“Talking loud and clear saying just what we feel
Lying in the grass with the sun on our backs
It doesn’t really matter what we do or what we say
With every little movement we give ourselves away” OMD
It just came to my mind how TOBI L played NINA SIMONE‘s ‘I Wish I Knew How It Feels To Be Free’ as one of the very last songs of our final KILL THE POOR night. I made a bootleg of it many years ago mixing it with OMD (‘Talking Loud and Clear’) and MAERZ (‘Everybody Had A Hard Year’), all of them being favourite songs of mine. To round it up I added some pitched DEAD PREZ ‘i threw a molotow cocktail at the police‘ bits and X-RAY SPEX to set a theme.
WILLIAM BOWERS, one of my favourite PITCHFORK writers,* said this about it:
“One bootlegger who doesn’t seem merely preoccupied with crowd-coddling is Eve Massacre, who knows her way around contemporary, Intonation-caliber acts, but who also maintains a melancholy, gothstalgic streak. Her 2002 “I Wish I Knew How It Feels To Talk Loud & Clear”, featuring Nina Simone, OMD, Maerz, Dead Prez, and X-Ray Spex remains the only mash-up I would describe as beautiful.” (at the end of this article). Feeling a bit ‘gothstalgic’ today and thinking that some of you might only know my bouncier noisier dancefloor tracks anyway I would like to share this mix with you once more. I think it originally is from 2002.
(Technically this song shows its age but sssssh – let’s romanticize this as we do with the crackling of aging vinyl, ‘kay?)
Can’t blog about her majesty SIMONE without bringing up at least one great excerpt from her:
*) For example his article ‘2009: A Xiu Xiudyssey‘ is legendary in how he mingles writing skills with heart’s blood.