Sunday, 1 October 2017

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.

Tracklist:

A1 Industrie-Maedchen
A2 Europa
B1 Moderne Romantik
B2 Klammheimlich


16 comments:

Philippe from France said...

In France Oil of Ulay is "Oil of Olaz"

Jonny Zchivago said...

Well thank you Philippe from France for that nugget of consumer information.I live in France also, so i'll pop into the Super U (one of those terrible supermarkets) tomorrow and check this out.....i notice french people have trouble pronouncing "Bounty".('boonteh')...maybe that should be changed too? any more suggestions?

Bodhi Amol said...

So i'll fit into this incredibly important namedropping and share that Oil of Olaz went by this had this name for decades and then they changed it unexplained into Olay.But more important,thanks for this single,there are versions that i did not hear before...

Jonny Zchivago said...

So,It seems that Oil of Ulay (uk& !reland), and Oil of Olaz (Deutschland),were both transformed ,as if by magic, into Oil of Olay!?...But in France i am assured that it is still and always has been Oil of Olaz!?.....in fact Bodhi, i have a cd with these tracks on and more from the same session that were never released? Called The Gravelsberg Tapes...are you familiar with this?

Philippe from France said...

I'm very proud for launching this fascinating thread but it seems that alas you can't find "Oil of Olaz" in France any more, so Jonny don't bother looking for it at Super U, or Intermarché, or Carrefour Market...

Jonny Zchivago said...

And proud you should be philippe.....thanks for saving me from a fruitless search in the French supermarket system.Now i'll just restrict myself to the Lidl beer section.

Chunkrecords said...

In Germany we used the word "Siff" for Garbage, Dirt, Ugly Things that came from the "Syphon" (the part of the sink where the wastewater goes down and up again and leaving a mixture of hairs, soap, slime and other nice things, and from time to time you have to clean it). "siffen" also means to make things dirty, not taking care of holding everything clean, leaving a mess behind, etc, so everything gets sticky after time.

Jonny Zchivago said...

Well now I understand.....now the cleaning product makes sense too......its kinda spoiled it all for me!

Bodhi Amol said...

Jonny,I have "Das Tönende SYPH Buch" (The Sounding SYPH Book)as a download from a german blog (not sure if it's the complete version though),where "The Gevelsberg Tapes " are included but until now i never got around hearing those,they are waiting patiently on one of my HDs,but i can't tell for sure since i don't have internet at home,i always use the super quick and reliable connection in our University (and it's for free!).So if you like to hear more of this stuff,i could provide a link to the files i have...

Anonymous said...

Can't believe there are so many men getting worked up over Oil of Olay!

Jonny Zchivago said...

Thanks as always Bodhi....naturally any links are welcome as long as its on topic.

Jonny Zchivago said...

Don't you people understand how important cheaply mass produced body creams are to us young ladies......that and obscure industrial cassettes.

Anonymous said...

The oiL of uLan/name change as above also happened here in Australia and probably over the ditch as well (NZ).


Nathan

Jonny Zchivago said...

Bloody Bastards!

Michael said...

Oil of Olaz?!? My mum used to it and I always hated its powdery smell.
I prefer this here:
http://brotbeutel.blogspot.de/search?q=syph

Great blog as ever.
Thanks for your endless fun.
Best, Michael

Jonny Zchivago said...

As i am lacking the sense of smell.......eyesight and hearing now going too!....I cannot confirm the smell of Oil of Olaz/Olay/Ulay....but i did see it stocked on the shelves of a LIDL supermarket near me!....so, Philipe of France, it does exist in France after all!?

I remember Brotbeutal, it was a good blog that one.