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Fragments, snippets, bits and bobs related to the forthcoming book on Ostalgia, Westalgia, cold war modern "dreamlands", called Poor but Sexy by Agata Pyzik, for Zer0 Books, also at http://nuitssansnuit.blogspot.com/
Famous performance of “Song of the Brick” in Opole 1981, where IT openly mocked the legacy of Socialist Realism (look at the painted geezers, pretending the neoclassical, sotsrealist sculptures). She wore an oversize cravat of a youth organisation, which caused a scandal.
Iza Trojanowska entered Polish music scene like a supernova in 1980, and revolutionised the female rock performer. it was the end of a pop singer as a pretty but insipid, naive feminine girl - she had short hair, wore men’s clothes and was self assured as hell. In her lyrics she hedonistically demanded fulfillment of her needs, not only carnal, but also strictly material ones! But she was no ‘Material Girl’, especially in the reality of the 80s Poland - she sung about luxury but was cynical and disillusioned about it. She mocked the remnants of the system, which ended up in banning one of her albums. Her persona was an ironic commentary to the reality of scarcity of late socialism, just before and after the Martial Law…
In the latest issue of The Wire magazine, devoted to the status of words in experimental music/ words as experiment, I have, among others, an essay on the importance of simple, or even crap lyrics in such bands as Depeche Mode, New Order or Human League for their mass appeal in the Eastern Erope during the cold war, where fans barely understood what was being sung, but appreciated the well-pitched agit-prop mockery of their pop. In my book I expand this topic of misunderstanding/ second hand knowledge on the side of the former Soviet Bloc, which turned out frequently to be culturally very fruitful.
YAY BULGARIA!!!!!! leader of hard right, anti-immigration UK party UKIP gets smashed by Bulgarian presenter on TV. “Is that true your country got rich by stealing the wealth and resources of others? it’s called colonisation”
I wrote a piece for the New Statesman on the complications within the “white” and colonialism that went unnoticed in the recent scrap between FEMEN - Ukrainian feminist organisation and the Muslim/intersectional feminists, who criticised them for racism. why the postcommunist reality matters.
A cheep holiday in other peoples misery I don’t wanna holiday in the sun I wanna go to the new belsen I wanna see some history ‘cause now i got a reasonable economy
Now i got a reason, now i got a reason, Now i got a reason and i’m still waiting Now i got a reason, now i got a reason to be waiting The berlin wall
Sensurround sound in a two inch wall Well i was waiting for the communst call I didn’t ask for sunshine and i got World war three i’m looking over the wall And they’re looking at me
Now i got a reason, now i got a reason Now i got a reason and i’m still waiting Now i got a reason, now i got a reason to be waiting The berlin wall Well they’re staring all night and They’re staring all day I had no reason to be here at all
But now i gotta reason it’s no real reason And i’m waiting at the berlin wall Gotta go over the berlin wall I don,t understand it… I gotta go over the wall I don’t understand this bit at all…
Claustropfobia there’s too much paranoia There’s to many closets i went in before and Now i gotta reason, it’s no real reason to be waiting The berlin wall Gotta go over the berlin wall I don’t understand it… I gotta go over the wall I don’t understand this bit at all… Please don’t be waiting for me