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Joined: Feb 15 2012
My (German) approach to the Dead

Hi everybody,

I'm new to the forum and therefore was looking around for the right place
to introduce you to my version of "Loser" that I recorded at home during a decisive period in my life.

I got to know the Dead through my neighbor when I was about 15/16 years old and still living in a small village in the middle of Germany.
He played me all those wonderful songs when I came around to see him to hang out, play guitar or whatever.

One of the songs he had played me was "Loser" and it's still one of my faves of the "Dead Set" record iand in general.
I especially like the beginning of the guitar solo...a moment of beautifulness and drama. And the would make no sense at all to do a one-to-one cover

So " it's about time", I told myself, to record my version of that song.
I invented a new guitar part and, in turn, picked up on that part to write my very own
song out of it eventually...So the Dead were inspiring, at least twice.

Here it is, hope you enjoy "Loser"

...And here's the song a wrote later on...:called "Spring Cleaning in the wintertime"

Cheers and keep on growing!

Joined: Jun 16 2007
European Deadheads Article


It’s 41 years since the invitation ‘Dead Freaks Unite’ appeared on the sleeve of the Skull and Roses album. This formalised the whole Deadhead phenomenon.

I live in the UK and have been a dedicated follower of the Dead since “Anthem of the Sun” and have seen them on each European tour.

A colleague and I have been invited to write an article about European Deadheads for a forthcoming edition of the academic journal “Popular Music and Society” dealing with themes relating to “fandom”. To help us to understand the band’s continuing importance to its European fanbase, we will very shortly be issuing a questionnaire. Initially, this will seek to gather basic information from respondents, such as age, gender, occupation, number of shows attended, etc. More importantly, we would also want to explore the overall significance of the Grateful Dead to its followers – the ‘meaning’ of the band (and its music); the place it occupies in the lives of Deadheads; the opportunities and constraints that come with Deadhead activity; the benefits to be derived. These responses will provide much of the material for the article.

Respondents will not be identified by name, and anonymity and confidentiality will be guaranteed. We would also hope, where possible, to interview a representative selection of Deadheads about their experiences.

The article will be published in late 2012/early 2013.

If you would like to receive the questionnaire and/or would be willing to be interviewed (in person or by telephone) please e-mail me at .If you have any questions, please contact me at the same e-mail address.

And please do forward this to others who might wish to participate!

Best wishes,

Pete Smith

Joined: Feb 4 2012
Re: Trying to remember a track

I guess you mean "Unbroken Chain" which can be found on the album "From The Mars Hotel".

Joined: Jan 29 2008

remember folks JAM IN THE DAM is from 14 to 16 March in Amsterdam at the Melkweg.
DSO - Mike Gordon - moe. - Keller Williams - Lotus
every band plays a full long set every night.

also, german GD tribute band COSMIC FINGER will be playing a pre-JITD party on that tuesday night at maloe melo.

Joined: Jul 21 2007
Europe '72 40 years on...

just in case any folk out there wern't aware, Dark Star Orchestra is playing a London show on March 18th when they plan to recreate a historic London show in its entirety from the GD Europe '72 Tour...can't wait!

Joined: Jan 29 2008
grateful tees

i recommend posting the question on the yahoo group eurotraders, recently someone was talking about t-shirts sizes. anyway, lots of longtime euroresident deadheads who would know.
also suggest which is an online shop based in denmark. in theory as they buy in bulk for reduced shipping costs, etc. it works out allright, although some people on eurotraders have questioned that.
you might also try and get a shipping quote from directly as they ship a lot of stuff to europe (to wit, the latest europe 72 boxed set seems to have been bought by every head i know here.

Joined: Jan 29 2008
jet plane sounds

a jet aircraft? the dead?
my closest guess is the album In The Dark, which used liberally sound effects. motorcycle revving and whip snaps on the song "Hell In A Bucket", a steam locomotive on "Tons of Steel" and a helicopter on the bonus track "Brother Esau". but i don't remember any jet plane sounds.

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Joined: Jul 12 2007
Grateful Tees?

Anyone out there know where I can find a European retailer of decent GD T-shirts? The designs on DJTees (UK) are awful and has a very limited European retailer choice (Loud Distribution) but loads of US-based stuff (Liquid Blue, nightmare for delivery time and surcharges). I'm in Italy but any European info would be massively appreciated (gotta get that Xmas gift list started!) Geedus71

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Joined: May 26 2007
somebody help this guy out...

it's morning in California and all I can hear is Paul McCartney singing Back in the USSR. And I know that's not right.

Joined: Nov 22 2011
Trying to remember a track

Clearly I'm not a 'Head' as such...bit of a late arrival to the scene.

Trying to remember the title of a track that has the sound of a jet aircraft in the background. Short of buying up the entire catalogue I don't know which album to start with!

Anyone help me out there?




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