My Generation of Sun. 09 & Mon. 10 August: Teenage Angst, Ryk Mead, Joe Flip, Dave Greenslade [2015-31]
TEENAGE ANGST: The Who, Fleur de Lys, Rockin’ Vickers, John’s Children and many more *
SPECIAL: TEENAGE ANGST
I was sixteen in 1965. When I was sixteen in 1965, I did not participate in marches for freedom or peace – there was no such thing as marches and demonstrations in the small, conservative, provincial town where I lived. When I was sixteen in 1965, I thought the world was somehow unfair, particularly to myself, and that there was no need for wars or violence. First and foremost, I thought the older generation had fucked up everything. The world was going to pieces, because of violence, materialism, selfishness and utter moral backwardness.
It has been fashionable to refer to those feelings and attitudes as teenage ‘angst’, but the word ‘angst’ was not used at the time. At the time, there was a ‘generation gap’, there was restlessness, there was ‘ennui’ to use a term from French philosophy. We wanted people to wake up, we tried to shock them, we were doing everything the other way round just for the fun of it, we wanted to be different, we tried to be unconventional and liked being disliked (‘antipathiek’ in Dutch is more to the point).
We weren’t the first generation to feel that ‘angst’, but little did we know. Before us, in the fifties, groups like the Beats and the Parisian Existentialist intellectuals all dressed in black listening to jazz in a mood of total ‘ennui’, had expressed the same feeling. Or rather: a similar feeling. In the fifties, these feelings were kept in small groups, very elite, and strictly referred to oneself. The only exception must have been the protest against The Bomb, as voiced by people like Albert Camus and Bertrand Russell or the antinuclear movement.
In the seventies, Punk again gave voice to such feelings, as in ‘Teenage Depression’ by Eddie and the Hot Rods, but their message was one No Future.
Back to the sixties, when the term ‘angst’ was only to be found in the works of Danish philosopher Kierkegaard, but at any rate real discontent shifted from the personal to the societal level and questioned Western society as such. It took various forms of expression that changed rapidly over the years – Provo, Hippie, Marxism-Leninism and a wide range of one issue movements such as feminism. Contrary to the fifties and the seventies, the sixties variant of ‘angst’ spilled all over society, questioning everything from parental power and education to psychiatric institutions, the nature of love and madness, careers, dress codes and marriage. By doing so, it also affected science, research, philosophy, the media and culture. And pop music, the medium for youngsters created by their peers.
Way back in 1965, teenage protest was still very much about restlessness and the need for a change, a rather vague notion – the times were a-changin’, but Dylan never said which way they were going. At any rate, this feeling, this attitude, inspired the 60s generation to write a wonderful collection of pop songs on the subject, ‘My Generation’ by The Who being the best example by far, capturing ‘angst’ more intensely than ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’.
Radio 68 plays fifteen songs about ‘angst’ and would like to refer to the free cd that comes with the June issue of UK music magazine Mojo. See also http://www.mojo4music.com/author/phil-alexander
Radio 68 draait ook de Vlaamse variant bij uitstek: Miek en Roel, toen zich ‘antipathiek’ voordoen als een daad van verzet gold
“Door-to-door vacuum salesman turned full time musician. Founder of the band from the USA, the Blue Cities, songwriter and guitarist Joey Flip stays active in the community with music education, helping the local Blues Society, and performing music. His music has influences from blues, soul, r&b, and roots music. (…)His guitar style and sound has been compared to Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bon Jovi, with the soul of James Brown”.
Radio 68 plays tracks from Flip’s cd “Release”. > www.thebluecities.com > www.facebook.com/thebluecities
2 RYK MEAD
“Ryk Mead, singer/guitarist, songwriter, musical director. A confirmed blueser, started a gigging career on stage in the late 60s. Touring in Germany from October 1969, he has built a reputation on solid experience gained alongside some of the world’s famous names, such as Dave Gilmour (Pink Floyd), Annie Lennox, Alison Moyet, The Pretty Things (…) If you listen you will hear in all these styles the heart of the blues.
Ryk Mead is Ron facebook, see also http://www.thelondonbluesmachine.co.uk
RADIO 68 PLAYS tracks from Mead’s latest cd “Chicago”. Read a review of “Chicago” here: http://bluesdoodles.com/cd-releases/cd-reviews-ryk-mead-and-the-london-blues-machine-chicago/
3 DAVE GREENSLADE
UK keyboard player who formed his eponymous band Greenslade and founder member of Colosseum, Dave Greenslade has re-mastered the original recordings of nine songs he originally wrote for these bands and his solo albums. “TIME TO MAKE HAY” is now out on www.angelair.co.uk and features Dick Heckstall-Smith on one track.
RADIO 68 TIME
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My Generation: all the sounds and all the voices of the sixties.
MY GENERATION: THE SHOW
New show Sundays 12 noon ** Repeated Sundays 16:00 hrs, 20:00 hrs and 24:00 hrs (twelve midnight till 4 in the morning) and Mondays 12 noon.
SPECIAL: TEENAGE ANGST with: Pretty Things, Bo Street Runners, Larry’s Rebels, Mike Cotton Sound, Stomsville Shakers, Artwoods, The In Crowd, John’s Children, Fleur de Lys, Golden Dawn, Sons of Adam, Andy Ellison, Katch 22, Rockin’ Vickers, Syndicats ** DAVE GREENSLADE: TIME TO MAKE HAY www.angelair.co.uk ** GRACE PETRIE ** MIEK EN ROEL ** CCS, feat. Alexis Korner **
LONG PLAYER TIME
BLONDE ON BLONDE: CONTRASTS (1969) ** AMEN CORNER: FAREWELL TO THE MAGINIFICENT SEVEN ** MIKE VICKERS (former member of early Manfred Mann): I WISH I WERE A GROUP AGAIN ** THE MOODY BLUES: TO OUR CHILDREN’s CHILDREN’s CHILDREN, 1969 **
New Show Sundays 14:30 hrs ** Repeated Sundays 18:30 hrs, 22:30 and 02:30 a.m. (Monday) and Monday 14:30 hrs.
SPECIALS: RYK MEAD and JOE FLIP ** MANDOLIN BLUES with JOHNNY YOUNG’s SOUTH SIDE BLUES BAND, Rory Gallagher and Rod Stewart * * REMEMBER LITTLE WALTER with Brother James Harman, Billy Boy Arnold, Charlie Musslewhite ** LITTLE RICHARD ** BARRETT STRONG ** DON COVAY by DON COVAY, THE ROLLING STONES, CHUBBY CHECKER, THE KINKS and STEPPENWOLF * *
Hell No! * Mike Klonksy & Bernardine Dohr *