Flowers in the dustbin
Some weeks ago I got an email from a German journalist about Flowers in the dustbin and L.E.G.O. He asked me to post something on this blog, or give him some answers by mail. I've desided to post something here, since there's probably some more out there who could be interested.
Flowers in the dustbin. Beautiful name, btw. Of course picked up from the use of the term in the punk movement. I don't know if it was something we had from what John Lydon said (his been given the quote "we're the flowers in the dustbin") , or if he said it refering to underground punk compilations that was named flowers from the dustbin. But it doesn't matter. It is a very telling and good way to describe somthing. To us the band was a silly project øystein and I was a part of together with some friends from Ski. It was short lived, but very fun. If I recall it correctly we had only one performance, and that was it. As a matter of fact I think the reason for us to establish the project in the first place, was that particular concert.
It was in other words probably not the most magnificent contribution to the music history we made, but it was in accordance with the most core tradition of punk; straight forward and honest.
If someone wonder why, it is a very simple answer for that and that is that we thought it was a fun idea. But I doubt that we would've done it if it hadn't been for our interest for punk. I for myself loved punk, and still do. My favorite punk band is probably Exploited, but there's so many good bands and songs from "the glory days of punk" that it is difficult to tell what dominated the record player at the time.
I guess punk inspired metal bands all over the world, even though many of us didn't choose the genre for our own expressions.
Then it is L.E.G.O. Now that was a different and much more serious project. Also this was Øystein and I. As you've probably have got to understand in my postings, we did listen to a lot of experimental music (still do). And we loved the way some master minds in music?s managed to create soundscapes of noise and harmony to a nearly unheard of perfection. The sound is everything in some genres, and it was inspirering to listen to the masters of that universe.
In Mayhem we could follow this up within the project?s limits. But we wanted to explore this more freely and had all sorts of strange and fun ideas on what to do and in what context.
One evening we were having a fun talk at Jørns place, discussing an experimental classical work. The creative idea began to take form, and we decided to go for it, but we needed a name for the project. Since this was experimental, loosely built on classical tradition, we tasted on the name ?Langhus Experimental Chamber Orchestra? Langhus being the place we lived in and since it was only the two of us it had to be a chamber orchestra. After a few rounds on it, it didn?t taste that well until one of us came up with the given ?grave chamber?. Alas the name was Langhus Experimental Grave chamber Orchestra L.E.G.O.
Next in line we needed to give the concept we were talking about a name, and having had a few drinks, Metallion (from Slayer Mag.) had a moment of clearness when listening to our strange talk. Like an almost dead person suddenly springing into life he opened his eyes, put his finger up in the air and declared ?A fly?s death?! We immediately loved the idea, and decided to arrange the piece according to a fly?s life from birth to death. I do think Metallion almost immediately went back to sleep, but we stayed up building the concept.
One day we held the concert and it is on video tape. Probably it is out there in the internet cloud. I remember playing the violin for the first time in my life that evening. It was a wonderful way of showing the agony a fly must feel when it is reaching its time of death :-)
While Flowers in the dustbin was a musical one night stand, L.E.G.O. was not. We had a few more concerts and did experiment with different instruments and sounds. The latest concept we were thinking of was to arrange triangle concerts at remote places around the globe, leaving a specially designed piece of Lego. We never managed to realize it.
That was a short trivia on these two side projects. Both build on the fun of it, but L.E.G.O. was both fun and serious.
Hi Manheim, I am from England and just watched a documentary on Mayhem and I am incredibly impressed by your English. Compared to the rest of the people interviewed, you were flawless! This a brilliant blog also! Very interesting entry.
Any chance of posting anything from either of those projects online or even releasing something? I'm definitely interested in hearing LEGO.
Nakiee; Thx :-) Jake: The only surviving tape from L.E.G.O. I know of, is a VHS from the first concert. I'll get it converted to a digital format and post it on youtube one of these days. It's not of any quality standard, so I guess it's only for the obscure interested :-)
Hi Manheim, how are you doing? since we're on the topic of punk rock, I wanted to ask if it is true that in 1987 Mayhem covered California Über Alles, and if that's so, is it available anywhere? http://www.metal-archives.com/release.php?id=63610 = infoSaludos!
Hi Jonathan, A very good song, that one. Loved it since the day I heard it for the first time. A pity he didn't win the election, that would've been an interesting gov. hehe We did however not cover it, so I guess rumours are wrong on that one. We might have played it at rehearsals to warm up, though.
I too am very interested in this L.E.G.O. video. From the brief mentions I have read, it sounds like it might be kind of weird. Would love to find out.
any luck on the L.E.G.O vhs tape i am very interesed in hearing what it sounds like as well
Nick: hehe, javen't had time to convert it. But I'll post it in 2010, I promise
hehe.thanks for your share.
it is very good!
Now that is a crazy coincidence.I was checking out your blogs whilst listening to Mayhem now I find that you were in a band called flowers in the dustbin.The strange thing is my brothers friends were in a band called flowers in the dustbin!They came from the early 80's uk punk scene and may still be around,although bill lives in majorca now and drives a bus!
Did you upload the video yet? Judging from the comments by dustbin and machinery it seems so...? I am very interested in seeing it.
SHIIIIII....!!!! I really want that you will post that L.E.G.O video!! It's almost the end of 2010 but i still believe that you will upload it to somewhere. I also want to know that if you post it somewhere, where to find it. I hope that it will be on youtube :D
It's well into 2011 (you promised it by 2010) and we have yet to hear from you about the L.E.G.O VHS you said you would upload. I know you're probably busy, so try to do it when you can. I've been quite curious about this for quite some time.
Yeah it would be great if you could upload it but I'm sure you've got a lot of work... your stories are great and interesting
Stay as you are Manheim