Violent Youth, Will The Magic Ever Happen Again? Musings From The Lifeguard of Death…

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Lynn, Lynn, the city of sin…you never come out the way you went in…

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Really? Was I the only one who thought tempting death, time and time again was a good Idea. As I look back on it now when I was young, I remember the first time that I thought that I was going to die as my body was crushed and shifted with a sea of people in a crowd of tens of thousands around me. I would begin to panic but there was nothing I could do…I was at the precipice of a horrific but strangely enough, spiritual experience. I must preface this article with, that  I do not take pleasure in other people’s pain but there is no doubt in my mind when you come out of a battle zone unharmed, it’s almost impossible to explain the relief. Even more interesting was that after that first time, I did it again and again, hundreds of times.

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I remember whenever I would enter a venue, I would head to a high vantage point and just scan the environment. I got so I could look at a crowd and see the most aggressive area and would head directly there. Again when I think back it was almost like I was in a trance because soon enough after getting to that space that I wanted to be, I would realize that the rest of the people that I had come to the show with had at that point disappeared. I was all alone but I was where I wanted to be when the music started, and as I had always suspected it would be it was a mess. People were crushed, passed out from exhaustion, and being body surfed unconscious to the front and usually pulled to safety over the barriers.

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I remember many shows in places like Giants Stadium in New Jersey and many other stadiums being doused with fire hoses in the mid-day heat. Idiots would be lighting of fireworks right near me and people were fighting and pepper spraying each other and of course in such tight quarters I would inhale the saturated hot pepper and get a heavy burning feeling in my throat and eyes. I remember pieces of clothing being ripped off my body and backpacks and jackets securely tied to me had no chance…they would start to rip away and I would try with all my strength to hold on to no avail.

As I did this more and more I found that I would do my part and be a good will ambassador and help rescue people who were clearly over their heads and terrified. I would get them to the front barriers and even many times carry them out the back way to safety and once helped by medics I would head directly back to the danger zone.

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There were things that I saw that no person should see…I don’t even think it’s a good Idea for me to get to much into this area because I saw sexual violence, overdoses, and death right before my eyes. Again I don’t want to dwell on that because it was not that part of the experience that I was seeking out.  It was horrific in every way and I abhor such things, but something strange would happen in such a violent crowded atmosphere. The next thing you know the people involved in such horrific acts were no longer visible it was as if the unruly crowd had sucked and spiraled them down into the depths of hell, gone forever.

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At this point you must be saying what the hell attracted you to this well it was the music, first, it was all about the music. Second it was the adrenaline rush…think of skydiving or other thrill-seeking activities, this was my intent. Third and most important was that after I experienced it for the first time, I remember thinking ‘OMG I am going to die today…I can’t breathe’. The crowd would be packed so tight that I could not take a breath because there was no room for my lungs to expand. So I got used to being able to judge when the crowd of thousands would shift one way or the other to take a deep breath and hold it because I was not going to get any air for thirty seconds to a minute. I don’t know if any of you have experienced that, but the first, second, and third time was scary as hell. So not only did these situations bring on an experience that was beyond this world but also I was getting quite good at it.

Another thing that would happen is that I, or another person in the crowd next to me, usually a tiny girl, would get sucked to the ground and have people walking on top of us. Again if it was me I knew just to wait it out and an opening would appear overhead and it would be then that I would go hard for the surface and thankfully I was always successful. If it was another person, I would dive down as well and get hold of them and scream to “not to panic and wait it it out, that everything would be ok”. Again at the right moment I would pull both of us to the surface and lift them over my head and get them body surfed over the barriers to safety.

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So with all that said I will recount one of my experiences where all of what I have previously stated and more happened. It was October 1985 at a general admission concert with Aerosmith…this was in the era just before they went more commercial (The” Done With Mirrors” Tour Before their next album “Permanent Vacation”) and it was very hot that day, overcrowded, and extremely violent. Here’s an excerpt written by the “World Of Bootlegs” at http://worldofbootlegs.blogspot.com/ , a  quick description and set-list for a circulating bootleg and description of the day. This will be followed by my account this show, previously published but re-edited for this piece.

 

 

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Aerosmith ~

Manning Bowl
Lynn, Massachusetts, USA
September 14, 1985

audience recording
Quality: C+

Rats In the Cellar
Bone to Bone
Big Ten Inch Record
Mama Kin
Last Child
My Fist Your Face
Lightning Strikes
The Hop
Walkin’ The Dog
Red House
Back In The Saddle
Sweet Emotion
Let The Music Do The Talking
Walk This Way
The Movie/Same Old Song And Dance
All Your Love
Toys In The Attic
Dream On
Train Kept A Rollin’

Notes: The semi-famous show from the Manning Bowl, one of the summer warm up shows for the Done With Mirrors tour which would formally start in January. Seems like a wild crowd here, Tyler admonishing fights in the crowd. Interestingly there is a version of “The Movie” played here before “Same Old Song And Dance,” I believe the only known live version. Also “All Your Love” is played, a semi-rarity. The quality here is dicey. You’d think the open air venue would help the sound, but too often it is muffled and uneven, but not altogether unlistenable [sic]. I did get this from the dude who recorded it and it’s the only audio source I know of, so this is as good as it gets, if that is any solace. There is also about 60 minutes of rough video that was broadcast on local V-66 that exists. Here is some remembrance of the show I found on the net….”

“In 1985, Aerosmith played a show at The Manning Bowl (A dilapidated High School Footbal field)  in Lynn, Massachusetts with Foghat and another Boston band, Farenheit. It was Joe Perry’s birthday. About 20 of us made the trek to Lynn that day. It was a typical, hot, Indian Summer day in New England – perfect for a beer-filled, outdoor show. However, none of us were prepared for the scene when we arrived at the Bowl.
The 20,000-seat, football field was overrun with people, a lot of them bikers and local Lynn thug-types. There was an especially large showing from one of the local motorcycle gangs, called the Rumpot. When Aerosmith finally hit the stage, a couple of 1/2-naked metal chicks decided to push beyond a thick row of bikers. About two minutes later, one of them was dragged back by her hair, covered in blood by the biggest biker I have never[sic] wanted to see in my life.
The crowd, hot and agitated by Foghat’s way-too-long set, was surging forward toward the stage. People were being dragged over the stage barrier in various stages of injury and unconsciousness. Nobody was sitting in the stands, and the crowd of about 20,000 were all on the field. I’ll never forget the look of fear on Tyler’s face as he implored the crowd to move back or they would have to stop playing. This rationale only made the crowd angrier and Tyler and the bad boys from Boston pulled the plug after about an hour or so after taking the stage.”

Yeah it was even worse than that, it was straight up chaos, and I judged all concerts against this one because I can’t count how many times I thought I was going to die during this one show. I  was 10 to 15 rows in front stage left. I was a “young teen” but this was not my first crazy show, and I soon found myself all alone as all my cousins were swept up in the crowd. I was surrounded by Hells Angels who were handing out strange colored pills to everyone and passing me Jack Daniels & Southern Comfort (everyone drinking from the bottle, lucky I got no diseases!). There was so much dope smoke in the air (just sitting there and not circulating) that was all the air available to breathe. Luckily they were nice to me despite their reputation ( I will not get into that either) but not to others. I was literally out of my mind as was everybody else, note to self that I was not violent, they were.

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Who was worse / Crowd or Band?

Someone mentioned in a prior post, that a guy on LSD was climbing up on a metal lighting and radio tower as high as he could and they were trying to get him down but he would not.  The crowd began chanting and baiting him over and over to “Jump, Jump, Jump”.

The situation with the fights had to do with a lot of gangs who wanted their space preserved in a stadium that holds 15,000 but was over capacity setting a record at 25,000, I don’t think so. Anyway the crowd was angry because Aerosmith were taking way too long to get on stage (ahem…party!) and it was extremely hot and everyone was stoned drunk. One guy fell off the upper wall down into the parking lot around the stadium and broke his back.

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When Aerosmith hit the stage fights were breaking out everywhere, blood was everywhere, bottles getting smashed over peoples heads and thrown at the stage as the crowd surged forward. Tyler was attempting to maintain an unsuccessful balance of putting out fires and setting them. People were yelling obscenities at him and a lot of people were really getting hurt so the next thing Steven says, and I paraphrase but this was the gist: Tyler to group of people fighting – “You wanna fight Muther F’r….you wanna F with me! F with this…My fist your face!” and they roared into their new track “My fist your face!” Provocative to say the least and of course the fights and surge got worse. Hamilton, Whitford, and Kramer looked disturbed while after trying several times, stops and starts, Steven just gave up and went for broke. The concert had to end due to the chaos but for the time when they were playing…it felt as if time had stopped and it would never end.

Anyway they sure did give us all one to remember…however that should be interpreted that is up to you. Even though the show was over, the chaos was not by a mile.  I was exhausted from the crowd having their way with me. So I went to the parking garage outside the stadium and people were rioting, not embellishing here. It started in the parking garage above where we were parked on the main street. First people were throwing coins from the roof and cars where getting dinged all over the place and every time a girl would show her stuff, the crowd would egg them on for more.

As cars pulled out of the parking garage people would dump the ice from coolers and full beer bottles and cans on them from the roof. Every woman walking by was taunted, “Take it off, Take it off!” over and over. Once they ran out of dropping ice and bottles next came empty coolers and books and shoes etc… Hitting the cars below and if they got a hit every one would cheer on. Someone got a smashed windshield and they drove over the curb nearly hitting large groups of people because the cars were not moving.

Then came the doosey[sic] someone started throwing huge parts of a torn off muffler on to the cars below. No police…I was scared and quite worried at what I was witnessing, complete anarchy, but again my adrenaline was sure on high. You know the kind of anarchy where there was no one to break it up…scary stuff. Anyway it was about two hours of sitting in the car watching this all unfold before we got out of there,  just some dings in the car surface. It was just as crazy outside as in.

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With all that said, I could go on with endless things I saw that day and other days but you get the picture. So that brings me back to my original premise…why was I drawn to situations where I put myself in danger. I already told you about the rush from being in an environment that was out of my control. What it comes down to is a spiritual experience…humanity at it’s worst and greatest all at the same time. Whatever your and my beliefs are is inconsequential to this story. When I would leave whatever show it was where chaos ensued, I would sit in the car for the ride home and reflect on little snapshots and images in my mind. Closing my eyes, fully exhausted, I had reached a peak. I felt cleansed,  reborn, and at peace….oftentimes in the presence of pure evil.

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Today this kind of thing is a rare occurrence as we have not seen a chaotic rise of a band since the likes of Guns N’ Roses and Nirvana. I know some of the festivals in Europe and South America have similar situations happen. Still think about today in 2014, it has been 25 years since we’ve had a band with a popularity explosion so powerful that every show that particular artist played there was no way to know what would happen, your life would literally be in their hands. That is power my friends and I guess for better or worse that rarely exists anymore. I’m not saying that there have not been any bands in 25 years have not had a massive explosion of success, just that there has not been a cultural upheaval because of a band since the 90’s. I actually think that the end of upheavals happened at the 1999 Woodstock reunion weekend of violence, that was really bad.

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When will the next upheaval arrive?

Many will say this is a good thing, and I would agree that violence toward others in any form will not be missed. The thing I do worry about is the state of music…even EDM DJ’s are pleading with producers to strive to make better music because there is so much garbage. Sure there are great new rock bands, and the old favorites still going strong, but more in a superficial way in a world where everyone thinks of themselves as potential celebrities. I don’t know the answer…I cannot say where the happy medium is between outright chaos and musical brilliance. One thing I do know is that when we have a new artist that hits us the same way Nirvana did (whether you like them or not) we sure will know it, but will it ever happen again? Is that chapter over?

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I am happy to say that I no longer seek out that chaos and  that I no longer have to be a “Lifeguard of Death”. When the next upheaval comes I will sit in the bleachers or dance the night away with friends in a nice little area that I have staked out for myself. I guess the youth of today will never know what it was like and they’re all the better off for it, or are they?  Everyone can continue to climb mountains, skydive, and bungee jump to get there kicks…that way they can say that their passions are pure and do not have to do it the way I did, looking pure evil right in the eye.

Thanks for reading and again for all your support.

Bless Bless!

Braindamage Inc.

 

CM ☕

 

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Today’s Favorite Videos #2 & Lykke Li (First Listen~Audio) – A Little Bit For Everyone…

Up Today For The Christmachine Audio Reference Music Server:

Reviews for individual albums or sets will be posted HERE (The Main “DAY” Page) but flipkissdaily Videos & Playlists will be posted in the Playlist “Night” Feed Blog. Again you can access it from the “Playlist “Night” Feed” button in the header menu below the “HOME” button. Or you can get there using the links below.

Todays Favorite Videos Are Up Here…[Direct Link / Portal to the other side of this site below…

Bob Marley, Chris Liebing, & Iron Maiden (All Live)

http://playlists.christmachine.com/youtube/todays-favorite-videos-2a-little-something-for-everyone-video-direct-links/

 

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Video Re-Up:

http://playlists.christmachine.com/leonard-cohen/priest-sings-amazing-rendition-of-halleluja-by-leonard-cohen-in-church/

 

 

Lykke Li (First Listen~Audio)[Direct Link]

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LLtnf Enjoy, more interesting articles to come!

Cheers and Bless Bless!

CM ☕

 

 

 

 

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Christmachine Audio Reference Music Server ~ NEWS…Click On Photos To Enlarge.

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Hello all, hope your having a wonderful day. Periodically we will be posting relevant news to help you, our friends, to be aware of what we have coming as well as informed to make sure the websites continue to run efficiently. As I said in an earlier  post we have some exciting news as well as some general information so let us begin.

  • I am pleased to announce that our friend “Doc” has generously allowed us to use his photography on the site. Doc is the salt of the earth and can often be found touring
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    the globe for his real job, but even better he has been capturing the world of music with his eye for photography. To be frank if I asked him if he would even consider himself a “great” photographer, he would probably say no, but I will put it out there he is a true artist. I have been admiring at his work for a number of years now and I would put him up there with the best music and landscape photographers of our generation. The moments he has captured, as you will see are truly stunning. He also has a great pension for

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    humorous takes and has posted photos that have had me on the floor literally laughing out loud. I will let the photos speak for themselves but I can tell you this eye candy will make this a much better site. Thanks to Doc with full respect brother!

  • Coming soon, I will undertake some of the most comprehensive reviews of landmark albums in music history. As I have said before, they will be in the style of comparing the available formats of a particular release from the original pressings to present digital technology. My next review will be on an album that is often considered to be one of the most culturally significant records in the last half century. It has challenged and influenced how we think and evolve artistically, inspiring all that has come henceforth. I look forward to these projects and I know they will be a welcome addition by you, our friends here at Christmachine ~ The Audio Reference Music Server. Stay tuned.

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    Guns N’ Good Times!

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    the sites please let us know so that we can fix them for you and for others. Also if at any time in the future if you find that the websites are down for any length of time please send me a PM on Twitter or check my Twitter Feed for further information or instructions, usually maintenance will be announced ahead oftime and this would only benecessary if there is a problem with our servers.Here isa my link to Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Christ_Machine Finally if you have any questions, comments, submissions, or words of wisdom, you can contact us via email from both pages in the “Contact” sections located in the header.

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There is a new NSFW electronic mix just dropped on the Night Playlist page…if your into that Booty Tech!  Link Here: http://playlists.christmachine.com/electronic/this-is-the-kind-of-electronic-im-listening-to-right-now-nsfw/

 

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Thank you for taking the time to read and interact…we appreciate your interest.

Cheers & Bless Bless!

 

CM ☕

 

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If You’re Into Music, The Next 23 Minutes And 30 Seconds Could Be The Most Important In Your Life! David Mancuso On Sound Tech, Structure, Mood, And Acoustics…[***Video***]

Davd Mancuso if you do not know, was the founder of the legendary club night in his own The Man“Loft”. The Loft NYC was founded on February 7, 1970 and as you will see it was not all just about fun, it was serious stuff. Although Mancuso is a little hard to follow, in this short video he describes all the fundamentals and physics in a really palatable way for all to learn how music works. Without delving deep he gets into the technical and psychological of discovering and delivering the best sound possible. His vision along with Alex Rosner & Richard long, who serviced Mancuso’s equipment and acted as an advisor respectively, were responsible for many of the best sound systems around the world. Mancuso says “The sound will present itself” if you have these attributes trump tight;

  1. You Need a good speaker.
  2. You Need a good clean source.
  3. You Need them both to work efficiently, reaching the whole spectrum.
  4. You Need 1 Watt in and 1db out
  5. You Need the speaker to hit a “Low C note” on an organ, not many speakers will do that.

If you have all these fundamentals, then the room will act as the speaker and that wide stereo image will let you perceive where the musicians and instruments are in the room. Their subtle details will transparently come through from the record or tape. Therefore 2403132488_5d2307e9eccontrary to many peoples beliefs you will not need any bass enhancement, ‘because it’s already there, it’s just right there’.

This footage was taken from the “Out-takes” for the independent film “The Maestro”. I thought to myself the out-takes really…The ideas that David presents in this video clip are all anyone needs to know about music, period! I’ve watched this video many times and I’m always struck with how simple it all really is. It is us and the corporations that make it hard. This video ultimately shows why the instruments of the musician, yes even the DJ and the speakers created a whole industry of underground customization and modification. If you’ve heard what good sound, sounds like…then if it’s not right then you must make it right.

Enjoy and Ponder Friends!

Some Excellent News Later Today, Very, Very Good News!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Mancuso

http://www.gregwilson.co.uk/2013/05/david-mancuso-and-the-art-of-deejaying-without-deejaying/

Don’t waste any more time…make sure the sound is right. XD

 

CM ☕

 

 

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Playlist #6 Is Up Here, Today’s Favorite Videos #1 – A Little Bit For Everyone…

Reviews for individual albums or sets will be posted HERE (The Main “DAY” Page) but 900x900px-LL-14698113_Daniella_Sarahyba_dspsx07crpdaily Videos & Playlists will be posted in the Playlist “Night” Feed Blog. Again you can access it from the “Playlist “Night” Feed” button in the header menu below the “HOME” button. Or you can get there using the links below.

 

Playlist #6 Is Up Here…[Direct Link / Portal to the other side of this site below…

 

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Todays Favorite Videos…A little something for everyone…~NSFW~[Video-Direct Links]

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http://playlists.christmachine.com/youtube/todays-favorite-videos-a-little-something-for-everyone-nsfwvideo-direct-links/

 

 

More to Come later Today!

 

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Enjoy, more interesting articles to come!

Cheers and Bless Bless!

CM ☕

 

 

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