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Beards 09:59


Has there ever been such a delicate choice of words as RJ Foster’s shown the Dutch during his stay down here? Whether concerning the French cuisine, post-punk gibberish or pub-beer; Foster knows how to deal with the subject in his frantic UK accent. Pleased to meet you: HELLO YOU.

Delighted we were, hearing Drs. Foster perform his Beardy rag: almost ten minutes of pretty elegant oral exercises, mostly about beards and Others. These – SIR - are classic recordings made during the Hunky Dory (RIP) heydays: Leiden’s pettiest little bar in the midst of the city that sure offered music and culture. Who remembers E. Felici performing his first songs on stage; NY Dolls’ spirit wandering around the oaken floor covered with nutshells and RJ Foster getting pissed and – finally – performing? A carnival of beards - Fuck off.

Give Foster a mic and he’ll give you shit.
These are the days RJ often looks surprised
when he finds out his words actually work.

He’ll give you advice, which you should or – I advice you - should not follow. The narrator tells you there are just too many things that should happen, but never will. We make up stories; tell the crowd about the perks and mostly disadvantages of the manly beards. Oh! We let them fear them.

Unfortunately we forgot we – too often – forget. So all hail the holy Bring Back Machine known as the WWW: Bring up the archives! Those who judge them beards, should fall to them beards! Happy 60th release to the Smikkel-family. Long lives whatever lives!

The fucker on your television.

recorded Aug 17, 2010 at Hunky Dory, Leiden


released April 8, 2016

picture by Minja Šarović





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