D.U.R. Deutscher Tanzabend ZENSOR 7" 1982
This is a bonkers little 7" from a young & up-and-coming duo of the era, Helmut Rohde and Straftat, who never really hit the big time. Rohde went on to form the more commercial sounding New Wave group Verlorene Unschuld (Lost Innocence), who were apparently quite naff according to the NLW/Backagain re-issue program (although these guys also thought the same about Grosse Freiheit!). This was originally issued on the Zensor label in Berlin, 1982. The guest list on the record is particularly telling. The avant-gardist Frieder Butzmann, synth expert Christian Ch. Kneisel, and Stephan Kaske of Mythos fame, are all behind the making of this record. Frieder Butzmann acted as key spokesman for the Berlin underground during the years in which punk quickly mutated into New Wave. In many ways NDW was the new punk, as teenage angst and guitars were scrapped in favour of Dada and synthesizers. Christian Kneisel has dabbled in all sorts, first joining forces with Agitation Free in 1974, then becoming a music teacher, and writing the 'Wo das Kraut Wächst' article in Rock in den 70ern (edited by Tibor Kneif), 1980. The Encylopedia Of Electronic Music describes his early West Berlin group Volt-Age as 'a bit like Kraftwerk on steroids'. As for Stephan Kaske, who mixed the record at his own Mythos-Studio in Berlin, check GarColga's 8 Days In April blog for the legendary Mythos debut on Ohr in 1971, fronted by Stephan when he was only 18. The title of this 7" translates as German dance evening!
01. Deurtschland Brennt ('Germany Burns')
03. Bericht aus der Beamtenkultur ('Report from the Official Culture')