Bob Geldof

Bob Geldof

The Secret Life of a superstar

His name everyone knows. He is omnipresent; you stumble constantly about it. He is an integral part of the history of pop culture, the cultural landscape of the past decades. If you ask people on the street whether they the name implies something they will definitely say yes. If you ask her then what this man now actually does exactly as they will have to report all very different things. If you ask her further, whether they have an opinion about him, whether good or bad, then most also affirm the. Want only if you then nachhakt and know how they have arrived at this or that view, they know the not so accurate. one finally whistled by one of his songs, then a majority of the people is reminiscent of the number - only no one can tell who wrote those track probably could quite. Therefore, there is no doubt: Bob Geldof is and remains the most famous mystery of the international music scene.

However, he has even Absolutely no problem with that, because he is looking at this exceptional position as his vocation. Geldof sees it were his job, and he is not frustrated or bitter about that he this "secret life" performs bit - when general, it is a mixture of smile and incomprehension: "If you aufhÄngst a poster that says, 'Tonight : Bob Geldof', Then most passersby would probably say,' Yeah, all right, but what exactly is he doing now tonight ' "Too bad actually that they not could say for how the various publications, record reviews, awards and accolades? in recent decades from all occupy countries, it is actually incredibly good at what he is doing.

Maybe you can Geldof just not as much "out to hear" how may other artists is the case. Perhaps the overall impression, which is hidden behind his name, simply too overwhelming to objectively track the music. He would have for the kind of lifestyle decision that is commonly known by pop and rock stars and expected without care about all the other things around great about him, then it would certainly be easier to accept that he is now a reports back new album. And yet it sounds, after all, one of the few New Wave legends that are still active, and remain just and honest and intensely as in 1975th

Its image as a musician at most differs slightly from the man who is behind it. Finally him all the fuss and posturing that has put "real rock stars" of the day, never means anything. Just thinking about it was too much for him. In 1976, 35 years ago, so he has said that he wants to use his notoriety for to reach people and make things happen; to themes to address that moved him. No one will pretend that he had lost this plan over time out of sight. In his songs he presents himself just relentlessly and direct as his performances on TV or when he once again politicians defies. Only his tunes sound somehow more profound, emotional and "heartfelt" and that's why even more general than any statement which he might otherwise be in the public by itself.

Geldof has always said that it generally only two things of interest as a child of the sixties: music and politics. What was that "these two areas still inseparable at that time" were, as he says. Therefore it would make the "world also through the language of rock comprehend" and convey his worldview other through this form of expression. Apparently it helps him to process the personal experience "and thus make them for other people understand."

Geldof is now 59 years old; as he put finished the album, he was still 58.5, more precisely: "58 1/2" - and so he calls the LP then on bluntness fOr him so typical (the new album officially under the no less outspoken title "How To Compose Popular Songs That Will Sell" will appear; a title which is Geldof has borrowed from an old music-Primer, which he found in a thrift bookstore ...)

? "Do you remember the line of John Lennon's 'Julia' He asks is: 'When I can not sing my heart, I can only speak my mind?' The opposite of this is my problem, " Geldof About his motivation. . "I have very many channels to my opinion on Foreign Affairs - but these channels are no good if I my feelings, which is what my heart says, articulate and rauslassen wants former I can use at any time if I want to, in which case remains for me no other choice. " Now many people would certainly like to see it when he sings about things, about which he also omits otherwise. Since darkened his eyes, and after he has already mentioned Lennon, he spits Next, a Dylan Quote from: "They say sing what you say but I just get bored ..." One must admit that Geldof probably not have a job at "Maggie's Farm" get could.

If Geldof in the public as a kind of Don Quixote the music world is true, entangled in the eternal struggle against imaginary windmills of the system, then you have to Pete Briquette, the former bassist of Boomtown Rats and for 35 years Geldofs creative partner, for good or evil called his Sancho Panza. The technically completely incompetent Geldof "Knocks always at Pete on "when it itches him in his fingers and he wants to take first ideas of melody or sometimes whole songs."Pete has quite reasonable equipment in his room, so we can do a lot right there do. "schedules, dates and deadlines, there is no. So take an album to gradually form, and the guys with whom they for ages making music , look at bob at home over their instruments in the dining room to build on, play the pieces live and make their first recordings, then it goes on to another buddy who has a "real" studio, "because it is an extremely rich Rockstar", then followed by other recordings, mixing - and ready. And so the result feels well.

Casual, relaxed but not too cozy. Captivating without sounding aggressive. Insistently, but without putting a strain on the nerves too much. Confidential, but not too deep anchored in private. Something contrite, but not wistfully. Honest and sincere - but not accompanied by sound confession. Behind: a man you think you know, basically knows nothing about him. However, he believes that he probably is not much smarter than we, for that matter. "No, I have honestly no interest in my person. I can not stand self-analysis. This is just an album on which I hold, how it feels, a man and precisely that man to be, this man of 58.5 years, to be exact, 31 songs there to which I have shortened to about a dozen, to turn it into a round album ".

Listening to "How To Compose Popular Songs That Will Sell" Finally on, you feel automatically as one of those wine connoisseurs who sit gleefully smacking, low taste the bouquet and flavors such as tobacco or rotting strawberries in the fall - only, these are still to pop music, and it feels and sounds just about everything from the Swingle Singers to Captain Beefheart out to him landing even with Nick Drake, Hot Chocolate and George Harrison! The sound, the production of disk drives a meanwhile to the brink of insanity, because the fact that flare up references a while lying on the tongue, but never want to come really. These poems from school days are dug out; Clarinets and Clavinets emerge, Jew's harps also, not least saws and loops and rock Roll.

"The fifties were the most beautiful and happiest time of my life," reports Geldof - And you can hear that on the album. "I would never have thought it possible, but it's true The GefÜhlsrangeleien sound slowly from the battle for good ideas is decided -.. Either you won or lost it, the kids are grown, the people in your age have often far.. managed upwards; they have positions of responsibility, which simplifies much one has enough money or not and it is just young enough to be interested in new things, and not quite so old that you mentally already shut down... would. It's the last chance to create something, contribute something. nostalgia nobody needs because the simple is here and now to exciting, and yet the old age is no longer so far away. but even that has somehow its appeal because it represents a new problems. "

"How To Compose Popular Songs That Will Sell" or "58 1/2" does not act like a continuation of the supercooled Winter Mood of "Sex, Age and Death", its predecessor from 2001. The vitality and the resonating in these songs optimism speak definitely against it. But while Geldof focused on his last album with the breakup of a love relationship and feelings of sadness, pain and anger allowed free rein, he celebrates this time the return of love: "To live in love is all there is / Life without love is meaningless", is it because; and later, in the same song: "Life without love - absurdity / Life without love - futility". it, every life where love is lacking is meaninglessness and futility. The love is not an easy issue, and as he sings "Blow hateful wind / cold on faithless skin" finds love despite headwinds Back: "Love will find a way to you again." Geldof here seems to be almost dazed because he would not have expected these emotions themselves. After all, we are dealing with that artist, who 35 years ago "Looking After No. 1" wrote!

But it's true: Our man has again eye for the finer things in life, there is hope again for him: "The world is full of spinning kindly beings / The one you love will love you back / And no-one's spoiling anything". In this one sung by him world, almost a mirage, can even the moon all cases fall: "Got drunk and drops his clothes down on the empty streets", and while Geldof has therefore found in love new energy and inspiration, he directed, merciless as ever, the mirror to be at the time of shooting pretty much 58.5 years old I and distinguished Meanwhile a beaming, yet touching picture of this period of life, to the one is almost a right geezer with one leg already. At the very end you can hear a long sigh of regret: "O maaan!" However.

The result is the hammer. Feels genuine, unsophisticated. Unvarnished and free from Poznan. Honest, funny, loving - simply human, if you will. Typical Geldof so.

It has become a terrific drive. Recorded by a magnificent band with a singer who writes terrific songs. As a person and as the name he was never really gone, and the songs of the past 35 years, rotate somewhere very far back in the mind even to himself, at least for most of us. As we no longer knew.

You know what: Do yourself a favor and keep it here rather just way ahead in memory.

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