Here’s the list of tracks which Chris played on Wednesday, 22nd June 2022 while DJing on Wax Trax! Wednesday… There’s a video available to playback, though most tracks are muted.
REZILLOS – CAN’T STAND MY BABY
SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES – HONG KONG GARDEN
BUZZCOCKS – BOREDOM
VALVES – FOR ADOLPHS ONLY
RUTS – IN A RUT
HUMAN LEAGUE – BEING BOILED
TELEVISION – LITTLE JOHNNY JEWEL
IAN DURY – SEX & DRUGS & ROCK N ROLL
CAN – I WANT MORE
FINI TRIBE – I WANT MORE
METRO – CRIMINAL WORLD
ELTON MOTELLO – JET BOY/JET GIRL
BOW WOW WOW – C30 C60 C90 GO
EATER – JEEPSTER
PIL – FLOWERS OF ROMANCE
TEST DEPT – COMPULSION
CABARET VOLTAIRE – NAG NAG NAG
HYBRID KIDS – D’YA THINK I’M SEXY
FLYING LIZARDS – SUMMERTIME BLUES
SIMPLE MINDS – I TRAVEL
Y.M.O. – TECHNOPOLIS
VISITORS – COMPATIBILITY
SLITS – IN THE BEGINNING THERE WAS RHYTHM
RUPIE EDWARDS – IRE FEELING
A CERTAIN RATIO – WINTER HILL
THROBBING GRISTLE – HOT ON THE HEELS OF LOVE
ATV – LIFE AFTER LIFE
X RAY SPEX – DAYGLO
NINA HAGEN – T.V. GLOTZER
ADAM & THE ANTS – DEUTCHER GIRLS
STOOGES – I GOTTA RIGHT
VELVET UNDERGROUND – WHITE LIGHT WHITE HEAT
SEX PISTOLS – NO FUN
Today, March 24th 2022, Chris announces two different releases for two very worthy causes.
First, today marks two years since Bill Rieflin’s death. Chris writes:
As you probably know, when Bill passed two years ago, we were in lockdown. We could not visit him, we could not mourn with each other, it was downright miserable for all involved. Since then, at any of Bill’s anniversaries, it has been a real pleasure for me and others to do something to honour him, and at the same time, raise money for the clinic that worked so hard to make his remaining time as comfortable as possible.
This year, I have recorded three songs from the album LARGO and I also wrote a new song for my beloved friend.
As in the past, all proceeds will be donated to the Floyd & Delores Jones Cancer Institute, which provided Bill’s care. CC fans have donated over $2,000 to this worthy cause.
Largo 22 on Bandcamp
Next, Chris participated in a large-scale recording project to help the millions of people who are currently suffering in Ukraine and Eastern Europe. 100% of the money raised will be donated to an organization that is currently on the ground and making a real difference in Eastern Europe… UNICEF.
Lifeline International has covered “Come Together” by The Beatles. The band features performances from current and former members of bands like Faith No More, Stabbing Westward, Rammstein, Filter, The Hardkiss (Ukraine), Revolting Cocks, Filter, Pigface, The Joy Thieves, Agnostic Front, Basement Jaxx, Gravity Kills, The Cassandra Complex, Mesh, blackcarburning, Deathline International, Vaselyne, and Black Needle Noise.
The song only costs $1, but we are actively encouraging everyone to donate up to their comfort level. Our brothers and sisters in Ukraine and Eastern Europe need us. RIGHT NOW. So, let’s all “Come Together” and show them that we hear them, and that we truly care.
Come Together on Bandcamp
There’s so much happening in the world in the world just now… pausing and listening to some music may seem like a luxury but we need it to revitalize our spirits and remind us why we endure. Thank you for your support of these worthy causes. — The Webmistress
If you wish to make your own tax-deductible donation in honor of Bill, please visit the Virginia Mason Foundation Donate Page and select “Floyd & Delores Jones Cancer Institute” from the Designation drop-down. After clicking the button, complete your personal and payment details, and indicate that the gift is in memory of Bill Rieflin in the Tribute section. Please forward your donation confirmation to us via email and we will give you three free download codes for Largo 22, Prayer, and one other digital-only release on Bandcamp in thanks.
Chris is excited to announce a very special release coming out exclusively on Bandcamp on Friday, March 4th.
ABANDONED PREMONITIONS is a new mini-album of 8 pieces made up of music I wrote but never recorded until now: the discovery in my files of a folder full of music that was untitled, with few notes sitting in a cabinet in my studio, stretching back about 30 years. I sat down and played them, chose 8 and recorded them, pairing them up with poems that were also unrecorded, some published in the book “THE HEART HAS TO ACHE BEFORE IT LEARNS TO BEAT”. It was wonderful to basically navigate these pieces in the dark, with no recollection of tempo, key, etc. Complete with beautifully spectral artwork by Kimberly Blessing!
Learn more about the project and preview one of the tracks – HARBOUR DAYS II — on Bandcamp now.
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Julia Nash and her family have begun the process to designate the original WaxTrax Chicago storefront landmark status with the city of Chicago. Chris lends his support to the effort and remembers 2449 N. Lincoln Ave. fondly:
Walking into the WAXTRAX! store on North Lincoln was PARADISE for any music fan, music collector, record nerd, fashion fanatic, manic panic manipulator, a haven for the shaven, a shelter for the shaggy, LGBTQ… it was all there for you, from the eccentric staff (myself included) to the latest TUXEDOMOON import, or maybe a MARTHA & THE VANDELLAS greatest hits album. On any given day, the often belligerent (but loveable) staff might play the most awkwardly terrifying NURSE WITH WOUND album whilst smoking and downing a six pack of St. Pauli Girl lager behind the counter, studiously ignoring the customers.
Posters from DEPECHE MODE to SID VICIOUS hung around, and upstairs you could maybe try on an asymmetrical dress while Robert Plant sat in a chair studying the latest British Rock magazine…
Those were loud, rhythmic, creative and hedonistic times, in a beautifully inclusive setting…
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First of all, a sincere word of gratitude to those of you who listen and read what I write! I do not take it for granted, and I am privileged, so THANK YOU!
Also, thank you to everyone who participated in the Largo fundraiser. This year, we raised over $1,350 for the Floyd & Delores Jones Cancer Institute in memory of Bill Rieflin.
2021 was a remarkable year for me. It saw the release of THE BIRTHDAY POEMS, which was the realization of two years of research for what I wanted to be a book originally, but organically and alchemically and spiritually became an album, which was written and recorded during lockdown of 2020. Being able to work remotely in isolation but so closely with CHRIS BRUCE and MONICA QUEEN proved that indeed, distance was just a number (and a bit of a time difference) yet we were so connected. THE BIRTHDAY POEMS is work I am proud of, the “if I pop my clogs today, I am satisfied” kind of proud (though I want to stay around!!). The videos created by MATT WALKER & DERICK SMITH (Tae the Poets), IAIN MUTCH (My Father Took Me Everywhere), and KIMBERLY BLESSING (Let Us Be Hushed) were amazing, beautiful, and humorous foils to the album, as was GILLIAN WHISKER’s evocative photography of Edinburgh.
In June, I played three nights at the GMAN TAVERN in Chicago, highlighting THE BIRTHDAY POEMS and my recent book, THE HEART HAS TO ACHE BEFORE IT LEARNS TO BEAT. It was a wonderful experience before an appreciative audience; it felt amazing to play live again, to share stories, sing and read aloud that which I had written, again, a privilege.
The year also brought AMERICAN PARASITE by THE JOY THIEVES, for which I provided all the vocals. Born out of political frustration, humanitarian panic and anger, I could not censor myself or “nice up” the vitriol against the wave of enraged and powerful music I was given to sing on whilst soaking up CNN to a soundtrack of CRASS. The album was born screaming and fighting, and I am very bloody proud of that, too.
In September, I teamed up again with PAUL BARKER, this time to mine the LUXA/PAN treasures of the earlier WaxTrax days. As a duo, we played COLD WAVES in Chicago and LA as well as playing Brooklyn with our old pals FRONT 242. It was nostalgic and a lot of fun.
I feel fortunate to be able to move forward creatively and still be able to acknowledge what I did decades ago. I am looking forward to 2022 as I busy myself with SONS OF THE SILENT AGE, as well as a number of writing projects. Keep an eye on Bandcamp — there is new music on the way as well as some reissues/resurrections from the past.
(…and here is my top 10 for the year!!)
1: CIRCUIT DES YEUX “-io”
2: LINGUA IGNOTA “SINNER GET READY”
3: NICK CAVE & WARREN ELLIS “CARNAGE”
4: AROOJ AFTAB “VULTURE PRINCE”
5: L’RAIN “FATIGUE”
6: PASTOR T.L. BARRETT “I SHALL WEAR A CROWN” (REISSUE)
7: ADAM GEOFFREY COLE “FALLOWING”
8: JESSICA GALLO “WALK TO THE SUN”
9: ABBA “VOYAGE”
10: NICO “DRAMA OF EXILE” (REISSUE)