“Bleecker Bob knew Bowie and Bowie had come in plenty of times over the years,” DeSalvo says. “But one time, in the late 1980s, he came in while I was working. He was in disguise, with sunglasses and a beard which looked like he had been growing for several weeks. He asked me, ‘Do you know this band Neu! [an obscure experimental German band from the 1970s]?’ I said, ‘I love them. If you want to listen to them, I’ll give you my albums.’ So he gives me his manager’s address and I sent him all three of their albums — ‘Neu!’ ‘Neu! 2’ and ‘Neu! ’75.’ A few months later, he comes out with his first ‘Tin Machine’ album — some of the worst garbage he ever put out! If that’s what he put out after listening to my records, I oughta kill him!”
xex performing “Fashion Hurts” at Hurrah!, NYC, 1981.
AFAIK, the only existing footage of xex live on the web. Dark Entries released their group:xex LP last year (which you can get at Apop locally), and is scheduled to release their unreleased second LP, xex:change, in 2013.
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