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World War I Folklore — The Legend of the UB-85 Seamonster

On April 30th, 1918 British patrols in the North Atlantic came upon the German U-Boat UB-85 in the open ocean.  Rather than dive, the crew of the U-Boat immediately surrendered, offering no resistance.  It was noticed that the submarine had sustained damage which prevented it from submerging, however there were no reports of combat actions by Allied forces in the area.  Immediately, the U-Boat’s commander, Captain Gunther Krech was interrogated.  His explanation was one that the British officers certainly did not expect.

According to Krech the submarine had surfaced the night before in order to recharge its batteries when a large monster crawled out of the dark waters and climbed aboard the deck of the sub.  Krech described the creature as thus,

“This beast had large eyes, set in a sort of skull. It had a small head, but with teeth that could be seen glistening in the moonlight. Every man on watch began firing a sidearm at the beast, but the animal had hold of the forward gun mount and refused to let go.”

Immediately the creature began to shake the sub back and forth, attempting to capsize the boat.  The battle continued as the men fired upon the monster while it continued to rattle the boat.  Eventually the monster gave up and let go, disappearing into the dark abyss.  The U-Boat was saved, but damage to the U-Boat resulting from the battle with the creature made it impossible for the boat to submerge.

UB-85 was scuttled by the British, her crew taken as prisoners of war.

The Nessie moment: On April 14th of 1933, Mrs. Aldie Mackay and her husband were driving along Loch Ness towards Aldourie Castle, when they saw two enormous grey is brown humps surface in the Loch, before submerging once more to its inky depths. This served as the first modern sighting of the legendary lake monster of Loch Ness. The media went wild for the story and a whole new icon was born to the world of cryptozoology. #babettebombshell #hauntedhotel #unsolvedmysteries #cryptozoology #lochness #nessie #seamonsters #seaserpents #thelochnessmonster #fortean #xfiles

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The Monster of Massachusetts: On August 14th of 1819, over two hundred witnesses gathered on the shore when an eighty-foot long sea serpent’s snake-like head and long neck emerged from the water. The enormous crowd reported that the creature had several humps as its circled schools of fish in harbor of Gloucester. When the sea monster zeroed in on them and rocketed through the water toward the shoreline, the observers panicked and scattered from the scene. Sightings continued throughout the entire summer of 1819. #babettebombshell #hauntedhotel #cryptozoology #seaserpents #seamonsters #fortean #xfiles

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Dalliance
  • Dalliance
  • The Wedding Present
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Dalliance - The Wedding Present

David Gedge is brilliant, and his songwriting is what makes “Dalliance” and the other songs on this album so enjoyable. He writes depressing yet perfect little pop songs about love, and manages to manipulate a rather mediocre singing voice* in astounding ways to give his songs nuance and character. The songs themselves are simple, sticking to basic pop formulas and I/IV/V type chord progressions.

But the best part about all of this is when the songs explode into a mess of dirty, noisy, jangly guitars; Seamonsters (1991) is The Wedding Present’s take on the shoegaze sound that was popular at the time (they usually prefer the jangly indie rock sound of the 80’s), courtesy of Steve Albini’s production.

Overall, The Wedding Present and Seamonsters is another one of those albums that stick to me and never let go. I haven’t listened to it in forever, but when I decided to pick it up again today, I couldn’t stop.

* EDIT: Upon listening to a few songs on the latest The Wedding Present album, El Rey (2008), I do have to say his voice has developed to be quite impressive after 17 years.

A piece I did for my friend Matt’s Short-film Fundraiser to be held on April 3rd and 4th at the Amaloa Boutique & Gallery in Hermosa Beach. 

There’ll be drinks, t-shirts, and raffles! If you can go, and help out by buying a print or something, that would be really rad. 

Also, this is the link for their indiegogo campaign: 

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/sea-monsters

Please check it out!

Amaloa Boutique & Gallery
200 Pier Ave. Suite 206
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254