Since the Michael
Alonzo comeback to punk, a year ago, I´ve heard the rants about the fact that
Alonzo didn´t wrote all the classic KSMB songs, Johan Johansson did. Johansson this
nag nag, Johansson that nag nag. And Alonzo & Fas 3 is just a KSMB cover band
which is untrue. Let me put this straight! Michael Alonzo was one of two voices
of KSMB in the early eighties. They were brilliant then. The songs of KSMB is
still brilliant and as it showed this last year an important part of the
Swedish punk song treasure. The legacy
of the band is un-mistakenly huge. Psykbryt for instance plays KSMB song
regularly without someone accused them for being a KSMB cover band, so why
can´t one of the original singers do it? Like Wilco Johnson wouldn´t play Dr
Feelgood tunes. In fact I would be
pretty pissed off if he didn´t. Backing up his performance is something like a
super group with both a core of members as well as a stream of guest
performers. I wonder for instance how much core member Nicke Andersson (ex
Hellacopters, Entombed) is? Alonzo & Fas 3 then changed their name to
Alonzo Fas 3 which makes the band name more graphic. Not least on the record
Besides KSMB tunes Alonzo Fas 3 plays some classic tunes from his second band
Stockholms Negrer and new written Fas 3 material. And because of the new
written material we were gathered at Debaser Medis for the release of the new
The Venue/Place /Crowd
It was a
release party but the vinyls didn´t arrived in time from France so there was
only CD avaliable. Not that I really cared about the vinyls, I prefer CD. But
this France failure did annoy Alonzo who let us know about his frustration onstage.
In one of the songs he really did a rant about it and I guess we all got shiver
down our spines. OMG he is for real! He is not a man that passed his 50ies
killing time with old tunes. He is pissed off for real, he is the real deal!
The crowd was rather big a Wednesday night like this. Besides the punk scene
regulars I guess the rest was KSMB fans back in the days as well as there were some
younger fans there, not even born when the songs performed was around.
Being a dull Wednesday when everyone seemed grumpy it wasn´t optimal to set the
crowd on fire but in the end he did, I wasn´t in my best mood for instance
after I was a biiiig smile. And The crowd didn´t tear the place down like the
month before when band almost blew Stiff Little Finger off stage. But if you
play KSMB and Stockholm Negrer tunes there will be sing a longs.
Warming up the crowd was a gathering of different old times punk playing punk
covers like God Save The Queen etc it seems. I missed most of it so I can´t say
anything about it.
Then Alonzo Fas 3 entered the stage in a
Pink Floyd the Wall style and turned the dull Wednessday into Punk Rock n Roll
poetry. The Backdrop more looking like a totalitarian banner than a punk band
backdrop. The band as usual dressed in black pants and shirts with red armbands.
Micke Alonzo in front in a red shirt, it made an impressive and beautiful impact
on me. For a while then Alonzo was back in his Black T shirt.
I moved around in the room during the first tunes (sorry if I stepped on some
toes) to find the place where the
perfect sound was and found it. By then the band had worked their way up to a
frenzy that is needed for this kind of music. Then they added another guitarist. First the
guitar player from Baboon Show to be succeded by Nicke “Hellacopter” Andersson. With three
guitarist the sound was perfect. The core base player was for the day replaced
with a substitute bass player skilled enough to not make any difference. With
the three guitarists they then delivered the new songs with precision. Some have
been around for the whole year. Some been added on later and one new song I
never heard before. But it isn´t really punk tunes, more of rock tunes played
by the Swedish punk elite. The songs isn´t trying to restore Alonzos former
punk glory but it is exactly where he stands today, 53 years old, into
politics, being a father and in love with his woman.
And I can
say that “now” the new songs clicked for me. Now the coin was accepted by the
soda machine. Some tunes been around for a year so the crowed have learned the
lyrics and they could sing along. And in the middle of it, there was Micke Alonzo
owning the place. He had proved to us that this was not a KSMB karaoke night.
This was Fas 3 (transl. Phase 3).
He didn´t top his Stiff Little Fingers gig but he was on his way. Fas 3 have
never sounded better and I doubt KSMB had done it better in 1981. I find it
offensive that Alonzo Fas 3 isn´t booked at every rock festival this summer. I
guess they would shake some life into the rather dull line ups. So please let
me not hear any “Johan Johansson is better” references for a long time because
that will just makes you sound stupid.
Worth the time spent there?
Yes, in fact it took away my rather damp mood. This is Spa for my mind.
Entrance was free.
rather wonderful to see grown men lose it all to just freak out in a classic
KSMB/Stockholms Negrer tune like it is done in a Negro Spiritual Church.
Swedish metal and hard rock festival, Sweden Rock that is held in June in
Ronneby, southern Sweden, and sometime have some punk bands in the line up as
well. Will now be a recrute base for PRO, Pensionärernas riksorganisation, in
translation, National Pensioners' Organisation.
that many of the headbanging visitors are over 55 of age which makes them
suitable for recruitment. A bit hurt Sweden Rock defend them self by claiming
that the average age of the visitors are 37.
serving free coffe, Gene Simmons of Kiss might sign up, or?
Some month ago I stumbled upon a punk rock novel. Posted a chapter every day, the young Scottish punk lady Raven Taylor presented a romantic, dramatic and a bit sad novel about a punk band singer and a young women. It was taken from her own life, her friends life as well as it was inspired by the lyrics of Rancid. The novel name was borrowed from one of the Rancids best songs "Fall Back Down".
I felt instantly that I would like to post it as summer reading for my blog followers. And that was supposed to be happening this summer. But then something good happened, She got a publishing contract with a publisher that would print the book old school, you know on a bunch of paper like people used do. No, it is not the kind of book you got in your iPhone, but that you find in the book store.
As a blogger I could been a bit grumpy about it, but Im not. The book nerd in me is all full of joy for her. Wow, she got a publishing contract! And that in the speed of light. However, Im got the permission to post the first three chapters...then you have to buy the book.
And, nothing can take away from me that here is where you heard of her in the first place. :-)
Soon on your bookshelf? Raven Taylor - If I fall back down