Thursday, February 12, 2015

V.A. - Heimatliche Klaenge vol.55 Prae-Kraut Pandaemonium Vol.7

Heimatliche Klaenge - Native Sounds

Prae-Kraut Pandaemonium Vol.7

1 The Beathovens - Blow-Up Machine
2 The Cave Dwellers - Working On A Tsching-Tschang
3 The Robots - Judi
4 Team Beats - Sweety Beaty Baby
5 The Toxic - Waiter
6 The Blizzards - Be Mine
7 The Road Hogs - Very Last Day
8 The Rags - Mr. Cool
9 The Retreads - You You You
10 The Magics - Wake Up!   
11 The Cancers - I Got You   
12 The Moonlights - I Should Go Now   
13 The Loosers - Sensitive   
14 The Rhythm Checkers - Theme OfThe Rhythm Checkers   
15 The Petards - She Didn't  
16 The Delegates - She's The One   
17 The We Four - Jane   
18 The Ricketts - My Life   

Back again in time. Instead of a doublepack we decided to let Vol.7 be escorted by its bastard son "Exploiting Plastic Inevitable", a collection of long gone 60's jewels from countries like Greece, turkey, Israel, Peru, Hong Kong, Chile, Argentina and so on. We wouldn't be Yahoo if it hadn't a damn fine German contribution. If you had the slightest idea about how hard it is to find these shy creatures (and the tiniest shimmering, glimmering clue how much nerves, sweat and beer you spend on trying to stay more or less sane without going bankrupt) you'd be delighted to get anything to listen to at all.
Those familiar with Prae-Kraut know, but as the sources are getting more and more obscure, here's another statement about the sound quality you'd have to expect: Better than the competitors (fortunately we haven't got any), but be assured that neither your eardrums nor your speakers have been blown, it's just another Pandaemonium.
Instead of a thanks-department, we'd like to add, or correct, some information on Vol.1 - 4.
-Improved Sound Ltd. are from Nьrnberg (not Munich)
-Inner Space indeed is Can. Confirmed by singer/actress Rosy Rosy's autobiography
-Mercy is an US-band. We knew that, but the track we used isn't the original flip of their middle-of-the-road-hit "Love". But it's not a German-only either, as the UK-edition has the same B-side.
-The Rainy Daze are not the US-band of that name, but there are English and German bands known to exist, so we're not quite sure.
-Andy Nevison is a US-GI serving in Hagen, Germany. Both of his singles were recorded and released here. His band was half American half German and, believe it or not, he's still doing the odd gig now and then in Westfalia.
-The Riats, as we suspected, are Dutch.
the Cherry Stones release is German only, but they seem to be half Swedish at least. Their "Things she says" is a cover of the pre-Tommorrow UK-group The In Crowd.
-The Blizzards' song "Hab keine Lust heut' aufzusteh'n" is a translated version of "Ik Heb Geen Zin Om Op Te Staan" by the brilliant Dutch group Het.
-The Meatles are from Mettingen, not Metzingen (as if you cared...) and we're still negotiating with a meanwhile megalomaniac ownwer of the tapes of the great lost Meatles album.
Have a nice trip, loosen mind limitations, have vomit bags in reach and pray that this isn't Flight 505, 'cause as every time, this may be the last time, I don't know...

The Beathovens:
Not the Swedish Beathovens and not the Danish Beethovens, who had two marvellous records on DK-Columbia and probably are the ones who did the great R&B raver "She's My Love" for (German label) Kerston. The Hamburg Beathovens had a collectable Longplayer on Somerset, but their Masterpiece is this single "Blow-up Machine". Not as you might expect a pre-dated tribute to the Baader-Meinhof group, but the lamentation of a dwarf who'd rather be inflated than overlooked. Pump up the jam!
A life-long occupation for the author and singer Rolf Zuckowski. Too good to be true, but it's him who makes a comfortable living on writing and recording new nursery rhymes and cleaned versions of contemporary chart-toppers with a bunch of kids these days. Even has his own TV-show, called children's Hit parade or something. Soon as the brats grow taller than 1,55 (Ah, lawdy, what's that in inches, stones or flat feet...) they get sacked. The jerk was proud enough of his lyrical qualities to print the words on the backcover

The Robots:
Though on a leading major label, nothing is known about The Robots, except that the flip of "Judi" is another, even slightly better, moody jingle jangle. But as you can find it on "Diggin'...3".... No, actually both are a matter of taste, but the other one's entitled "It's So Hard To Say", which, as you meanwhile might know, is one of our favourite ways of saying "I hate writing words to a song, but I wanna see my name on a record!"

The Blizzards:
The detailed story of The Blizzards from Stade can be found on Vol.3 and 4. None of their 7 singles charted, neither did the LP from which "Be Mine" is taken. A picture of The Blizzards can be found on the front cover of Vol. 6.

The Cave Dwellers:
The ASP label from Aachen is best known for releasing the (meanwhile much too) expensive LP of the Dutch/German John Bassman Group, while the superior Cave Dwellers single, due to its rarity, slipped the attention of most collectors to this very day. "I Need You" is a version of a seldom sown flower, a Keith Moon composition, where the Dwellers show what the Who could have sounded like, hadn't they smashed all instruments in reach before plugging them in. "Working On A Tsching-Tscheng" is a crafty cover of a song originally written by one of Holland's finest, Les Baroques. Living a spit away from the border, they probably picked it up on the radio.

Team Beats (Berlin):
The Team Beats are usually remembered for their Star Club recordings and for having Olaf Leitner (RIAS-DJ and well-known rockwriter) on keys. They played support to the Stones, Pretty Things, Yardbirds and so on. They nearly had a hit after a TV-appearance (Drehscheibe) with "Battle Of New Orleans", but while The Lords made a living on plundering Lonnie Donnegan albums, the trick didn't work with the Team Beats."Ring Dang Doo", as most of their records, is a cover version. From a hard to find compilation comes this tribute to sam The Sham And The Pharaos, an often underestimated band obstinately neglected by modern day Rock-Encyclopediae, but highly influential in this country.
They debuted without the "Berlin"-appendix on a different label. On the flip of "Say Mama", a song they pilfered from Gene Vincent while playing bottom of the bill to him and his Houseshakers, we find their lone self-penned number, "Sweety Beaty Baby" will not blow the roof off your garage, but remember this was early 64. a very early example of that strange German way of key modulation, it should at least appeal to all fans of The Milkshakes and Co.

The Petards:
Well known pals from Vol.1 ("Tartarex"), where they disproved Einstein's relativity theory convincingly. Before the band, who derive the name from the French word for firecracker, took off to explore the depth of time and space for Liberty and United Artists, they recorded 4 singles and an LP on three small labels. The first one, "Baby Run Run Run" undoubtly was the wildest, but as it showed up on "Visions" as well as on "At The Club" recently, here's the second one. "She Didn't" has been sleeping in the archives since Vol.3, never actually turned down, but always considered a little bit too tame (should I say normal?). Too good to be forgotten, and we're on a pretty moody side of Prae-Kraut meanwhile anyway.

The Road Hogs:
From the Star Palast in Kiel, the label says. Not a live recording, though. As Kiel isn't too far away from Denmark, The Hogs may well be of Scandinavian origin. As in The Retreads' case, it's hard to imagine that a band as tight and together as the Road Hogs wouldn't have done more than a sole 45 had they been German.
Anyway, this particular record's A-side had a lot of airplay. Being a (totally brilliant, even more brutal) version of "My Generation", it was the one that was at hand when contractual problems during The Who's label change delayed the release of the original for a while.
"Very Last Day" is a song The Hollies found on a Peter, Paul and Mary-album and put a little meat to the bones. Now, The Road Hogs most likely didn't know the original and did to The Hollies what they had done to Peter, Paul and Mary. Will the circle be unbroken...? In deed, yes! The Barracudas did it in 84. Who's next?

The Rags:
Can' t believe that these are the same Rags we had on Vol.2. Different label, very different sound. Released at the tail-end of the winter of love between two Trogg's 45's, The Rags have obviously been familiar with the first Vanilla Fudge Lp. They even borrowed the instrumental break of "You Keep Me Hanging On". To do a heavy ballad in German was a bold but unrewarded decision. But would they have made it to the Hall of Fame with "Don't Fall Off Your Stool, Mr. Cool"?

The Retreads:
Both sides of their only single sound a bit too professional to believe they called it a day the next morning. Perfect balance between catchy melody pop and fast R&B. A German-only on a major that used to be outhouse for a couple of Brit-bands regularly performing the Hamburg chittlin'-circuit. There was a lot of pseudonyming in the old days. (The In Crowd, for instance, who recorded "Old McDonald" weren't the pre-Tomorrow group, but the Rattles, who recorded as "The Fixx" and "Our Gang" as well) So I can say that I must say that it's hard to say who hides behind The retreads, to say the least.

We Four:
Not the UK-60's band and not the US-folksters We Five. Disregarding the somewhat clumsy hick-upping on what was meant to be a hookline, "Jane" is an enjoyable number with cool guitar licks and a chorus that could have been inspired by The Who ("Happy Jack"-period). Another one sneaking into the hall of the Kraut-grill pussyfooting rather than coming on tiger claws, but you can't kick down the door each time.
(We Four were a Scandinavian group. The single was first released in Sweden)

The Loosers:
We apologize for the abrasive sound quality, but from Vol.3 you might remember that this is one of the impossible to find platters. "Sensitive" is exactly that. Seriously ambitious as "Understand" was, you get a very tricky rhythm change for free from the guys, who paid for the most private of the privately pressed German records. You can't blame it on the likes of The Loosers, but isn't it sad that Independent Music mutated to the longest four-letter word known to mankind?

The Magics:
Another well-paid but frustrated backing band, trying to shake off the Schlager-image. drafi Deutscher's group nicely link their pop roots with a strong backbeat and a sad tale about ending up in jail. But some seconds of wild guitar-noodling and the daring story aside, that's what they did on quite a lot of Drafi's hits as well. It often was the language, not the sound that separated Drafi & The Magics from the German Premier League. Just listen to the English version of "Marmorstein..." (marble Breaks And Iron Bends) or to the rough version of Sandie Shaw's "I Don't Need That Kind Of Loving".
The carnival was over when Drafi got crucified by the press, especially teenie-mag "Bravo" for exhibiting private parts in public to minors. What sounds like a German Morrison was a bad case of hangover. In need of fresh air, trying to avoid vomit, he jumped out of his bathtub and onto the balcony, losing the towel underway. Unfortunately some kids and their grandma, breakfasting on the opposite balcony, had a hard time trying to avoid the same now. And that was the end of The Magics. Drafi didn't need a band anymore...

The Cancers:
all dressed up like the toughest of the mods, starting the song with tommy-gun crossfire, The Cancers' "I Got You" soon clears up as a rather harmless love song, organ-dominated as if the axeman wore hand-cuffs. But a strong melody and nice harmony vox turn it to an unvoluntary sing-along on third listening.
The second (and one of the very few decent) record on the beautifully named Flower-label, whose greatest achievement was showing that German and Dutch could go together well. Flower, small as it was, had headquarters in both countries.

The Moonlights:
As we told you somewhere along the line, our hometown seems to be the hardest nut to crack. Imagine the delight when we found The Moonlights posing on the cover in front of our central train station with the neonlights of the trademark of our biggest local brewery, "Stuttgarter Hofbrдu", shining above them. The stumbling marching band-rhythm and a cheesy melodica-solo is another reason to love (or hate) the record. When they come to the line (though they certainly didn't mean it, it sounds like): "I'm full of Blues now, I know a Nazi", you know you picked a winner.

The Ricketts:
Nice name. (Rachitis, the English disease. Sorry, but that's what my dictionary says. 11th edition, London 1953) Krautologists will remember them for "Action Painting" on "Visions Of The Past". They share an LP with Proud Flesh and Concentric Movement on the Resono-label. After a couple of line-up changes they reappeared on BASF (hands off!) "Harmony is everywhere but in my life!" Ha, hard-core followers of Prae-Kraut will love this artsy-fartsy piece of hush puppies-Prog-Rock. Especially that guy playing saxophone without - look, ma - using his hands.

The Rhythm Checkers:
Although they mostly performed -and only recorded- in France, the Saarbrьcken-based band Rhythm Checkers were a German band with a Dutch guitarist and probably a French singer, who according to their "Live At The Olympia"-EP, had the ambition to show James Brown what a roar is. From their studio-EP come "Theme" and, remarkable choice, "On Your Way Down The Drain", A Danny Kootch-written cover of the Kingbees. More of the Checkers can be found on"Diggin' for Gold 3" and (soon to be available) "Exploiting Plastic Inevitable Vol.1" compilation.

The Toxic
Listening to the kind of poetry they spread over the 4 sides of their entire oeuvre, you're tempted to remember them as The Intoxicated. Total eclipse or new dimension of the mynd, the choice is yours. Considering the lacking extravaganza of Opp's as well as Aronda's studios (and the incapability of ignorant engineers), The Toxic's contribution to the wonderful world of soft-sike can't be estimated high enough. In a way, they beat their idols at their own game. In case you wonder what "Horse And Director" is all about... finding out the meaning of the German sung flip("Einmal") can drive you up the walls of your mush-room. Another enigma is "Waiter", where they mix "Child Of The Moon", Abbey Road and S.F. Sorrow to a lovely result. The Toxic must have been raised on strange milk. 

The Delegates:
The Delegates recorded for a major company soon after this one on Elite. Famous radio-DJ Mal Sondock, like Andy Nevison (see Vol.2) an US-soldier who found Germany pleasant enough to stay here for many a moon, was a member for a while. That could be the reason why The Delegates did this cover of The Chartbusters' (very) minor US-hit. Their version of "She's The One" has John, Paul, George and Ringo written all over, and like The Prophets' "You Missed By A Mile" (Vol.1) wouldn't sound misplaced on the next Rutles LP.

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