mother fist…

travelling the mediterranean, receiving a rose on our way we stop late in the day at a port…

sitting in a streetcafé, sipping something sweet and strong we watch the sun go down. the sailors start to flock in – we watch them checking out the whores, we watch them getting drunk on the cheap local hard stuff, we watch them looking for love for a night. we watch their sunburned, strong, hairy arms, we watch their bulging, tight, white trousers. and sometimes our hungy eyes meet… opening possibilites…just for one night.

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the album mother fist and her five daughters is an album that i listen to for 20 years now. it gives me the feeling to travel, to dive into the hallucinatory world of querelle, a world maybe of cruelty, but also of beauty. a world of desire and lust, broken hearts but sometimes also of total bliss…

yes, marc almond and the willing sinners made for me a record which as a whole is its own universe and which stands the test of time very well.

it is a record that uses european musical tradition in a unique way, developing it further and it is also steeped in a gay culture which often gets described as sleazy – the world of hustlers, saylors, whores, trannys, dragqueens, cabarets. and it is just enough over the top to make it despite – or because? – of all the drama light – comparable to some films by the spanish filmmaker almodovar.

there would be a lot more to say about marc almond, his carreer, his records, collaborations, books – but this is all information that is easily available. to start you might want to have a look at his webpage and / or his myspace-profile.

for the moment let’s just enjoy our evening at the port and marc telling us stories about another, but somehow also our world….

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you can get a vinylrip (two parts: sida a/side b – mp3@193, tracklist and partial coverscans included) of mother fist and here five daughters here (link dead).

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