KW-12-2015: Leonard Cohen … und Georges Braque? Diesen Zusammenhang stellte erstmals John Watts, Singer/ Songwriter, Poet und Erfinder von FISHER Z her. Wann? Gestern, bei einem Gespräch über sein neues Album “This Is My Universe”, das vielmehr zum Gespräch über Poesie, Leonard Cohen und Bob Dylan wurde. Leonard Cohen sei der “Georges Braque” der Rockmusik, meinte John Watts und erklärte das schließlich auch. – Teil 1

Die Diskussion darüber, wenn Bob Dylan Picasso und Leonard Cohen Matisse der populären Musik sei, ist keine neue. Cohen selbst hat Dylan als Picasso bezeichnet. John Illslay von den Dire Straits folgerte auch schon, dassd dann Leonard Cohen Matisse sein müsse. Jetzt überrascht John Watts von Fisher Z mit der These, Cohen sei eher ein “Braque”.

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(John Watts und Christof Graf am 16.3.2015 im Saarbrücker La Residence-Hotel)

27 Jahre zuvor…John Watts live 1988 beim Rock am Ring-Festival; Foto: Christof Graf

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Doch bevor es zu der “Braquè`schen” Theorie kam, plauderte der Musiker und Künstler, der sich mehr als “Poet” denn als “Rockstar” sieht, zunächst über sein neues Album “This Is My Universe”.

THIS IS MY UNIVERSE is released on April 24th on the FischerZmusic label , available on CD, vinyl, special boutique vinyl and digitally. The lead single from the album, JUST-A-MAN is released on February 27th digitally and on limited edition vinyl with B side entitled OH SO GOOD. .

THIS IS MY UNIVERSE features much more of John Watts’ electric guitar playing as well as the usual contribution of his band members: Sam Walker, Matt Gest and Matthew Waer. Watts’ collaboration with co-producer Nick Brine has been instrumental in the development of this set of dynamic recordings.

TRACKLISTING.

01.

WinstonI’d like to believe in real revolutions in the 21st century. Winston

waited for his brother to return with stolen mobile phones from the burning

London streets.

02.

M.H.T.B.F.M.B.– True story. Genuine encounter. Synonymous with a time

when Facebook was not the dominant social network.

03.

Tale of Bales -The victims of war are many and on both sides and

sometimes not the most obvious candidates.

04.

Just Like Justice – Love, in my opinion, should be an action ;

05.

Lorelei - A passionate swirling cauldron of womanhood.

06.

Just-a-Man The man, the artist, the marriage – What does it all mean?

07.

This Is My Universe – A personal philosophy in poetry against beats.

08.

Martha Thargil lIn the demise of the mining communities Thatcher was

the devil, but Scargill was also to blame for the suffering..

09.

Unshakeable Bluesky The archetypal strong woman companion

10.

Is The Love Love must figure as part of the solution to most conflicts

and human catastrophes. Losing my Dad was also about love.

11.

L.U.T.W. with Love & Peace The message should always be love.

12.

World-Go-Round – Personal rhetorical…

SHORT FISCHER-Z & John Watts BIOGRAPHY (used by permission of www.promo-team.de)

John Watts’ 36-year career has included 20 albums and around 3000 concerts and festivals worldwide. He has been successful both in Fischer-Z and as a solo artist throughout Europe, with album sales in excess of two million. Peter Gabriel, Steve Cropper and Dexy’s Midnight Runners’ Brass section have all contributed to his recordings. Watts has performed to crowds of 167,000 alongside James Brown in East Berlin, toured with both The Police and Dire Straits, was on the bill of the final Bob Marley European festival tour dates and has toured the USA and Canada. In more recent years Watts has developed a reputation as a multi-media artist, poet and playwright, and has often been described by fellow artists as ‘a force of nature’. Watts has amassed an impressive and eclectic range of creative work and his performances are characterized by his verve, warmth and humanity.

LONG FISCHER-Z & John Watts BIOGRAPHY (used by permission of www.promo-team.de)

John Watts’ 36-year career has included 20 albums and around 3000 concerts and festivals worldwide. He has been successful both in Fischer-Z and as a solo artist throughout Europe, with album sales in excess of two million. Peter Gabriel, Steve Cropper and Dexy’s Midnight Runners’ Brass section have all contributed to his recordings. Watts has performed to crowds of 167,000 alongside James Brown in East Berlin, toured with both The Police and Dire Straits, was on the bill of the final Bob Marley European festival tour dates and has toured the USA and Canada. In more recent years Watts has developed a reputation as a multi-media artist, poet and playwright, and has often been described by fellow artists as ‘a force of nature’. Watts has amassed an impressive and eclectic range of creative work and his performances are characterized by Watts’ verve, warmth and humanity.

Watts developed his musical career in punk clubs while studying clinical

psychology and working in mental institutions. The first

Fischer-Z album,

Word Salad

was released in 1979 on United Artist Records, alongside

releases by their contemporaries,

The Buzzcocks and The Stranglers. Word

Salad

was a cult record in the UK (John Peel supported the

single

Remember Russia) but Fischer-Z achieved an even bigger critical and

commercial success across continental Europe. There were several

appearances on

The Old Grey Whistle Test and a first Top of the Pops

appearance with the Europe-wide successful single

The Worker – the story of

Watts’ father’s daily commute to London. The second album,

Going Deaf For

a Living

, firmly established his ability to convey worldly political issues in

narrative songs against a background of quirky pop and reggae-influenced

music (comparisons were made with both

Talking Heads and Ian Dury). The

So Long

single (1980) was featured heavily on the fledgling MTV channel.

Fischer-Z’s

European success was cemented with Red Skies Over Paradise

(1981), described by

Der Spiegel as “a candid and passionate appraisal of

Cold War Europe”

. This album included songs that resonated with audiences

right across continental Europe.

Berlin, Marliese, Battalions of Strangers,

Cruise Missiles

and the title track have all been described as classics of that

era and sales topped a million. Watts’ reputation was firmly established as a

leading exponent of overtly political pop songs. Watts disbanded the original

Fischer-Z

line up in the summer of 1981 because he felt the band had drifted

too far from their original art punk ideals.

Watts’ first two solo albums

One More Twist (1982) and The Iceberg Model

(1983) included the anthemic single

One Voice and experimental The

Iceberg Model

track. He briefly formed a band called The Cry and released a

pop/dance album

Quick Quick Slow (1984) produced by the highly respected

American Jimmy Douglass. In the 1980’s, Watts was very deeply affected by

the political events unfolding as Thatcher tried to beat down the trade unions

in Britain. His

Dark Crowds of Englishmen song is about the miners’ strike

and the disappearance of a way of life.

Watts reformed

Fischer-Z with a new line up in 1987 and had single

successes

The Perfect Day (1988) based on lonely-hearts ads and Say No

(1989), a call to arms for the poor and the powerless – taken from the albums

Reveal

(1988) and Fish’s Head (1989) respectively. He made the

Destination Paradise

album (1991) at Peter Gabriel’s Real World studios

including

Further From Love and the title track, which highlighted civilian

suffering in time of war. The next two

Fischer-Z albums Kamikaze Shirt

(1993) and

Stream (1995) continued to combine a political point of view with

songs grounded in Watts’ real-life observations and experiences.

Watts returned to his solo career with the album,

Thirteen Stories High

(1997), one of his most admired indie guitar-style albums. Many songs from

this album such as

I’m a Reptile and Angel of Gardenia are firm favourites

with the fans. For his next album

Bigbeatpoetry (1999), he branched out

combining poetry, prose and song lyrics with a DJ and beats. An era of multimedia

projects began with

Ether Music & Film (2002), where he traveled

internationally, recording musicians in the streets and in their own homes

using only his laptop.

Real Life Is Good Enough

(2005) was a noisy two-piece, electric guitar and

drums album which Watts made with Sam Walker. It was compared with

The

Black Keys

early albums. The sister album, It Has To Be (2006), consisted of

songs drawn from Watts’ interaction with strangers he met in ten different

European countries who shared some of their life experiences and he named

a song after them. For the first time the album packaging included poems and

short stories written by Watts.

The

Morethanmusic album (2010) added improvised orchestral cut-ups and

a filmic dimension to Watts’ work and included a first single

Head On, inspired

by him observing a seven-year old child watching the live execution of

Saddam Hussein on her mother’s mobile phone, and a second single

URSo,

the most popular live song from the album. Watts made video clips to

accompany all the songs on the

Morethanmusic album.

In 2012 Watts embarked on the ambitious

World-Go-Round project,

incorporating his play,

The Last Picasso, performing poetry from his book

The Grand National Lobotomy

and developing songs which now form part

of the forthcoming

Fischer-Z album. The Last Picasso Is written in black

comedy/absurdist style, and it was said that with this work, Watts had “

created

nothing less than a completely new genre. A miscellaneous mixture of a

musical play, rock concert and multimedia performance”.

(Morgenpost

Hamburg

, 23 February 2012).

In

The Grand National Lobotomy, Watts paints himself and his art in typical

pithy and self-deprecating style in a piece entitled ‘Eggers’, “…

a story writer,

poet and starving living legend of English descent, who will cover anything

you like from Live 8 to prostate, Gordon Brown to Eva von Braun, Karl Marx to

stripey underpants, Stockhausen to Waterman, Botticelli to vaseline, earth to

earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust, Beck to Becks…”

The new

Fischer-Z album, This is My Universe is due for release in Spring

2015 and includes the track

Martha Thargill, in which Watts revisits the

miners’ strike and the disappearance of a way of life 30 years on. On the title

track

This is My Universe he combines poetry, beats and guitar noise to

dynamic effect. He casts a dark and rueful eye over love and marriage in the

pop single

Just-a-Man, and a manifesto for the proactive and genuine

Romantic,

just Like Justice. Another new Fischer-Z song, Tale of Bales,

once again combines a political theme with contemporary art-rock music.

Watts is currently performing

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