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.
Peter Schilling – Major Tom 1983 NDW
Back in the West we were oblivious to the struggles of the East German peoples, and instead hung out in clubs dancing like this…
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.