Archive for November, 2012

Scritti heads to Germany: Party like it is 1979!

Posted at 1am on 11/25/12 by

I started doing some research on the last time Green made the trek to Germany to play live. It was some 33 years ago and thought  it would be cool to post and write about what I found after doing some digging. Since Rhodri has been busy publishing dates of gigs on Scritti.net and posting to social media, I thought I had better dig a bit deeper to make our content on Bibbly-o-tek.com more relevant. Rhodri has been too busy rehearsing with Scritti, playing with other bands, working with the Independent and making sure the band sounds good to dig this deep. That is what we are here for! (No offense Rhodri, you are awesome and I just thought I would write about  Scritti’s upcoming trek to Germany and try to make it interesting.)

So I tracked back to the fact that Scritti hasn’t played Germany since 1979. April 9th to be exact. We have this listed in our Gigography section. I don’t have it memorized so I had to look it up. I found that they played here with Red Crayola. (Now known as Red Krayola.) Did you know they are from Texas? I didn’t. Who knew? They toured with Scritti back in the day. And they are still active. The poster has been around and on the internet for a long time.

Bibbly-o-tek.com visitor Roger Homes says that the gig was to play at Ratinger Hof in Düsseldorf , but was moved to the Okie Dokie in Neuss, a suburb of Düsseldorf. The Okie Dokie is still operating today. I suggest the band get a hold of them and see if they can add December 1st date at the Okie Dokie. It is only a short drive from Cologne, the last scheduled gig in Germany. If that happened, it could be truly epic!

After further review (American football fans will get the aformentioned reference) Scritti also played in Berlin in 1979. This was NOT in our gigography, so I thought I would mention it here. I found from this link that they played S036, a legendary venue in Kreuzberg’s Oranienstraße with Red Crayola as well. They played there on April 7th if that link is accurate.

If you are in Germany towards the end of this month, be sure to get tickets and see Scritti play live. If that doesn’t work for you, then try some of the UK dates in December. Or, pray for a 2006-esque miracle and hope they play North America again sometime soon.

28th November » Hamburg ¦ Kampnagel [tickets]

29th November » Berlin ¦ HAU [tickets]

30th November » Cologne ¦ Alte Kranhalle / Balloni [tickets]

Opening for St Etienne:

10th December » York ¦ Fibbers [tickets]

11th December » Edinburgh ¦ Liquid Rooms [tickets]

12th December » Manchester ¦ Ritz [tickets]

13th December » Brighton ¦ Concorde 2 [tickets]

14th December » London ¦ Shepherds Bush Empire [tickets]

By the way Strohmeyer is German for Straw Tax Collector.

Auf Wiedersehen!

John