Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Palais Schaumburg ‎– "Das Single Kabinett" (Zickzack ‎– ZZ 145) 1982

Here's Palais Schaumburg's early singles on Zick Zack, all collected on to one convenient disc. Rarely for Germans, they look as good as they sound, no leather trousers, muscle shirts or spikey mullets to be seen.
These early singles have a more prominent Synth-punk element than their later work.


A1 Rote Lichter 2:34
A2 Glücklich Wie Nie 2:34
A3 Kinder Der Tod (Version) 1:54
B1 Telephon 2:44
B2 Kinder Der Tod 3:09
B3 Aschenbecher 2:37

Palais Schaumburg ‎– "Palais Schaumburg" (1981)

The thing about German groups is that they may have made some interesting experimental pop, but they never looked good. Sartorial individuality never matched the music.....except for Palais Schaumberg, who obviously nabbed their image from the Postcard-type groups of the UK;Orange Juice, Josef K and the like.The music has little in common with Edwin Collins and his chums, and more to do with the funkier side of UK Post-Punk. In the video for "Wir Bauen Eine Neue Stadt", the group were even witnessed doing some 'German Dancing', which is a sight to behold.
The album sleeve is unerringly glossy and colourful for the times, suggesting major label interference;but interestingly it was produced by Flying Lizard and This Heat collaborator David Cunningham,which may explain it's compatibility with the contemporary UK scene of the time.......didn't help sales though.
Probably the best of the mainstream Neue Deutsche Welle bands. 

A1 Wir Bauen Eine Neue Stadt
A2 Die Freude
A3 Gute Luft
A4 Ahoi, Nicht Traurig Sein
A5 Grünes Winkelkanu
B1 Morgen Wird Der Wald Gefegt
B2 Deutschland Kommt Gebräunt Zurück
B3 Hat Leben Noch Sinn?
B4 Eine Geschichte
B5 Madonna

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Various Artists ‎– Lieber Zuviel Als Zuwenig (ZickZack Sommerhits 81) (Zickzack ‎– ZZ 45) 1981

The ironically sub-titled "Lieber Zuviel Als Zuwenig (ZickZack Sommerhits 81)" on Hamburg based Zick Zack, has very little to do with summer as we know it. Maybe a lot to do with the summer of the "Neue Deutsche Welle"? Not that a lot of the acts on this record would admit to being part of it of course.....quite rightly.
It starts off with a danceable slab of British style Post-Punk then descends into a melange of  electronics,industrial,avant garde,straight new wave, and proto-goth.
Good to see the inclusion of a rare X-Mal Deutschland track, whose singer,Anja(can't remember her surname), was as close as one got to a teenage celebrity crush (Phwoooar!).I was also a great fan of her two note flat singing style,diametrically opposed to the vomit inducing over-singing of todays dumb 'X-Factor' generation....I prefer the 'X-Mal' Factor myself.
Frankly, anything with "Die Todliche Doris" and the lovely Anja on it, has to be good ...ja?


A1 –Front "Blech Und Liebe" 2:34
A2 –Kosmonautentraum "Nr. 10" 3:02
A3 –Aus Lauter Liebe "Ein Herz In Not" 2:45
A4 –Falsche Fahnen "Mutti, Ich Und Die Sonne" 0:02
A5 –Die Tödliche Doris "Überlieferung Josef Pfeuffer 3.6.76" 2:30
A6 –Abwärts "In The Summertime" 2:38
A7 –Andy Giorbino "Sxmmxr Zx Kxrz" 1:45
A8 –Saal 2 "Strandgefühle" 4:40
A9 –Nachdenkliche Wehrpflichtige "You Say You Don't Love Me (Tribute To Pete Shelley)" 3:25

B1 –Palais Schaumburg "Aschenbecher" 2:38
B2 –Einstürzende Neubauten "Bakterien Für Eure Seele" 3:44
B3 –Andreas Dorau "Sommer Im Dornrosental" 1:35
B4 –Die Zimmermänner "Ich Werde In Der Sonne Immer Dicker" 2:00
B5 –Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle "Eingeschlagene Schaufenster" 2:59
B6 –Vielleichtors "Ohne Titel" 2:05
B7 –Wirtschaftswunder "Eis" (Live) 2:30
B8 –X-Mal Deutschland "Kälbermarsch" 2:39
B9 –Die Radierer "Madagaskar" 1:17

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Monday, 16 October 2017

Various Artists ‎– "Denk Daran!" (Überblick ‎– SM 001) 1980

Well at least we know what Adolf and Eva got up to after faking their deaths and escaping to Argentina in a U-Boat; they recorded the opening track for "Denk Daran!".
Another Dusseldorf-ish self-financed,compilation of German New Wave, both conventional and experimental.Probably the worst track is the Beer Hall Punk of 'ZX',which has one scrambling for the skip button; and the best is a pick from Der Plan's 'Residents' impression,Pyrolator's minimal disco pastiche ,and Don Bartnick, with his recreation of an electronic 'Funny Farm'.


A1 –Adolf & Eva "Det Is Nu Wehf" 2:37
A2 –Croox "24. Dezember" 2:51
A3 –Don Bartnick "Der Neue Messias" 3:15
A4 –Not Mean Themselves "Frozen" 2:58
A5 –Der Plan "Schnee-Christel Unterm Baum" 3:58
A6 –Xao Seffcheque & Die Pest "Sternhagel" 3:30
B1 –Pyrolator "Ein Weihnachtsmann Kommt In Die Disco" 4:07
B2 –Vorsprung "Weisses Trauma" 2:00
B3 –Rigoletto "Neulich, Weihnachtsabend In Der Nähe Von McDonalds" 1:31
B4 –Lemminge "Leise Stirbt Man Im Schnee" 1:26
B5 –S.Y.P.H. "Schneewitter" 5:35
B6 –ZK  "Nieder Mit Dem Weihnachtsmann" 5:00
B7 –3125 / Padeluun "Eisflacker" 1:04

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Various Artists ‎– "Das Ist Schönheit......Hamburg Mai '80 " (Art Records ‎– 1073) 1980

 "Das Ist Schönheit" translates as 'That's Beauty', which this hand painted double 12" compilation is indeed.Included within were various inserts and drawings by Walter Thielsch and/or Thomas Fehlmann, to complete a very 'arty' presentation indeed. Apart from being a thing of beauty, it has a lot of experimental electronics on it,all produced by the late great Konrad Schnitzler at the Academy of Arts in Hamburg.

It's mainly very 'Krautrock' era influenced electronica, that would not be out of place on one of Herr Schnitzler's own releases.So don't expect any undiscovered Minimal Wave classics to slap on the turntable in your night club.


A1 –Peter Reitberger "Untitled" 5:07
A2 –Rima Lucia Mardoyan "Synphonie Nr. 1" 5:02
A3 –Walter Thielsch / Thomas Fehlmann "Untitled" 2:24
A4 –Rainer "Oehms Kommilitonen" 1:06
A5 –Holger Hiller / Angela Marcus "Untitled" 4:51
A6 –Karin  "Untitled" 3:21
A7 –Insook Untitled 0:39
B1 –Oliver Hirschbiegel "Billy Sagte..." 3:54
B2 –Saskia Czchoch "Untitled" 4:27
B3 –Insook "Untitled" 3:45
B4 –Insook "Untitled" 4:34
B5 –Jürgen Heimes "Untitled" 5:07
C1 –Karin  "Untitled" 3:57
C2 –Saskia Czchoch "Untitled" 1:57
C3 –Jürgen Heimes "Untitled" 4:57
C4 –Angela Marcus "Untitled" 2:28
C5 –Angela Marcus "Untitled" 3:37
C6 –Jelle Fargo "Untitled" 2:35
C7 –Katharina Baumann "Untitled" 2:08
C8 –Claus Böhmler "Falckenstein" 2:22
D1 –Oliver Hirschbiegel "Mama Ist Schuld" 2:20
D2 -Fehlmann/Thielsch/Rademacher "Untitled" 0:14
D3 –Walter Thielsch "Taken" 3:29
D4 –Holger Hiller "Sentimental" 2:06
D5 –Holger Hiller "Untitled" 1:50
D6 –Fehlmann/Thielsch/Rademacher "Leichtes Heizöl" 2:45
D7 –Fehlmann/Thielsch/Rademacher "Blumentritt" 2:37
D8 –Fehlmann/Thielsch/Rademacher "Wenn Mut Bestraft Wird" 1:43
D9 –Fehlmann/Thielsch/Rademacher "Frisst Mammi Farbstoff" 0:56
D10–Fehlmann/Thielsch/Rademacher "Kinder,Der Tod Ist Gar Nicht So Schlimm" 2:09

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Pyrolator ‎– "Inland" ( Ata Tak ‎– WR 002) 1979

Pyrolator appeared on one of those Klar!80 compilations didn't he?So here's his 'cult' debut album from 1979.
This album has been bigged up over the ensuing decades to become the 'Pet Sounds' of Electronica. It does have one thing in common with Brian Wilson's magnum opus however, that it is,'OK', just ok. God only knows (see what I did there?) how these things happen,but this is no more inovative or original or political than Gary Numan's 'Pleasure Principle' or John Foxx's 'Metamatic. This is where being German is an advantage; whereas Numan and Foxx are dismissed as 'pop' acts,mainly because they bothered to actually write songs; Pyrolator is regarded as a cool underground act, and his obscurity adds extra kudos for the hip kids.
Quoted as being the 'Best Political Album without words', I can't for the life of me see any specific political angle at all on these backing tracks.
As a member of the less serious dada synth act, Der Plan,Kurt Dahlke, was seriously moonlighting with his collection of synths.Recording a mountain of these very warm analogue instruments with an almost icy precision that i find pretty boring.
I don't dislike it as much as 'Pet Sounds' however,I quite like it.Its another one of those albums that get hyped up over the years to become more than it actually is....which is a very competent,professionally put together collection of electronic experiments that lacks that certain quality of humanity.....maybe that was the Political statement?


1 Minimal Tape 1/2.3 2:47
2 It Always Rains In Wuppertal 3:19
3 Inland 1 3:04
4 Minimal Tape 1/8 3:33
5 Danger Cruising 3:19
6 Inland 2 1:43
7 Inland 3 2:55
8 Minimal Tape 3/7.2 4:23
9 Bärenstrasse 3:31
10 Have A Good Ride 2:43
11 Inland 4 2:36
12 Nordatlantik 1:54

Bonus Tracks:

13 Der Volksmund Wird Beatmet 4:21
14 Struktur 01 2:27
15 November Mühlheim 2:02
16 Ok Margo 4:21
17 Die Einsamkeit Des Langstreckenläufers 8:24
18 Struktur 22 2:24

Friday, 13 October 2017

Various ‎– "Klar! 80/82 Alles Oder Nichts" (Klar! 80 ‎– b/u 17) 1982

There's some 'name' acts on this Klar!80 compilation cassette....they got S.Y.P.H., and Der Plan spin off electronic act, 'Pyrolator'. Apart from that there's the usual mix of obscure Neue Deutsche Welle ,experimental Post Punk and minimal electronic tracks. It's all good stuff indeed.


A1 –Aqua Velva "Mildred" 2:30
A2 –Pyrolator "Vati Es Brennt" 4:20
A3 –Die Zwei "Kleiner Mond-Rap" 5:00
A4 –Ja ! Ja ! Ja ! "Die Wahrheit" 3:30
A5 –Xao Seffcheque & Der Rest "Mir Fehlen Die Worte" 4:00
A6 –Roter Stern Belgrad "Blas Dein Knie Ein" 3:40
A7 –Boss & Beusi "Small Talk" 1:25
A8 –TSE TSE F /RSB "Ohne Titel" 5:20
B1 –Aqua Velva "Schau Dabei Nicht Auf Die Uhr" 3:40
B2 –und Piloten "Umsturz" 4:00
B3 –Strafe Für Rebellion "Blaue Mlg" 4:20
B4 –Europa "Dein Zauber" 3:45
B5 –Shampoo (2) Frühling 0:30
B6 –S.Y.P.H. Wie Ein Filmriß 7:20
B7 –S.Y.P.H. Herrlich Anonym 2:26

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Various Artists ‎– Der Klar! 80/81 Sampler (Klar! 80 ‎– buhuu 7) 1981

More incredibly obscure German New Wave/post punk/minimal electronica from impossibly obscure German New Wave/Post Punk/Electronic groups on the unbelievably overlooked cult cassette label Klar!80.
We've heard a few of these natives of the Dusseldorf area before on the "Massa" compilation and the other Klar!80 compilations,but as always there are some new gems unearthed, like 'Klang Da' and cut rate Neubauten clones 'Hans'.


A1 –X-Wo / Der Papst -Untitled
A2 –Hans -Untitled
A3 –Roter Stern Belgrad -Untitled
A4 –Eraserhead -Untitled
A5 –Klang Da -Untitled
A6 –Dilette -Untitled

A7 -P.Projekta / G.Ranzz - M1-12
B8 –Klang Da -Untitled
B9 –Plan X-Untitled
B10 –Eraserhead -Untitled
B11 –Hans-Untitled
B12 –Roter Stern Belgrad-Untitled
B13 -Der Rest -Untitled

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Various ‎– "Klar! 80 Sampler 2 - Sample And Hold" (Klar! 80 ‎– buhuu 11) 1980

The same three bands who were on the "Massa" triple 12" release on Klar!80 can be found on this cassette compilation from the same legendary Dusseldorf based cassette label.
They are inevitably joined by more german post punk greatness from the Neue Deutsche Welle flood around 1980. The Bimbo Band are particularly fine I may add.

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Blässe / EKG / Roter Stern Belgrad ‎– "Massa" (Klar! 80 ‎– Klar! I/1/2/3) 1981

This 3x12"-set in printed dispatch box,like a teutonic cardboard version of "Metal Box",featured three groups from Dusseldorf' with styles varying from Jazzy Punk, to Gang Of Four influenced post-punk,to minimal electronic.
Blässe are the ones to slap the 'Jazz' label on because they have a Saxophone in the line-up;but it has more to do with american No-Wave than anything Jazzy.
EKG are more your conventional minimal Post-Punk outfit,with a tight rhythm section ,choppy guitar and barked vocals.Kinda like DAF meets Delta 5......a fine combination methinks?
Roter Stern Belgrad are the least dated sounding band here. They could be from 2017, with their analogue minimal electronic bleeps and squelches.I could imagine the cool kids dancing to this.....whether that's a recommendation I doubt it,but it is an observation on its timelessness.
Altogether I can't fault this shared cardboard extravaganza.None of these bands were ever heard of again beyond a few compilation appearances and live that,I like. 

A1 –Blässe "Zitteraal" 2:45
A2 –Blässe "Bora" 4:41
A3 –Blässe "No Oberbilk" 2:13
B1 –Blässe "De-Montage" 3:28
B2 –Blässe "Ready Made" 3:08
B3 –Blässe "Blaue Orange" 2:10
C1 –EKG "Liebeslied" 3:56
C2 –EKG "Niemand Ist Sieger" 2:41
C3 –EKG "Muscheln/Schnecken" 2:23
D1 –EKG "Immer" 5:30
D2 –EKG "24 Bilder" 3:19
E1 –Roter Stern Belgrad "Wegwerfliebling" 5:27
E2 –Roter Stern Belgrad "Abend Stern Chant" 5:21
F1 –Roter Stern Belgrad "Afars & Issas" 7:20

Monday, 9 October 2017

Einstürzende Neubauten ‎– "2 x 4" [ROIR (Reachout International Records) ‎– A-133] 1984

A bunch of live Neubauten recorded at various places during 1982, approaching the peak period for the group,and released on american cassette only label ROIR. They were in the process of recording their next album ,"Zeichnungen Des Patienten O.T." for 'Some Bizarre', which saw their rising star fall as the music press didn't receive it very magnanimously.After the brutal headkicking of 'Kollaps' it had seemed like a disappointment.It was indeed all downhill from here, as they became more controlled and structured,as they slipped uncomfortably down the slippery slope to avant-garde acceptability,and coffee table favourites for bank managers everywhere.It happens to the best of us I suppose?

A1, A4: Belgium 1982
A2: Berlin 1983
A3: Hamburg 1980
B1 to B3: Berlin 1982
B4: Amsterdam 1982


A1 Fleisch "Blut/Haut" Knochen
A2 Sehnsucht (Nie Mehr)
A3 Womb
A4 Krach Der Schlagenden Herzen
B1 Armenisch Bitter
B2 Zum Tier Machen
B3 Sehnsucht (Still Stehend)
B4 Durstige Tiere

Einstürzende Neubauten ‎– "Stahldubversions" (Eisengrau ‎– Rip Off ‎– Rip 6) 1982

Neubauten in dub, or New Buildings in dub; rather like a German reference to Pere Ubu's observations on housing in the United Kingdom, "Dub Housing". The same kind of dub housing in post war Germany was referred to as 'Neubauten'. So Dubbing up the group that bears the same name as those prefabbed hutches was the next logical step.
Hitting a large steel fuel tank with a sledge hammer just asks to be fed through a Roland Space echo and tweaked,and its done to great effect on this C-20.But unlike reggae based dub, these tracks sit up and beg your ears for attention, and don't outstay their welcome.
A Lot of these recordings formed the basis for later tracks:
"Liebesdub" is a variation of "Jet'm".
"Sado-Masodub" is basically "Tanz Debil" from 'Kollaps'.
"Rivieradub" was used on "Zeichnungen des Patienten O.T."
"Mikrobendub" is an early version of "Mikroben".

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Einstürzende Neubauten ‎– "Stahlmusik" (Eisengrau ‎– 1002, Rip Off ‎) 1980

Steel music (Stahlmusik), it says on the label to accurately describe the non-music registered on the cassette tape within. The early version of this album even had a steel case, like Metal Box, but in a cassette version.
Yes they used their environment's raw materials to create this racket.As African tribesmen make drums from hollowed out trees etc, Neubauten used Industrial waste, like suspension springs,steel pipes, industrial plastic containers, shopping carts  and old fuel tanks.The west's traditional folk instrument, the electric guitar, also makes an appearance, more as a percussion instrument than a thing of melody. Its a form of ethnic expression, a post industrial age folk music.
The name translates,as if you didn't know, as 'Collapsing New Buildings'; which is appropriate, as this group were,along with Throbbing Gristle, responsible for collapsing the Rock'n'Roll myth....until they became 'Rock Stars' that is!?

A1 Energie
A2 Eisenmolekül
A3 Alphabet
A4 Tier
B1 Schönheit Der Geschwindigkeit
B2 Arbeit
B3 Kein Bestandteil Sein
B4 Kristallines Eisen
B5 Gut(Mit Dem Kopf An Die Wand)

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Einstürzende Neubauten ‎– "Live In Kunstkopfstereo" (Eisengrau ‎C-46) 1980

So, after Die Haut and Nick Cave,we naturally move on to where the Cave man found another future 'Bad Seed'.Namely Blixa Bargeld,guitar scratcher and cat impressionist with Einstürzende Neubauten.This is an early cassette recorded at the first Neubauten show at the "Moon" club in West Berlin on April 'fools' day 1980.
Don't expect any power tools and percussion instruments made from Industrial junk here.They were a far more conventional noise act in those early days;but were soon to do more than any other contemporary pop group,and thats stretching the term somewhat, to deconstruct what a conventional rock/pop group could be.

Friday, 6 October 2017

Die Haut ‎– "Burnin' The Ice" (Paradoxx Records ‎– PA 5502) 1983

Oh Dear, it's say "Contains Shocking Lyrics" on the sticker. Whether that means shockingly bad lyrics or otherwise I wouldn't like to say, but they were contributed and sung by none other than the Van Morrison of Gothic Crooners himself, Mr Nicholas Cave.
The Birthday Party had made a fashion statement by moving to West Berlin to fit in with their tiresome 'miserable sod' image. It was there that Mr Cave met The Skin(die Haut)....sounds like a terrible schlock horror film. 
The results of this conflagration are somewhat better than most of the Birthday Party back catalogue.
This is where Cave found his drummer victim, Thomas Wydler, for his endlessly repeating 'Bad Seeds' project.


A1 Stow-A-Way 7:14
A2 Tokyo Express 2:57
A3 Truck Love 3:51
B1 The Victory 3:43
B2 Pleasure Is The Boss 3:50
B3 Dumb Europe 6:30
B4 This Flame Will Never Die 1:18

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Die Haut ‎– "Schnelles Leben" (Monogam ‎– 008) 1982

Die Haut, or translated, The Skin, were/are a Berlin group who played some kind of disjointed Post-Punk surf music instrumentals,with more than a nod towards Captain Beefheart's Magic Band. Contained a future 'Bad seed' on drums apparently.
Good stuff.


A1 Wilde Pferde 0:57
A2 Our Captain Speaking 1:51
A3 Spanisches Öl 1:10
A4 A. Karina 4:27
B1 Gefährliche Nächte 3:48
B2 Ticket Brasil-New York 1:57
B3 (Never Going Back To) 5th Avenue 3:38

Abwärts ‎– "Der Westen Ist Einsam" (Mercury ‎– 6435 155) 1982

As Abwärts seem to be unexpectedly popular, it seems logical to post the second ,and major label released, studio album. Which is an altogether more polished product than their debut;but still an entertaining example of the West German post-punk world.I'm always suspicious of a garish/glossy album sleeve.Stinks of over-investment, albeit an investment i'm sure Mercury/polygram never got back....I hope.


A1 Beim Erstenmal Tut's Immer Weh 3:08
A2 Papier 1:43
A3 Stein 3:39
A4 Das Wort Zum Sonntag 4:45
A5 Aus Einem Gartenhaus 3:24
B1 Agent 2:27
B2 Deprimiert 2:27
B3 Sei Froh 3:38
B4 Tierlieb 3:22
B5 Affentanz 3:00

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Abwärts ‎– "Amok Koma" (Zickzack ‎– ZZ 10) 1980

From the city that gave us the Beatles, Hamburg, came Abwärts in about 1980. Their greatest contribution to pop music was that they provided a couple of members of Einsturzende Neubauten.
Abwärts themselves were a standard German Post-Punk band who sang in that slightly annoying German raspy timbre that was well suited for barking orders, but not for singing pop, or Punk; rather grates on the ears.
Nonetheless, cheese grater voices aside, the music is reasonably inventive and reminds one of Wire, with bits of Pink Flag and the more punky parts of "Chairs Missing".
I've added single "Computerstaat" to the end of the vinyl rip by the way.
Ps..a small largely irrelevant item of interest is,I remember that photo that they nicked for the cover. There was also a small child falling with the girl.I'm pleased to say the child survived the fall by, unfortunately, landing on the young lady featured here, who alas died!


Maschinenland 2:57
Karo 1/4 08/15 Hoch 2 0:34
Monday On My Mind 2:38
Shanghai Stinker 2:45
Bel Ami 2:01
Verzählt 2:58
Softly Softly 1:58
Unfall 4:00
Mehr 4:27
Türkenblues 3:52
Neon Kind 3:20
Ich Bin Stumm 2:16
Japan - Live 3:52

Computerstaat 3:11

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

S.Y.P.H. ‎– "S.Y.P.H." (Pure Freude ‎– PF 15) 1981

No it's not cif's debut album repackaged, it's their third(?) LP with the same title as the first....such imagination.I do however like the idea of naming all your albums after yourself, like Peter Gabriel did on at least for three occasions in his back catalogue. S.Y.P.H did it only twice. The first eponymous album from the year before was more forward looking than this one strangely enough. This 1981 self-titled outing sounds like Can's "Soon Over Babaluma"(not one of their best I may add), especially the side long 'Little Nemo'.It even has Holgar Czukay on Bass and in the producers chair.So S.Y.P.H. managed to become their favourite group's younger and dumber brother within a couple of years of trying.Some going that.

A1 Die Deep 1:18
A2 Hänschen Horror 1:11
A3 Lämmerschwanz 1:57
A4 Nachbar 12:39
A5 Satarasch 2:52
B Little Nemo 18:03

Monday, 2 October 2017

S.Y.P.H. ‎– "Pst" (Pure Freude ‎– PF06CK3) 1980

Cif get pissed?
Whether it's pissed in the British sense of the word, in other words, Drunk; or, in the American sense ,Angry?.....more likely it's the onomatopoeic version, 'psst',as a whispered noise to gain someone's attention. Maybe they should have made a louder noise, because hardly anyone knew Syph existed.
Holger Czukay(RIP), he of CAN, knew they existed, because he produced/mixed and played on this record. And the group reciprocated by playing on his 1981 miesterwerk,"On The Way To The Peak Of Normal"(which you can find by clicking here).
This is SYPH's best record I reckon, so H.C. must have sprinkled his magic CANned fairy dust over the group and the music alike.In fact there are a few tunes that have a certain late period CAN feel about them, among the decidedly post-punk tuneage that dominates the first half of the album.


A1 Euroton 0:52
A2 Einsam In Wien (Lustlos) 5:32
A3 Moderne Romantik 3:01
A4 Lametta 3:50
A5 Modell 1:47
A6 Alpha & Vieta 1:35
A7 Nachbar 3:15
B1 Regentanz 8:43
B2 Stress 6:45
B3 Do The Fleischwurst 4:26

Sunday, 1 October 2017

S.Y.P.H. ‎– "S.Y.P.H." (Pure Freude ‎– PF 04 CK 2,) 1980

S.Y.P.H. obviously had pretensions to move beyond their musical ability and quickly marched on from incompetent Punk Rock to incompetent Post Punk, with a splash of Disco? The B-side of this album betrays an obvious flirtation with their Krautrock forebears; something that had been echoed in British post punk at around the same time.So does that make this a fashionable statement for 1980 or a healthy display of inspired development? Probably both.


A1 Zurueck Zum Beton 1:58
A2 Industrie-Maedchen 1:24
A3 Lachleute & Nettmenschen 2:15
A4 Unreif Für Die Zukunft 1:54
A5 Mercedes 1:22
A6 Chess Challenger 3:09
A7 What Happens? 2:44
A8 Heute Norm - Morgen Tod 1:45
A9 Untitled 1:28
B1 Partir 3:50
B2 Kein Ziel 12:32
B3 Kisuaheli 7:17

S.Y.P.H. ‎– "Viel Feind, Viel Ehr" (Pure Freude ‎– PF 001) 1979

If there was ever a good reason for the UK to leave the EU(and there isn't by the way!),it would have to be the homogenizing of product names so they can be pronounced in all languages. So, all those classic British products of the seventies got their names changed. For example, Marathon became the awful "Snickers", "Opal Fruits" became the even more terrible "Starburst", "Oil of Ulay", became "Oil Of Olay"(!?), and 'Jif' ,the lemon scented mild abrasive surface cleaner, became fucking "Cif"!....which just so happens to be the way to pronounce S.Y.P.H. .....yes, 'Cif' not 'Jif'.
S.Y.P.H.themselves,not 'Cif',were an early German 'punk' group rather than a lemon scented bog cleaner, and they produced this very D.I.Y. sounding EP in 1979.It's largely a very rudimentary attempt to emulate a 'punk' sound, but with a hefty nod backwards toward the better 'Krautrock' combos, in what appears to be someone's living room.Track 1 has the classic white kids try to do reggae but end up with some completely abstract version of that lilting Jamaican riddim;like The Stranglers "Peaches" or The Clash's hatchet job of "Police and Thieves".Nearly every 'Punk' band made an attempt,but only maybe "The Ruts" could actually achieve it;maybe because they were secretly excellent musicians (Boo!).
I'm sure S.Y.P.H. is an acronym for something,and there were even tongue-in-cheek explanations put forward by the group;but the real version will probably remain a mystery......and so it should.


A1 Industrie-Maedchen
A2 Europa
B1 Moderne Romantik
B2 Klammheimlich

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Das Synthetisches Mischgewebe ‎– "Works" (Das Cassettencombinat ‎– 005) 1982

Everything is in English on this sleeve except for the band name which translates as "Synthetic Mixed fabric"?? Like you get with those cheap pull overs that one buys in Primark for six quid; made at gunpoint in Vietnam by some malnourished kid for a penny a day. 
Alas, mixed fabrics rarely keep you warm during winter. A bit like this tape? 
Its recommended to wear a 100% woolen fairtrade sweater when listening to this during those bleak winter months. Its cold electronic scraping drones tend to induce a frigid lonely feeling in the casual listener.Like squatting in the boiler room at your local synthetic fabric or garbage recycling factory.


A1 Mary's Penis Operation
A2 Dead But Thinking
A3 Future
B1 Tierversuche
B2 Past
B3 Tones Of Sculls And Bottles
B4 Flesh

Friday, 29 September 2017

TASS II ‎– "Unter-Haltung" (Das Cassettencombinat ‎– 008) 1983

What? Another Synth duo? Both of them called Thomas?
Nice hissy cassette fuzzed minimal synth tunes on the legendary Das Cassettencombinat label.
There's even a rare example of Minimal Synth Dub hidden among the murk, "Impression"; Herr Augustus von Pablo goes electronic.Probably only one country does reggae worse than Germany, and that's France.Unbelievably clueless.And then there's the dancing!!! Shocking.


A1 Necrophil Deadvoice 3:23
A2 Oh God Oh My God 4:44
A3 Radio Message 4:39
B1 Unterhaltung 4:46
B2 Sound Of Nubia 3:30
B3 Impression 3:54
B4 Endsynphonie 2:06

Die Gesunden ‎– "Die Gesunden" (Innovative Communication ‎– KS 80.028) 1982

Every country had their take on the Suicide Synth duo template.The UK fused it with pop and soul,France made it artistic,USA punked it up, Belgium made it into a national obsession and Germany made it hard and ,dare I say it, aggressive? Along with the low countries they helped create the genre of EBM for the alternative Disco crowd.
DAF being the obvious example, and they had their imitators.One of which was 'Die Gesunden',who actually supported DAF on tour in 1981.
Their take on the German synth duo was much lighter than their mentors', but it still retains that darkness and those raw synth sounds that made DAF great (up to a point).
They were signed to Klaus Schulze's label, Innovative Communication,and it sounds like they were allowed access to KS's vast synth collection.There are some polyphonic pads cropping up on some of the track, ruining their minimalism.There's no room for Kosmiche in this kind of stuff Klaus.I'm sure he would have had his ten penny's worth of influence as he was the star in the building.
Still it's an obscure classic of minimal electronica.....including the obligatory heavy breathing into the microphone. 


A1 Instru-Mental 2:10
A2 Die Gesunden Kommen 3:25
A3 Der Weg Zum Erfolg 3:20
A4 Krieg Und Frieden 3:19
A5 Sometimes / Manchmal 3:37
B1 Baby Love 3:15
B2 Leutnant Miller 3:50
B3 Galaxy 3:28
B4 Atmen 2:40
B5 Film Musik 2:10

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Die 2. Liga - "Sessions, Live, and Studio 1980-81"

Not only did West Germany have their own Residents (Der Plan), they also had their own version of The Prats too. Modestly called Die 2. Liga (The Second Division), they formed a 'Punk' group(average age 12)played a few live gigs,did a session for Rondo Records, and released a very limited edition tape( a limited edition of 5 I am told!)
This stuff was (re-)released on limited edition vinyl a couple of years ago, but thanks to Die or DIY's German chum, Michael Festerling, we now have far more tracks than on those impossible to find discs.
Punk Rock had a fine tradition of including everyone excluded from such previously exclusive fashionable cliques, like the reprehensible 'Bromley Contingent' in the UK. 
The likes of Eater, The Prats, and The Fatal Microbes would have been excluded, along with the women, from many other youth cults.
We can now add Die 2. Liga to this roll of honour, as champions of German 'Outsider Punk'.
Basically they sound like The Prats, but with better equipment, and they sing in German.    

In the words of Dirk Moll, the drummer, 

"We were founded in 1980 and had our first appearance at the Unterstufenfest (lower school party ?!?) at our high school. All members of EA80 were there ,too, through which we were also motivated to form a band and always appeared as a supporting band with them.
An exception was the gig with ÖSTRO 430 and ZK (see photos).

Our average age was “12″.

In 1983 we disbanded due to lack of perspective and because we were too old."

standing,enviously, in the middle of the photo left to the girl with the white jacket Campino of ZK .He is now the singer of the what most people seem to consider as 'punk rock superstars' „Die Toten Hosen“)

2. Liga were:

Mario Bocks guitar, 

Marcus Hardelauf vocals;

Holger Zander bass (not on the (studio ?!?) recordings, though);

Martin Kircher bass ( on the (studio ?!?) recordings and vocals on „Jungen und Technik“) and 

Dirk Moll drums.


Rondo Session 1981
01. Hänschenklein
02. Männerwirtschaft
03. Jungen+Technik
04. Beton
05. Vater
06. Bewusstsein

Split-Tape with EA80
(Studio 06.01.`81)

07. Tod
08. Bewusstsein
09. Sportler
10. Groß +Klein
11. Männerwirtschaft
12. Disco Fucker
13. Beton

(Live 07.06.`80 at NGM*)

14. Gedanken 1
15. Tod 
16. Männerwirtschaft
17. Disco Flippies
18. Bauer Putzig
19. Mona Lisa
20. 1 sek Lied
21. Hänschen Klein
22. Tarzan
23. Bewusstsein

(Live 20.09.`80 at Haus Zoar**)

24. H. Klein

* Neusprachliches Gymnasium Mönchengladbach, Germany

** Haus Zoar, Mönchengladbach, Germany

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Der Plan - "Normalette Surprise" (Ata Tak WR007) 1981

Don't feel much like writing anything this morning, so all you need to know is it's Der Plan; who sound like a more minimal synth style,less humouristic German version of the Residents.....which is no bad thing. Lots of vintage synth's, and tunes that don't outstay their welcome.


Leb doch
Meine Freunde
Sie Hat Mich Verlassen
Der Sonne Ist Verblüht
Kleine Schlager-Revue
Frl. Nicol
Ich Bin Ein Komputer
Generäle Essen Erdbeereis
Das Insekt
Wat's Dat?
4 Stapfen im Schnee
Zuruck in die Atmosphare
Rot Grun Tot
8 1/2

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Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Der Plan ‎– "Geri Reig" (Warning Records ‎– Warning 003) 1980

Der Plan went electronic for their debut album, with a mixture of Minimal Synth classics and lots of mucking about in the studio. There are some silly voices used, like their American equivalents and likely inspiration, The Residents. Alas they are hindered by that famous German drawback, a terrible sense of humour. Our Teutonic cousins should stick to what they're good at, efficient hard electronics, of which there are several examples on this rather good LP. Humour in music has always been a dangerous flirtation, that has rarely been pulled off. Just leave the larking about to someone else please.


A1 Adrenalin Lässt Das Blut Kochen
A2 Geri Regi
A3 Persisches Cowboy-Golf
A4 Gefährliche Clowns
A5 Kleine Grabesstille
A6 Der Weltaufstandsplan
A7 Hans Und Gabi
B1 Commerce Extérieur Mondial Sentimental
B2 Was Ich Von Mir Denke
B3 San José Car Muzak
B4 Erste Begegnung Mit Dem Tod
B5 Ich Bin Schizophren
B6 Nessie
B7 Gefährliche Clowns (Manisch Idiotisch)
B8 Die Welt Ist Schlecht

Monday, 25 September 2017

Der Plan - "Untitled EP" (Kind Attack Records AAP 001) 1979

Every country had their Residents clones; Renaldo and the Loaf in the UK, DDAA in France, Julio Iglesias in Spain, and 'Der Plan' in the Federal Republic of Germany.
Except, this debut EP from 1979 is like proper unhinged experimental rock rather than our favourite minmal avant-gardists from Louisiana.
Robert Gorl from DAF was in the line-up for this recording, I assume on Drums? Soon to leave for more successful areas  with DAF chum Gabi Delgado.
Der Plan would soon buy more synthesisers,start wearing silly costumes, and prance around the stage getting 'weird', becoming West Germany's Resident Residents Clones.


Side A
1-5 Untitled
Side B
1-5 Untitled

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Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft - "Live FU Berlin 01/11/1980" (Bootleg)

As DAF is an anagram of AFD!......To mark the reappearance of the far right in the German Reichstag for the first time since Hitler shot himself(although its a matter of interpretation as to whether the Nazi party was indeed right wing or, left wing; i think there's a long discussion on that subject on one of the Ramleh posts in the comments section- "Pumping" I believe?) . Here's something from the positive end of the spectrum as far as German culture goes.
DAF were never afraid to confront the ghosts of German History, they were part of the real alternative Germany, not the racist bigots in the AFD
Don't be put off by the cover(They certainly dressed like Germans!), this is pre-duo DAF, so its good, if a little lo-fi. Its an audience recording, but still decent quality, with a bit of room ambiance for good measure.
So...FU, Trump,FU Farage, FU Le Pen and F whoever is leading the AfD as i've heard there's a split already(Shame).

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Sunday, 24 September 2017

Deutsch-Amerikanische-Freundschaft ‎– "Kebabträume / Gewalt" & "Der Räuber Und Der Prinz / Tanz Mit Mir" (Mute MUTE 005/011) 1980/81

DAF mark 1 produced a couple of great singles too before Guitarist Spelmans left the band before they turned Disco.
"Kebabträume" is nothing short of a minimal synth classic, backed by electronic noise-fest "Gewalt".
As for "Der Räuber Und Der Prinz" & "Tanz Mit Mir", this represents the difference between Deutsch-Amerikanische-Freundschaft and what would become DAF. The A-side is missing the angular guitar attack of Wolfgang Spelmans, and "Tanz Mit Mir" is classic DAF mark 1,as heard on their first two albums....I remember buying this single from Revolver in Leicester,perfectly pronouncing the full band name to the deaf ears of the sales assistant until the penny dropped, and he said " mean DAF!?"......sometimes I don't know why I ever bother?

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Saturday, 23 September 2017

Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft ‎– "Produkt Der Deutsch-Amerikanischen Freundschaft" (Warning Records ‎– WR 001) 1979

DAF's first album was the vocal-less "Produkt", featuring 22 short abstract proto math rock instrumentals that twist and turn like a musical eel in ones fingers. This always reminded me of those American bands from the mid to late eighties on labels like Touch and Go, eg Scratch Acid ,Rapeman, Jesus Lizard etc...but singer-less, and  several years earlier. Very Inventive and forward looking stuff indeed.


A1 Untitled
A2 Untitled
A3 Untitled
A4 Untitled
A5 Untitled
A6 Untitled
A7 Untitled
A8 Untitled
A9 Untitled
A10 Untitled
A11 Untitled
A12 Untitled
B1 Untitled
B2 Untitled
B3 Untitled
B4 Untitled
B5 Untitled
B6 Untitled
B7 Untitled
B8 Untitled
B9 Untitled
B10 Untitled

Friday, 22 September 2017

Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft ‎– "Die Kleinen Und Die Bösen" (Mute STUMM 1) 1980

From the cold war chic propaganda artwork of three soviet athletes,probably drugged up on performance enhancing substances at the boycotted Moscow olympics; to the crazed live B-side recorded as support to Wire at the Electric Ballroom. This is without doubt one of, if not thee best German album ever? DAF almost single handedly dragged West Germany out of the terminal jam session hangover from the 'Krautrock' daze (sic). As soon as I heard them on Earcom 3, I knew they something rather special. This sounded like a future I would like to be part of, and still does.
Unfortunately they caved in to become dance friendly shortly after this, and embraced a slightly dodgy sweaty rent-boy image after the band was reduced to just EBM (Electronic Body Music) innovators they may have been, but the puffing and panting over a hard disco beat never did it for me.
The live side of the album benefited , in the same way Wire did, from the recording being a tad overloaded into the red zone of the VU meters.Creating a live electricity and energy that lodged this band deep into my adolescent brain. 
The Conny Plank produced studio side is less unhinged but shows the more disciplined synth-punk side of the band in 1980. Great enough to permanently expunge the ghosts of both Nazi Germany and Amon Duul 2 forever?


Studio Side:

A1 Osten Währt Am Längsten
A2 Essen Dann Schlafen
A3 Co Co Pino
A4 Kinderfunk
A5 Nacht Arbeit
A6 Ich Gebe Dir Ein Stück Von Mir
A7 De Panne 

Live side at the Electric Ballroom 29/02/1980

B1 Gewalt
B2 Gib's Mir
B3 Auf Wiedersehen
B4 Das Ist Liebe
B5 Was Ist Eine Welle
B6 Anzufassen Und Anzufassen
B7 Volkstanz
B8 Die Lustigen Stiefel
B9 Die Kleinen Und Die Bösen
B10 Die Fesche Lola
B11 El Basilon
B12 Y La Gracia

Wire ‎– "Document And Eyewitness" (Rough Trade ‎– ROUGH 29) 1981


At the end of 1979 Wire embarked on a live tour that only had new unrecorded material on offer with the idea to make a live album of new stuff. This culminated in the gig at the Electric Ballroom in Camden which was recorded for this purpose. They did in fact do an oldie for an encore, and an Ironic run through of proto-hardcore classic "12XU", which doesn't ruin the concept too much. The live recording is enhanced by the sound-man obviously leaning on the fader causing a bit of overload on some vocals. For this reason, i think this is why they added another disc of previous concert recording, notably the superior recording of the 'Notre Dame Hall' concert.
This is the Wire album I play most, due to its electricity and raw qualities. "154" is a bit weak and insipid sounding in comparison. A bit like comparing Live Joy Division to 'Unknown Pleasures. Like two different groups.
One of the best aspects of this concert, is that they 'accidently' recorded the support group for the evening, Deutch Amerikanishce Freundschaft, which is to be posted next, because its brilliant.

(ps, the four missing tracks from the Electric Ballroom set, including all of "12XU" can be found on "Turns and Strokes" here!)


Electric Ballroom

A1 5/10
A2 12XU (Fragment)
A3 Underwater Experiences
A4 Everythings Going To Be Nice
A5 Piano Tuner (Keep Strumming Those Guitars)
A6 We Meet Under Tables
B1 Zegk Hoqp
B2 Eastern Standard
B3 Instrumental (Thrown Bottle)
B4 Eels Sang Lino
B5 Revealing Trade Secrets
B6 And Then ...
B7 Coda
Notre Dame Hall
C1 Go Ahead
C2 Ally In Exile
C3 Relationship
C4 Underwater Experiences
D1 Witness To The Fact
D2 2 People In A Room
D3 Our Swimmer
D4 Heartbeat