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Re: RIP Hellboy

Post by Seventeen » 15 Jul 2008, 6:50am

Anyone here on facebook ?

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Re: RIP Hellboy

Post by Hugo_A-Go-Go » 15 Jul 2008, 7:47pm

I have just found out now, what terrible news. I thoroughly enjoyed his posts.

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Re: RIP Hellboy

Post by Seventeen » 10 Aug 2008, 7:53am

So any news about the archives ? I'm willing to be the curator of the posts of my old pal... I still think about him every day.

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Re: RIP Hellboy

Post by Inder » 31 Aug 2008, 9:43am

Hey everyone

This is only my second post, so sorry if i'm not respecting the protocol. I hope my next posts won't be this long. I have a Joe anecdote about the song Pouring Rain which i thought you lot would appreciate. It's kinda long but you may like it. I met Joe in 91 on the Pogues tour and asked him about Pouring Rain, which i had on of those marvelous 84 bootlegs released on 7" singles. I believe it was on the one with the Chicago show where Joe shouts "If this is the Windy city, where's the fucking wind ?". He told me he lost that song, that the lyrics and music were gone and that he could only remember the title and not much else. He said he'd love to have it, cos he knew it was good and regretted never recording it with the Clash II (although he never called the band with that name, i hasten to add). two months later, when they were planning to play one of their Christmas Shows at the Brixton Academy in december of the same year, I asked my mum to pay for a trip out there to see Joe and the Pogues as a birthday present. I live in Paris, by the way.

So it's three in the afternoon, i'm seventeen years old in front of the door to the Brixton Academy in a not terribly safe neighbourhood (at the time, at least) and there's members of the Pogues asking where Strumboli (their nickname for Joe) was, and he shows up. Super concentrated, he's surprised to see me, says he can't talk too much, gives me a pass and says "follow me". We enter the large theater, he grabs my arm "watch the soundcheck and do'nt let anyone throw you out" then turns to the huge bouncer : "the kid's with me, no one touches him" and he's gone. I'm at this point floating on a small cloud. the show is terrific and afterwards, i'm trying to make my way backstage, expressing my boundless admiration to Shane McGowan who showed up in sign of support, and Joe is surrounded by a shitload of people. I sort of push around to get in and say to Joe that i've got something for him. Out comes the 45 and I point him out that "Pouring Rain" is on the record. "My song !" he shouts, "you've got my song ! I'd lost this song!" he hugs me and kisses me on the cheek and says "you don't know how much this means to me". So we're talking and he's introducing me around, offering me drinks (more than I could handle, actually), invites me to stay over for the show at the Town & Country club the next day, and finally asks me how come i'm here. I answered that it was my birthday and that i was turning eighteen and in France, that's when you get to drive and vote and drink and fuck legally. He turns to the crowd, "oi, let's give him the bumps", grabs my jacket and shouts "take off your clothes !" And he catches my feet while Josh cheuse (the designer of the record sleeves for Earthquake Weather and BAD's second album) takes my shoulders and they proceed to throwing me in the air eighteen times. Joe later made me drink my first brandy and since i was penniless they even drove me to the place i was staying at in the tour bus.

A few years later, in 1995, I'm talking to Joe on the phone for an interview for a fanzine, and he says to me that he finally recorded Pouring Rain for Sara Driver's film When Pigs Fly. "That's your contribution right there" he said. To this day, I consider it as one of the most touching things anyone ever said to me. He knew what it meant to a guy like me, a fan, giving a little help to this guy in his work at a difficult time in his career. At Joe's funeral, I met Jim Jarmusch and Sara Driver and told them all this, which they never knew.

So that's the story, from my point of view, of how Pouring Rain got recorded.

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Re: RIP Hellboy

Post by Dr. Medulla » 31 Aug 2008, 9:50am

Thanks very much for hunting down and posting that anecdote. Great story about Joe, better story about Nikola.
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Re: RIP Hellboy

Post by Marky Dread » 31 Aug 2008, 3:34pm

Thanks Inder I had not read that before...great story.

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Re: RIP Hellboy

Post by 101Walterton » 31 Aug 2008, 4:08pm

Great story I remember it from first time round.

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Re: RIP Hellboy

Post by Wolter » 31 Aug 2008, 4:34pm

101Walterton wrote:Great story I remember it from first time round.
Me too.

I just found the Hellboys logo on my computer.

This story may be a repeat from me: I think I mentioned before that for some time I've been meaning to get the logo as a tattoo (I've wanted to have an Ace of Spades tattoo for years but never found the right one) - I had asked him about six months before he passed if he would mind. He said he would be thrilled, but only if I sent him a pic. Turns out he had designed it for his own tattoo. Assuming I ever have enough spending money to get another tat, that's the next one.

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Re: RIP Hellboy

Post by JennyB » 31 Aug 2008, 4:43pm

What a wonderful antecdote. He was a great storyteller, all the more impressive since English was his third language.
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Re: RIP Hellboy

Post by Heston » 31 Aug 2008, 5:26pm

Bravo Hellboy
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Re: RIP Hellboy

Post by Still216 » 31 Aug 2008, 6:36pm

Inder, thanks for posting that - somehow I missed that the first time around. What a story...I really miss Hellboy's posts, perspectives, and overall contribution to this place.
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Re: RIP Hellboy

Post by BR16ADE_R055E » 31 Aug 2008, 11:58pm

Inder wrote:
Hey everyone

This is only my second post.
Great story...I enjoyed reading it. RIP Joe and Nikola.

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Re: RIP Hellboy

Post by evair » 01 Sep 2008, 9:55am

101Walterton wrote:Great story I remember it from first time round.
me too
The greatest legacy he leaves is that he made a generation of people think for themselves. He didnt quite manage to change the world but he changed the way people looked at it. It's a sad day - but what a life

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Re: RIP Hellboy

Post by eumaas » 02 Sep 2008, 2:34pm

It was good to read that again, if not a little sad. :meh:
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Re: RIP Hellboy

Post by threecoffins » 02 Sep 2008, 2:43pm

Wow, I never read that. That's a great story about my favourite latter day Clash songs. Thanks, Nikola.

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