SOME WORDS ABOUT OUR STORY. HOW WE BEGAN.
by JOHNNY STAX.
( John Fragoulis )
Sorry for my bad English. This happens
because.... ahmmm.... because i don't speak it so well.
To see a dream it is very common, almost
all people on this planet can see dreams.
But to select which of your dreams it
worth for you to make it to be a... real reality, THIS
is the real difficulty. It is good to be a dreamer, but
first we must to step well on the ground of this planet.
If we want to fly on the skies, we must to dress a
flying machine on our shoulder, except if we believe
that all of us we are the "Superman". Sure in the final
we shall "eat" dust and ground.
So, i had a dream.
Not to be a Famous, not to be a POP Star,
not to be any God for anybody. Just to write lyrics and
music, my own style music that it comes through my soul.
To show my very deep feelings about humanity and freedom
and to change the blind way of people's thinking. This
is not the real life. The real life is this that we have
in our deep mind. But we do not dare to believe in it,
or to our power.
And because i am a Greek and Greece is
the land of philosophy, let me try to show you the
answer of my words that you read in the above lines,
using my own philosophy. The same kind of philosophy I
use in my songs:
no means just
namely Place Nonexistent, but a great "NO", this one
that you say all day to yourself, so you cannot create
the site. (the place)
is not what
do not exists, but
do not let it
be. Because somebody said you that you
cannot to do. Do you know what in reality happened???
He/She taught you that you cannot to do this that they
cannot to do. And they forced you to believe it. And you
will be never Prosperity,
if you do not believe in the power of your voice, your
willpower, the strength of justice that has native
"Greece". Because the translation of the word "Greece",
is: "Land of the Light". (Hellas)
I just gave you a little bit of the
thoughts that gave me the power to do what I have done
and to create what i have created. I believed in me. I
did nod needed any kind of God or any kind of religion
to teach me what I have to "NOT to DO". So, looking
myself in the mirror, I saw and I knew what "I HAVE
I had to teach and to be taught. So, I
created students to... teach me. Students to teach their
teacher. Isn't that fool??? Yes, it is fool. But only
fool people like me they can to survive on this “real
I grew up in
family who they tried
faithful to their traditions.
Someday I escaped. Because it was looking like a jail
with irons of glass and I was desperately needed to
break those glass irons, to free all of us, to show to
them that if in this life you’ll don’t do what you like
to do, this means that someone haves you prisoner-jailed
of your own approval. That is a great stupidity. And
then, I started to be a Rebel.
And a summer, an after midnight hour, on
my bed in my veranda:
“…What all those F@%#%ing singers
they sing all those years? “I love you, I love you, I
I hate it. Until now, NOBODY has sung: “MAYBE
I love you”.
That’s a good idea. I’ll do it”.
And I did it. Yes, I did it. I wrote the
lyrics on my bed, in almost 15 minutes. And then, I said
to myself: “And now, just for
the history, I want to try to know how is the feeling to
be a POP Star. I will be a POP Star for some months”.
And in a land that POP music it was
mocked of the
majority of the population,
and for a Pop - Rock musician to make a music record
(from Vinyl) it was looking like an untouchable
dream, let alone to be a famous POP Star, I took those 2
dreams, I connected it in only one, and I catch the
Next day I found some
friends, musicians, and I said to them:
“Hey guys, I have
a song and I will pay the expenses of the studio. Let’s
go to record it and I believe that this song it will be
our ticket to paradise. We shall make a record to
Music Box record’s company”.
They didn’t believed me, they laugh but they agree to
come in a studio to record the song. I gave the melody
to them and we started the recording.
In 2 days,
yes, in 2 only days (normally 6-7 studio hours)
the song it was ready and remixed.
guitarist has put his soul in the song. Only some small
parts it was for guitar, but he did it to appear like
the best of sweets. I recorded it in a tape, we started
to go in the recording company for approval of our song
and when we were standing out of the company’s door I
“And now guys, look how we shall catch
the Taurus from its balls. Are you ready to be in Pop
They laugh again, doing their black
“John please stop to be a
stupid. We are coming with you inside to the office,
only for you, so when you’ll be ridiculous, to
have a company to not feel alone. Shut up and come
inside to the office”.
IN THE OFFICE OF MUSIC BOX LABEL:
“….I said you, we cannot to hear your
song right now because we have an audition’s meeting”.
--- “Ok, we also have a meeting, but
with.... DESTINY. So, you’ll hear the song right
here, right now, because your secretary said to us to
come today and not any other day, so we shall not lost
--- “How do you dare to speak like
--- “I dare to speak like that,
because we are "CAMOUFLAGE", because WE ARE NOT like
those common musicians or music composers that right now you hear their tapes, and because,
and first of all, WE ARE YOUR MONEY of your pocket and
you need us. Other way, as I told you, right here right
now, we shall depart to give our song, your beloved
money, to your most evil competitor. The CBS
--- “You are so
cheeky-audacious. Put the cassette in the tape machine”.
Then I inserted the cassette in the tape machine, (as
you remember we had not the CD technology in 1986) I
pumped up the volume, departed, giving my card with my
phone to the owner, saying:
for the show. Call me tomorrow when it meets from what
We closed the door of the office, stunned leaving 9 men
inside, hearing our music ready to break their windows
because of the volume's loudness and we departed
“---Oh, fuck you John, now we have not
any hope for success. You did it Higgledy – Piggledy”.
worry, tomorrow is a bright day. The members of the
office they will be asleep tonight.
Just trust me”.
And the…. “tomorrow”
it came. The phone of my home rings:
“Who the fuck are you??? You did so much
noise and then you departed leaving 9 people alone in
the office in nonstop dancing??? Brake and bring your…
asshole and come here with your band to sign the music
contract to our Label. We shall make Europe to talk only
for your band. Your song it will be a Hit from the first
week…… etc, etc, etc”.
After some minutes I transferred the good news in my
band. They didn’t believed, thinking that I am kidding
to them. But when we came again to the Music Box Label,
they believed it, having on their mouth an expression of
an unbelievable miracle. Something like:
But the owner of "Music Box" Label he was a....
We didn’t become a Hit from the
week of the
publication of our record.
We become a Hit, just…..
the record to be published to the
All the radio stations they play our song many times
The POP STAR’s NIGHTMARE HAS JUST BEGAN.
short fan’s story )
In “Music Box” Label they were so excited
about us. Sure they had many successful musicians, but
nobody has our music style, nobody has our way of
thinking the melodies.
stepping onto the
footsteps of other
foreign musicians and they didn’t dared to make their
own originality in their music.
For all the parties and fiestas or for
anything, the owners of Discotheques they were just
calling to Music Box Label for asking our band to play
in their Disco’s. It was not only a miracle for us, but
something more than a miracle. We had drop down from the
Top, the most “expensive” bands and solo musicians.
Almost once or twice a week we had to appear somewhere.
The last of 1986 and all the year of 1987 was belonged
to us. It was an untouchable world for us but now we
were living into it. I remember some friends when they
saw in our gig 5.700 fans in 15 February 1987, to say me
when I came down of the stage:
“---Oh…. F#&%ck… I don’t believed it.
People screaming for you, like you were a POP Star.
“Camouflage – Camouflage”. Hear them…. watch… hear. I
still can’t believe it. I had Pop Star friends but I
didn’t knew it ???
“---But, my friend,
WE ARE Pop Stars, because WE BELIEVED
in it. And you didn’t knew it because we are simple
people, we do not use to act like fools to pay the
attention of TV or Music Magazines on our faces. This
what it have to be loved is the music, lyrics and the
feeling what our music gives. Not our faces. Music is
forever young and lives in eternity, but our faces will
change. Everything is a dream. If you can make your
dream to be a reality, you shall be the “driver” of it
and only YOU can drive it. If you’ll leave the dream to
drives you, certainly you will have not a good ending.
“---John… are you a philosopher? You has
not show me something like that before. You surprised
“---No, I don’t think that I’m a
philosopher, I am just a “Dream’s Fighter”. I
shall proof it to you right now. Look around of you,
look at all of them. They are still screaming for us. In
5-10 minutes I have to come up to the stage again. If
you’ll be standing right here and have a good view,
you’ll see my dream. All those people are my own
“dream”. I am out of it but I can see them all. But they
don’t know that I am out, they are thinking that I am in
it. Normally, “THEY” are living in a dream, and they
need an IDOL to worship. So, now because I am an idol,
this means that I am a God too. It is up to my hands, to
be a good or a bad God for all those fans. If I shall
use nice and “deep meaning” lyrics, I’ll sure change
their way of life to better. If I’ll use dark lyrics, I
will kill their inner world. I came into their dream to
teach them, so when they shall wake up to be ready for
the real life. Do you see that beautiful girl in this
corner that she is secretly looking at me like she hates
me? Watch her. Do you know what happened before 40
I was dressed my tie costume, I saw her
and I dared to talk to her. She rejected me like I was a
In the first break of the gig, that I was
dressed with different clothes, these that right now you
see on me, my black beret, black glasses, blue scarf,
etc. She didn’t know my face, she didn’t know that me I
was the man who was trying to talk to her before some
minutes and she rejected him.
She came straight to me, kissing me and
giving me this secret love letter. This is. Read it.
(And the letter it wrote:
I am in love with you from the
first time I heard your song and saw you in TV.
I’ve buy the movie that you play
in the beginning, watching it almost all the day. I’m
waiting you in the…. toilet. This is my phone number,
call me anyway ).
“---Do you know what I did??? I was also rejected her. I
ripped her letter front of her eyes, I put out my black
beret and the black glasses and I said to her that I am
the man who before some minutes he was trying to talk to
her. That’s why my dear friend I prefer to be dressed
with this kind of artistic clothes, even if I appear
like a clown, but I’ll have my personality in peace.
That's why i also use a different, a fault name than my
real name. If someone wants me, must to want me for this
what I am and not for this what I show that I am. Her
dream it was to make sex with a famous musician. What me
I did? I just wake up her, nothing more or nothing less.
Because as I told you, I am standing on my window
watching the way of my dream goes, I am its driver and I
know when to press its brakes or when to turn its
steering. And this POP STAR’s life, it is not the real
it is Fake.
It is a very dark dream for those who they do not know
the way to drive it. You cannot to come into a car
without brakes when you are also informed about it.
In the last of 1986, beginning of 1987,
our record it was No.1 in radio ratings and also No.1 in
the Greek TOP 10. We had to say to ourselves that we won
the most powerful music monsters of 80’s.
Even for only 1 or 2 months. But we did
it. Someday, a fan from our Fan Club of Czechoslovakia
informed us that we are No.4 there in radio’s ratings.
Some other times somebody confused our band’s name with
the same named band of Germany. But our name it was
randomly in luck the same, we didn’t know about that
band of Germany yet.
( In 2011 a friend Dj informed me that
our record it was also in Germany’s TOP 10 in 1987, the
TOP 10 of discotheque’s songs list, but until 2011 we
didn’t have any idea about it. I found this info in
luck, when I saw in internet someone who has posted the
cover of our record, writing in this post:
“Hooray !!!! A Greek Electro POP band
F@#%cks the Germany’s Top 10 in Discos”. )
This made me
something different and
GREEK music data.
I knew, we were good, but I did not
expect such great acceptance by the people. And then I
felt scary, saying to myself:
“Oh, my God, I would to create a famous
song but I created a monster”.
happened in our band but we kept it away of people.
A member he was very “high
he never came again to studio to record our new songs,
because he was busy with his…. “girlfriends”. As we
understood later, he plays to our band only to have
women around of his. Do not care about creation, do not
care for anything except…. pussy. (sorry, but THIS is
exactly the real word).
I don’t use his name here, but sure I
have not include him in our Band’s Reunion of 2013.
In the final of 1987 we had to be again
to studio to record 8 songs this time, because our first
record it was a Maxi Single and not a LP. Our
contract with “Music Box” Label should ended in three
We were begging him to come in the studio
but he was veeeeery busy. We could not to throw him out
of the band, because of the contract. We had to wait 3
months until the contract to be ended.
Then, we should find another. And that was the
difficulty, to find someone and to say to him what you
want from him to play. We found someone, we said to him
what exactly to play because WE were the band and
only WE know about our personal style. He didn’t
like to follow our suggestions and he did what he like
to do. I said that this style of sound that he uses and
the style of the rhythmic chords are not for our own
people, also is negative for our personal sound too. He
continue to not follow our suggestions. He was acting
like the band belonged to his. All of us, except that
idiot, we knew that the end is coming. Our backup
musician he was a soldier until more of nine months and
we couldn’t use him. So, we started to go and give the
new Demo songs, only 2 songs this time, in the Label. We
shouldn’t waiting to be any miracle this time, because
the miracles becomes true just only when you believe in
these. And in this particular miracle, we didn’t
believed. We knew, we are going straight to our death.
Because of an
We felt very lucky because the owner of
“Music Box” has retired and another was on his chair.
And also lucky because we delayed ONE
MONTH of our music contract and it has finished.
So, the new owner said that they cannot
to renew the contract because they have stopped to
accept POP bands, they promote only traditional music,
and because if we were in the Label even one only week
earlier before our contract finish, we should have make
Because the contract is a “Law Paper” and
on to this paper it is written that we can do 2 records
in one year. I was feeling like a happy crazy.
I was feeling happy because…. I should
not make one more record. YeeeeeHaaaaa !!!! I’m a fool.
We throw that new idiot musician veeeeery
far away of us and we found 2 very good foreign
But this time we did not recorded
anything in any studio. We just did European gigs, only
gigs, very successful gigs. For 2 years we did only
this. Until the day that we decided to make a contract
with a foreign recording company who they liked us.
So, the 2 new members they were one from
Germany and one from America. They started to go to
Germany to buy new music electronic stuff, they stay
there for 2 weeks and then they….
in a car’s accident sliding on the snow, falling on a
wall at night time.
After then, CAMOUFLAGE band was decided
to stop of playing music.
For years, more than 15 years, we didn’t touch our
instruments. Because of the memory of that fatal
accident of our new and so happy members. And also
no one of
Greek music magazines
wrote about this black event of us. NO ONE FUCKING MUSIC
GREEK MAGAZINE !!!!!!
They only liked to write about the pussy of………
here because my words will be very HOT.
Each one of us, continued our life
keeping only memories, nothing else.
We didn’t try to meet each other for
years. Because we knew it very well that we
shall start to cry and sometimes the results of a soul’s
cry are not so…. white and bright.
And you know,… we are men. And a man’s
cry it is very painful.
That was only a little bit of our story,
so now you can have an idea.
I have to
that they supported us from 1986-1992 and they did not
stopped to remember us. Thank you again, because without
you, we should not have put our DOT on the
wall of fame.
You were our pencil to write our names, but normally
are the one who make us to write your own names on that
wall of fame. And this wall writes on:
“ FROM HERE IT CAME THE GREEK GENERATION
OF ELECTRONIC POP OF 80’s !!!! ”
* THE REUNION OF THE
BAND in 2013 *
clicking on this papyrus button, it refers to more info
about this article.
Maybe you will be surprised about what
can be happens in a human’s life, a simple thing in a
simple and common day just because of a simple
internet’s searching and a fault typed letter on
YouTube. For this story, just click on the button on the
left after the reading of this article.
In summer of 2010, due the economic
crisis, I mean…. due the
economic crisis in Greece, because our robbers and
gangsters politicians (the best word is: Family Killers)
I met a member of the band in the concentration of
indignant Greek citizens in Athens. We were more than
150.000 people but the destiny is unpredictable. We were
near each other scaring of the sudden surprise at first
glance after so many years, but then we began the hugs
and the shouts of joy. Some people they were so
surprised looking at us, so they stopped for a little to
blaspheme our president and they wonder: “What the
fucking hell it happens here???”
But… no. The only fucking
here, it was our beloved president, “George
Just watch the music
video here and you will understand everything:
Shortly after, our….
for one more time with a Helicopter from the Congress,
so we decided to go for a coffee to talk about our
lives, how it was all those lost years that we didn’t
met each other. Next day we phoned to the other 2
members of the band and we had a meeting in my recording
studio. ( That is one more of my dreams that I did it
to be a reality. )
This time we didn’t lose our
communication, we met each other very often until the
final of 2012 but we had try to play music only twice.
And this, only into my studio.
November 2012 I show to them my new
personal compositions, as a surprise. They didn’t
believed in their ears, saying:
“---If we had those songs in our music
years, now the whole planet should talk about our band.
They are very diachronic”. And I answered:
“---I had those songs earlier than our years. I was
ready to start it with you, but you know the happenings
with that idiot
and I stored them in the drawer without to have any
power to touch it again. And suddenly a day it happened
something to me, it liberated my soul and all my
feelings. I was feeling like an alive-dead, I
resurrected and start to compose, play and write music
again. I was feeling like a newborn child.
Then I started to explain the story that
you will read by clicking the appropriate button and I
asked to them:
“---Do you have the power to play music
together again? To make people of all the ages to dance
like a crazy on our beats like before? To give them our
own beats, our personal lyrics and melodies and to do
the world to be again Higgledy – Piggledy???
“---But… John…. We don’t like to do
anything in Greece. This land
We cannot to create anything here, only abroad”.
“---Yes, you are right. The creation here
in Greece it looks like a criminal offence and if the
creator cannot to create he will die. We shall not do
anything here. We shall do it abroad. To Philippines.
As you know, my wife she is a Filipina. I
have start to ask for a buyer for my house, I sale it,
and I shall emigrate to Philippines. To there, I shall
use the money that I will gain selling this home, to
build another in 600 sq.m. Lot, also 2 floors with each
floor 200 sq.m. Downstairs it will be the recording
Do you like to participate? The music
that we play in 80’s – 90’s, they play it right now, but
we still have better melodies and beats. If you want to
come, I’ll be waiting for all of you there.
And the answer it was:
“---Before some years we trusted a crazy
man who said to us:
to be Pop Stars right here right now”.
And we became. So dear John, let’s try it for one more
time, but I don’t think that this time we want to be Pop
Stars again. Just to play and enjoy with people. Let’s
try it. With you, we will even go to the edge of the
world. And the world belongs to
people. I think we are something like that.
We started to record the guitars,
synthesizers and everything that the songs were needed,
we fixed the sound in some music parts and now we are
ready for a new beginning.
The only that we are waiting is my move
in Philippines in 2013. After then, we shall give our
songs to a good and very well known Philippine music
Label and we shall start the gigs to whole Asia, sure
beginning from Philippines.
We also decided to include in our steady
members of the band, 2 or 3 good looking and good voiced
Filipinas, age 19-29, as first vocalists/singers in
co-operation with our singer.
The girls it is also necessary to know a
little bit about dancing, just for the music show.
We are still seeking for them. If anybody knows, let’s
inform me in the above email. More info you’ll find In
the button to the left:
Also one more keyboardist should have be
useful if…… etc, etc, etc.
We are waiting for you, to move the earth
with our beats.
CAMOUFLAGE ---- January 2013.