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The Berlin Wall
Swaggerin' down the hall
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Germany today celebrating the 30th Anniversary of fall of the Berlin Wall. An old song (with a bit of history behind it) given new life by the Zen Alligators (B Side of Who Can That Someone be - also spontaneously played live at CIT Cork in the very early 80s by a band named (also spontaneously christened) The Chicken Supper Trio, whose members (including myself) shall remain anonymous.

Mike.

Posted on: 09/11/19 21:41
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Re: The Berlin Wall
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Mike was your version related or unrelated to the Zens.
I can think of no connection whatsoever of Chickens to the Zens, Horslips or this forum.
Unless you count Clucky O'Connor.

Posted on: 11/11/19 18:55
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Re: The Berlin Wall
Swaggerin' down the hall
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Ok Stephan,
here are the connections:
09.11.2019, Fall of Berlin Wall, 30. Anniversary.
Berlin Wall Song (another Version here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwPXfYkta6Y originally an american civil rights song I read somewhere)
which was the B Side of the Zen Alligators Single „Who can that someone Be?“
The Zen Alligators played Cork Institute of Technology 1980 or 1981.
At another function at the college 1980 or 1981, unplanned appearance of 3 students on stage.
Asked how the were to be announced, and not having a name, someone suggested „the Chicken Supper Trio“ (They were actually three quarters of a band called Deuce).
They played the Zen Alligator´s song „Who can that someone Be?“
If memory serves me correct I was the singer!


Mike . 😉

Posted on: 12/11/19 19:38
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So it was the A side you sang. Who Can That Someone be?
That's a great claim. Unusual.
The Chicken Supper trio should have followed with "More Than you Can Chew".

Posted on: 21/11/19 0:03
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Re: The Berlin Wall
Swaggerin' down the hall
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And washed down with The Unfortunate Cup of Tea I have no doubt. If the chicken supper in question was anything like some of the chicken suppers I 'enjoyed' during my student days in UCC, it would have required a lead-lined stomach and several fistfuls of indigestion tablets to recover from. However I'm confident this was an altogether different class of Chicken Supper. And what a great name for a band...

Posted on: 21/11/19 17:59
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Re: The Berlin Wall
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Posted on: 11/12/19 19:04
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Re: The Berlin Wall
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Well I didn´t get to tear it down but I did give it a good kick earlier today (in Berlin).
MikeM

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Posted on: 11/12/19 19:09
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Checkpoint Charlie
Fab Song.


Posted on: 14/12/19 1:55
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Re: The Berlin Wall
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Elvis Costello apparently had the idea for Oliver's Army on the way back to England from Belfast after seeing the troops on the streets.
Another Belfast-Berlin connection is Nena's 99 Red Balloons. As I understand it ( Mike,you'll know better than I)the song was imagined by Nena's guitarist at a Berlin concert when balloons were being released and he imagined them floating over the Berlin wall. I've heard an imagined scenario was the balloons (larger ones?) might have triggered military radars on both sides of the wall.
The band's keyboard player, Belfast man Kevin McAlea, translated the song into English and is credited for Lyrics.

...anyway as well as the Zens' Berlin Wall (a cover, I wonder who brought it into the set?), here's that other Berlin track.



Posted on: 15/12/19 18:00
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