A couple of years ago my girlfriend talked me into trying out snowboarding and I`ve been hooked ever since. Next week we`re going to the French Alps again together with a bus load of other Berliners. Being with 30 strangers in a house for a week is not my favorite set-up but there are always some nice people and being on top of a mountain, the fresh air and then snowboarding is just awesome.
So here are a couple winter-sport related records. This French Ep has four tracks made for “Après-Ski”-listening in a small Swiss “Stübli”, munching “Fondue” and drinking wine.
Track three is not the “Higgle-dy, Piggle-dy” cult-group The Monks but some other French ensemble covering Santo & Johnny`s “Sleep walk”. Good saxophone-driven version though…
I bought this a couple of years ago in Luzern while I attended the “Fumetto” Comics-Festival. One day I took of early in the morning from the youth-hostel where I was staying and spent a couple of hours in a “Bücher-Brocki”, a huge second-hand book store where locals bring their old books to retire.
Of course I bought this record for the cartoon sleeve and the music on it is not so great. Apparently the songs were the winners of a ski-songwriting contest and are all in Swiss-German dialect that I do only understand partially. The song “Mach Ka Böge” (Don`t do swings) challenges the skiiers to not do any swings but to always ski straight down and fast!
This is actually a reason for constant conflict between snowboarders and skiiers because snowboarders mostly snowboard in swings…
VICO TORRIANI, Ski-Twist
VICO TORRIANI, Alles fährt Ski
The first shy steps of the Existentialists in Zürich:
“What? On the main street? Are you crazy! My boss could see me!”
“Come over here, you coward, where there is still some snow!”
These cartoons are from the Swiss satire magazine “Nebelspalter” No.17, April 1951. Probably the world`s oldest satire-magazine, “Nebelspalter” has been running for 134 years!
A flexible postcard from communist East-Germany about Skiing. Actually the only reason I post this is it fits the program and that`s also why I bought it but besides that I don`t know why anyone would bother to listen to this. The kind of stuff one ends up with if you`re a “collector”. Somebody who habitually hordes material regardless of any quality. It`s sad really…
If you`re into commie-nostalgia or any skiing-reference ever made on record go ahead…