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Strawman
(cracked actor)
08/10/03 10:02 AM
The Electrician - Scott Walker  

"THE ELECTRICIAN"
The walker Brothers
Nite Flights (GTO,1978)

"One of the most astonishing performances in popular music. It's almost one of those happy accidents where a trained, almost neo-Broadway voice meets existentialism. scott walker was an ex-pat American who, as part of the walker Brothers, broke through as big as the Beatles during the Sixties in England. He couldn't stand the pap he was required to sing. So he opted out with the most complete integrity I've ever seen in a pop singer. He went to Paris and studied Fench poetry, and brought back that kind of Left Bank feeling to popular music. He gave me my passion for Jacques Brel - he was definitely a role model for me."

Above information supplied by Adam.

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Bowie's respect for Walker's work is commonly recognised, but how about Low's/Subterraneans influence on Nite Flights, particuarly on this piece?



koolerthanjesus
(electric tomato)
08/10/03 12:00 PM
Re: The Electrician - Scott Walker new [re: Strawman]  

'the electrician' is one of the coolest songs ever. it is so weird! somebody here a while back was recommending everyone listen to that track, and tho i couldn't find 'nite flights' i did pick up a copy of scott walker's 'tilt.' i would say it was an acquired taste, but very cool, and not quite like anything i've ever heard.

my bowie site - http://www.bulletprooffaces.net

Claude
(big brother)
08/10/03 12:28 PM
Re: The Electrician - Scott Walker new [re: Strawman]  

In reply to:

Bowie's respect for Walker's work is commonly recognised, but how about Low's/Subterraneans influence on Nite Flights, particuarly on this piece?


What a wonderful piece! I really like it! Thanx for sharing it!
I got only "Tilt" by Scott Walker and I find it very cool.
Please can you add some others pieces from "Nite Flights".... I am looking for this album but at the moment it's not available here in Italy.
Thank you.




bowiefanpeter
(acolyte)
08/10/03 02:37 PM
Re: The Electrician - Scott Walker new [re: Strawman]  

Since the album has been out of print for years I bought the "hits and extra bits" cd that came out a couple years ago. It has 5 tacks from the late 70's 3 Walker brothers albums plus 7 unreleased tracks. It has Nite Flights and The Electrician on their. It also has a good little 4 page write up in the cd booklet, written by somebody who, let's say, must have been a big Bowie fan.

BFP



Strawman
(cracked actor)
08/10/03 02:49 PM
Re: The Electrician - Scott Walker new [re: Claude]  


They have to go CD via vinyl to MP3; I shall then supply 'Shut Out' & 'Fat Mama Kick' which I regard as excellent as 'Nite Flights' & 'The Electrician'.



White Prism
(wild eyed peoploid)
08/10/03 02:51 PM
I look for the label and whisper... new [re: Strawman]  

Yes, I'll like to second Claude's request for other tracks, if at all possible. I've heard both Nite Flights & The Electrician already, but there are two other scott walker-penned tracks on there - Shut Out and Fat Mama Kick. Supposedly the rest of the album, written by the other Walker 'brothers', isn't quite up to the same standard, although I'd be glad if someone could argue against that.

To answer the question about influences, I think the use of synthesisers is the key thing that The Electrician nicks from Low, which are very reminiscent of Subterraneans, as you said. Most of Walker's 60s work is backed by an orchestra and doesn't sound too similiar to these tracks: it sent Walker in a completely new direction. The original Nite Flights sounds a little like Always Crashing in the Same Car.I think some of Bowie's deliberately obscure lyrics on Low also rubbed off - I don't think Walker wrote anything quite like the lyrics on the Electrician before, although maybe Boychild & The Old Man's Back Again have them in embryo.

And I'd like to add to the support that Tilt is a masterpiece.

After all, it's only leisure time, isn't it?

Cajun
(grinning soul)
08/11/03 06:44 AM
Re: The Electrician - Scott Walker new [re: koolerthanjesus]  

In reply to:

i would say it was an acquired taste, but very cool, and not quite like anything i've ever heard.



Absolutely.



Earthling on Fire
(wild eyed peoploid)
08/11/03 07:43 AM
Re: The Electrician - Scott Walker new [re: Strawman]  

In reply to:

Bowie's respect for Walker's work is commonly recognised, but how about Low's/Subterraneans influence on Nite Flights, particuarly on this piece?


I'm sorry I can't give any precise reference right now, so I may be writing complete baloney, but I seem to remember reading about Walker being influenced by Low and/or "Heroes" on Nite Flights. It might have been Bowie (in a 1993 interview?).

Wear your wound with honour.

koolerthanjesus
(electric tomato)
08/14/03 01:11 AM
Re: The Electrician - Scott Walker new [re: Strawman]  

and thanks for the mp3s! i can't tell you how long i've been looking for nite flights... i rather like the original, but i also like what bowie did to the song... i have an mp3 somewhere of walker's version of 'my death,' and i definitely like the bowie version better.

my bowie site - http://www.bulletprooffaces.net

Earthling on Fire
(wild eyed peoploid)
08/15/03 03:06 PM
Re: The Electrician - Scott Walker new [re: Earthling on Fire]  

Here, I've got it:
"I admired [Scott Walker] a lot and one day, he sent me a record of his, Nite Flights. I think he had been very much influenced by Low and "Heroes," which Eno and I had just finished. A few years later, they went into the studio together but nothing came of it. I was very sad that they couldn't get along together, the result would have been fantastic."
Bowie in Les Inrockuptibles, July-August 1993.

Wear your wound with honour.

Strawman
(cracked actor)
08/30/03 01:09 PM
Re: The Electrician - Scott Walker new [re: Earthling on Fire]  


Whom did this for me!?!

http://webstorage.btinet.net/



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Earthling on Fire
(wild eyed peoploid)
08/30/03 01:42 PM
Re: The Electrician - Scott Walker new [re: Strawman]  



Wear your wound with honour.

Strawman
(cracked actor)
08/30/03 01:50 PM
Re: The Electrician - Scott Walker new [re: Earthling on Fire]  


Many, many thanks, Earthling on Fire.



Claude
(big brother)
08/30/03 02:37 PM
Re: The Electrician - Scott Walker new [re: Strawman]  

Wonderful! Thank you!
Can you upload more Scott Walker's songs?



Earthling on Fire
(wild eyed peoploid)
08/31/03 02:54 AM
Re: The Electrician - Scott Walker new [re: Claude]  

I'll try soon.

Wear your wound with honour.

Claude
(big brother)
08/31/03 05:12 AM
Re: The Electrician - Scott Walker new [re: Earthling on Fire]  

Great! Thank you!



Earthling on Fire
(wild eyed peoploid)
09/01/03 01:06 PM
Re: The Electrician - Scott Walker new [re: Claude]  

login: mr_right@imel.org
password: walker

Wear your wound with honour.

White Prism
(wild eyed peoploid)
09/01/03 02:29 PM
We are all real in the fury and the fire new [re: Earthling on Fire]  

Thanks for putting up those tracks. I think I'd have to agree that the tracks written by Scott are better but it's nice to hear the complete album nonetheless.

...and the devil jumped on his head

Earthling on Fire
(wild eyed peoploid)
09/01/03 03:16 PM
Re: We are all real in the fury and the fire new [re: White Prism]  

There is also some very nice stuff on Climate of Hunter (Virgin 1984). I can't digitalize it, though (got it on LP).

Wear your wound with honour.

Claude
(big brother)
09/01/03 04:26 PM
Re: The Electrician - Scott Walker new [re: Earthling on Fire]  

I really like his voice and his sound....... thank you very much!
I want more Scott Walker songs!



bowiefanpeter
(acolyte)
09/01/03 05:15 PM
Re: The Electrician - Scott Walker new [re: Claude]  

I have a Scott Walker Biography available for trade if anybody is interested.

BFP



White Prism
(electric tomato)
12/03/03 01:31 PM
omg I just creamed myself! new [re: Strawman]  

Climate of Hunter reissue scheduled for release in early January in the UK. It's been sadly nigh-unobtainable for quite a while.

when i was young the sky was blue, and everyone knew what to do,
but now it's gone, the telly's here, mass media, the sewer too


Strawman
(cracked actor)
12/03/03 01:59 PM
The voice new [re: White Prism]  

Rawhide, Dealer, Sleepwalkers Woman & Blanket Roll Blues.

Excellent news, and has to be a snip at seven quid.

Have you heard any of this material, John?



White Prism
(electric tomato)
12/03/03 02:36 PM
The wicked messenger new [re: Strawman]  

Actually, I haven't heard any of it, so I can't wait for it to be released. I think the album is 7 or 8 tracks long, but that several were 'untitled', a bit strange considering that this was his first album in 6 years or so - one might have hoped he'd conjured up some interesting titles - but as far as I know Walker sings on all the tracks. From what I gather, this album is commonly thought of as the bridge between Nite Flights and Tilt, but it completely bombed when it first came out in the mid-80s.

EDIT: I found this:

Climate Of Hunter 8 ( 1984 )
Rawhide / Dealer / Track Three / Sleepwalkers Woman / Track Five / Track Six / Track Seven / Blanket Roll Blues
Scott took six years to deliver an album after the acclaim heaped upon him following his contributions to the final Walker Brothers album 'Nite Flights'. That particular record had included four new Scott Walker originals, his first for some eight years at that time. They were startlingly unnerving and original. Brian Eno and David Bowie both started to name drop Scott and suddenly he went from washed up sixties crooner to being one of the hippest names around. 'Climate Of Hunter' arriving some six years after those four songs on 'Nite Flights' negated any commercial benefit he may have received had he recorded a follow-up just a couple of years sooner. Still, 'Climate Of Hunter'. had Scott fans semi-rejoicing, even if very few of them actually bought the album. One odd thing, four of the songs have no titles. One song is a cover version but it all sounds good. No traces of easy listening here at all, by the way. The strings go off at obtuse angles. The rhythm section performances are strong, especially the funky bass lines. Scott's voice booms out, sounding as rich as ever. This is especially noticeable on the opener 'Rawhide'.

Highlights include the old style Scott ballad 'Sleepwalkers Woman', a beautiful performance. 'Track 3' was released as a single - a bouncy, uptempo number. If the second side doesn't quite match the first, final track 'Blanket Roll Blues' certainly does. Mark Knopfler add's bluesy acoustic guitar. No other musical backing is provided. Scott opens his mouth and the sound fills the room. A voice big enough to fill a hall. Not a loud voice. Not a shouting kind of singing voice. He sings, softly actually. The tone is so deep and crystal clear and very resonating. A good comeback album, all in all, although no, it didn't sell. 'Climate Of Hunter' was reputed to be the worst selling album ever on Virgin Records. Not true as it happens, this did chart after all albeit in modest fashion. Still, ignoring sales, artistically this record proved Scott alive and well, even if he wasn't exactly prolific anymore.


when i was young the sky was blue, and everyone knew what to do,
but now it's gone, the telly's here, mass media, the sewer too

Edited by White Prism on 12/03/03 02:50 PM (server time).



Nature_Boy
(wild eyed peoploid)
12/03/03 03:32 PM
Re: The Electrician - Scott Walker new [re: Strawman]  

I've been looking for Nite Flights on CD. I've got 'Scott' which has My Death and Amsterdam on it.

Oh and my parents named me Scott after him too! Woo Hoo!



Claude
(big brother)
12/03/03 03:52 PM
Re: omg I just creamed myself! new [re: White Prism]  

Thanx for the link!

___________________
Claude

Earthling on Fire
(electric tomato)
12/03/03 04:18 PM
Re: The wicked messenger new [re: White Prism]  

Climate of Hunter is a beauty - apart from a typically cheesy 80s drums sound.
The fact that the tracks on side 2 are untitled (except the magnificent Blanket Roll Blues) makes it very modern, part-work in progress. Like Bowie's Untitled #1 and most titleless classical music pieces (symphony n 4, string quartet n 5), it also forces the listener to really listen to the music to know what it is about.
It's got to be one of the few albums to have come out in the 80s and to stand the test of time.

Wear your wound with honour.

Strawman
(cracked actor)
12/03/03 04:36 PM
Re: The wicked messenger new [re: Earthling on Fire]  


Are you able to upload this material, Earthling? I can create space through another BTInet account if required.



Claude
(big brother)
12/03/03 05:17 PM
Re: The wicked messenger new [re: Strawman]  

In reply to:

Are you able to upload this material, Earthling?


It would be wonderful!

___________________
Claude

Earthling on Fire
(electric tomato)
12/04/03 00:26 AM
Re: The wicked messenger new [re: Strawman]  

No, I can't. I've got it on LP and I don't have the equipment to do that.

Wear your wound with honour.

strangeDivine
(stardust savant)
02/12/04 00:00 AM
...this is how you disappear new [re: Strawman]  

This is just a friendly reminder that Climate of Hunter has been rereleased.



You who stand above them now, your hatchets blunt and bloody: you were not there before.


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