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Virago



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2004 12:56 pm    Post subject: Punishing Kiss Reply with quote

Does anyone know anything about Ute Lempers album Punishing Kiss?

I heard Neil sing The Case Continues in Cardiff a few years back and thought it would perhaps come out on the next album or as a B-side. It would appear, however, that it was written solely for this album. Which is a shame cos it's a brilliant song and Neils version was ace!!

Is it worth buying? I understand that Divine Comedy did all the music on the album and that he duets with Ute (whoever she is!?)
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Billy Bob Hannon



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2004 1:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

UTE BIO: http://www.vh1.com/artists/az/lemper_ute/bio.jhtml

Ute has a voice reminiscent of Shirley Bassey's, but a bit more severe. The material on The Case Continues suits it very well. The CD has a great selection of songs from the likes of Nick Cave ( sung from the point of view of a woman being drowned ), Elvis Costello, and other big shots. It ends with a Scott Walker written/produced track that is absolutely incredible. The Hannon tracks are among the best, though the album is good all the way through, if you can handle Lemper's intensity. Some may find her delivery a bit much. Personally, I love her over-the-top approach. Her rendition of the song The Case Continues flattens Hannon's. There's also a French version of the album.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2004 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really like the first song on the album where she doesn't sound so raspy. It's a Nick Cave one with Joby's strings and it's all about being drowned. I like it a lot.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2004 2:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nah Little Water Song is actually a beauty. I've spent ages looking for a Nick Cave version of it - you know, there's at least one since he sent it to her on a tape. no luck by now though Confused
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2004 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really like the whole album, but I tend to like everything Ute Lemper does. Her Weimar cabaret albums are fantastic and well worth checking out if you're a fan of music from that period.

She was good in 'Chicago' too -- does a good American accent. She's a fabulous singer/dancer/actress.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2004 4:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw Ute when she played the RFH on the Punishing Kiss tour and she was absolutely fantastic AND signed my poster!

BTW she recorded two songs with Scott Walker for the PK album, but they were too long to put both of them on. The other is however available on the SW in 5 Easy Pieces box set.

And if you like PK, her album 'Songbook' with Michael Nyman is also worth checking out.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2004 4:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

(ime with cassilda on this one)
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2004 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

in fact "punishing' sums it up for me
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Eric the half a bee



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2004 4:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Although I don't like Ute's voice (I think she sounds like an 80 year old woman who smokes 60 a day), I do like the duets with Neil. Tango Ballad and Split are both great songs. I love the banter between the two of them - especially the line about "there were two or three" - and Neil chips in "or ten" when discussing affairs on "Split".

It's worth at least downloading these songs if you can find them.

Saying that, I like the Elvis Dacosta duet, which everyone else seems to hate as well.

And the Streets.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2004 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Eric the half a bee wrote:
And the Streets.

Don't let that unhealthy tan bloke catch you saying that.
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Eric the half a bee



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2004 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's alright. I already know that I'm the lowest common denominator.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2004 7:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really like it - Ute's voice suits the songs, although I can see she wouldn't suit 'pop' songs. Since I like most of the songs, it's easier to say the ones I'm less keen on, which are the Tom Waits ones.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 17, 2004 9:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I really like it - Ute's voice suits the songs, although I can see she wouldn't suit 'pop' songs.


But then didn't that defeat the purpose of the album? I got the impression that she wanted to do a load of duets with current "pop" stars in order to get away from the Broadway star image, but they all just ended up sounding like show-tunes.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 17, 2004 10:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wasn't aware of her purpose & I didn't think she had a Broadway star image. I thought she had a classical/operatic background, but then what do I know? Hehe.
To me the album brings out the 'classical' aspects of musicians also known for 'pop' records.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 17, 2004 10:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't like Ute, but the Canvey version of The Case Continues roxXx.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 17, 2004 2:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kitsch wrote:
I wasn't aware of her purpose & I didn't think she had a Broadway star image. I thought she had a classical/operatic background, but then what do I know? Hehe.
To me the album brings out the 'classical' aspects of musicians also known for 'pop' records.


She's probably best-known for her cabaret concerts; she doesn't do as many West End/Broadway shows as she used to.

Of course, I think that showtunes are the Best Thing in the World, so I'm all for more of them!
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so_real



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 17, 2004 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I always want to like Ute, but I just can't quite get there.
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yohan and hilda



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 17, 2004 3:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love the Elvis Da Costa duet, Need your love so bad, it is all a bit wierd and the styles are very different, but it's great, and being a great song does help.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 17, 2004 10:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

second that.
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