Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Various German New Wave/Neue Deutsche Welle

I was at a friend's house recently late at a party and she put on some german new wave. The song she put on by the Spider Murphy Gang, "Skandal im Sperrbezirk", reminded me why I always am drawn back to the genre. The problem is that for many Germans talking about NDW artists is like us and Blondie - they don't talk about it because it's so well known. And yet for us foreigners diving in the mix can be somewhat lame and daunting to figure out. So I have been trying to go through more NDW in the last few weeks to find more tunes, partly because I've found that a good NDW tune can make the crowd go crazy on the dancefloor - like discovering an unknown Blondie hit.

The first tune is probably my favorite right now.

Spider Murphy Gang - Skandal im Sperrbezirk

This next track is one of the seminal tracks on the self-titled album by Rheingold. It's not quite a dance-able, but it builds and has a great sound.

Rheingold - Dreiklangsdimensionen

The next 2 tracks are ones which I actually found myself. They don't appear normally on the NDW compilations but I pulled them from some of my NDW records and think they are catchy enough to be included.

Prima Klima - Woll'n Wir Zu Dir Gehn

Spliff - Computer Sind Doof

The following are some additional tunes which I like which are quite commonly mentioned.

Hubert Kah - Sternenhimmel

Geier Sturzflug - Bruttosozialprodukt

The following are very rare NDW which have that kind of raw early electronic quality which I love. These are BEGGING to be remixed. These come to me thanks of the the WFMU blog here which features the whole very rare LP "Kassettentäter".

Georgie D - Die Kunst wird mal durch Abschlachten gross
Ewig + 3 Tage - Keine Angst vor '84
Co-Mix - Irrwitz

Finally, I feature a tune taken from the motherload of NDW, Brotbeutel, where you can go to really discover NDW with lots of rare stuff. This is the very first release of Ideal, which was also one of the big NDW stars.

Ideal - Wir Stehn auf Berlin


Keith said...

Wow, can't thank you enough for posting these. We first discovered Trio when the "Anna" video was first played on VM3 in 1983(?). Got into Kraftwerk, Ledernacken, Liabach, Falco and whatever else we could find (in Ohio at that time). Most record stores just have oompah music filed under Germany, so this is the motherlode!

Ben Good said...

That Georgie D track is awesome. Can't stop playing it.

Prospero said...

Thanks for reminding me of some songs from my youth. And some obscure tracks I've never hört. Spliff are more famous for "Carbonara". (Yes, indeed - a song about food.)
Sometimes I wish I could watch all these "Hitparade"-Shows from these years again - every saturday live from Berlin with Dieter Thomas Heck. A ritual then because the "Formel Eins"-Show was later and featured more the english artists. The "Hitparade" in the beginning only allowed songs in german - a lot of Schlager, yes, but the NDW was also featured and later they allowed english songwriters too.
Well, thanks a lot. :-)

Ed said...

Spliff, according to a German friend of mine, used to back Nina Hagen. Heard this track years ago, and never thought I would hear it again!

Anonymous said...

You own the original vinyl signal of Ideal/Berlin? It's a rare collector's item, it could make you rich.

Anonymous said...

"vinyl single" of course

dalston shopper said...

Unfortunately, I don't own the original of Ideal on vinyl - as you can see from what I say above - I took the tune and the picture from the Brotbeutel blog :)

But it looks like it has sold on ebay for only euro 21. These days very little vinyl is that expensive anymore.

Anonymous said...

Thanks directly from Germany!
Yesterday I saw a Trio Documentary on TV and recognised which is (or was) Germany's best Band ever. I hope you know also the older NDW-Stuff. To my absolutely favoristes belongs IDEAL and they made the best Berlin (West-Berlin!) Song ever - thaaanks for the post of the 7" Version. R.I.P. F.J. Krueger. About three years ago the guitar player from IDEAL died and I will never forget watching him 5 minutes before the supermarket closes buying toilet tissue! He's also one of the few people I asked for an autograph. That was when he played with the Lassie Singers a long time after IDEAL. And he still drawed an IDEAL "Logo" on the Paper. I said: "What's that?" He said: "It's an old sign, ha ha ha!".

Greetings out of Berlin!


Anonymous said...

Tolle site. Steh ja total auf alles NDW. Would love to share this cool remix video of FRL MENKE - HOHE BERGE on Youtube 

Jonathan said...

A music treasure chest! Much much much thanks.