Lost In Translation: A Boy’s Adventures In Records

8 thoughts on “Lost In Translation: A Boy’s Adventures In Records”

  1. Interesting anecdote there. Yes, how many ‘lost’ treasures are out there; rotting away in some record company vault? Probably quite a lot.
    As for the ‘lost’ Jerry Lewis film you mention; I’ve got a copy of “Cahiers du cinéma” that has a lot of information about it… Draws parallels with that dreadful Roberto Benigni film.

    As for your trumpet pal; it wouldn’t be T.E. by any chance?

    btw: I see you’ve added a link to my Flickr page… japanese forms is all lower-case letters, thank you

    1. By T.E. is presume you mean Terry Edwards from Gallon Drunk? They’re a band I must feature on this blog. But again, no, t’is not him.

      I’d love to see The Day The Clown Died. Interestingly, Jerry Lewis is on record as saying it’s awful, but that doesn’t put me off. Lost films hold such the attraction. I’ve also never seen La Vita è Bella – I take it that it’s not a recommendation?

      And many apologies for the capitalisation faux pas. The big letters have been taken out and shot. Lower case it is.

  2. I thought it might be Terry Edwards because he’s played with quite a few bands besides Gallon Drunk (including Spiritualized methinks). The only other trumpet guy I can think of right now besides is Eric Matthews but I suppose it ain’t him.

    As for Bengini; as someone who has studied the Shoah quite closely (and the 3rd Reich in general) I find the whole idea of his film rather distasteful… I’ve tried to watch it a couple of times but just couldn’t stomach it. Can’t imagine anyone dying of laughter at Auschwitz other than a member of the SS.

    1. Terry has indeed played with J Spaceman. Also: pretty much a who’s who of interesting music (I’ve PM’ed you with the correct answer).

      Artistic interpretations of the Holocaust are always difficult when straying from the bare facts. One of the most moving things I’ve ever seen was ghetto walls in a Polish city; stark, unsentimental… a tear may have appeared.

  3. I’ve got it, it’s The Dandy Warhols.

    ‘The band’s fourth, self-produced album’ (Welcome to the Monkey House (2003) ‘The record company (Capitol) hated it, of course, and parachuted in a producer (Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran)

    Saw them live that year and Courtney Taylor said thery were hoping they could pay the lawsuit Capitol would serve them with for breaking their contract if they tried to release it themselves.

    They later did as The Dandy Warhols are Sound in 2009.

    (Ian Hislop style get out clause: The Dandy Warhols’ trumpet player allegedly)

    1. Ha! That’s a theory that certainly doesn’t disagree with the facts… me and my dumb rock-star “anecdotes”, etc. I’ll speak to my leagl team, see if I can commend you for your deductions.

      I’m quite the fan of the Rhodes production on this disc. It sends the Dandy groove in a very different direction from the template. A very unintended direction, by all accounts.

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