Sunday, January 24, 2010

Bent Jacobsen »Bøsse«

This record is from 1975 and is about being a male gay person facing tough challenges such as society and other gay men. This record has that specially nice analog sound of being a gay male in the 1970s. The drumming is good. There is generally an out-there welcoming "lets talk this difficult yet interesting topic over in a musical and adolescent way"-kind of vibe. There's even a little pedal steel guitar on one track. That pedal steel guitar solo is great. There's another general vibe of "stop giving gay people a hard time" implicit in some of the lyrics, which may strike those of us who do not usually give gay males a hard time as a little unjustified. Times were different back then. Traffic wasn't so dangerous as it is today for example. Back then sometimes someone would write and record a song where the lyrics only meant what they said. It is not a multi-story parking lot complex of ironic entanglements. A lot has changed since the record was released. What?

There's also a little solo that sounds like a sitar. Sometimes the organ player does some playful call/response thing with the vocal melody. That's really good.

Typical of its time included with this LP was a booklet with chords and anatomically frivoulous croquis style pencil drawings of male bodies engaging in ingenious modes of sex. This is included with the download.

The record also asks the essential question: How do you know you're not gay if never tried to kiss a man? I would like to extend that question to all-sex readers of this blog.

As far as I recall there's a skip/jump 2 or 3 places in this rip, just deal with that.

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Opgang 2 »Kender du Janne?«

This album is the reason I started this blog. It is really a rocking album. It is sung in Danish by young adolescents who are elaborating at detailed length about what its like to be unemployed in the early eighties. Their lyrics are full of details that are usually left out of normal pop-like songs. If you are reading this text in English, you are probably more likely to appreciate the tight wooly-sweater clad music teacher style of guitar playing, the tight drumming and all that nice analog tone of sound of being young and on welfare. I found this at the library and decided to re-record it onto the world.

Opgang 2 (meaning roughtly Entrance 2) was a hang-out place where young people could pursue all kinds of activities. Faced with unemployment and meaningless they went on to write and record and album of songs about their experiences. We should all be grateful they did.

I came across the album while one day hanging out at the library. I was waiting for the librarian to bring me a book that was stashed away in storage. Threwn across a keyboard at one of the citizens use computers was a pamphlet about youths and unemployment in the 80s. Having been both young (4 y.o.) and umemployed in the eighties I could immediately relate and picked up the pamphlet. One of the chapters was about this record. The last sentence of the chapter about Opgang 2 read: "The record about Janne never sold a lot as it was released during a boom of christmas records."

Let that serve as a hint of advice to all releasers of records.

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