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Live! 1989 the Ancient Town of Frankfurt @ the Batschkapp Club

by Stan Ridgway

STAN RIDGWAY LIVE ON TOUR with band in 1989 at the beatnik-cool and intimate Batschkapp Club in Frankfurt, Germany. The definitive "MOSQUITOS LIVE.". The whole dang 80 min. show from the Wall Of Voodoo mastermind.
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1. Heat Takes a Walk
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2. Dogs
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3. Lonely Town
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4. Peg and Pete and Me
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5. Bing Can't Walk
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6. Band Intros
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7. Calling Out to Carol
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8. The Ancient Town of Frankfurt
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9. Can't Complain
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10. Camouflage Money
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11. Don't Box Me In
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12. Mexican Radio
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13. The Last Honest Man
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14. Goin' Southbound
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15. A Mission in Life
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16. People That Go 'whoo!
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17. Rags and Old Iron
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18. Ring of Fire
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19. Warm Response
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20. Newspapers
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21. Call of the West
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80 minutes of music and blab from this great and RARE and HISTORIC show in 1989... Stan Ridgway and Chapter Eleven LIVE! in Frankfurt, Germany 1989 on the "Mosquitos" tour in Europe in 1989.

If Greil Marcus is right that The Big Heat was as a "compelling portrait of American social life ... since Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska," then Mosquitos is perhaps the most consistently empathetic and compassionate depiction of the disenfranchised since Bob Dylan's John Wesley Harding.

Recorded at the very intimate and famous Batschkapp Club in Frankfurt. The story on this release?

Recorded in Europe on the night of 12/06/1989 while Stan and his band Chapter Eleven were on tour promoting his second solo recording "Mosquitos".

This tour took them all over the world and back. "Mosquitos" was described in print at the time as Ridgway's "Last Picture Show" masterpiece of an album and this show catches Stan and the band in sonic feeze-frame during this exciting time. A stunning performance of 21 songs captured forever during a chilly December night in "the ancient town of Frankfurt", ( a phrase from Stan's between song banter.)

The Musicians on this cd:
Joe Berardi: drums and pegoda of percussion
Pietra Wexstun: keyboards, food judgement and bg vocals
Joe Ramirez: bass, animal yowls and bg vovcals
Richard Mcgrath: lead guitar, fireworks and blue moods
Benard Hall: keyboards, swiss translations
Stan Ridgway: vocals, harp, guitar and blab and boss tricks

Ridgway himself says of this disc,

"I was fairly stunned with excitment when this showed up recently from some of my dis-information "spies" in Europe. This was one of best shows! And all the songs, the great sound and the atmosphere of this great club and its hip but inclusive audience is just like I remember it. This show really rocked!! And that audience is right there with us all the way. And hey!..well....the beer was flowin' and we were having a gas being on the road and finally playing these songs for people! I'm very happy to make it availble here at!


An excerpt from the insightful and thoughtful tome' "Man Made Out Of Words", about Ridgway's album "Mosquitos": by Dr. Sam Umland, Professor of English and Film Studies at the University of Nebraska:

"Following what was apparently a period of incessant touring, he released in 1989, on the Geffen label, one of the strongest albums of the 1980s, Mosquitos.

Its ambition far outreached anything Ridgway had previously attempted.

He had refined his mastery of the elliptical narrative, and joined these to a wide range of musical styles and highly detailed arrangements.

In addition, he was backed by a crack touring outfit by the name of Chapter Eleven--the band's name yet another example of Ridgway's sardonic humor.

From the majestic, Coplandesque strings of the opening instrumental track, "Heat Takes a Walk," to the melancholy strings of the closing song, "A Mission in Life," it progresses as a series of short stories, each contributing to a general or overall impression of the lives of urban Americans, as Thoreau would say, as "lives of quiet desperation." But they are not judged, at least not as Thoreau might judge them; rather, they are understood, and their peculiar, personal suffering is made real for us the way things exist.

Comparisons between Ridgway and chroniclers of the seedy side of Los Angeles such as Raymond Chandler are probably justified, though Ridgway's influences are not literary but cinematic.

Like those of country and western music, Ridgway's ballads range from the sublime, to the merely poignant, to the ridiculous.

He reveals a knack for putting a twist on a stock country and western situation.

In the song, "Peg and Pete and Me"--musically, not a country song--he presents the instantly recognizable lover's triangle but gives it a sort of film noir twist, drawn from The Postman Always Rings Twice, Double Indemnity, or perhaps the latter's contemporary re-make, Body Heat, thus giving the song a complexity not present in standard country/western ballads.

His song draws on the structure of, say, Jimmy Rogers' classic "Frankie and Johnny," even down to the final moralistic pronouncement, but where Rogers' would-be "cheater" Frankie gets reprimanded by Johnny's sister, Ridgway's rather slow-witted narrator only too late realizes that he has been set up by the femme fatale, Peg, and provides us with what he thinks is the profound moral statement, "never trust a rich, dead man's wife." (Notice Ridgway's sensitivity to language and voice here: the monosyllabic diction following the imperative "never" is reflective of the narrator's idiom).

The humor here lies in the way the narrator's presumed profound lesson or moral paraphrase--so characteristic of country and western ballads--is stood on its head, by giving us a literal statement of the lesson rather than the anticipated homiletic abstraction.

Incidentally, Ridgway's tributes to country and western are many in his music.

In interviews Ridgway has said he grew up listening to country and western music.

He told J.D. Considine that "I've always loved that music too much to think that I could actually do it whole-heartedly as a country artist." He went on, "The important thing is taking the essence of those influences into what you do, to try and come up with something different for yourself" (14).

Go this link to read the entire "Stan Ridgway: Man Made Out Of Words"

...*"by the time we get to Germany..we'll have it together..." sr - los angeles / fall / 1989*

Stan Ridgway continues...

"The band and I at this time in '89 had a running joke among us in early rehearsals for this tour. That we'd really get all the songs tight and together by the time we got to Germany. Which in our European itinerary was always near the end of our 2 month tours. It was our way of giving ourselves a break 'cuz alot of these songs were not easy to perform at first. Lots of shifts in tempo and key, and dynamics to consider. I felt sometimes I'd written songs that were unplayable but wanted to let my band know I appreciated their efforts even with the mistakes that would crop up."

"Well...we were right because this recording captures us playing at our peak! And in Germany too. Guess we were right! What a great band we had too. Joe Berardi "the Atomic Clock" slammin' it home...Richard McGrath on guitar, I just love the way he plays blues here...Pietra Wexstun and Bernard Hall blending together as one with the keys into just the right "cinematic wide screen" color...Joe Ramirez, our old friend from L.A.'s "The Eyes" pumping the bottom end and singin' the backups with me..We should have been given an award for this band but the audience response at this show was enough for us. A great sonic document of a great live show! And the recording is excellent. My thanks to all my "spies" who helped get this out there!"


Some of the story.....

Recording provided by Ulrich Angersbach, (German Spy and Prince of Spies)
CD Packaging by John Trvisonno, (Canadian Spy and Prime Minister of Spies)
Photographs by Jean Christophe Morizur, (French Spy and King of Spies...)
Wood burning and varnishing by Jackie "teak" Lazar, (Hollywood Spy and Manager to The Stars)

Recorded in glorious "you are there!" stereo audio hi -fi as only the Germans can. more later...



to write a review

Joe Dougherty

Stan's Sgt. Pepper
Mosquitos is the Sgt. Pepper of Stan's LP's. Shame it is out of print. I hope it gets rereleased. In the mean time, treat yourself to this live LP! The band was HOT this night, and represent the studio recordings extremely well. A "must have" for any true Stan fan. ENJOY!!

Rik Z.

80 minutes of Heaven
Stan Ridgway & Chapter Elevens cover of Rags and Old Iron alone made this CD worth the price! But lets not discount those other 20 heaven sent Ridgway classics! The only thing that was missing for me was a pint of German brew! Wow, what a great show! Thanks to everyone involved with the release of this CD!

Jackie's Hot Hollywood Tips

I was there!...What a show, what a talent! He owes me!
A manager's job is not easy sometimes. The "artiste" is soooo sensiteeve', and does not always listen to his manager's advice. I was here in Germany at this show and I knew when I heard it...I said to myself.."Jackie..this is money in your pocket! A show of shows! Ridgway at his musical best. The songs! bang bang bang..we go! All great and wonderfully performed in a live concert setting. Well...its not like Ridgway doesn't blab a bit here and there, but thank GAWD he doesn't just ...times... HEY! Ridgway? are you there? Is that yoo?..Save it for the "talk show"...

I wann hear from these SPIES! Who are they and are they taking money away from ME!! I hate them so...

When does this little wooden jackie-bird get to wet HIS beak!! I need fresh cash flow for my jones of glue and woodchips. Have a heart!

Jackie "teak" Lazar
Manager To The Stars
Chateu' Rooty Poot: penthouse suite# 666
Hollywood, Ca.

Carl Werth

It's a shame...
...that unless you have a vinyl copy of "Mosquitos" - then this is the only way to hear many of these wonderful songs. It would be great to have both, but this recording is fantastic - and brings back great memories. I saw this tour at it's stop at The Cat Club in NY - and this cd is all that I remembered and more!

John In Montreal

Cut Jackie out of the deal? Never!!!
Jackie baby, you know we'd never cut you out of the deal... In fact, we spies aren't making one cent outta this here thing. But SR has promised us you'll get your kick-back, be it in the form of a new coat of varnish or that high-tech electric sander you've been eyeing over at the Home Depot...

And to the rest of you folks out there... buy this thing and hear what we spies have been listening to for years: one of SR and Chapter 11's best live performances! Great songs, some rarely heard in a live setting... all gloriously recorded direct from the audience full of happy Germans at the Batschkapp! --------

John Trivisonno
(just a Canadian spy in Montreal)

Robert J Beauvais

Clapton is not god, Mr.Ridgway is.
To reproduce some of these tracks live,must have been a daunting task.But, Stan and Chapter Eleven pull it off.Other than the stop/start nature of the recording,it's flawless.

Thierry, from France

Correct sound recording, connivance and convivial mood. I only realize that it took me 14 years to get such a diamond. To listen to over and over again...

jan bunting

muscially it's one wicked pissah romp!
This CD's schizoid instrumental poetry dovetailed perfectly with the post- modern storylines fortifying the meld via the plu-perfect band's dischordant aural assault. Both the songs themselves, and the inspired toss-offs between songs, bespeak ironic volumes that no sentient humans on planet earth should allow themselves to miss!

Keith Allen Blood

Stan at his best in as clean an audinece recording as you'll find.
Good snapshot of Stan at one of his high points. Nice variety of Wall of Voodoo and Big Heat material in addition to the Mosquitos stuff. You must have..

B F Lynch

haven't heard it yet
I haven't heard it yet ! BUT I just ordered it .
I saw SR on the Mosquitos tour in Boston Massachusetts . I always remeber that show , @ The Paradise , as one of the greatest I ever witnessed .
So , sight unseen , I'm willing to bet dollars to dog biscits that this disc is all it's cracked up to be . The band was tight , and something about the lights really gave the performance the correct ambiance .
I wouldn't hitch , If your thinking about scoring this one .
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