I really enjoyed the recent German TV series Deutschland 83.
The series is set in 1983 when East German paranoia was at its height. Martin Rauch is a young guy sent to spy in West Germany to find out if the Americans are about to attack. The programme resonates because the sound track is rich with tunes of the early 80’s I heard when I was studying in Dunedin. Martin and I share similar times except I was carefree and living the life as student whilst he, and millions of other Germans, lived in real fear of a nuclear war.
As with Justified, I imagined my own soundtrack to the TV series and here ’tis.
There follows a video of the title track followed by a Spotify playlist of the soundtrack to the series.
Back in the West we were oblivious to the struggles of the East German peoples, and instead hung out in clubs dancing like this…
More about this German New Wave / Post Punk Band from Hamburg here… and here’s another of their tunes.
Is it just me or does Glenn Gregory (the singer) look like Draco Malfroy in Harry Potter?
Big fan of Austra. That voice! Even better with three singers but sadly twin sisters Sari and Romy Lightman aka Tasseomancy are no longer involved.
Like Grimes the band is Canadien; must be something in the snow…
Ben Dodd & His Organ
Ben has an interesting take on NZ indie music.
Neon Judgement – Please Release Me Let Me Go-Go
Belgium post punkers. No videos on the web but here is a compilation.
Part Time – In This Filthy City
Coldwave from Turkey.
Keyboard minimalist on the ever reliable Night People Records
No videos of this German post punk band but they do feature in this most excellent playlist.
This gem appears in the above playlist and the dance clip at the start of this entry. The band is from France / Belgium. It took me ages to run down this track after hearing it as part of a YouTube playlist.
Above you will (hopefully) find a playable playlist. I am trying out different ways of presenting playlists so any feedback gratefully received. This jangly list has become a favourite of mine, so enjoy!
PS that’s Cassie Ramone in the photo (The Babies and Vivian Girls). Love your work Cassie.
Looks like a young Brian Wilson.
This ain’t the song in the mix (can’t find it online)
Land of Talk
Different song, but one of my favourites from a band I am very fond of. The band is on hiatus and singer was last seen working in a wholefood café. Sad.
Can’t find this song online so this track is from a comp that has the most unlikely origins.
Here is a link to the comp so you can download it. The Bandcamp links aren’t working anymore.
Personally, the less the cats the better…
This is the whole story:
Burger guys found a kitten running under cars on the freeway during rush hour and they rescued her!!!
The next day they took the kitty to the vet and found out she had fallen or been thrown and she needed
surgery and pins in her pelvis and knee!!! It was super expensive so they asked all their friends to
contribute unreleased songs to benefit the little kitty gato and 50 bands came to the rescue!!! She
is the sweetest little kitten ever, there’s no way we could have let her die so they did THE KITTY COMP!!!
ALL PROCEEDS WENT TO RESCUING THE LITTLE KITTY FRIEND, ANY MONEY MADE AFTER THE $2,200 NEEDED TO FIX
THE KITTEN WENT TO THE AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS!!!
500 cassettes pressed and numbered, sold out after few weeks!!
AS THE COMPILATION IS SOLD OUT, WE DECIDED TO UPLOAD THE TRACK ON OUR BANDCAMP!!
YOU CAN DOWNLOAD IT FOR FREE DONATION, AND THE MONEY WILL BE ADDED TO THE AMOUNT RAISED BY OUR BURGER BROTHERS !!
Finally, some of the above bands are on the Burger label. They have an extensive sampler, have a listen…