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.
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.
Jesse Ruins -- Lust & Fame
Part Time -- In This Filthy City
Coldwave from Turkey.
Goldendust -- Forever Midnight
Keyboard minimalist on the ever reliable Night People Records
Cough Cool -- The Real Germany
Geisterfahrer -- Himmel auf Erden
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.
This playlist has become part of my morning ritual – a gentle introduction to my working day.