Nuggets 299 – Deutschland 83

Nuggets 299 - Electro Chug

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…

Grauzone

More about this German New Wave / Post Punk Band from Hamburg here… and here’s another of their tunes.

 

OMD

 

Heaven 17

Is it just me or does Glenn Gregory (the singer) look like Draco Malfroy in Harry Potter?

 

dd elle

Heavenly Beat

https://heavenlybeat.bandcamp.com/

 

Austra

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.

CHVRCHES

The Go! Team

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

Starfucker

Part Time -- In This Filthy City


She Passed Away

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.

Trisomie 21

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.

#austra, #ben-dodd-his-organ, #chvrches, #cough-cool, #cultfever, #dd-elle, #geisterfahrer, #goldendust, #grauzone, #heaven-17, #heavenly-beat, #jesse-ruins, #motorama, #neon-judgement, #orchestral-manoeuvres-in-the-dark, #part-time, #polica, #starfucker, #tasseomancy, #teenage-panzerkorps, #the-go-team, #trisomie-21

Nuggets 184 – Ambient

Ambient music = music that is "actively listened to with attention or as easily ignored, depending on the choice of the listener", and that exists on the "cusp between melody and texture" sez Brian Eno. Not sure if all these tracks fit the bill. They do what I wanted however, which is to provide a backdrop for when I am working at my desk. I have included Grouper, some rinky tink tink keyboards, mellower krautrock from Wolfgang Reichmann, Cluster and others with some kompakt goodness at the end from Gui Boratto

PS, visit this interweb gem for definitions of slang from the past, i.e. rinky-dink (now worn out, cheap) and feisty (now  lively, determined, and courageous)

No cover yet. Here’s some Len Lye in the meantime with Free Radicals.

 

More Len – The Colour Box. Used by the BPO to sell stamps.

#boneless, #cluster, #co-la, #det-lilla-extra, #dreams-west, #grimes, #grouper, #gui-boratto, #james-yeats, #jurgen-muller, #lapti, #lumpen-nobleman, #mark-mcguire, #meadowlands, #riechmann, #scntfc, #stag-here, #the-duretti-column, #the-soft-moon, #the-townhouses, #tones-on-tail, #umberto