Wednesday, January 5, 2011

30 yrs later and I guess it's time for this ol'e classic once again...

California Über Alles

The old hardcore band Dead Kennedys released this track in 1979 as a comment on California's governor Jerry Brown who was in office from 1975 thru to '85. And now, 30 yrs later, Jerry Brown has returned to office as governor of California! Who whodda thunk that!?

Anyway, I'm not in Cali and politics bore me so I'm not gonna make any comments on the situation there. The track is still awesome and was actually their first single which, by the way (he says casually, LOL) I'm the happy owner of. I found it at Camden Market when I lived in London in the late 80s. When you play the video, in the words of Motörhead: Play it loud!

I am Governor Jerry Brown
My aura smiles
And never frowns
Soon I will be president ...

Carter power will soon go away
I will be Fuhrer one day
I will command all of you
Your kids will meditate in school

California Uber Alles
Uber Alles California

Zen fascists will control you
100% natural
You will jog for the master race
And always wear the happy face
Close your eyes, can't happen here
Big Bro' on white horse is near
The hippies won't come back you say
Mellow out or you will pay

California Uber Alles
Uber Alles California

Now it is 1984
Knock knock at your front door
It's the suede/denim secret police
They have come for your uncool neice
Come quietly to the camp
You'd look nice as a drawstring lamp
Don't you worry, it's only a shower
For your clothes here's a pretty flower...
DIE on organic poison gas
Serpent's egg's already hatched
You will creak, you little clown
When you mess with President Brown

California Uber Alles
Uber Alles California

The credits for transcribing the track goes to the guy who uploaded the YouTube video.

"The Hilliker Curse" by James Ellroy (2010)

I usually don't talk much about books on this blog but I just wanted to mention I ordered James Ellroy's new biography, "The Hilliker Curse" as Ellroy is one of the only present day crime writers I could be bothered to read. Otherwise I read old hardboiled crime fiction from, well, the old days! I'm getting the book from The Bookdepository in the UK. They're often a couple dollars cheaper than Amazon UK. Some of the text is available to read for free with the hardcover edition on

Why o why can't we have MANIA

First trailer this year and obviously I had to choose one you aren't able to watch (the film that is, not the trailer, obviously); Renato Polselli's (as "Ralph Brown") Italian horror movie MANIA from 1974. Unfortunately, the film remains un-released everywhere. :(

But watch the trailer in any case (altho maybe you shouldn't; it's so cool you'll live in deep depression for years to come because you can't watch the film!).