 'Blood Of Winter' segued into 'Rose Clouds Of Holocaust'introduced the final show by Brighter Death Now at the end of the evening. Afteral, "Festivals End As Festivals Must"

The whole event was a pleasure to attend and in keeping with the 'mood' I performed the songs on ebowed guitar. It was also great to catch up again with Roger, David Tonkin, Richard Stevenson of the much missed Spectrum Magazine and, of course, Lina Baby Doll and compare notes about all the wonderfully insincere people in this crazy rock 'n' roll world we inhabit. Oh, how we gossipped!

It was also brilliant to be introduced to Peter Andersen of many groups and his interesting dress sense!

And, thanks also to all those who plied me with more alcohol than I've drunk in months.

Hic,...Heilige! Douglas P.


The Phoenix Has Risen CD

We have now received some monies for this CD so it has become a tolerated release. For those interested in it the track listing is:

  • WE DRIVE EAST
  • KNIVES
  • NATION
  • IN THE NIGHT TIME
  • HIMMEL STRASSE
  • NOTHING CHANGES
  • UNTITLED
  • ALL ALONE IN HER NIRVANA
  • (all taped by Patrick at a UK rehearsal 1981)
  • INTERMISSION
  • INTRO
  • TILL THE LIVING FLESH IS BURNED
  • ALL ALONE IN HER NIRVANA
  • FIELDS
  • WE DRIVE EAST
  • NOTHING CHANGES
  • IN THE NIGHT TIME
  • HEAVEN ST.
  • (taped live at The Living Room, London 9th September,1983)

THE WALL OF SACRIFICE Japanese master tapes

These are now being re-auctioned on eBay for an extremely low starting price and for those who have been spending decades trying to decipher some of my influences the seller is the man who was in great part inspirational for me to write such songs as 'COME BEFORE CHRIST (B.C.- Butch Calderwood - geddit!?)AND MURDER LOVE' '13 YEARS OF CARRION'and 'ACCIDENTAL PROTEGE' besides many other things connected to DIJ.

If you ask nicely (and pay enough) the winning bidder may even get Butch to autograph the tapes alongside my distinctive tag.

For those interested and for more information go to:

http://www.ebay.com/

and look for item #: 4831382510

listed in the Music section. Heilige! Douglas P.


Re: back on topic: Death In June live in Melbourne/ banned in Germany

--- As a foot note to my original message I still consider the Death In June show in May, 2005 in Brest, Brittainy to be the final Death In June performance. What better place to say "Goodbye" than at The End Of The World - Finisterre!

Melbourne was more a Douglas P. cameo appearance than a DIJ gig. Heilige! Douglas P.


THE GUILTY HAVE NO PRIDE BAD VC CD/DVD 3

Finally NER Mail-Order has received its copies of this release, the first album from Death In June 'The Guilty Have No Pride' which was originally issued in 1983. Not only is it now released with tracks from the first 12" single issued in 1981 and the first 7" single issued in 1982 it is also coupled with a DVD of one of DIJ's first ever performances at The Fridge in Brixton, London early 1982. This is probably the 2nd or 3rd show the original line-up of Patrick Leagas, Tony Wakeford and myself performed together but a search through my personal archives draws a blank as to exactly when this took place so, if anyone out there knows the actual date it would be greatly appreciated.

CD Track order:

TILL THE LIVING FLESH IS BURNED ALL ALONE IN HER NIRVANA STATE LAUGHTER NOTHING CHANGES NATION HEAVEN STREET mk II THE GUILTY HAVE NO PRIDE HEAVEN STREET IN THE NIGHT TIME WE DRIVE EAST HOLY WATER

DVD Track order:

TILL THE LIVING FLESH IS BURNED STATE LAUGHTER ALL ALONE IN HER NIRVANA HOLY WATER IN THE NIGHT TIME NOTHING CHANGES HEAVEN STREET WE DRIVE EAST

The reissue comes in a gatefold sleeve Softpak which is embossed, foil-blocked and includes many rare and unseen photos from the period - especially in the DVD photo gallery! The price should be about the same as a single CD and envisaged release date is 23rd November.

All our DVD stock is PAL-VHS but we can provide NTSC upon special request.

Price inclusive of postage is 12 GBPs - UK/EUROPA or 20 GBPs - The Rest Of The World

Cheques/International Giros made out to the usual. No International Money Orders accepted - sorry!

Cash accepted in GBPs - or equivalent in US$/EUROS - but NO responsibility taken unless sent via Registered Post. Heilige! Douglas P.


Scotland 1983

--- That's not quite true, Tony.

Death In June performed in Aberdeen and Glasgow in late 1983. A copy of the backstage pass and ticket for the show at Nightmoves is included as some of the extra 'goodies' in one of the limited versions of the 'Behind The Mask' DVD.

The show in Edinburgh fell through.

I seem to remember it was an extremely mild November and we ended up staying at a hotel on the banks of Loch Lomond hiring a rowing boat and going out to the island in the middle of the Loch for a photo session. The owners of the hotel took great pleasure in telling us that we weren't the only celebraties to stay with them and that the previous Winter The Queen and Spandau Ballet had been forced to take shelter together in their cosy abode during a particularly nasty blizzard.

Gary Carey of Joy Of Life might have some other memories he might want to share with the group as he was with us during this trip. Heilige! Douglas P.

In deathinjune@yahoogroups.com, "tony dickie" <tony.dickie@...> wrote: > > From: "dij_douglas" <douglasp_@...> wrote As a foot note to my > original message I still consider the Death In June show in May, 2005 in > Brest, Brittainy to be the final Death > In June performance. What better place to say "Goodbye" than at The End Of > The World - Finisterre! > > Melbourne was more a Douglas P. cameo appearance than a DIJ gig. > Heilige! > Douglas P. > > So Douglas, when are you going to put a tour together with these cameo > appearances? You never ever ventured up to Scotland, or any of the other > provinces. > > Best Wishes > Tony


Re: Scotland 1983

--- The incident certainly happened but, as we were playing in almost total darkness with strobe lights facing into the audience we couldn't see much and thought one of us had tripped on a cable and pulled a cymbol stand over. We heard a crash and nothing else and it was only after the lights came up at the end that we found the stool on stage. No one was hurt. Except, of course, the perpetrator and someone on this list might want to elaborate on that? Or not?? I had no idea Bobby Gillespie claims to be the stool thrower who I'd always been told was a big DIJ fan. But, you should never trust a junkie, should you?

In deathinjune@yahoogroups.com, "Iain" <sublevel3@...> wrote: > > Hi Douglas, > > While you're on the subject of the Glasgow gig in 1983, I was > wondering if you could confirm if there was any truth to a story I > was told about that night. I was slightly too young to be there then > although went to a number of gigs there from 1985 onwards. A couple > of years ago I got chatting to Willie who used to run the nights at > Nightmoves and DJ there. He told me that a certain Bobby Gillespie > of Jesus and Mary Chain and Primal Scream fame took exception to > your performance and as he saw it "letting fascists perform in > Glasgow" and took this out by throwing a stool down from the balcony > to try and break the drum skin. > > Any truth in this story at all? or just one of those ripping yarns > that grow arms and legs as they're told over so many years? > > cheers, > > Iain


Dear list,

This information has been sent to the list twice over the past few months. A quick trawl through this group's archives can often answer straight forward inquieries and perhaps even a few more besides. For further information regarding Death In June discography, track listings etc. a viewing of:

http://www.deathinjune.net

may also be beneficial.

>Finally NER Mail-Order has received its copies of this release, the first >album from Death In June 'The Guilty Have No Pride' which was originally >issued in 1983. Not only is it now released with tracks from the first 12" >single issued in 1981 and the first 7" single issued in 1982 it is also >coupled with a DVD of one of DIJ's first ever performances at The Fridge in >Brixton, London early 1982. This is probably the 2nd or 3rd show the >original line-up of Patrick Leagas, Tony Wakeford and myself performed >together but a search through my personal archives draws a blank as to >exactly when this took place so, if anyone out there knows the actual date >it would be greatly appreciated. > >CD Track order: >

  • TILL THE LIVING FLESH IS BURNED
  • ALL ALONE IN HER NIRVANA
  • STATE LAUGHTER
  • NOTHING CHANGES
  • NATION
  • HEAVEN STREET mk II
  • THE GUILTY HAVE NO PRIDE
  • HEAVEN STREET
  • IN THE NIGHT TIME
  • WE DRIVE EAST
  • HOLY WATER

> >DVD Track order: >

  • TILL THE LIVING FLESH IS BURNED
  • STATE LAUGHTER
  • ALL ALONE IN HER NIRVANA
  • HOLY WATER
  • IN THE NIGHT TIME
  • NOTHING CHANGES
  • HEAVEN STREET
  • WE DRIVE EAST

> >The reissue comes in a gatefold sleeve Softpak which is embossed, >foil-blocked and includes many rare and unseen photos from the period - >especially in the DVD photo gallery! The price should be about the same as >a >single CD and envisaged release date is 23rd November. > >All our DVD stock is PAL-VHS but we can provide NTSC upon special request. > >Price inclusive of postage is 12 GBPs - UK/EUROPA or 20 GBPs - The Rest Of >The World > >Cheques/International Giros made out to the usual. No International Money >Orders accepted - sorry! > >Cash accepted in GBPs - or equivalent in US$/EUROS - but NO responsibility >taken unless sent via Registered Post. >Heilige! >Douglas P. > >


Re: Burial???

--- The blue version is more likely to have ended up in a warehouse in America forgotten by the short term memory lose of the coke fiend who sent the pressing there in 1990!

However, with the reissue of Burial soon due on CD there are discussions to release this also on a picture disc LP and a version in the much talked of blue vinyl.

So, your vinyl cravings may be satisfied sooner rather than later, Per?

Heilige! Douglas P.


Who's listening to what?

The Brian Jonestown Massacre - 'Give It Back!'

Alkaline Trio - tracks - 'Mercy Me' & 'Sadie' from the album 'Crimson'

Werkraum - 'Kristalle'

David Byrne/Fat Boy Slim - Live tracks I can't get out of my head from last week's World premier at Adelaide's Festival of Arts of 'Here Lies Love' a song cycle about Imelda Marcos. Tempted as I was to call it 'More songs about dictators and shoes' if you liked Talking Heads you'll love this material. The songs I keep hearing rattling around my brain are the title track, and 2 others possibly entitled 'Agree With Me' and 'The Rose Of Tututuan(?)'. Worth catching if the show comes to your area. And, not one mention of a jackboot! Not that I could hear, anyway!! Heilige! Douglas P.


Re: Take Care Signed

--- About 2 years ago I did a signing of several hundred copies of 'Take Care And Control' in Melbourne and this is probably one of those copies. The disc itself should have a dark brown background with black figures. The NEROZ logo should be in a white box.

The original 1997 version had a light beige background and the NEROZ logo had a world serpent surrounding it. That is no longer.

The Australian version of the CD which comes in a jewel case is now the only available version. Heilige! Douglas P.


Re: Question for Douglas P. concerning DIJ tabs.

--- Yes there are, but it certainly isn't one of the priorities at present. The next book about Death In June will hopefully be a biography from Italy (there may possibly be an English translation) authored by the famous Italian journalist Aldo Chimenti. It will probably also come with a CD of studio recorded acoustic versions of many DIJ favourites done in the style people have grown accustomed to hearing at live performances over the past few years. This project has been nearly 2 years in the making but hopefully, it will be ready later this year. More news as and when. Heilige! Douglas P.


Re: Take Care and make me beautiful

--- Well, please remember the original wsd version did come out in an attractive foil-blocked slipcase so when that got caught up in the litigation in 2000, along with almost everything else, NEROZ had to keep going with the jewel case version of TCAC as there were other priorities with the non-available back catalogue. As we slowly approach the full reissue of most of the major DIJ titles we have been thinking about reinventing TCAC for its 10th anniversary next year. Scorpion Wind CD is deleted, with no plans for a reissue although I hear there are a very few copies of the vinyl left at Tesco in Germany. There are no immediate plans for the other titles you mention. Heilige! Douglas P.


Re: UK '78/'79

--- This Crisis track was originally titled "UK 77" but as we didn't get around to recording it for the John Peel radio show until 1978 we decided to call it "UK 78" for the BBC.

After the session was broadcast 3 times in quick succession (the norm was evidently twice and then a long wait before a possible third play but Peel loved Crisis and even invited us up to Broadcasting House onto the show after the first broadcast to grunt "Hullo!" in the background which at that time only The Fall had managed to do -albeit with Mancunian accents) the arrangement with the BBC was that we could then buy the tracks from them for 100 GBPs each. This was an incredibly good deal so we bought that track and "White Youth" and issued them as a 7" in 1979 and retitled the track to fit the year. I decided to revert to its original recording name for the "Holocaust Hymns" compilation.

A couple of years later I did the same thing with the other 2 tracks from the session; "Alienation" and "Brukwood Hospital".

I wasn't aware of anyone else doing this with the BBC at that time and I've often wondered whether or not this was the inspiration behind the Strange Fruit label which issued all of those other Peel sessions. I never knew the people behind it but they too were based in Woking and the local press/radio certainly spoke of how we got our hands on those tracks. Heilige! Douglas P.


DIJ - The Guilty Have No Pride - original reviews I

Whilst recently wading through my archives for various bits of information I came across some of the original reviews for THE GUILTY HAVE NO PRIDE when it was first released in 1983.

In an act of shameless self advertising for this recently reissued album now on CD & DVD and that some of you might find them interesting here are a few of the reviews from 23 years ago:

"With only a handful of live appearances and a couple of intriguing singles under their belt, I never quite expected to find such a good mini-LP from Death In June. The seven tracks included are a glorious testament to their style, a powerful rhythmic assault.

Looped tapes surround the incisive beats and the subtlety of acoustic guitar triggered off by throbbing bass create a penetrating collage of sound. Brittle in parts and then counteracted by thudding patches of noise.

They never let it get out of hand either. It would have been so easy to slip into a self-indulgent, really meaningful soundscape but Death In June are totally in control: A powerhouse variation on 23 Skidoo with the precise percussion of a simplistic Joy Division.

Side 1 is merely a taster, an intriguing set of short accessible songs grafted with menace and atmosphere. And side 2,while carrying on the pattern, is an intense realisation of their music. Trumpet echoes through a hollow room buiding into an orgy of sound, well paced but unpredictable.

Death In June, through their preferred isolation, have developed a haunting debut, a gripping story. Told in uncompromising individuality, it's a heartening escape, an essential release and a vibrating, rhythmic collection." Dave Henderson - Sounds - 25.VI.83


DIJ - The Guilty Have No Pride - original reviews part II

"Compared to most mini-albums of my acquaintance this is a real Tardis job. It all seems simple enough, 7 songs and reasonably cheap, but when you play it, it seems to last forever, which is both good and bad.

You may possibly remember Tony Wakeford ( bass & vocals) and Doug Pearce (guitar, vocals & percussion) from olden days punk band CRISIS. Well here, in far better form, they are joined by Pat Leagas (drums, vocals & trumpet) a man who refuses to have his picture taken.

Their rich sound, far harder live than on record, is not easy to catagorise as its many off-shoots being lashing tendrils of the main solid body.

Having seen them live, being extremely unsettled by their sub-military image (and scuttling away early), I did expect the same fire breathing demons that graced the stage but here, although certain moments do stun, they are subdued whilst still crackling.

Opening track Till The Living Flesh Is Burned", shows their main facets. A bass throbs busily beneath the solid drums and guitars escalate, re-appearing with dash and verve when the tune changes its course and reflective mood, battle drums arising but the vocals indifferent. In other songs one instrument will dominate occasionally, overshadowed by the vocals and weirdest of all some strange noises incorporated into particular songs.

There's a throttled braying sound that forms one quarter of "All Alone In Her Nirvana" (well, if that's Nirvana...) which shifts the accessibilty and makes it a fight to appreciate. Not a big fight by any means, more a minor scuffle as it's backed up by excellent bass which smoothes things out.

For some reasons it appears that the band deliberately allowed the timing in certain songs to slide and it grates on the ear. "State Laughter" included one of these and amidst a trumpet violation there were slurs.

If forced to pick a favourite tune it would be "Nation" with its distinctly Yankee Doodle Dandy military drumming merged into church bells. The bass reverses out rather than filling a complacent role and some stirring guitar steals the scene.

It's followed by their grandest design "Heaven St. MkII" that has become filled out and vicious, but "Nation" entices me more because it seems inconceivable that this band are only a trio.

Considering their reputation of being a bit "dodgy" (unfounded) a casual listener might expect vile imagery leaping from every line, but it is not so. It is no different in many ways to a lot of other bands (in ideology, not sounds) and should be appreciated as such." Mick Mercer - Melody Maker - 1983


DIJ - The Guilty Have No Pride - original reviews MkIII

"Former members of punk band CRISIS re-emerge as DEATH IN JUNE with an apocalyptic post-punk classic: fiercely tattooing drums, rumbling bass, snarling guitar and dark, brooding vocals build up an eerily echoing and powerful wall of sound. Allied to the uncompromisingly bleak lyrics, this provides a chilling soundtrack to our times. After 2 critically acclaimed singles (versions of "Heaven Street" and "State Laughter" are included here) this 7 track mini-LP should establish DEATH IN JUNE as a major force with a wider audience."

"Boomboomgloomgloompingpingpingping... bit more echo in there please ...Fucking Brilliant!!"

"The mist swirls across the battlefield, hanging beads of moisture on the discarded pennants, riderless horses run silently, their hooves scattering the twisted corpses. Alone in the monastery, clinging to the rocky mountain, a shaven-headed monk feels the roaring silence. In the deserted city street a neon light flickers and sparks, a radio whines and distant traffic throbs like a heartbeat. A potent antidote to the current wimp-rock cult."

" "The Guilty Have No Pride" is a journey into nihilistic forbidding territory. A laconic trip into a world of menacing drumbeats and distorted guitar riffs - where the hushed gutteral vocals of Doug Pearce threaten from every shadow. Frantic voices strain in desperation, as the music runs from one shelter to another, finding solace nowhere. The desperation is enacted through violent lyrics - "Nothing changes only gets worse, Nothing changes when you're waiting for a hearse" and "Till the living flesh is burned" - stark off key vocals, a jangly guitar and a drumbeat which threatens to crush the whole sound into nothingness. The title track is the most disturbing of all. Slipped in between two musical onslaughts it is deceptively soft with naive tinkling bells and a hypnotic guitar chord. It lays down to the whispered words"The Guilty Have No Pride" chanted over and over again creating a somnolent, eerie dream in an intense storm of sound. After listening to "The Guilty Have No Pride" it doesn't matter how good a record you put on afterwards, it sounds spineless, fanciful and empty. That's the effect this band has."

All the above were taken from various UK papers/fanzines/magazines - 1983.


DIJ - The Guilty Have No Pride - original reviews MkIII

"Former members of punk band CRISIS re-emerge as DEATH IN JUNE with an apocalyptic post-punk classic: fiercely tattooing drums, rumbling bass, snarling guitar and dark, brooding vocals build up an eerily echoing and powerful wall of sound. Allied to the uncompromisingly bleak lyrics, this provides a chilling soundtrack to our times. After 2 critically acclaimed singles (versions of "Heaven Street" and "State Laughter" are included here) this 7 track mini-LP should establish DEATH IN JUNE as a major force with a wider audience."

"Boomboomgloomgloompingpingpingping... bit more echo in there please ...Fucking Brilliant!!"

"The mist swirls across the battlefield, hanging beads of moisture on the discarded pennants, riderless horses run silently, their hooves scattering the twisted corpses. Alone in the monastery, clinging to the rocky mountain, a shaven-headed monk feels the roaring silence. In the deserted city street a neon light flickers and sparks, a radio whines and distant traffic throbs like a heartbeat. A potent antidote to the current wimp-rock cult."

" "The Guilty Have No Pride" is a journey into nihilistic forbidding territory. A laconic trip into a world of menacing drumbeats and distorted guitar riffs - where the hushed gutteral vocals of Doug Pearce threaten from every shadow. Frantic voices strain in desperation, as the music runs from one shelter to another, finding solace nowhere. The desperation is enacted through violent lyrics - "Nothing changes only gets worse, Nothing changes when you're waiting for a hearse" and "Till the living flesh is burned" - stark off key vocals, a jangly guitar and a drumbeat which threatens to crush the whole sound into nothingness. The title track is the most disturbing of all. Slipped in between two musical onslaughts it is deceptively soft with naive tinkling bells and a hypnotic guitar chord. It lays down to the whispered words"The Guilty Have No Pride" chanted over and over again creating a somnolent, eerie dream in an intense storm of sound. After listening to "The Guilty Have No Pride" it doesn't matter how good a record you put on afterwards, it sounds spineless, fanciful and empty. That's the effect this band has."

All the above were taken from various UK papers/fanzines/magazines - 1983.


Re: Douglas and Australia.

--- Dear Richard, Next you'll be wanting to inspect my Passport and bank accounts!!

Australia is rightly tough on who it decides to let in but I apparently passed all the 'right' criteria and it's nice to feel wanted. I live in the Hills.

I'm actually not into wine at present Australian, German, whatever, and prefer Martini cocktails or/and Carlsberg Elephant Beer (7.2%) which is the closest to Special Brew I can get in Oz. But, my birthday is coming up and I'm expecting a nice present or 2, hopefully accompanied by some Walker's Cheese and Onion Crisps - yum!

Most Australian wine regardless of brand name is very good but, like all things it depends on what you're after price-wise, taste wise, etc. Heilige! Douglas P.

In deathinjune@yahoogroups.com, "richardogle2002" <richardogle2002@...> wrote: > > Hi Douglas, > Just a few questions that have interested me about yourself and Australia; > Have you actually emigrated to Australia or are you on some kind of > visa, I understand Australia are quite tough on such things? > I believe you live in SA, but do you actually live in Adelaide or out > in the sticks/bush? > Are you a fan of Australian wine? Any recommendations ie Wolf Blass, > Penfolds, Brown Bros etc. I know you enjoyed German wine, but that was > so 1990's!(although German wine is supposed to be enjoying a bit of a > renaissance). > On another note, would just like to support the previous post re > C93/WS, it really is so tiresome now, yes it was interesting several > years ago but in 2006....please. > Regards Richard.


Re: Douglas the 'Godfather'?!

--- Those types of stickers are put on by the record stores, or perhaps the distributers of the work in question, to aid in their sales pitch. I don't "approve" them in advance but neither do I object to the use of them. "Gay Boy Nasty responsible for the woes of the World meets Blondin at a Nuremburg Rally" perhaps would have a certain 'je ne sais pas' about it but I can't have it all my own way, can I? The first time I ever saw the term "Neo Folk" or "Industrial Folk" , I can't quite recall which, was I'm sure when Tibet and I were shopping in Hamburg, Yuletide 1992 and we saw our separate groups listed under that newly invented genre in a large record store called WOM (World Of Music) We both thought; "Oh!That's new!!" and then carried on shopping. Heilige! Douglas P.


Re: to Douglas........and his prejudices.....

--- To see how I do constantly discriminate on a gay to gay basis and for a more comprehensive list of my prejudices, as well as the answers to a few other FAQs please view:

http://gaydar.co.uk/roehm

Unfortunately, to see pictures of me in action (so all those bi- curious str8 guys know what they would be letting their lips in for) you'll have to subscribe to the site in question. In the meantime, I hope you've all had a Happy Eostra getting stuck into plenty of buns and that your lips have never been far from being wrapped around an egg or 2. I've devoured quite a few this weekend. Douglas P.


Re: acetate

--- Dear Oliv, Most test pressings were normally done in batches of 3. If they weren't right then another 3 would be pressed until any sound problems had been sorted out. The minimum number I have of any one title's test pressing is 1 and the maximum is 6. There are a few titles that also had small runs of promotional white labels manufactured. A list will be made public over the coming months as I intend to sell some of them. Regarding acetates/lacquers/metalworks then you and a few others will probably weep: At the end of the successful litigation with wsd when I got all of those kinds of things back I binned all of them in the rubbish skip of a hotel at Heathrow Airport, London. Even the recordings Rough Trade had distributed. That part of the past had been tainted and I no longer wanted anything to do with it.It's gone. Heilige! Douglas P.


27th April, 2006

Many, many thanks to all those who sent, both on and off list, Birthday Wishes for my 50th. It was spent in Sin City (Sydney) with my partner and our closest friends/comrades and was a day that surpassed all expectations, culminating in a brilliant meal in our favourite Lesbian Falangist restaurant. Heilige Tapas! Douglas P.


A long overdue link to this recent interview re. CRISIS.

(For those simpletons on the world wide wank that like to hear me repeat things ad nauseam until I'm blue in the face;

'Dat's der groop me and Tony wuzin wen we wuz jung be4 Deff in Joon'.)

If some of you spent a fraction of the time I spent answering your questions and other interviews looking at the archives of this list and my answers to the same questions this list may still yet save itself from resembling a cage of demented parrots repeating over and over and over again the same bloody things.

"Pretty Polly? No, just plain Pretty Boring!"

Apologies for disturbing all those members whose inner monologue finds its way far too often onto this list.

>http://www.brianmclark.com/writing/douglaspearce.html


RE: [deathinjune] question for douglas

I'm sorry Tristan, I don't know this tape but it's probably a mishmash of Runners From'84 material (including material that Tony Wakeford played on in 1980-81), early DIJ recordings/rehearsals and stuff Patrick Leagas did on his own, or with Richard Butler, as demos for the "NADA!" album and after both were no longer part of Death In June in 1985.

As Tony Wakeford had departed DIJ by January 1984, some months before anything for "NADA!" had been rehearsed/recorded etc the claim that he is part of anything that eventually went onto that particular album is an inaccuracy. His last recordings for Death In June were for the recently reissued "Burial" album.

Hopefully, this has been of some help? Heilige! Douglas P.


>From: Tristan Koreya <tristankoreya@...> >Reply-To: deathinjune@yahoogroups.com >To: deathinjune@yahoogroups.com >Subject: [deathinjune] question for douglas >Date: Mon, 5 Jun 2006 19:14:09 +0000 (GMT) > >hi douglas, > >we'd like to put the right credits for the death in june "archive material" >cassette on discogs.com : > >http://www.discogs.com/release/454886


Andreas Ritter.

--- The last time I was given an update was that the stroke/heart attack he suffered last year has resulted in a lose of memory which has, amongst other things, effected his ability to play any instrument and the road to recovery will be a long, difficult one. A full recovery is by no means certain.

Andreas was/is a lovely young man but he was also a very heavy smoker.

Perhaps this terrible incident might make a few of you think more carefully about that particular addiction which eventually killed my father. Heilige! Douglas P.


Re : [deathinjune] Re: The Phoenix Has Risen

--- It didn't go through Tesco because a) Despite all the yack that I put it out - I didn't! b) after my lovely time spent in litigation with wsd I'd be a bloody idiot if I put all my eggs in one basket again!

Death In June's 'Brown Book'CD, the 'Take Care And Control' CD, 'The World That Summer' CD (later this year to be re-issued in a special 20th anniversary edition - watch this space for more details closer to the release date) plus the Wolf Pact material and Boyd Rice's 'Baptism By Fire' CD/DVD have all been manufactured and distributed by NEROZ which is operated out of Melbourne, Australia by Chris McCarter. Some of you may be familiar with his own work in Ikon? He has run NEROZ (New European Recordings Australia) since 1997. There are more releases due soon. One of which will be an official version of 'The Phoenix Has Risen' CD which I am presently listening to as I write. Tony Wakeford, Patrick Leagas and myself received royalties from this recording and have decided to give the 'thumbs up' for an official release in a nice digipak with different artwork and nice pictures, poster etc. More news about actual release date, price etc soon. Heilige! Douglas P.


Re: Fwd: Forseti Lebt!

--- And by the way, the versions of Death In June's 'Rocking Horse Night' and 'Death Of The West' are unreleased.

They are stripped back acoustic versions and were both recorded June 2005, shortly after the last tour, and exclusively donated to this project which will hopefully sell well all around the World.

Hopefully,this release will not only help Andreas financially but also represent an action of solidarity and 'Kameradschaft' which could also help him emotionally through this tough time. During dark days that can mean everything! Heilige! Douglas P.


Only Europa Knows CD & LP

To clarify matters and for the last time:

The CD of this release is a bootleg originating from Greece.

It has sold thousands of copies all over the World and despite the finger perpetually pointing at the one sole individual responsible for this he has yet to come clean to me and cough up any $s. But, the Gods work in mysterious ways so,...........

In the meantime, please DON'T buy.

The double LP is, however, an official release.

The Portuguese guy behind it used the bootleg CD to master the LP from and paid me good royalties for giving him my official blessings to do this.

However, despite desperate pleadings from me for a copy or 2 for my archives I have yet to see a copy in a shop let alone own one myself. Perhaps, Carlos if you're reading this message, this could act as a reminder to post me some or, if anyone out there knows him, please remind him that he has yet to fulfill that part of the bargain.

In the meantime, please buy. Heilige! Douglas P.


BURIAL CD

By 1984 the Phoenix had truly Risen and was now about to burst into flames and burn again. This disc is a coffin. Within it lies the funeral march of the first incarnation of Death In June. 5 studio tracks act as a Eulogy to the death throes of the group that performs in the 5 live songs recorded in Alan McGee's The Living Room Club, London, 1983. Digitally remastered with completely reinvented artwork, embossed digipak, previously unseen photos plus a new extended end to 'Heaven Street'. Welcome to the legendary 'BURIAL' album.

CD Track order:

  • DEATH OF THE WEST
  • FIELDS
  • NIRVANA
  • SONS OF EUROPE
  • BLACK RADIO
  • Live - London 6.X.83.
  • TILL THE LIVING FLESH IS BURNED
  • ALL ALONE IN HER NIRVANA
  • FIELDS
  • WE DRIVE EAST
  • HEAVEN STREET (extended)


Price inclusive of postage is 10 GBPs - UK/EUROPA or 15 GBPs - The Rest Of The World Cheques/International Giros made out to the usual. No International Money Orders accepted - sorry!

Cash accepted in GBPs - or equivalent in US$/EUROS but NO responsibility taken unless sent via Registered Post.

BM JUNE LONDON WC1N 3XX ENGLAND.

Heilige! Douglas P.


DIJ Live in NewYork DVD

NER Mail Order will now be selling the NTSC version of this historic recording of Death In June's performance in New York City on 10th November, 2002. It was one of the very first of the stripped back intimate performances where I talk to the audience and captures a real moment in time and Death In June as it often was during the final years of touring. It includes the song 'Rose Clouds Of Holocaust' and chapters that the PAL version does not.

30 Track Set List:

  • KU KU KU
  • HE'S DISABLED
  • LITTLE BLACK ANGEL
  • WE SAID DESTROY II
  • ROCKING HORSE NIGHT
  • DISAPPEAR IN EVERYWAY
  • TORTURE BY ROSES
  • ALL PIGS MUST DIE
  • HULLO ANGEL
  • OMEN-FILLED SEASON
  • SHE SAID DESTROY
  • SMASHED TO BITS (IN THE PEACE OF THE NIGHT)
  • COME BEFORE CHRIST AND MURDER LOVE
  • TICK TOCK
  • FALL APART
  • LEPER LORD
  • TO DROWN A ROSE
  • HOLLOWS OF DEVOTION
  • GOLDEN WEDDING OF SORROW
  • DEATH OF THE WEST
  • ROSE CLOUDS OF HOLOCAUST
  • SYMBOLS OF THE SUN
  • RUNES AND MEN
  • KAMERADSCHAFT
  • THE HONOUR OF SILENCE
  • GIDDY GIDDY CAROUSEL
  • LUTHER'S ARMY
  • FIELDS OF RAPE
  • HEAVEN STREET
  • THE ENEMY WITHIN.

Price: 10 GBPs UK/Europe 15 GBPs Rest Of The World.

All payment details as per usual. Heilige! Douglas P.

BM JUNE LONDON WC1N 3XX ENGLAND


Acoustic versions for FORSETI LEBT!

--- These versions are indeed from the same sessions where about 40 songs were recorded in their stripped back form. I only finished putting all the incidental percussion such as sleigh bells, wind chimes etc and mixing all of them a couple of weeks ago and am very pleased with the results. It was quite a project.

Now I'm pondering exactly how they will see the light of day. More news on that as and when but the idea at present is to release this with an accompanying book showing all the guitar tabs etc.

A perfect Yuletide gift for any young struggling guitarist needing encouragment in how to make a little go a very long way.

Heilige! Douglas P.


Alarm Agents, black propaganda etc....

I've been reading some reviews of late. It's funny; It began with a short message somewhere or other on the misinformation highway (since echoed on this list)that the Death In June & Boyd Rice album 'Alarm Agents' wasn't all it could be.

Certainly it was claimed that this album wasn't anything like the "classic" collaboration albums such as 'Music, Martinis & Misanthropy', Scorpion Wind's 'Heaven Sent' or 'Wolf Pact'.

Since then reviewers have tended to be err on the cautious side regarding this album.

But, for the record please let me add that it is the most accomplished album symbolically, melodically and aesthetically Boyd and I have ever co-written. We're just waiting for some of you to catch up with this fact. There is a lot to discover and none of the reviews fully have. Which is probably just as well in some ways!

When Boyd Rice And Friends 'Music, Martinis & Misanthropy' was released in 1990 it was met with overall disbelief. It was an album Boyd, Michael Moynihan and myself worked very hard on in both Tokyo and Denver and it has since evidently gone onto define musical terms and boundaries and, thankfully, sold tens of thousands in the process.

When Scorpion Wind's 'Heaven Sent'album was released in 1996 it sold appallingly despite being the follow up to 'M,M & M' and a collaboration between Boyd Rice, myself and John Murphy, one of the most enigmatic and talented percussionists in the world! This release still stuns me as it is truly something I could never repeat and marvel at how we wrote it in the first place. 10 years on it has only recently struggled to sell what Death In June would normally in 1 year. It is now deleted.

The release of Boyd Rice & Fiend's 'Wolf Pact' album in 2001 was greeted with similar reviews that compared it poorly with previous collaborations between Boyd Rice, Albin Julius and myself. But, 5 years on it is now deemed yet another "classic". And, indeed, it is!

As is also 'Alarm Agents'.

Heilige! Douglas P.


Behind The Mask DVD

I thought it appropriate to mention that this documentary DVD also features New York City snow-bound video clips for the tracks 'Satan's Feast', which has previously only been available on the LP version of Death In June's 1997's Take Care And Control album, plus exclusive stripped back acoustic versions of 'Golden Wedding Of Sorrow' and 'Come Before Christ And Murder Love'.

For some reason this fact seems to be missing from most adverts for this collectible item. Heilige! Douglas P.


And so the game continues;

"...einen Tontrager mit dem Titel "Death In June - All Pigs Must Die" zu ve titel auf dem genannten weist die Textpassage "Heil Hitler" auf.

Diese Handlung ist mit Strafe bedroht gemass SS86 StGB

Der Tatverdacht beruht auf dem Ergebrues der bisheherigen poliizeilichen Ermit.

Eine vorherige Anhoerung des Beschuldigten unterbleibt da sie den Ermtit wuerde SS 33 Abs. 4 S 1 StPO.

Dr. Guthier Richter am Amtsgericht"

.........Of course, anyone with only the very basic understanding of Anglo-Saxon should understand that the text to all the songs on the absolutely fantastic album by SEXtremely well known English Neo - Nasty Homosexual Group called Death In June go like this;

" Heil Hitler, Happy Happy Hitler, Heil Hitler Sublime 7i7 Heil Hitler, Happy Happy Happy Hitler He's Mine Sublime. Heil Hitler, Happy Happy Hitler Heil Hitler Pork Schweine,....blah, blah blah......."

And every Somme, oops sorry I mean song, goes Em-G-C-Am.

I tried to pronounce my words and play my guitar as clearly as possible and I'm so sorry some of you should misunderstand me.

Gawd, what's wrong with these dumbkopfs? Don't they know anything??

And, what exactly is Herr Dr. G a Doctor of? Gullibility?


RE: [deathinjune] Sorry

To be precise Alex it's:

E - G - A A - G - F - E.............

Heilige! Douglas P.


>From: "rosewdmartyr" <rosewdmartyr@...> >Reply-To: deathinjune@yahoogroups.com >To: deathinjune@yahoogroups.com >Subject: [deathinjune] Sorry >Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2006 12:42:30 -0000 > >....sorry I mean Em-G-C-Am.... >(by the way I'm an absolute beginner!) > > >Alex > >P.S: Does "The Honour of Silence" go "Am-G-F-Em"??? > >Heilige Gitarre! >


Re: WSD Formation

--- This is all completely true - as many of the early messages on this list will reitereate! I named the company in the George Pub opposite The Old Bailey to be precise in early 1991 and was a 5% share holder along with Tony Wakeford, Steve Stapleton and David Tibet. But PLEASE, no more about this. Read the archives.

In deathinjune@yahoogroups.com, "konstrukteur69" <konstrukteur69@...> wrote: > > Douglas, > I found this interesting bit of information on Wikpedia the other day: > > Creation of World Serpent Distribution > In 1991, Pearce named and helped form World Serpent Distribution, a > British distribution company that specialized in esoteric, experimental > and post-industrial music, whom would distribute his NER releases until > the late 1990s. During this period, Pearce collaborated with many > artists who also had material distributed through the company in > various ways. > > Is any of this true? > > Cheers, > DerKonstrukteur


Re: A question for Douglas from an American in Bosnia..

--- The original recording was done at the Jabuka Club in October, 1992 but there was an additional recording added to the 4 sided LP version recorded at, off the top of my head The Mocvara Club. The other club we have performed in is the Gjuro which is within walking distance of the city centre. Other places of immediate interest will be the Cathedral where the Falcons have their nest and the main cemetary (if you have a camera I suggest you don't let anyone see you carrying it and be circumspect about taking photos) plus, of course, Planet Music which is in a courtyard running off of the main street Ilica which, in turn, runs off of the main square. The entrance is almost opposite a statue of a priest. Ask for Dinko and he could help you out with further explorations. The best restaurant in town was/is Tito's old favourite which is called something like Splendid in English - although it is a bit out of the city but worth the taxi fare. I frequently dine there and have come up with a lot if ideas for projects in that place which is also open very late. Dinko will probably let you know where that is - or any cab driver. Enjoy! Heilige,... Douglas P.

In deathinjune@yahoogroups.com, "californiaoak" <californiaoak@...> wrote: > > Douglas, > > Im currently at an internet cafe in Mostar, and about to head north through sarajevo and into Zagreb. I am curious, which venues did you play in during the making of the Something is Coming album? Any suggestions for the city or area? Also to any other list members, Kotor, Dubrovnik, Split, and Mostar have been amazing, but I am getting at wits end trying to find decent music venues aside from listening to the wind sweep through the skeletal remainsof buildings here. > > Best! > > Oberjunker


Taken from the British music newspaper 'Sounds' March, 31 1984.

"TOMB WITH A VIEW....

DEATH IN JUNE 'Burial'

The final release from the band that rose from the ashes of the mighty CRISIS, this package is a half-live, half studio job that showcase the Death In June that was treading the boards before they decided to start anew. The live side was recorded at the Hammersmith Clarendon at one of their last jaunts in England. The over-emphasis on echoed vocals and instrumentation is a definite minus. though it's a sign of the material's strength that it still stands up despite that fault. Tending towards a martial drum beat, with laconic voices clipping over the top, it gives the impression of determined energy, with a powerful line in emotive and dramatic catchphrases. 'All Alone In Her Nirvana' is a stand-out piece, though even this is drowned in a sea of echo. The first side is more successful although, as it consists of demo tracks and alternative versions of their songs, some of which are already available on record, the quality of sound again falls slightly. 'Death Of The West' is by far the most compelling piece, with an ethereal refrain of "We're ruled by those who LIE!" creeping in at the end of the song with a nagging, insistent air. 'All Alone In Her Nirvana' crops up again, in a muted, almost dub form that shows DIJ's capability of experimenting successfully outside the confines of the accepted 'rock' mode of working with sound. All in all, a powerful memory of a band in their first stage that promised more than they ever delivered and who hopefully will fulfil their potential and move away from the more obvious traps that dramatic imagery can offer."

P.S. as a foot note to those who may be interested the live tracks on Burial were recorded and mixed by a certain Steve Stapleton of the post Agrarian group Nasties Will Win who claims only to have ever said "Hello" to me once on a tube train travelling on the Piccadilly line to Heathrow - as I helped him pick straw out of his hair, coat and trousers.


Re: Review: Burial

--- You're wrong to say the experimental aspect of 'Black Radio' is down to Patrick. In the Summer of 1983 I'd spent a month touring around what was then Yugoslavia and spent a lot of time in the car listening to the Talking Heads 'Remain In Light'. Whilst sitting on the beach on the island of Rab, watching MIG fighters fly low overhead and an ugly looking fish apparently stalking my toes I had the music come into my head. Back in the studio in England I asked Pat to do a disco beat and Tony immediately started playing the bass line to my guitar stuff. It was one of those songs where the basics came together really quickly. I had the idea of throwing in the backward tapes and synth drum stuff to throw it off-beat and got the "Death tried to break Life's chains..." lyrics from a Royal Air Force pilot's grave in Brookwood cemetary early in the morning of the last day of recording that track. My main memory of Patrick during these recording sessions was his ever increasing disatisfaction with Tony's contributions especially his vocals. Pat was either going to jump ship or Tony would be asked to leave. Tony was asked to leave. Heilige! Douglas P.


Re: Tour and album related questions for Douglas

--- Generally speaking, venues, performances or countries don't hold a particularly special place in my heart regarding live work but I do recall many special moments connected to tours or the events around a performance;

Riding to the first ever Death In June show on my BMW R65 through the snow covered streets of central London knowing that evening was going to be very important,...

...seeing the first guy ever in the audience to mimic me and to wear a certain camo uniform at a performance in Germany and finding out later he actually lived in the village of Dachau,....

...watching the huge flocks of crows/ravens forming what appeared to be black clouds in the sky above Warsaw at sunset as we walked from our hotel across the snow covered field to the Polish castle we would perform in,....

...noticing a falcon fly into its nest in a tower in the castle in Schmalkalden, Germany as I spoke with a Croatian fan and thinking of "the falcons of Zagreb.",...

...scraping the ice off of the inside of the windows at the back of the tour bus and as the flakes floated around the inside of the cabin Boyd and I noticing an eagle descend onto a rabbit in the snow beside the road somewhere in Germany,...

...sitting outside a bar in Tel Aviv waiting for the sun to rise with a bourbon on the rocks in my hand and being suddenly presented with my mask which had earlier been stolen after the performance in Israel,..

...hearing the wounded soldiers and civilians crying at night in the streets around the hospital in Zagreb in 1992,...

hitting black ice at high speed at night on a road somewhere near Denver on the Tragical Misery Tour of 1997 and the whole of the van shouting "No, No, No,.." as it looked like we would smash into the vehicle in front. Luckily we didn't!....

Climbing on the walls of the bunker we performed in in Brest and walking/crawling up through the undergrowth on the hills to peer out at the Atlantic....

...going to a famous beer cellar in Munich after being disappointed to find out that the Yule Market was closed that night, being presented with a very nice gift by a Croatian friend over some beer and Schnapps and upon return to the venue not being able to get back in because I'd forgotten my pass and no one believed who I was! Ah, the price anonymous fame.


I could go on and on, but there's always a lot of snow. That's Death In June weather....

There's a whole range of things that sometimes creep into my mind about tours and performances but there's none that I wish hadn't happened. Even Switzerland had its photo opportunities and the look on the plain clothes police keeping a close watch on me in the venue in Lausanne as Boyd made his entrance on stage wearing my mask was something to behold. Had they been following the wrong guy all evening was a thought that definitely crossed their minds. It would have been funny if Boyd had ended up in prison instead of me that night - the ultimate prank!! Heilige,... Douglas P. P.S. Sorry - I'm not back for questions - I was only passing through.


Re: Jacobs Studio

--- Thanks for that, albeit melancholy, information. Although I have no plans to record again in England if I did want to at least I knew Jacob's was there.

However, as I turned 50 earlier this year Andy and Fran who ran the place must have been staring at 60 - perhaps even beyond - and I can't blame them for wanting a change.

I wrote and recorded some of my very best material in Jacob's and it did have a great atmosphere - a haunted one!

I wonder how the new owners will cope with that aspect? Evidently some groups couldn't, cut short their time and that's where I picked up the pieces at a hugely discounted rate.

Do you know what will become of the place? Heilige! Douglas P.

In deathinjune@yahoogroups.com, "brutalus_maximus" <brutalus_maximus@...> wrote: > > Hey Doug! > > Did you know Jacobs had sold up and shut shop? Work took me up there > the other day only to find it totally gutted by Polish builders and the > remaining interiors chucked outside on a bonfire. A sad sight. >


Re: arthur lee has passed

--- With the loss of Gene Pitney, Syd Barratt and now Arthur Lee 2006 continues its miserable march of attrition. All 3 in a variety of ways acted as great inspirations to me over the years. Certainly Gene Pitney's song writing and interpretations were enviable and Kenneth Anger's 'Scorpio Rising' would have been all the poorer without the classic scene featuring 'He's A Rebel'which he wrote. I saw him play several times over the past 10 + years and after a show in Adelaide in about 1995 I got some good advice from his group backstage - about how I was overpaying my own session musicians!

Stories about Syd Barratt were definitely amongst some of the reasons why I wanted to drop acid in the early 1970s and his guitar playing encouraged some of my early antics on electric guitar in DIJ.

What can I say about Arthur Lee/Love that I haven't already? What would have happened if I had not listened to that tape of 'Forever Changes'in 1983?

Hmmm,..... Heilige! Douglas P.


Re: Jacobs Studio

--- The studio to the left of the main building was the one that most of 'Symbols Shatter' and 'Rose Clouds' were recorded in. Also the trumpet parts to 'All Pigs Must Die'. It was a brilliant place to work in. There used to be a big large fibre glass shark out the back next to the swimming pool. I bet that's not there now! By the way, the studio got its name from a type of sheep that had been bred there many years ago. Thanks for the update Martin. Heilige,... Douglas P.


Re: Strange Peripheral Sighting

--- Actually there is a Death In June thread here besides the date of Death of Mrs. Ramsey In June, 200....6. And, besides the fact that when I heard a similar report on Australian TV a few days ago my ears did prick up when I heard the words "...death in June".

It was whilst I was reminding my partner that;

Bob Ferbrache, well known Colorado sound engineer to the stars was actually hauled in for questioning by the police as someone fitting his description was seen near the house at the time of the murder. His shrine to The Carpenters in his studio added to his curio factor and was dismantled soon after the attention from the extremely interested cops!

However, now everyone knows Richard Leviathan has owned up to the slaughter of Jean Genet Ramsey cross dressing in a cowgirl suit all should be well at Summer Sky Studios, Absinthe, Colorado.

Thanks for keeping it in The Family, Richard.

And, I hope you enjoyed the prawns & Champagne in business class. Always keep it surreal, kiddo!

Or, at least within the strict confines of a Jewish ritual sacrifice of a gentile child! Douglas P.


Mishima's Sword

I highly recommend to members of this list the new book from Christopher Ross

'Mishima's Sword - Travels in Search of a Samurai Legend'.

It's been published this year by Fourth Estate via Harper Collins.

A great read I finished last night which takes in Christopher's early life in Southern England and his obsessions with martial arts and his hunt in 2000 for the actual sword that beheaded Yukio Mishima via transexual Kung Fu masters, helpful members of the Yakusa, illegal Pakistani immigrants in Tokyo (there's no stopping those fellows, is there?)S&M clubs in Tokyo, where wearing either Red or White can make all the difference to your evening and the eventual outcome to his obsessive quest.

It makes me realise how lucky I was to have met who I did in 1989/90 in Tokyo as so many people have died in the meantime.

If this guy isn't already a Death In June fan - he should be! Heilige! Douglas P.


Over the past few dour months

of an S.A. Hills Winter these albums have been played constantly at Fort Nada

Dust Muffin & The Aluminum Cans - 'Essential Recordings 1984-2001'.

This bloke looks like Gaz from Supergrass and sounds like Colin Newman having sex with Ennio Morriccone. Great!

Dana Gillespie - 'Foolish Seasons'

Creepy Love & Terror Cult- ish reissue from 1968 worth it alone for the covers of Billy Nicholls' songs - Thankyou Lux, for this groovy recommendation.

Buzzcocks - 'Flat Pack Philosophy'

Still extremely cynical and sneerily enjoyable after all these years. If only Crisis could have supported them - despite the close calls at Guildford Civic Hall nearly 30 years ago. Hats off (again)to Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle.

Keane - 'Hope And Fears' and very recently 'Under The Iron Sea'

A most impressive newish group. They came to me in a completely drunk moment in a hotel in Sydney earlier this year and I've been hooked - 'straight' or sober -since.

The Pet Shop Boys - 'Fundamental' ltd edition x 2 CDs

A true return to form which also hit me right between the ears during a soul searching time in a Sydney hotel. "Lunar Park' indeed!

Morrissey - 'Ring Leader Of The Tormentors' ltd edition x 2 CDs

More out of loyalty than anything else. I hope he hasn't turned into a Lou Reed character where you buy his albums in the constant hope for a glimpse of his past genius. But, all it ever is is a glimpse. Still, it's better than nothing and that's better than most, or nothing at all. Realistically, too rockist by far. He should ditch the crap rockabilly band that make King Kurt shine like the rare diamonds they were and just do an album with Ennio Morriccone arranging strings....and, perhaps me on guitar. Playing Em over and over again,.....oh the minimalist misery of the prospect of it all.

Ray Davies - 'Other People's Lives'

What Morrissey should have come up with but then again he hasn't been shot by a mugger. Brilliant! The last but perhaps my favourite. Heilige,.... Douglas P.


NEROZ

New European Recordings Australia - will soon be closing. Since 1998 this Melbourne based business run by Chris McCarter has manufactured and distributed the following Death In June and associated titles:

  • DEATH IN JUNE - 'Take Care & Control' CD
  • DEATH IN JUNE - 'Heilige!' CD
  • DEATH IN JUNE - 'The World That Summer' CD
  • DEATH IN JUNE - 'Brown Book' CD
  • BOYD RICE AND FIENDS - 'Wolf Pact' CD/LP
  • BOYD RICE AND FIENDS - 'Registered Three' CD single
  • BOYD RICE AND FRIENDS - 'Baptism By Fire' CD/DVD

These titles and more will soon be part of NERUS - New European Recordings United States - whose first recorded release will be the 20th anniversary edition of The World That Summer via Soleilmoon Records distribution. More details about that and more will be released closer to the date of issue later this year. In the meantime, it is suggested that any company wishing to place a final order with Chris at NEROZ should do so immediately as stock is now being rundown. We thank Chris for all of his efforts and support during these past 8 years. Heilige!


Occasionally we recommend shops such as Rough Trade in London

that have a great variety of Death In June related material that can often be hard to find.

Heartland Records in Melbourne deserve such a mention.

They have small quantities in stock of the following titles which, as previously mentioned in message # 27699, are out of stock at source and will not be repressed in these present forms:

  • DEATH IN JUNE presents KAPO! reissued CD
  • DEATH IN JUNE - Discriminate reissued double CD
  • DEATH IN JUNE - All Pigs Must Die CD
  • DEATH IN JUNE - But, What Ends When The Symbols Shatter? reissued CD
  • DEATH IN JUNE - 93 Dead Sunwheels original CD

The shop also stocks an extensive vinyl collection including a copy of the hard to find original pressing (in brown) of 1984's Burial LP plus loads more besides.

Prices are EXTREMELY reasonable and as they operate an International Mail Order service and there's something here that you may be interested in we recommend you making contact for a full list and prices at:

heartlandrecords@...


Further to the restructuring that was announced in message # 27699

way back in January 2006 NER Mail Order will be changing its prices/set up soon. So, if you wish to take advantage of its very low prices and large stock availability we suggest you view:

http://www.deathinjune.net

and place an order for that reissued CD or handmade Runic ceramic you've been too long pondering over.

Yes, we know we don't have Paypal and yes we know we don't accept International Money Orders but this is because we want to maintain Olde Worlde prices in an Olde Worlde way in the Olde Worlde World we live in. But that Olde Worlde World is fast dying. In the meantime,....

All cheques/International Giros should be made out to: D.PEARCE. Cash accepted in GBPs and EURO/US currencies at present exchange rates. No responsibility accepted unless sent in an International Registered envelope. BM JUNE LONDON WC1N 3XX ENGLAND


Stores with DIJ rarities/hard to find items...

Here are 2 Australian shops that operate International Mail Order and have quite a selection of DIJ and associated material between them:

http://www.redeye.com.au

http://www.rockinghorse.net


Re: Another 2 questions for Mr. Pearce..

--- Hi Ben. Most of 'Free Tibet' was re-recorded at Big Sound earlier this year using samples from the original 2" master tapes.

Overall, I feel it's been a very liberating experience on all levels for all concerned and that was my intention. Or, at least part of it!

And, yes, work progresses on a brand new album. Late nights in my hotel room in Melbourne a few weeks ago helped me focus on a lot of lyrics.

And before anyone asks; no, it won't be called 'The Concrete Fountain' which, since the release of 'Abandon tracks!', is now out of my system. And no, I don't have any idea of when it will be ready for release.

Sorry, I'm not back for any more questions. Heilige! Douglas P.


Re: New to DIJ, need help. What album to get?

--- Unfortunately, 'Discriminate' has been out of stock at source for many months and until the situation in Germany is clarified is unlikely to be repressed. Equally 'Take Care & Control' is also out of stock although NER mail order does have a few copies left. And our prices can hardly be described as expensive. For more details please view:

http://deathinjune.net

I also suggest that 'Abandon Tracks' would be as good a place as any to start listening to Death In June.

Heilige! Douglas P.


Re: Crisis Question (For Douglas)

--- I would have sworn blind that 'Glad to be Gay' was released in 1977-78 but regardless I always thought that Tom Robinson was a bit on the insipid side so I had no problem with being viewed as someone a little bit more, ahem, 'butch', Out and involved in the Punk/New Wave scene. Crisis's first booking manager was a member of London's gay underworld we fondly referred to as "zip face" due to the amount of knife wounds/scars he had. Some years later in the 1980s he was found floating face down in the Thames and I then learnt a lot more about his criminal convictions. Yes, a lot of what Tony and I wrote about was inspired from personal experience on demonstrations, at the workplace, as young trade unionists, living in London/the South East of England, me being gay, living with a much older guy and sexually experimenting etc and so on. Although I did draw the line at cleaning the shit out with my own hands! Even at The Roxy!!

Heilige! Douglas P.

In deathinjune@yahoogroups.com, "konstrukteur69" <konstrukteur69@...> wrote: > > Douglas, > > I was wondering did any of the subject matter for the songs you wrote > for Crisis come from any sort of personal experiences, whether they be > first-hand accounts or not, as opposed to what might have been the > popular subject topics of the Punk scene at that time? Also, when Tom > Robinson released the song "Glad To Be Gay" back in '76, did it have > any influence in you writing/recording/releasing "Alienation" & were > there any issues(positive/negitive) with the others members about the > song?


Re: Australia...

--- Australia began to inspire me as soon as I got off the plane way back in March, 1989. You can hear the immediate effect on the first track of the first album I recorded after that experience 'Death Is The Martyr Of Beauty' on 1992's 'But, What Ends When The Symbols Shatter?' album. Those slightly distorted fluted sounds are Australian Magpies and a lot of the lyrics were inspired by an electrical storm I experienced walking along Sydney Harbour's Circular Quay;

"In the Narcissism of the Harbour We are Lost...."

Each year Adelaide hosts some of the biggest 'Ethnic' festivals outside of their own home countries so if I am feeling a bit weepy for Europa I have the opportunity to see what are claimed to be some of the best Greek bouzouki balladeers at the Glendi, some of the stupidest clowns at the Italian Carnivale and some of the best marksmen at the German Schutzenfest.All the food, of course is great, washed down by lots of their traditional drinks. What more could I ask for? Beggars in the street? Oh, Sydney's got plenty of those!

Recent Australian groups that have caught my attention are: The Tenth Stage, Black Cab, Bit By Bats, Spindickle, G.G. Alan Bindig, Raw Sex and Colostemy Bag Lady. But, Isomer, Beastianity, Strength Through Joy and Luke Ashby all hold a special place in my heart re. all things connected to Oz.

Heilige! Douglas P.

In deathinjune@yahoogroups.com, Rob Trangmar <robtrang@...> wrote: > > > Hmm..was just wondering what the the effect of moving/spending more time in Oz would have on the themes and inspiration for DIJ. > Any good bands australlian bands you are listening to? (i have been there....obviously still quite a few british undercurrents, but not a hotbed of much central european stuff (?) ) > > > > Rob Trangmar


Re: New to DIJ, need help. Get "NADA!"?

--- "NADA!" certainly captures its Zeitgeist in 1984/85 and copies flew out of Rough Trade's warehouse but it also invented quintessential Death In June such as the tracks She Said Destroy, Behind The Rose (Fields Of Rape), Leper Lord, The Honour Of Silence, C'est Un Reve, The Calling etc so it would be a mistake to ignore this unique album. I don't know of any track from this recording that has been deemed an actual club hit but I do know that Come Before Christ And Murder Love, Little Black Angel and Fall Apart have and they're from different albums! So,.....? "NADA!" still outsells albums such as But, What Ends When The Symbols Shatter? and Rose Clouds Of Holocaust most probably because it's been around a lot longer and those years of sales will probably never be caught up on. Especially when you consider what has gone on in Germany of late. Heilige! Douglas P.

In deathinjune@yahoogroups.com, ":a:w:" <pin_sku@...> wrote: > > "Nada!" may be the best selling album of the discography but I would hardly say it's been critically as well received as other works nor are a lot of the tracks in any way examplary. There's a reason this album has sold so much and it's the club beats.. Not exactly something we know Death In June for otherwise. > > - JH


I recently did an interesting interview

- along with over 200 others evidently - about those heady days of Crisis at The Roxy/1977 etc for a new book entitled:

NO MORE HEROES: A COMPLETE HISTORY OF UK PUNK FROM 1976-1980 by Alex Ogg.

I haven't seen the actual book in question so I can't vouch for it in any way but if anyone's interested in Crisis and those times there are more details available at the following sites:

http://www.cherryred.co.uk/books/nomoreheroes.htm

http://www.alexogg.com

If anyone has seen it, or better still has it, a general review or a mention of how the Crisis 'thing' came out would be much appreciated. Heilige! Douglas P.