|Finders Keepers Records
Release Date: 03 November 2014
Format: LP Double Vinyl
|Various Artists Science Fiction Park Bundesrepublij Limited Vinyl 2LP Set
· In the summer of 1982, in a cottage in the Bavarian forest, a thirteen-year-old boy sits with his brother on the sofa and stares at the television. What he sees will transform his life. In rapid, revue-like sequences, young costumed people jump around in front of a painted background.
They serenade tulips that are sparingly lit, twist and stretch under rubber sheets and with eyes taped over, iron on empty boards. Sometimes they just stand there, staring brazenly or absently into the camera, cryptic texts intoning through stiff mouths. The entire spectacle might be a direct transmission from Mars. The music accompanying all this is so radically new that the terminology to describe it doesn’t exist yet. Most of all, it is unexpectedly bizarre, minimalistic and electronic. The astonishing performance is garnished by four amateurish dancers obviously assigned to the musicians by a decree of the TV broadcaster. Nothing fits together, yet the combination is pure genius. The demeanour of the group is so shockingly modern and uncompromising that the boy in front of the television has to repeatedly pinch himself to prove he isn’t dreaming. This is the music he has waited years for. This is his music and it sets off a catalytic spark in him. His little brother is drafted to write down the names of the bands Palais Schaumburg, Der Plan, Deutsch-Amerikanische Freundschaft, Lorenz Lorenz, Der Körper und die Seele (The Body And The Soul).
· Back home in Hamburg, as if possessed, the boy begins to experiment with a synthesiser, home organ and voice and tape recorder. He is not the only one to begin explorations in this direction. The entire Federal Republic of Germany is just at the boiling point. A new form of home music is coming into existence. It has nothing to do with violin playing children, scratchy sweaters and well-combed relatives listening on the sofa but rather combines the fears and dark abyss of industrial society. Remarkably it is the same industry that made the tools available to the raging youths: cheap Casio keyboards, synthesisers, drum computers and four track tape recorders. Suddenly anyone can acquire their own means of production to use in protest against the industrial forces.
· In their freshly established home studios the protagonists practice the new underground music, the “undirected aggression of liberated sounds,” as Frank Apunkt Schneider expressed in his book ‘Als die Welt noch unterging’ (‘As The World Was Still Ending’). Everything that isn’t nailed or riveted down is used as an instrument: baking trays, cartons, room lamps, toys, wooden flutes, whistles, cans, trays, record players, televisions, a doorbell, a telephone. Out of the living rooms of the nation drones an obsession with noise, sparing not even the children.
· What became of that thirteen-year-old boy who sat in front of the television back then? He hasn’t had a television for the last twenty-five years. His enthusiasm for the cassette scene has remained to this day and while collecting the pieces for this compilation he had to keep pinching himself in the arm.
· This eccentric compilation features 25 rare and mostly unheard tracks by bands like Plastiktanz, Neros Tanzende Elektropäpste, chbb, Holger Hiller and Pyrolator, as well as several one hit wonders by the rural tape label Pissing Cow Tapes.
· The first collection to compile this little known hand-to-hand microcosmic scene which operated on the outskirts of the NDW movement.
Dit + Uta - Science Fiction Park BRD
Z.S.K.A. - La Surete Nr 3
Neros tanzende Elektropäpste - Der singende Lenorhaushalt
Kleines Schwingvergnügen - 10 Jahre Frauenbewegung
Das Glück- Die Bombe
Andy Giorbino - Stadt der Kinder
Plastiktanz - Chord Invasions
CHBB - Ima Iki Mashoo
Eisenhauer - Insekten
Holger Hiller - Ja Nein
Wat?Sanitär! - Except Me And My Monkey
Cinéma Vérité - Starres Weiß
Cinéma Vérité - Die Zone
Lustige Mutanten - Missgeburten
Pyrolator - Vati es brennt
x2 - Das Bild
Twist Noir - Enemies
Grüne Rosen - Jungle
Pierre Godot - Petra im spanischen Garten
Anadolu Bayramlari - Titremek ve Terlemek
Co-Mix - Revol Rules OK
DIT - Abbelstiel
Plastiktanz - Pelikan
Grüne Rosen - Do You Feel The Love Inside Me?
Frank Schröder - Ohne Titel (1983-18)