I discovered The Base when I returned to Graz, after a long absence, when the trio already released their album #10. This made me want to listen to their previous recordings. Tested Under Extreme Conditions was released two years earlier, However, at the same time, the band had sent us also their 2010 release, 16 Songs In Self Defense, and I must admit I was very curious about these albums. They offer very dark titles, like:
The End Of The World Why does the sun go on shining? Why does the sea rush to shore? Don’t they know it’s the end of the world ‚Cause you don’t love me any more? Why do the birds go on singing? Why do the stars glow above? Don’t they know it’s the end of the world? It ended when I lost your love. I wake up in the morning and I wonder Why ev’rything’s the same as it was. I can’t understand, no I can’t understand How life goes on the way it does Why does my heart go on beating? Why do these eyes of mine cry? Don’t they know it’s the end of the world? It ended when you said goodbye Don’t they know it’s the end of the world? It ended when you said goodbye.
The opening tune goes like this (read the lyrics, and watch the tune performed at the Burgtheater in Vienna):
Born In Devil’s Motel (Words by Norbert Wally | Music by The Base) What day it was I cannot say Sometime around the middle of May It happened on a midnight cruise to hell My mother she went into labour My dad he couldn’t find her a hay barn I was born in devil’s motel Born, born, born in devil’s motel Born, born, born in devil’s motel The midwife she picked up a broom Poked around in my mothers womb And told her that she’s doing well And when I saw the light of Day – well it was night but anyway – I knew for sure this must be hell Born, born, born in devil’s motel Born, born, born in devil’s motel That’s why I love to let it burn and Why I got demons in my head That’s why I don’t like the sound of church bells Cause I was born in devil’s motel.
I admit: I just love the music of The Base each and every time I hit the play button. Hopefully I’ll be around for their next live gig.