Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Heimatliche Klaenge Vol. 49-53:Heimatliche Klaenge Prae-Kraut Pandaemonium 1-5





Prae-Kraut Pandaemonium Vol.1

1 Novak's Kapelle - Doing That Rhythm Thing
2 The Prophets - You Missed By A Mile
3 The Improved Sound LTD. - Leave ThisLesbian World
4 The Dragons - Heart Transplantation
5 The Inner Space - Agilok And Blubbo
6 Mercy - Fireball
7 Malepartus II - Ich Glaub' Die Hole Mich Ab
8 Kaplan Flury - Jimi Hendrix
9 The Petards - Tartarex   
10 The Blackbirds - Space   
11 Rene & The Ten Less Five - Ever   
12 The Shaggys - Only An Hour   
13 Ric & The Skyliners - Convicted   
14 Dakotas - Don't Know The Reason  
15 Dave Gordon & His Rebel Guys - Call Me   
16 101 Strings - Karma Sitar   
17 Meta & The Bowling Boys - Und Ich 

Teutonic Beats of another kind (1 Beat per 2 minutes) have always been a special addiction to special lunatics. Incredibly rare but comparatively unexplored, you still may stumble over an unexpected jewel and buy it for peanuts. We've been digging our potatoes for the archieves of the Anti-Oblivion-League quite a while. Some of these goodies reappeared in recent years on various compilations. Pebbles did what they could, even Rubbles had The Sub, Orange Peel and Wonderland, cream of the crop however on two volumes of Visions From The Past (highly recommended).

Although some of the weirdest stuff is available again, (or , at least, was), there still must be some hundreds of scratchy 45's out there which we've never heard. We thought that it is about time to put out some rare music from the German Beat Era that can't be found elsewhere. But be aware, this is German music. From brilliant to embarrassing, from charming naivity to full blown freak-out, it's got a typical German claim for seriosness and gravity in common. But then, that's why we like it. What you hold in your hand is a document of time rather than German Nuggets, and some of these ancient epics have their crackling more than in tact. Last warning: This record is absolutely useless except for the very stupid and the very intelligent!

Novaks Kapelle: Comes from Austria, we have to admit. But Vienna's wild men are too weird to be left out, so we stretch the border a bit. Best known for the scandal, the pornographic cover of their '78 album 'Naked' provoked, they were: Helge Thor, Erwin Novak, Peter Travnicek and Walla Mauritz. How they managed to get away with "Hypodermic Needle" in '68 remains a mystery. (Label Amadeo)

The Prophets - created one of the most loveable slices of Mersey Sound this side of The Rutles on Kerston Records about 1966. They wore trousers you wouldn't touch with a bargepole and must have missed their date with Leggy Mountbatten by a mile or two. From the outskirts of Duesseldorf, they reincarnated as The Toten Hosen (Rotting Rabbits) after a decade of serious experimenting with mind expanding substances (i.e. peas). Unable to read properly, they still play the not very famous Rotzkeller in Duesseldorf, try to find the rails of the Reeperbahn and are banned from Cologne. You doubt? Take a look at the sleeve of Vol.1.

Improved Sound Ltd.: "Leave This Lesbian World" is not another lecture of the Kaplan, as you might suspect.It's the soundtrack of "Hoppe Hoppe Reiter", an ill-bred attempt to cash-in on the success of the "Wilde Reiter G.m.b.H."-movie. Underground placebo.
Improved Sound Ltd. were: Axel Linstaedt, Johnny Fickert, Uli Ruppert, Rolf Groeschner and Bernd Linstaedt. Playing together since 1961, they came from Modern Jazz to Beat/Pop, at that time as "The Blizzards". In 1965 they worked as backing-band for Roy Black and in 1966 they were No.1 in the "Meet the Beat"-contest of the Bayrischer Rundfunk. Later they made a lot of soundtracks ("Bettelstudent", "O.K.", "Wer im Glashaus liebt") and released 3 records between '69 and'73. They were good musicians and had their moments, but most of the material sounds like "Rent-a-Band".

The Dragons: were K. Krus, B. & R. Lohmann and K. Timmermann from Bonn or Cologne. Their remarkable mini-opera was released in 1969 on Opp, and this one carries a message, friends and neighbours! That's what ambition can do for you. Wonder what ever else they might have chosen to write about. No other records known, so far. A real pity. We'd love to hear their great lost double album.

Inner Space: The existence of this record has been widely denied. According to the official "CAN-Book", the band changed it's name from Inner Space to Can in December 1968. One month earlier, they had recorded the music for a movie called "kama Sutra". The Single "Kama Sutra, parts 1 & 2" saw the light of the day in January '69 on Metronome, credited to Irmin Schmidt alone, and Inner Space was used as the name for the Can studio fro now on. What we have here is an Inner Space Single from '68 on Vogue, writers credits go to Irmin, Mischa and K. Lea (whoever Mr. Lea may be...). It's a soundtrack again, although we've never met someone who recalls the movie "Agilok & Blubbo". The flip is the wonderfull "Kamera Song", where Inner Space join forces with Rosy-Rosy, infamous Munich actress, blessed (or cursed) with a set of bells to even scare Russ Meyer. We'd kill for a copy of the movie...

Mercy: This odd single on Vogue is all we've got. Boring A-side (not the same Band, I'd say) with a tremendous psychedelic-surf Intro (if such is possible) on the back. A one-off in the studio, not surely German, but a winner anyway and no foreign release known.

Malepartus II: Big Label, no hit. He was our very own Napoleon XIV and they came to take him away after this two-sided proof of insanity. If you speak German, you know where he came from, if not, don't bother learning, his rap comes in Hessian.

Kaplan Flury's odd ode to Mr. Hendrix is one of the most tasteless records ever made. Not just horrible, it's absolutely discusting and we've complementing him by calling it a record. The Kaplan was a real Reverend and he gives us hell. A sermon in the crusade against sex and drugs and you know what. Yet we wonder how the guys at "Twisted Village" could shut their eyes to this document of time. It would have been the climax on the indigestible "Stars that play with Dead Jim's Dice"-compilation.

The Petards: The Petards are a German Rock legend, their 4 (maybe 5) albums were rereleased on bear Family and their story can be found elsewhere. One of their best tracks remained undiscovered to this day on a flipside. "Tartarex" is a good example for desperate efforts to turn from Beat to "Underground".

The Blackbirds - from the Saarland (buy a map!) learned to fly in 65 and had a couple of singles (Opp again) till 69. Usually inclined for the softer sides of noise, brothers Koop, W. Breinig and H. Vigneron went over the top a bit on the flip of this one from 68. Prophetically entitled "Space", they gave the world a taste of what was to come. But, obviously, the world didn't listen.

The Shaggys: came from, well, out of nowhere and went back home after this monumental epic on the R & B label. (R & B stands for whatever you like, definitely not for Rhythm and Blues). If you're looking for a male counterpart to the divine Shaggs (not to be mixed up), you've found it. Breathtaking.

Ric And The Skyliners ('65, Merco Frankfurt) or Rene And The Ten Less Five ('65, Royal Splendid) Hopelessly obscure again (though the Skyliners had 3 more singles), but just as irresistably charming. Hard to say who makes No.1 in our little Kindergarten.

The Dakotas / The Rags / Dave Gordon - sorry, nothing. A group from Stade, called the Rags, fought about 20 other obscure outfits in a Battle of the Bands '65 at the Star Club, but that's it. The 3 tracks are the originals on a sampler of German Bands playing cover versions. (SR-Records)

101 Strings: A studio orchestra project on the Europa label, trying to make a fast Deutsch-Mark on Flower-Power and Ravi Shankar. Cheap and cheesy with one glorious exception: "Karma Sitar".

Meta & The Bowling Boys - A swabian hick town band (here with the local Hip-goddace meta Eberspдcher). They released this as a benefiz-flexi for the Winterhilfswerk on their own "Rosenrot-Schallplatten"-label in early '67. Unbelievable.


Prae-Kraut Pandaemonium Vol.2

1 The Inner Space & Rosy Rosy - KameraSong
2 Rainy Daze - What Do You Think
3 Nyrvana Pancake - Open Your Eyes
4 Malepartus II - Lisbeth
5 Casey Jones & The Governors - Bumble Bee
6 The Bats - Got A Girl
7 Novak's Kapelle - Hypodermic Needle
8 The Beats - With A Girl Like You
9 Andy Nevison & His Rhythm-Masters - Indiano   
10 The Improved Sound LTD - Hit 'Em In The Face   
11 The Shaggys - I Need You So   
12 Ric & The Skyliners - She's Gone  
13 The Riats - One More Parade   
14 The Rags - I Cry For Love   
15 The Renegades - Can't You See   
16 The Beatigheimers - Warum? 

Inner Space: The existence of this record has been widely denied. According to the official "CAN-Book", the band changed it's name from Inner Space to Can in December 1968. One month earlier, they had recorded the music for a movie called "kama Sutra". The Single "Kama Sutra, parts 1 & 2" saw the light of the day in January '69 on Metronome, credited to Irmin Schmidt alone, and Inner Space was used as the name for the Can studio fro now on. What we have here is an Inner Space Single from '68 on Vogue, writers credits go to Irmin, Mischa and K. Lea (whoever Mr. Lea may be...). It's a soundtrack again, although we've never met someone who recalls the movie "Agilok & Blubbo". The flip is the wonderfull "Kamera Song", where Inner Space join forces with Rosy-Rosy, infamous Munich actress, blessed (or cursed) with a set of bells to even scare Russ Meyer. We'd kill for a copy of the movie...

Rainy Daze: One of those groups to be found on cheapo albums like "Beat Raketen International" covering a Tremeloes hit or backing an eratz-Engelbert. When their company gave them the one chance to record original material, they had to hide this gem on the back.

Nyrvana Pancake: this 69 private pressing (no label) is the closest we'll get to touching the real Kraut Rock. They've been seen a lot in and around Stuttgart, if my memory serves me well...

Malepartus II: Big Label, no hit. He was our very own Napoleon XIV and they came to take him away after this two-sided proof of insanity. If you speak German, you know where he came from, if not, don't bother learning, his rap comes in Hessian.

Another immigrant combo (Liverpool this time) are Casey Jones and The Governors - As German as the Kaiser, believe me! Half the size of the others, Casey was dropped from Cass And The Cassanovas when they changed their name to The Big Three. Casey Jones And The Engineers recorded in England as well as in Germany, but nothing happened. Changing name to the Governors and label from Bellaphon to Golden 12, they released "Don't Ha Ha" and made The Beatles cliff-hanging No.2 for some weeks in Germany. Among an impressive string of hits, they had this one flop "Bumble Bee". The Searchers went nowhere with the same song, although they avoided singing that one in German. (Strange enough, because they often executed their best songs this way) Well, Casey did it. At least he tried. You don't understand the lyrics? Don't worry, neither do we. Kisuaheli or something.

The Bats - from Hamburg. Appeared first on an Ariola Star Club Sampler, doing covers of R & B standards. Various singles and 6 LP's on their (probably) own Summer label followed, the last one from (hold on to your hats!) 1989, called "Timeless". Countless line-up changes, the treue believer being one Waldemar Kropp, who sang "Nicht zu alt fuer Rock n'Roll in 1988. Too young to die, indeed.

Novaks Kapelle: Comes from Austria, we have to admit. But Vienna's wild men are too weird to be left out, so we stretch the border a bit. Best known for the scandal, the pornographic cover of their '78 album 'Naked' provoked, they were: Helge Thor, Erwin Novak, Peter Travnicek and Walla Mauritz. How they managed to get away with "Hypodermic Needle" in '68 remains a mystery. (Label Amadeo)

The Beats - well never trust a crew with a wicked name like that. Listen and you'll know why we had to include this cover of a rather tame Troggs song. Look at the picture of these blokes. Yes Sir, that's what the sixties were like in Germany. (And by the way, doesn't the big one show a suspicious similarity to our much beloved Mr. Bundeskanzler?) A flexi in an expensive picture sleeve. That sounds a lot like Helmut...

Andi Nevison (and his Rhythm Masters) is a mystery. Doesn't sound very German. Big Hit on a big label (UH-huh!); "Indiano" ruled the airwaves and the dancefloors in this part of the country for a wek or two. This little monster still sends shivers down my spine. Watch out, Lord Sutch!

Improved Sound Ltd.: "Leave This Lesbian World" is not another lecture of the Kaplan, as you might suspect.It's the soundtrack of "Hoppe Hoppe Reiter", an ill-bred attempt to cash-in on the success of the "Wilde Reiter G.m.b.H."-movie. Underground placebo.
Improved Sound Ltd. were: Axel Linstaedt, Johnny Fickert, Uli Ruppert, Rolf Groeschner and Bernd Linstaedt. Playing together since 1961, they came from Modern Jazz to Beat/Pop, at that time as "The Blizzards". In 1965 they worked as backing-band for Roy Black and in 1966 they were No.1 in the "Meet the Beat"-contest of the Bayrischer Rundfunk. Later they made a lot of soundtracks ("Bettelstudent", "O.K.", "Wer im Glashaus liebt") and released 3 records between '69 and'73. They were good musicians and had their moments, but most of the material sounds like "Rent-a-Band".

The Shaggys: came from, well, out of nowhere and went back home after this monumental epic on the R & B label. (R & B stands for whatever you like, definitely not for Rhythm and Blues). If you're looking for a male counterpart to the divine Shaggs (not to be mixed up), you've found it. Breathtaking.

Ric And The Skyliners ('65, Merco Frankfurt) or Rene And The Ten Less Five ('65, Royal Splendid) Hopelessly obscure again (though the Skyliners had 3 more singles), but just as irresistably charming. Hard to say who makes No.1 in our little Kindergarten.

The Riats: his one is a sleeper, growing year to year. The way they sing, The Riats sound rather Dutch than German, but anyway, "One More Parade" is a marvelous piece of Folk Rock, treating Phil Ochs' classic with deserved respect. It's credited to one Philip Ox on the label. Mouth to mouth, those were the days, my friends...

The Dakotas / The Rags / Dave Gordon - sorry, nothing. A group from Stade, called the Rags, fought about 20 other obscure outfits in a Battle of the Bands '65 at the Star Club, but that's it. The 3 tracks are the originals on a sampler of German Bands playing cover versions. (SR-Records)

The Renegades: were exactly that, renegades from their Birmingham play grounds, driven to continental exile by lack of success and to much competition. In 1965 they were Finnlands No. 1 attraction, they rivaled The Sorrows and The Primitives in Italy at the end of the Beatboom, and in between, they rolled up Germany. Not only did they chart with damn fine versions of "Cadillac" and "Take a heart" like they'd just invented acceleration, they even had a minor hit with one of the most explosions of Freak Beat, "13 Women". Like The Monks, The Smoke or The Creation, 
The Renegades were more German than James Last for a while. But be aware, unlike the above mentioned, they were kind of a Jekyll and Hyde-band, totally embarrassing now and then. "Can't You See" was declared B-side to a ridiculous New Vaudeville Band rip-off on the Scandia label.

The Beatigheimers aus Bietigheim natьrlich. Durch private Kontakte gelangten wir an Proberaumaufnahmen dieser Amateurtanzband, die so privat fuer sich anscheinend schon mal die Sau rausliessen. Von ihnen sind keine Vinylveroeffentlichungen bekannt, sie beschraenkten sich auf Auftritte bei Hochzeiten und Firmenfeiern. Wie sie ausgerechnet auf die Idee kamen,Why don't you smile now" (ein Reed/Cale Stueck aus der prae-Velvet Aera) zu covern wird wohl fuer immer ein kleines Mysterium der Beatgeschichte bleiben. Bietigheim-New York, 1966 war die Welt noch klein. Der schwaebische Akzent ist in der deutschen Sprache wohl besonders geeignet, den rotzig arroganten Ton des Beat/R & B-Gesangs an den Mann zu bringen. Hoert selbst!

Errors and Corrections:
Vol. 2: Rainy Daze probably are a British band. The record had a German and a UK-release. But these Rainy Daze definitely are not the better known US-band of the same name. The Riats are a Dutch band. The Beatigheimers are German, but this isn't a record from the 60's


Prae-Kraut Pandaemonium Vol.3

1 The Rebbels - Round The World
2 Fifth Dead - Devil King
3 The King-Beats - Hear What I Say
4 The Rocking Stars - Flames Of Love
5 The Magic Herbs - Still Hoping You Might Come Back Home
6 Daisy Clan - Glory Be
7 Cherry Stones - What's The Matter Baby
8 The Gents Inc. - Gettin' The Blues
9 unknown - Mystery Track
10 Les Copains - I'm So Lonely  
11 Chosen Few - One Day Before  
12 The Blizzards - Hab' Keine Lust Heut Aufzustehn   
13 The Loosers - Understand  
14 The Wild Cats - All Right  
15 The Kentuckys - Old Hangman Is Dead  
16 The Sevens - Love Of A Bird  
17 The Dukes - I'm An Unskilled Worker   
18 The J.P.'s - The War   

 
 

You're probably wondering why we're here again so soon. Well, we do too, but the reaction to Vol.1 & 2 was too overwhelming to stop now. Just a few copies left, and the reviews are yet to come. We're not alone in space! (Special thanks for support and encouragement to Hr: G:; Hr.V. & Hr. K., true comrades against the jive)
Proud owners of the first volumes will know, but here's to all you newcomers: Hands off if you're expecting a certain sound. This is not a psychedelic- not a garage- not a novelty- not a beat band- collection. It's all of that and more. Purism is not our thing and you'll need an open mind, a strange kind of humour and a strong stomach now and then. Digital brains be warned: We're rather flying low-fi than stand-by. The sound quality of the sources varies from brilliant to audible. So if you can't stand a little pot-rattling, get out of the kitchen and wait for the new Phil Collins CD-rom. Ready Krauts?

The Blizzards
are another reason to go back to school. Their fate is probably the most tragic and undeserved of all those cases documented in this series. Like The Eyes or The Prophets in GB, they tried hard and went nowhere. But how great they were! They recorded in english and german. 7 singles and an LP. The first has been re-released on Star Club Complete Vol. 3 recently. (Not their strongest moment, but there you'll find a very detailed band history of Stade's finest). They were not Roy Black's backing band of the same name, but they did the job for another of the Schlager-Fuzzies. That's the reason why we're still searching for a single called "Lebenslдnglich" by Howard Carpendale. The Blizzards really let it all hang out when allowed. "Hab keine Lust heut' aufzustehen" means "You won't get me out of bed today" and is a perfect ode to idleness.


Chosen Few
What about compiling a sampler containing all those Chosen Fews of the world. Even Germany can offer more than one of them, because this doesn't seem to be the group that recorded "Blackbird Face" on CCA. "One Day Before" (GM Rec.) is a real Krautpleaser, something to play to your music teacher and earn a patronizing "well, interesting indeed". Incredible violin solo some years ahead of "The Flock" and another flirt with Amadeus.


The Loosers
I'm a Looser, baby, so why don't you correct me? Like The Rebbels, they must have had a dictionary of questionable quality. Who cares, they had the nerve to put their money in this privately pressed 45. The Yardbirds' "Still I'm Sad" was a remarkable source of inspiration in this country. The Loosers are winners with their variation of the theme.


Fith Dead
(Fьnfter Toter?) Yeah, grat! Full! Death walks behind you! Satan never sleeps. This one comes right out of the magic washroom. Too good to be true. Every self-attested detective of the "Too-obviously-a-fake-departement" will try to prove that this is a Metabolismustrack, recorded last week. Hold your peace, nose-white-hoax-snifflers! Germany '69, CCA records.
A sinister soundtrack for your private doomsday party in two parts. The invention of Death Metal. Better run from the devil's gun Morbid Angel...
(Fith Dead: A German band, but the single was released in 1975.)


The Kingbeats
The Methusalems among us might remamber this band from the outskirts of Frankfurt and their effort to break the charts in late '65 with "Archibald II", an awkward attempt to excel the nonsense of Herman's Hermits' "Henry VIII". Anyway, "Hear What I Say" is of quite a different calibre. Take "Walking In The Sand", "Still I'm Sad" and "Eve Of Destruction", rip'em to shreds and puzzle a monster. Don't forget a tablespoon of "Play With Fire". No kidding, it really is that good. And, yes we're going to reveal some day. 


The Sevens
Yeah, they are from Switzerland. All of them. Not even a german grandma in sight. But we're not playing ice-hockey here. Listen to "Love Of A Bird" and you'll know why we couldn't resist. They don't need to mention the bees and the flowers and the trees to tell you what diddy wah diddy means.


The J.P.'s
are from Hannover and were the nucleus of what was to become one of the most successsful German bands, Jane! They declare war to "The War" in a slightly more agressive way than Antoine did. We couldn't find out what they did between '66 and '72 and what the abbreviation stands for. (Justice of the Peace? Judas Pimp? Jane's Parents?) Wolfgang Krantz & Klaus Hess reappeared in Effendi's Garden in '79. One of the best and rarest german records.


The Gents Inc.
Sorry, nothing. They shared an LP with The Capras on the Falcon label. "Gettin' The Blues" is their masterpiece. And don't you fret, you'll get a lot, but not the Blues. (Second pressing of the same LP was given away free by "Chips-frisch").


Magic Herbs
Beautiful song. Sounds like an outtake from The Stones' outtake LP "Metamorphosis". And a nice name for a bunch of blind kids. They met at the "School for the Blind", Marburg/Lahn. Won a band contest in '65 (The Golden Guitar) which led to a contract with Kerston Records. They couldn't see, but had the perfect ear and, moreover, a tremendous sense of humour. Their second single is called "Look At Her"... (Happy being able to prove the facts. We've been accused of too much fantasy last time).


The Rebbels
Ah, that's the good thing about misspelling a name. These are not The Rebels who caused a scandal by letting their trousers down during a 30 minutes version of "Gloria" on a Radio Show broadcasted from Helgoland.
They give us the original version of "Space Oddity" instad. Sound and vision! Out at Cape Adenauer in half an hour, eating Sauerkraut in space. Major Tom's got nothing on this one...


Les Copains
Ashes on my head. In 1966 you could have picked this jewel out of every bargain bin at Woolworth's for Pfennigs. We didn't cause we thought they're french. (Rock'n Roll, kдs-koe-zдh?)
Not only are they not. "The Buddies" will pin you to the wall with the weirdest stuff ever released in this country. Try to record a song like "I'm So Lonely" in '94 and you'll end straight in the asylum. The Monks were ahead of their time. Their labelmates are still ignored. I've seen fire and brimstone coming down on my head. I did expect the Spanish Inquisition, but I didn't expect Les Copains.


Daisy Clan
Quite a familiar name in the late sixties. They released a whole lotta vinyl in a whole lotta styles, aiming at the charts. Michael "Mendocino" Holm had a finger in the pye, though obviously not on this single from 1970 "Glory Be" owes more than a warm hand-shake to the Zombies' "She's not There", but wait, Caesar, don't turn your thumb down too soon. The sound of the guitar solo might split a weaker man's spine. (Golden 12)


The Cherry Stones
Their story is a short one. All we know is that their stone-fruit monolith on Jo May Productions is one of the most wanted among collectors of the Kraut. Cancel your summer holiday for a copy. The rancorous Garage Punk on the A-side needs no recommendation. The flip is a case of love it or leave it, and in fact not all of the members of the Anti-Oblivion-League had their thumbs up at first. A little ridiculous, but a daring attempt. What are they trying to do? Interbreeding Dylan with Caruso? Had a sleepless night 'till I found out where I've heard this one before. It's the flip of the very first Small Faces Single. Marriott & Co. took it from "Timi Yuro's Greatest Hits". What a long strange trip...
(The Cherry Stones: A swedish band, but this single was only released in Germany)


The Kentuckys
from Wuppertal had two singles on a label we'd rather not mention any more. This one is straight Kentucky Bourbon 86% proof (at least). Heavy fuzz guitar, Sam The Sham organ and a sad story about drug abuse.


The Rocking Stars
were among the first bands to record for a real big company. Their "Susie Darling" sold well enough to justify an LP of similar Rock'n Roll inspired material. Not bad at all, but nothing you couldn't live without. On "Flames Of Love" they prove what a hot little band they could have been without the chains of the industry and the stranglehold of a staff producer.


The Wild Cats
came from Goslar and recorded for Storz. Good singer and an unusual organ dominated sound in these days. Contenders in the Star Club Battle Of The Bans January '65, but not wild enough to win. Some 30 years later we should be prepared for their clever jingle jangling. 


The Dukes
are responsible for three of the most deranged examples of german poetry. Their last effort, "Vera Petruschka" sucks a bit musically and might offend our russian friends. Noblesse oblige. "The Dentist" is a sincere support to the national health campaign in the best Dragons tradition (remember "Heart Transplantation"?). "I'm An Unskilled Worker" should be the international anthem of all us workshy freaks of the world. Unite and stay in bed! Keep smoking, grow gills. If only they had avoided adding Adolf Hitler to their gallery of famous unskilled workers. A doubtful joke even 30 years ago...(Alcora Rec.)

Dank an: Thomas G., Nini S., Pauki und Michael E.


Prae-Kraut Pandaemonium Vol.4

1 Novak's Kapelle - Smile Please
2 The Guards - Hullabaloo
3 Antoine - Der Krieg
4 Cherry Stones - The Things She Says
5 Lord Knud - I'm Your Guy
6 Les Copains - Give Your Love To Me
7 The Newcomers - Have You Seen My Baby Coming
8 The Blizzards - I'm Your Guy
9 Die Meatles - Praeschdlingsaegger Fuer Emmer
10 The Dukes - The Dentist   
11 Charles Ryders Corporation - White Flames   
12 The Sorcerers - With You   
13 The Details - What Shall I Do   
14 The Sonics - Hitch Hike   
15 Ronald Patrick Guttridge - Schlagendes Herz   
16 The Slaves - Panic   
17 John Hamilton Band - Light-Winged Smoke   
18 The Ringleaders - This World Could Be A Beauty   

 

You're probably wondering why we're here again so soon. Well, we do too, but the reaction to Vol.1 & 2 was too overwhelming to stop now. Just a few copies left, and the reviews are yet to come. We're not alone in space! (Special thanks for support and encouragement to Hr: G:; Hr.V. & Hr. K., true comrades against the jive)
Proud owners of the first volumes will know, but here's to all you newcomers: Hands off if you're expecting a certain sound. This is not a psychedelic- not a garage- not a novelty- not a beat band- collection. It's all of that and more. Purism is not our thing and you'll need an open mind, a strange kind of humour and a strong stomach now and then. Digital brains be warned: We're rather flying low-fi than stand-by. The sound quality of the sources varies from brilliant to audible. So if you can't stand a little pot-rattling, get out of the kitchen and wait for the new Phil Collins CD-rom. Ready Krauts?



Novak's Kapelle
Their story can be found on Vol.1 & 2. "Smile Please" is the third (and probably last) guest appearance of our favourite lunatics. Another violent statement from Vienna's rude boys. "If You See A Policeman, Strike Him Down As Fast As You Can"! Get the picture? (Amadeo Rec.)

   

The Guards and The Sorcerers
were discovered on a compilation called "Yeah Yeah Beat" available on tape reel only on the Saba Label. We're still trying to find out who plays what, because they didn't coordinate the band names with the tracks. These are the two songs that were released on 45 as well on the label from the Black Forest. The Sorcerers' "With You" should have been a hit in the days of Beatlemania. The Guards' "Hullabaloo" is one of the weirdest case of troglodyte music we've ever heard, and it's a pitty there's not more of it. We'll keep searching.
(The Guards: seemingly a British band with a German-only release. "Hullabaloo" was a 7" on the Saba label)
(The Sorcerers were a British band with a German-only 7". Ace Kefford was a member.)



Antoine
First of all, please don't judge him by this little ditty. In his native tongue, he was a master of the word, singing songs about his father who thinks he's Fred Astaire, Beethoven's birthday and the un-probable existence of God. His three longplayers are among the best to come out of the continent yet. He was called the french answer to Bob Dylan. Actually he had more in common with the provo-movement from Amsterdam or the less political Gammler scene in Germany. His big hit was "Les Elucubrations d'Antoine". These illuminations of Antoine surprisingly made the charts here soon as the translation appeared in the teenie-mag "Bravo". He was stepping on everybody's toe, defending long hair and called Johnny Hallyday an asshole or something. Johnny, the tough greaser of Paris, broke Antoine's nose (he probably just announced to do so, but the press, you know...) and a hit with a song called "Long Hair, Short sense".
Anyway, for a while Antoine was popular enough to do what Johnny did years before, record some songs in german. "Der Krieg" (The War, dummy) is, alas, nothing to laugh your balls off for our out-lando friends, but what's so funny 'bout peace, love and understanding anyway, anyhow, anywhere these days!



The Cherry Stones
Their story is a short one. All we know is that their stone-fruit monolith on Jo May Productions is one of the most wanted among collectors of the Kraut. Cancel your summer holiday for a copy. The rancorous Garage Punk on the A-side needs no recommendation. The flip is a case of love it or leave it, and in fact not all of the members of the Anti-Oblivion-League had their thumbs up at first. A little ridiculous, but a daring attempt. What are they trying to do? Interbreeding Dylan with Caruso? Had a sleepless night 'till I found out where I've heard this one before. It's the flip of the very first Small Faces Single. Marriott & Co. took it from "Timi Yuro's Greatest Hits". What a long strange trip...



Lord Knud
Knud Kuntze was the bassplayer of a band famous for insisting on calling themselves "die The Lords". He played on "Poor Boy" and all the other early hits. Then he lost a leg in an accident (car crash, I guess). When they found out that he couldn't hold on to his crutches and his bass simultan-eously, he was fired. He did stumble, but didn't fall. Made this marvellous single, combining Mozart and McCartney. Sounds like a hit today, but wasn't then. He survived as a DJ. Scandal is too weak a word. Knud, we love you, whereever you are. Praise the Lord and Long John Silver.



Les Copains
Ashes on my head. In 1966 you could have picked this jewel out of every bargain bin at Woolworth's for Pfennigs. We didn't cause we thought they're french. (Rock'n Roll, kдs-koe-zдh?)
Not only are they not. "The Buddies" will pin you to the wall with the weirdest stuff ever released in this country. Try to record a song like "I'm So Lonely" in '94 and you'll end straight in the asylum. The Monks were ahead of their time. Their labelmates are still ignored. I've seen fire and brimstone coming down on my head. I did expect the Spanish Inquisition, but I didn't expect Les Copains.



The Newcomers
It's 27 years ago, Sergeant Pepper was their drill instructor, but they must have been at the Who's sell-out as well. Although on a majorlabel (sold to the island of the rising sun meanwhile), their brilliant singles didn't get the deserved support cread: airplay, and sank without a trace. The world would be a better place, if we had newcomers like this in the boring nineties.



The Blizzards
are another reason to go back to school. Their fate is probably the most tragic and undeserved of all those cases documented in this series. Like The Eyes or The Prophets in GB, they tried hard and went nowhere. But how great they were! They recorded in English and German. 7 singles and an LP. The first has been re-released on Star Club Complete Vol. 3 recently. (Not their strongest moment, but there you'll find a very detailed band history of Stade's finest). They were not Roy Black's backing band of the same name, but they did the job for another of the Schlager-Fuzzies. That's the reason why we're still searching for a single called "Lebenslдnglich" by Howard Carpendale. The Blizzards really let it all hang out when allowed. "Hab keine Lust heut' aufzustehen" means "You won't get me out of bed today" and is a perfect ode to idleness.


Die Meatles
from Metzingen! had a strong following among suebian youngsters and even a minor hit with a song that could be translated as "Ich wuensch mir zum Geburtstag einen Meatle". They began as The Three Magooses (Three MacGee after a little debate with their latin teacher) playing rough edged instrumentals like "Surfing Down The Achalm". Changed their name after recruiting a talented young busker right from the streets of Tьbingen. Wulle Dinkelacker was specialised in transforming Beatle-songs to his native tongue, a dialect that's hard to bear outside the incestuous backwoods they call home. They recorded a whole LP, "Beat The Meatles",intending to release it on their own "Sдppl-Records". On a couple of tracks, they made it a bit too easy on themselves, overdubbing Beatles instrumental tracks with their own voices in a kind of early Karaoke. When Odeon Records, the german Beatles-label, found out and -that probably did it- had the lyrics translated, they threatened to sue the Meatles who disbanded in anger. We have found the mastertapes and wait 'till you hear "I mechd de schneggsla uff d'r Gass", their 20 minutes version of "Why Don't We Do It In The Road".
(Die Meatles: An obvious fake. The story is crap! The song probably was recorded in the 80's.)



The Dukes
are responsible for three of the most deranged examples of german poetry. Their last effort, "Vera Petruschka" sucks a bit musically and might offend our russian friends. Noblesse oblige. "The Dentist" is a sincere support to the national health campaign in the best Dragons tradition (remember "Heart Transplantation"?). "I'm An Unskilled Worker" should be the international anthem of all us workshy freaks of the world. Unite and stay in bed! Keep smoking, grow gills. If only they had avoided adding Adolf Hitler to their gallery of famous unskilled workers. A doubtful joke even 30 years ago...(Alcora Rec.)



Charles Ryders Corporation
No, they definitely are not from Switzerland, but we're stretching the border a bit again nevertheless. Karli Ratzer is better known as the wizzard of the gipsy guitar now. He started as the 15 year old wunderkind of The Vienna Beatles in '65. He was a member of The (Vienna) Slaves and the axeman of the brilliant but short-lived C.R. Corporation. One of Austria's most respected Jazz musicians today.



The Details
File not found, no details known. What shall I do? Tell you, that this is the only single? (on that risky label again) That they're mixing Seeds and Zombies? Strange Brew. They don't need no hype, they're simply great.



The Sonics
Ha, lucky old me! I know some facts about The Sonics. They are not Mr. Roslie's monsters and their "Hitch-Hike" is not the marvin Gaye via Glimmer Twins number. And, here comes the twist, they're stampeding through this original just as wild and ruthless as their name-mates from Seattle, who (perfect confusion!) did indeed cover the Motown song. (Paletten)
(The Sonics: Another British band that recorded and released only in Germany.)


Ronald Patrick Guttridge
was a traveling salesman from England, bold enough to send a tape to the Ninth International Contest of soundhunters 1960 in Amsterdam. He won a prize for "Schlagendes Herz" (Beating Heart), on which he overdubbed drums and guitar with a Telefunken reel-to-reel 4-track tape machine. A german label released this wonderful Instrumental on an EP together with a couple of other amazing sound experiments. 34 years later, we're proud to give it back to the world. And, man, I'm glad we're able to present the cover of "Tцene gejagt und eingefangen" (Sounds hounted and captured).
Beat'n Heart. Was hier dem Englдnder Ronald Patrick Guttridge - er ist Vertreter von Beruf! - gelang, haette eine reelle Chance, ein Bestseller zu werden. Das technische Raffinement, mit dem er eine an sich simple Melodie auf der elektrischen Gitarre mit dem Schlagzeug und dem treibenden Rhytmus eines menschlichen Herzens versehen hat, erinnert schon sehr an die perfekte Aufnahmetechnik amerikanischer Hits. Der Amateur erreicht qualitativ die Professionellen.



The Slaves
Mixed up confusion. some say they came from Austria and, right, there was a band from Vienna with the same name (Karl Ratzer was a member). Some say Switzerland and, yes, most of them were slaves to the cheese. They had at least one german member (although he never was a "Rattle", Mr. Shaw...)
Slave drivers never mind where they recruit their victims. The Slaves were the hardest working band in the region of the Bodensee, a lake big enough to offer a shore to all the three countries in question. Quite likely they all can claim a fair share in the history of slavery. What a wonderful multicultural world.


The John Hamilton Band
Like The Spots, The Ravers, Automatic Blues Inc., Hell Preachers Inc. and a dozen more, The J.H.B. was a pseudonym for a couple of guys from the Hamburg area that could be hired by cheapo labels like Europa, Somerset, Tip or Sonic to record versions of the current Top 20. Most of these monikers are a disguise for the ever-present Tonics. Not in this case, because the non-existent John Hamilton seems to be ex-Rattle Herbert Hildebrandt. Among covers of CCR and T.Rex we've found "Light-Winged smoke" and by reading the title alone, we knew we'd like this one.



The Ringleaders
We had this corny little piece of crap on every track list from Vol. 1 to Vol.3 and skipped it. We're not willing to risk our mental health any longer. It's been haunting us since we put it on the short list.
Right, it's too silly to be true. As long as we only couldn't get that cheesy organ out of our heads... well, we're brave men. But soon as you catch yourself singing these demented "Lyrics!" like a mantra, it's time to get the monkey off your back. Your turn now.
The Ringleaders came from somewhere in Baden and we hope their name is inspired by the reading of Tolkien. If not, they'd be "Die Kreisleiter"

Dank an: Thomas G., Nini S., Pauki und Michael E.



Heimatliche Klaenge - Native Sounds
vol.53

Prae-Kraut Pandaemonium Vol.5

1 The Monks - I Can't Get Over You
2 The Pralins - Jumpin' Run
3 Proud Flesh - Price Of Misery
4 Shamrocks - Shame Shame Shame
5 Jo Hamann - Wild Woman
6 Thrice Mice - An Invitation
7 The Angels - She's So Far Away
8 The Five Dops - She's Out Of My Mind
9 The German Of The Bored - Wieder Auf Der Gass'
10 The Five Torquays - There She Walks   
11 The Echo-Sounds - Too Late Now   
12 The Hounds - All I Want Is You   
13 The Beatmakers - My Situation   
14 Team 4 - Ich Zeig' Den Weg   
15 The Matadors - Hate Everything Except Of Hatter   
16 The Electric Frogs - Mona   
17 The Speeders - No More Waiting   

Bonus
18 The Q - Erna Pt.1&2



Back from a deep dive in Uncle Scratch's rave-yard, here come Louie, Louie and Louie Louie with another edition of Prae-Kraut. Limited as always, but in numbers, not in minds. Some accuse us of severe bodily injury for the inclusion of things like Kaplan Flury or Antoine, others say that these are the tracks they like best. (We have the odd quarrel about it in our own crew now and then). That, of course, is part of the reaction we hope and intend to get. Don't worry, you'll find a couple of candidates again.
The artefacts in this series often reflect the problems of kids dreaming of being stone free as Brian Jones and dating Uschi Nerke, but brought up on a diet of Bach, Goethe and Knigge by parents and teachers unable to handle their share of collective responsibility for the years of nazi-terror. Always afraid of the question "...and what did you do during the war?", the oldies kept on oppressing everything that smelled like fun from Mickey Mouse to Emma Peel. Just like the 3rd Reich had never happened, you were told, that being German means to do things on a "higher cultural level" or let them be. You'll hear the results of those who gloriously failed to keep up with such pretensions and those who gave a damn about it. From head-on wam-bam R&B to sophisticated hard-to-follow philosophy set to music...
And, by the way, we don't have a sick affection for the KKK. The little white hooded men are re-incarnations of the famous Phantom band from the cover of Vol.2, whose identity still isn't quite clear. That's the problem with limited editions. You have to explain the running gags...
Oh, and still by the way...
In case you'd consider some of these tunes not wild enough for exposure in the Garage of Fame... Some of them enjoyed popularity on the Reeperbahn way back, when American kids associated Rock n'Roll with names like Pat Boone and Fabian, while "The Beatles" still was a somewhat ridiculous name for a group. (Outside Liverpool and Hamburg, of course)


The Monks/ The 5 Torquays:
No need for another complete run through the history of the Monks. You'd hardly read these liners (let alone buy this record) without being familiar with their epoch-making LP (well, our epoch anyway). US-GI's, who cut their hair to a tonsure (hole in the middle), as kind of protest after a harsh debate with a commander about too long hair, and changed the name to The Monks. Changed? Indeed, they started as The 5 Torquays and even recoreded a 45 for the wonderful Dr. Scherer Sound Studios. Dr. Scherer was a dentist and released at least two more fine German bands, The Mersey Kings and The Excelsions. Now here's our chance to thank the other mad doctors: Dr. Rolf Binder, who gave us The Psychotic Reactions and The Slyboots and Dr. Hans Daniels for Magic Spirit and Goin' Sad (first recording to feature Wolfgang Niedecken, by the way).
Back to the dentist. The A-side of The 5 Torquays is an early version of The Monks' "Boys Are Boys" and can be found on Visions Of The Past 1. "There She Walks" starts with the same guitar riff, The Velvet Underground based their "Their She Goes" on some years later. Both stole it from Marvin Gaye's "Hitch Hike". The Monks made 2 singles after the black album. For reasons we'd rather keep to ourselves, we won't use them this year.
The first one was "Cuckoo" b/w "I Can't Get Over You" and the songs sounded a bit too tame in comparison. We can offer live versions of both now. They come from the "Beat, Beat, Beat" TV-Show (Frankfurt). Excellent sound quality, and -more important!- here they get the outrageous Monks-treatment they deserve. It's Monk Time!



The Pralins:
From Munich (probably). Meanwhile, we fond out that it's them posing in front of that little cruiser on the cover of the "Yeah Yeah Beat"-reel (see Vol.3). A nice discovery in Haggis' recommended Record Shop was the "Beat With The Pralins" Populдr-LP from 65, full of R&B standards that make Lord Uli's mastering of the English language sound sophisticated. "Jumpin' Run" is The Pralins' step in the right direction writing originals.
Doesn't that one sound like Deep Purple used it as a blue-print for "Black Night"?


Proud Flesh:
Nothing has been delivered so far. Best band on the "Wir im Scheinwerferlicht" split_LP. Very much to our satisfaction, they add another of that great German hate-songs to the collection. "I hate my mother, my father, the rich and misery!" Ha, Doors, Dils and Motцrhead in one song, what more could you desire? (Deutsche Bundespost, Zollfahndung und Finanzamt Vielleicht?...)



The Shamrocks:
Not the fine Swedish band of the same name, but not German either. Like The Renegades, Casey's Governors, Jimmy And The rackets, Shorty And Them or The Dee Jays to name a few, they had to leave the isles to get their raw R&B released. Judging by the name they ought to be the Irish origin, Ulster maybe. They had a lot in common with their brothers-in-crime on the early Hamburg scene, The Liverpool Roadrunners soundwise. The Shamrocks only release is a German LP that stands sleeve to sleeve between The Pretty Things and The Downliners Sect in my collection. "Shame" is a version of a not so often covered Jimmy Reed number. The fabulous Rattles were impressed enough to re-record and release it as their tenth single in 65.


Jo Hamann:
An all-time favourite and one of the reasons, why we started the whole project is this mysterious single on the "offers Musik" label. Problem is, though it fits perfectly, it definitely isn't Prae-Kraut. We don't know anything about this guy who sounds like a hybrid between The Godz and Can, but this record was released in the early mid-70's. But as Yahoo's Real Kraut Necronomicon double-album has been post-poned once again, we decided to present "Wild Woman" as a taster. You'll find the equally amazing (but totally different) B-side there within this millenium. And I don't wanna hear all these hard-core R&B purists complain. This is what Rhythm and Blues is all about!


Thrice Mice/ The Angels:
Harburg is a suburb of Hamburg (some say it's the other way round) and had its own daily newspaper."Harburger Anzeigen und Nachrichten", who sponsored a battle of the local bands in 67. They even immortalized the best four on an EP called "Beat in Harburg". And the winners were... Thrice Mice. Hard to tell what they're singing about, but wait till you hear the runnersup. The von Gosen-brothers added another 3 members (no, they didn't change their name to Double Thrice Mice) and recorded an indigestible mixture of Vivaldi's "4 Seasons" and dull Hard Rock for Philips in 1970. Not to be confused (Why not? Who cares!) with Pink Mice who did about the same for Europa. The Angels came in second with a nice piece of German Folk Rock. Using the phrase "so I can say" usually is reason enough for inclusion on Prae-Kraut, but the exact declaration of time gone by (two months and a week ago) makes it a must for every connoiseur of the English language. It's a shame, there's no "th" in Tennessee... We'll excuse you from The Barons and The Cops and Robbers who complete the fab four of Harburg.



The 5 Dops:
The 5 Dops were the backing band of Manuela, something like a teutonic equivalent to Sandie Shaw, and can be heard on most of her early hits for Telefunken.They were stepping out on her for this lone 7-incher, to show their harder edges. I don't think that "She's Out Of My Mind" was aimed at Manuela, but they actually had to knock at the office door of another major to get this one on vinyl. 


The German Of The Bored:
In order to dig deeper and deeper, we put a want_ ad in the papers, asking for unreleased material of local bands. The response wasn't like the flood we had expected, but we received a rehearsal room tape from these clevely named loonies from Zazenhausen, a suburb of the southern capitol of subculture. Everything in our hometown was so much Underground that it is well hidden to this very day. (Can anyone out there supply anything by Stuttgart's wildest, Born To Raise Hell?). Anyway, "Wieder auf^der Gass" is an adequate reworking of the Canned Heat hit, though hardly anyone born on the wrong side of the Neckar will understand a word. he Band was formed as The Sleepy Lightning Conductors in 66 and mutated to The Selfish Shellfish Blues Band at the turn of the decade, while their singer joined the remains of the Meatles to form Can't eat Meat. Hope they're not screwing us. I've been living here for 40 years now, but nothing of that sounds familiar. But to my shame, I must admit, I've never been to Zazenhausen yet.
(The German Of The Bored: Great name, but another fake. Same band as Meatles)



The Echo-Sounds:
The Echo-Sounds had at least two singles on the tiny Populдr label. While most of the other songs suffer from an overdose of saxophone, "Too Late Now" is a strong little number in that typical German marching band tradition, (love it or leave it) and has been queing on the short list far too long.
(The Echo-Sounds: Came from Scotland, but their records were only released in Germany.)



The Hounds:
The Hounds recorded for a label that invested in German, Swiss and Austrian bands after the unexpected success they had with British migrants, Jimmy And The Rackets. Hard to say, where The Hounds came from, Switzerland being the best bet. "All I Want Is You" is the best track on their 2 45's handed down posterity, and could be inspired lyric-wise by Billy Boy Arnold's "Ain't Got You" via Yardbirds.
(The Hounds: from London. For correct story see Prae-Kraut Vol.14)


The Beatmakers:
From a borderwe didn't cross yet, comes this Danish band. "My Situation" was recorded for a famous German Club-label exclusively, sadly dumped on an impossible to find compilation. Not only does this brilliant tune stick to your mind like glue, the statements about the music business are every word as justified as they were 30 years ago. The missing link between "My Generation" and The Eyes' "My Degeneration".



Team 4:
searching for Shakes behind the berlin Wall of Sound was a disappointing affair for years. German Democratic Rock seemed to begin in the mid-70's with the bubbling schlock of Puhdys, City or Karat. In the early 60's the authorities tried to satisfy the upcoming requirement for Rock'n'Roll with an official communistic dance-craze-prescription called "Der Lipsie" (Imagine The Shadows doing "tea For Two" on valium). But the ungrateful brats rather stayed at home, trying to find AFN on the radio. The whole Beat-thing was considered much too decadent (aka Dangerous and officially declared animperialistic attempt to undermine morals of the free countries' youth.
Wonder what they needed an iron curtain for. LBJ and the KKK said approximately the same. In 67 the only GDR record company, in a moment of madness, decided to try on a daring experiment and released the Team 4 LP. "die Strasse" is far from shaking the foundations of your garage, and they even had to change the wild name to "Thomas Natschinski und seine Gruppe", butstill you'll find a handful of decent tunes and a shy backwards-solo. "Ich zeig den Weg" (I'll show the way) has been chosen for its sound rather than its lyrical qualities



Steve Cannings And The Matadors:
Made in USA, the cover proudly announces. Made in Cologne, the label spills the beans. But even if this faux pas had been avoided, you'd hardly believe a record coming out of N.Y.C called "Hate Everything Except Of Hatter" (hasse alles auЯer von Hutmacher). Well, Beefheart might...
Little Stevie gives us the news that he hates everything except hatred. Hovering over a carpet of weird noise, he sounds like Lucifer's Kaplan Flury. We especially love him for supporting us with another great hate song after running out of social comments from Novak's Kapelle. This little bastard grows. Took me 20 years to appreciate his demonic megalomania. Flip is another glorious failure, called "It's All Now, Baby Blue". Poor Boy...(Any infos on the T.M.-label?)


Electric Frogs:
A big hand for T. Elver, who sent in this tremendous 2-sider. If we had more active supporters like him, we'd run longer than Pebbles. This 69 Single is one of the few known on the Storec-label from Mьnster. "Mona" keeps a neat balance between the Stones', Quicksilver's and Bo Diddley's original version, good enough to justify another exception of our "no covers"- rule. "I'll burn the house next door to you..." 
"Tribute To Brian Jones" could be regarded as a reparation for Kaplan Flury pissing up Jimi's leg, and is one of the few tributes worth listening to. On par with Mike Berry's "Tribute To Buddy Holly"... Essential stuff!



The Speeders:
Not much known about them. They had another single early 1971 on Ariola. This one comes with a pale orange label circa 67 and is the flip of "Sandy Sandy", best ever German attempt at poaching on Beach Boys territory. Both sides were heavily pushed by SWF-DJ Walter Krause, but failed to click nationwide. "No More Waiting" has an instrumental part reminiscent of Turkey's best 60's band, Mogollar. Holidays in Izmir, I guess...

Notes (of hand): Voran -with a lot of help from a lot of friends- for Lolly Pope Ltd 95




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