DJ NoMore: "Working Class Hero" Demo, 2001-2009 An interpretation of John Lennon's song
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
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
Father Mother László Najmányi Mrs. Najmányi, Sarolta Oroszi 1919–1970 1918–2006
Family Najmanyi 1954
László, Gábor and Zsuzsanna 1955
Zsuzsanna Najmányi 1949–
Zsuzsanna and László – 19521972
WordCitizen (a.k.a. DJ NoMore; 108; Lászlo Najmányi; etc.) 1946–
Birthplace: Hermagor (Austria) February 8, 1946
With Anton Ello 1977
With Michelle Worth, Ray Charles White and Ken Worth 1981
SPIONS 803, 888 & 108 1983
With Ulay, Gordon W. and Marina Abramović 1983
With Julia Wallace 1989 1988
With Mama Claire and Major Dixon 1994
With Kinga Bress and Hajnalka Berkes 1999
With Miss Diamond 1999
With Tamás Ördög and Emőke Kiss-Végh 2008
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.
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:
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 _________________________________________