If someone would ask me, what I want to do with my life, then I would show him this video, if at hand. Well, my straightforward goal in life is not hanging on a basketball-rim, but the aim to put everything I have into what I do. Be it art, music, literature: It doesn’t matter, but doing it and doing it with commitment. And to me this picture of Fugazi’s Guy Picciotto jumping and hanging in that basketball-ring somehow sums it all up: Absolute energy and not some airy-fairy half-ass bullshit. Since I saw the photo years ago it has been burnt in my memory since then and comes to mind every now and then for no reason. Sometimes I wonder, what it must have been like attending that Fugazi-show back then, probably knowing that you just saw something completely insane and incomparable, something “almost like a spiritual experience”.
And that is a quote of Nolan Strals describing a show of Agent Orange he saw as a teenager, shortly after he had witnessed a fatal accident just before the concert. This is indicated in the Double Dagger-Song “Vivre sans temps mort” and that’s the song you hear an excerpt of in the video, while I’m singing/screaming to it. The songtext and sounds sort of mean the same to me as the Fugazi-photo and so i put them together along with concert-scenes of Japanther, Abe Froman, Minor Threat and of course Double Dagger and Fugazi.
When Double Dagger played in Berlin about 3 years ago I wrote the lyrics on a piece of paper before I left the flat in order to memorize them on the way to the concert. Nothing happened on the train ride, I didn’t learn the songtext and a little later i hopped, jumped, danced the waltz with Nolan screaming the lyrics in fantasy-english with everything i had. One hour negation of death combined with an effusive awareness of being alive, leading to feel every single bone the day after the show. And in a revision of events, what I call so far “the best performance of my life.”
Named “Vivre Sans Temps Mort” after La MJC’s mottoand paying homage to famous slogan of the Parisian riots of May ‘68 “Live like there’s no tomorrow”. This collectors pair of New Balance 1500 has been manufactured by the legendary British Flimby factory.
Released on 18 December 2010 exclusively via iconic French boutique 'Colette’ this re-working of the popular New Balance 1500 runner mixed with classic sport heritage & luxurious hints of premium leather, make this the perfect definition of the modern sneaker.
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