Wednesday, 20 October 2010

LIST 52 - 08/10/10 ("Remember this problem? The German language...")

...Thus began both the FSK album "The Sound Of Music" and the splendid German language music compilation "Wo ist Zuhause, Mama - Perlen Deutschsprachiger Popmusik" 18 and 15 years ago respectively. When I first started considering this week's list, it seemed too good a phrase not to recycle!

So, yes, herewith 20 tracks from German language performers (the presence of the likes of the astonishing Austrian punk-folk duo Attwenger prevents it from being considered a list of German performers), singing more or less all auf Deutsch. "More or less" because, ironically give the opening, the FSK track included contains more than a smattering of English!

It's all in context, though, and the track, "I Wish I Could Sprechen Sie Deutsch", will be remembered very fondly by those of you who were mid-1980s devotees of the John Peel Festive 50. The clip I've found of the track does indeed include the great man before and after, briefly.

Inevitably there were things I found myself leaving out in trying to straddle over three decades' worth of highlights even without pinching any of the sort of stuff a million Neue Deutsche Welle or Darkwave compilations already cover and cover rather better (that's a thought: wonder if Zillo is still going?); and I don't doubt there'll be another list of this nature in 2011 to accommodate the overspill.

In the meantime, and in the words of Nina Hagen in the closing track, "Ich wünsche Ihnen einen recht guten Empfang"...

TOCOTRONIC – Aber hier leben, nein danke (2004)

SUPERPUNK – Das Feuerwork ist Vorbei (2010)

WIR SIND HELDEN – Guten Tag (2003)

ATTWENGER – Rahm (1992)

ELEMENT ART – Die Eistänzerin (2010)

SAMBA – Aus den Kolonien (2004)

BARBARA MORGENSTERN – Der Augenblick (2000)

1000 ROBOTA – Er sagt (2010)

DER ELEGANTE REST – Hardcore (2008)

SLUT & JULI ZEH – Wächterhauscollage (2009)

DIE ÄRZTE - Junge (2007) (censored)

DIE ÄRZTE – Westerland (1988)

DIRK DARMSTÄDTER & BERND BEGEMANN – So geht das jede Nacht (2010)

FSK – I Wish I Could Sprechen Sie Deutsch (1986)

OSTZONENSUPPENWŰRFELMACHENKREBS - Respekt vor dem eigenen Hau (2000)

SPILLSBURY – Sturzflug (2008)

LYDIA DAHER – Flüchtige Bürger (2010)

DIE GOLDENEN ZITRONEN – Das bisschen Totschlag (1994)

PETER HEPPNER – Alleinesein (2008)

NINA HAGEN – TV-Glotzer (White Punks on Dope) (1978)


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