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Nikolas Vitus Lagartija
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PostPost #1  Posted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 3:47 pm    Post subject: Eldritch and Vega Reply with quote Back to top

Those who have enjoyed seeing the photos of Eldritch and Alan Vega from the mid-1980s might be interested in the latest post on my TSOM blog charting the pair's friendship, including the reminiscences of Howard Thompson, source of many of the photos of Von with Vega (or in the "Eldritch without shades" thread) and a key figure in the band's successful infiltration of the US market.

https://sistersfan.blogspot.co.uk/2017/10/rocknroll-suicide-eldritch-and-vega.html
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PostPost #2  Posted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Good read thanks. We are not worthy!
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PostPost #3  Posted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Saturn Strip is a good record indeed.
Once again thanks Nik & to all who contributed We are not worthy! We are not worthy!
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PostPost #4  Posted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Thank you once again for another fascinating read!

Very Happy Cool We are not worthy! We are not worthy!
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PostPost #5  Posted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Pista wrote:
Saturn Strip is a good record indeed.


Until this week, I genuinely thought that I was the only person who liked it, but quite a few people have confessed to liking it too. And of course it does contain a cover version of a Hot Chocolate song, so what's not to like?
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PostPost #6  Posted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Thank you very much again!
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PostPost #7  Posted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 1:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Saturn Strip is a fine record indeed... quality piece, Nik, as usual We are not worthy!
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PostPost #8  Posted: Tue Oct 31, 2017 12:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yVMUxYWwcE&feature=youtu.be

This recording, finally unearthed!
You can listen for yourself and see if you spot Spiggy Wink
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PostPost #9  Posted: Tue Oct 31, 2017 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

radiojamaica wrote:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yVMUxYWwcE&feature=youtu.be

This recording, finally unearthed!
You can listen for yourself and see if you spot Spiggy Wink

... Laughing ... that was really a lovely gig ... thank you for posting ... Kiss ...
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PostPost #10  Posted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Another fascinating read chock full of new (to me) insights. It's interesting to muse over the possibility of Von and Vega going off on a full 'thumping alt-disco' odyssey back in '84, had they been so inclined. I shouldn't mind paying a visit to that parallel universe, in which FALAA is much more crazy pounding dancefloor beats and much less swirly-guitared pop, just out of curiosity to see how spectacularly they nailed it.

Great stuff again Nik, respect as ever to you We are not worthy!
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PostPost #11  Posted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

So when does Von get the mic? The Facebook 80-85 page has some comments up that suggest it's during the song that starts at the 19 minute mark, but Vega asks the name of someone at the end of it and thanks 'Steve'. If the impression is as accurate as alleged, I guess it's going to be near impossible to tell from audio only.

I like Saturn Strip too, I've got a soft spot for Al Jourgenson music from around that time.
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PostPost #12  Posted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 5:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Saturn Strip is available on cassette or vinyl, only. A CD or - better - data were cool ... Smile ...
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PostPost #13  Posted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 5:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

It's on spotify if that's any help - https://open.spotify.com/album/3TwD2r4EV7Az79dCQmYxHN
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PostPost #14  Posted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 5:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

markfiend wrote:
It's on spotify if that's any help - https://open.spotify.com/album/3TwD2r4EV7Az79dCQmYxHN


Have a guess ... (knowing me, knowing you) ... Laughing ... but thank you for the hint ... Smile ...
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PostPost #15  Posted: Thu Nov 02, 2017 6:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Wonderful read! Incredible photos!
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PostPost #16  Posted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

more good work mister lagartija! good read. We are not worthy! Our fearless leader!
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PostPost #17  Posted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 4:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

This
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In 1984, I joined Elektra as Head of A&R and it so happened that all WEA acts were available to the Warner, Elektra and Atlantic labels in the States for no cost, so I jumped in quickly and picked up The Sisters, which is how Elektra got ‘em.

seemingly ties in with this ('97).
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I found out that The Sisters have been dropped by Elektra, but as they're under an exclusive worldwide contract to Warners, they can't sign to anyone else yet.

It may be that Von's cunning plan to gain independence overlooked that minor detail.

See also (from '95),
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Andrew Eldritch has sacked himself from The Sisters of Mercy, in what appears to be either a joke or a bizarre attempt to escape from his recording contract. A statement from Eldritch last week announced that he would no longer be part of the band, but would carry on touring with them and producing their records.

Significantly, his statement claimed that this action meant that Eldritch and the Sisters were no longer under contract to east west - a claim instantly refuted by the label, who replied with their own brief statement reading:

"Andrew Eldritch and The Sisters of Mercy remain signed to an exclusive recording contract with Warner Music UK Limited. Accordingly, he is not free to offer his, nor The Sisters of Mercy's, recording services to any other third party at the present time. "We're glad to see he hasn't lost his sense of humor!"
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