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Various Artists - Die Neue Deutsche Welle Ist Da Da Da - Here Records - HERE1 - Germany 1982 - Vinyl Rip FLAC 24/48
–Trio Da Da Da Ich Lieb Dich Nicht Du Liebst Mich Nicht Aha Aha Aha 3:20
–Abwärts Beim Erstenmal Tut's Immer Weh 3:08
–Palais Schaumburg Deutschland Kommt Gebräunt Zurück 3:43
–Claudia Robot Scherbenlilli 4:20
–Die Kapazität Bemühe Dich 1:43
–Yello & Joy Ryder Sehnsucht Nach Allem 3:11
–Jawoll Taxi 3:50
–Palais Schaumburg Wir Bauen Eine Neue Stadt 3:29
–Trio Los Paul 2:32
–Geisterfahrer Himmel Auf Erden 1:57
–Ina Deter Ich Habe Mir Sooft Gewünscht 3:13
–Exkurs Warten 2:54
–Abwärts Affentanz (Der Westen Ist Einsam) 3:00
–Novalis (3) Frühsport Im Sachsenwald 5:48
Originally bought this on cassette when it first came out. All my cassette decks no longer work and are irrepairable, so decided to treat myself to a lovely clean copy.
At some point in 1982, when we had more emerging genres than you could throw a Schwartz spice rack at……from a commercial pop consideration, a quick look at a Top of The Pops video of the time would confirm a smorgersbord of 2 Tone, Disco, Pop, Synth, New Romantic, Metal, so under all tht commerciality there was a ton more genres and excellent music to try to find with the help of John Peel et al.
I already had a major leaning towards electronic music (and probably dressed appropriately to show that), so my exposure to German Music had already ocurred but was still minimal to an extent…Kraftwerk, DAF. (thats minimal in collection and sound)
I recall hearing on John Peel or was it seeing on TOTP?!?!? Trio’s DA Da Da…..an annoyingly catchy track that everyone who had a Casio VLTone was sure to adore.
Now, every kid had a Casio VLtone, as well as being a basic preset drum machine come entry level synthesizer, it was also a calculator, it was very annoying, especially to myself as I didn’t have one.
Now to have a song totally performed in it’s native German hit No.2 in the UK Charts was a bit odd at the time, but probably as odd as Laurie Anderson’s O Superman and Japan's, Ghosts being in a chart based on airplay sales.
So, not long after this, the record company execs decided to start pushing German music on other countries, someone, somewhere in Deutschland could see some money being made out of what was being termed Neue Deutsche Welle (NDW). From a chart consideration, the UK was only going to experience Falco and Nena in the forthcoming 12 months. A selection of NDW compilations were coming out of germany, most of these would always include the essential, yet blatantly commercial hits as well as the same old NDW/Punk anthems.
Now being more “synth” orientated, I (in my naive youth) made the assumption that any music made in Germany in the late and early 80’s was all going to be Electronic, ofcourse I soon learned my lesson, and obviously my taste in music was beginning to expand at a huge rate.
Having bought all the DAF albums, I could only imagine what Conny Plank's Synthesizer Studio looked like (well, my fantasy was more like a Tangerine Dream rig than what Conny’s studio really looked like). I also wanted to learn German, unfortunately, my school wouldn’t allow me (schools in the early 80’s never allowed kids to study what they had an interest in. Infact, teachers were always very good at not informing you of anything they were teaching you would have been of any use as a lifeskill.
I had to learn a language, but I had no interest in French (I had yet to experience the virtues of French Music - that was to come!!)….so I wasn’t allowed to learn German, so I thought I’d learn enough German to get by, by learning the lyrics on DAF albums - it wasn’t until my first trip to Berlin in 2007 that I realised that walking down the Straase shouting Sex Unter wasser wasn’t a good idea, luckily the Berliner Volk are tolerant of stupid English people that can’t speak their language.
Anyway, the local Our Price was very good at getting German Music in…whether it be NDW or Kosmische or Krautrock or X-Mal Deutschland and so my love affair with German music continues to this very day.
Now, out of all the NDW albums at the time, this is my favourite, it has some unusual tracks that you won’t find on anything else, as well as what were to become quite predictable anthems like Geisterfahrer’s Himmel auf Erden.
This was my first introduction to Palais Scaumburg, I didn’t know what to make of this disjointed angular sound, infact I wasn’t sure if I liked it, But, the more I listened, the more fascinated I became, to the point that I managed to get hold of all their works, Holger Hiller, left Schaumburg after their first album and went on to continue as an early Emulator icon for Mute Records and Billie Mackenzie. Schaumburg had another couple of albums showing their international influences with their increasingly funky sound.
I have some more NDW comps from around the time, which are more New wave or Punk orientated which I may get round to ripping soon
Here is the fantasticaly curated Die NDWIST Da Da Da, ripped to 24 bit/48 from vinyl
Here’s a new mix on my Mixcloud, it’s got a large amount of Neue Deutsche Welle with some Belgian New Beat thrown in for good measure…some Italo Disco and some Slo Mo Dark Disco from Nein Records…enjoy!!
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