Laszlo Najmanyi

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Working Class Hero


DJ NoMore: "Working Class Hero"
Demo, 2001-2009
An interpretation of John Lennon's song


One of my all time favourite songs is John Lennon's "Working Class Hero". Just like many artists  I've also always felt that this song is about me. I've made several interpretations of it during the past decades. The first one I've recorded in 1987, in New York City. On that one I accompanied myself with a heavily effected electric guitar.  Then I recorded an á capella version at the darkest moments of my life, in Copenhagen, Denmark, in November, 1996. The last version was created in steps, through 8 evil years. Borrowing the bass line from Marianne Faithfull's fantastic 1979 interpretation I laid down the basic tracks of a demo in 2001, in Budapest, Hungary, with Sosa Juristovsky providing the backing vocals. I wanted to enrich the song's texture with several guitar tracks, but couldn't find the right collaborators. In September, 2009 I added some theremin and other electronic riffs to it  Now I hope to find a live band to re-record the song with.



Hometown
(THE MAP of New Jerusalem by SPIONS)



EARTHLING

Great-grandparents
(Father's side)

  
               Jenő Mihalovits           Mrs. Mihalovits, Etelka Gabányi


Great-grandparents
(Mother's side)


Mrs. & Mr. Tóth


Grandparents
:
(Father's side)


                      
Laszlo Najmanyi            Mrs. Najmányi, Etelka Mihalovits


Postcard from the Russian front
1915



Grandparents
:
(Mother's side)

 
József Oroszi                       Mrs. Oroszi, Margit Tóth


Mr. and Mrs. Oroszi
1962



Parents
:

     
Father                                          Mother
         László Najmányi               Mrs. Najmányi, Sarolta Oroszi

1919–1970                                  1918–2006


Family Najmanyi
1954



Siblings:


László, Gábor and Zsuzsanna
1955



Zsuzsanna Najmányi
1949


     
Zsuzsanna and László – 1952                                                  1972
                                                                              

Gábor Najmányi
1952
–1958

  
1955                                            1956


1958


WordCitizen (a.k.a. DJ NoMore; 108; Lászlo Najmányi; etc.)
1946–


Birthplace: Hermagor (Austria)
February 8, 1946


 

1953                                                     1955
 
   

                    1959                                                 1961                        

 
1962                                                    1964

    
1966                                                                1970

  
1970                                                                1972


With Anton Ello
1977



1978


1979


1979


1979


1979


1980


With Michelle Worth, Ray Charles White and Ken Worth
1981


1982


SPIONS
803, 888 & 108
1983



With Ulay, Gordon W. and Marina Abramović
1983

 

1984                                                     1984

 
1985                                                              1986


1987

  
With Julia Wallace                                           1989
1988
                                      
                        
  
1992                                            1993


With Mama Claire and Major Dixon
1994



With Kinga Bress and Hajnalka Berkes
1999



With Miss Diamond
1999



2006

 
                 2006                                                           2007


With Tamás Ördög and Emőke Kiss-Végh
2008



2009


2010


Marriages:


Györgyi Orsós
1972
–1978


Raymonde Boyer
1980
–1982


Julia Wallace
1986
–1996


Pix and video recordings of my works and my CV can be accessed from my home page

These photos are from my "VideoBio", a video authography, a work in progress. I've completed the First Volume (1946 – 1978) of the piece, and a short excerpt/summary from the Second and Third Volumes (see below). Presently I'm editing the Second Volume (1970 – 1984 – SPIONS), which will tell the story of the intelligence service I helped to form in the 1970s. SPIONS started as the first punk band in the late Soviet Block. Changing with the times this organizationwent through a series of transformations in the following decades, until it reached its current, multidimensional, still morphing form, which is a telepathically connected, highly secretive and spiritual governing body.


VideoBio - Art
(Excerpt)



Digital Paintings


 

 

 
VideoBio – First Volume (1946 – 1978)
(Excerpts)



Hippikiller feat DJ NoMore:
Underground – A tribute to SPIONS (Version 01)


John Lennon: "Working Class Hero"

As soon as your born they make you feel small,
By giving you no time instead of it all,
Till the pain is so big you feel nothing at all,
A working class hero is something to be,
A working class hero is something to be.

They hurt you at home and they hit you at school,
They hate you if you're clever and they despise a fool,
Till you're so fucking crazy you can't follow their rules,
A working class hero is something to be,
A working class hero is something to be.

When they've tortured and scared you for twenty odd years,
Then they expect you to pick a career,
When you can't really function you're so full of fear,
A working class hero is something to be,
A working class hero is something to be.

Keep you doped with religion and sex and TV,
And you think you're so clever and classless and free,
But you're still fucking peasants as far as I can see,
A working class hero is something to be,
A working class hero is something to be.

There's room at the top they are telling you still,
But first you must learn how to smile as you kill,
If you want to be like the folks on the hill,
A working class hero is something to be.
A working class hero is something to be.

If you want to be a hero well just follow me,
If you want to be a hero well just follow me.


Versions of John Lennon's "Working Class Hero":
John Lennon Working Class Hero című dalának verziói:

John Lennon
Marilyn Manson
Ozzy Osbourne
Green Day
Cyndi Lauper
Marianne Faithfull
Noir Désir
Blind Melon
Manic Street Preachers
Pain of Salvation
Acoustic Philosophy (The Jam)
United Force
Tin Machine / David Bowie

My Anthem:


David Bowie - Tin Machine: 'You Belong In Rock And Roll'

Sometimes, when I feel that I am losing my identity I listen to this song, which always puts my mind to rest and my heart back to the right track. It is from the album "Tin Machine II", which was released in September, 1991. I saw the band Tin Machine, which included David Bowie, performing this song at the Academy Theatre, in New York, in December, 1991. It was a life-changing experience for me.

My funeral song:


David Bowie: "Rock'n'Roll Suicide"


Time takes a cigarette, puts it in your mouth
You pull on your finger, then another finger, then your cigarette
The wall-to-wall is calling, it lingers, then you forget
Ohhh how how how, youre a rock n roll suicide

Youre too old to lose it, too young to choose it
And the clocks waits so patiently on your song
You walk past a cafe but you dont eat when youve lived too long
Oh, no, no, no, youre a rock n roll suicide

Chev brakes are snarling as you stumble across the road
But the day breaks instead so you hurry home
Dont let the sun blast your shadow
Dont let the milk float ride your mind
Youre so natural - religiously unkind

Oh no love! youre not alone
Youre watching yourself but youre too unfair
You got your head all tangled up but if I could only
Make you care
Oh no love! youre not alone
No matter what or who youve been
No matter when or where youve seen
All the knives seem to lacerate your brain
Ive had my share, Ill help you with the pain
Youre not alone

Just turn on with me and youre not alone
Lets turn on with me and youre not alone (wonderful)
Lets turn on and be not alone (wonderful)
Gimme your hands cause youre wonderful (wonderful)
Gimme your hands cause youre wonderful (wonderful)
Oh gimme your hands.

This was one of the first Bowie songs I've heard. It was released on the "Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars" album, in 1972. I was living in Budapest, Hungary in that time, spent and depressed. This song, along with another Bowie masterpieces, "Aladdin Sane", "Quicksand" and "Five Years" gave me new energies and new perspectives in life. My friend and collaborator, Brian Briggs and I visited Bowie's former guitarist amd music arranger, Mick Ronson's home in Woodstock (NY), in 1989. Brian was a friend of Ronson, who wasn't at home at the time of our visit. By the courtesy of his wife I saw and tried out his 1968 Gibson Les Paul Custom "Black Beauty" guitar, which he was using while working with Bowie in the 1970s. The guitar had been paint-stripped to improve treble response. Another visit to the Ronsons was planned in 1993, but the guitarist died of liver cancer on April 29 of the same year, before we could arrange our visit.


Gibson Les Paul "Black Beauty" guitar
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