Freitag, 21. November 2014

The Foreign Correspondent Returns - Stories About German Rock Music # 41


In the course of the unspeakable New German Wave (NDW) a band became very successful, although they were not typically for this music direction stamped by kitsch. Nevertheless, Extrabreit was no typical NDW band, but made German rock music with also critical texts. They saw itself as a punk group which had to owe it only of the NDW that they were so successful. On her website in addition they said: „Yes, we have just taken part in the shit!“

For me they never were a part of the hype, but a classical punk / rock group which has sung on in her mother tongue. About all years away have remained Extrabreit to her style loyal and have played strongly from guitars stamped songs. Unfortunately, they could never again go back to the success of her first both long-playing records, however, they succeeded over and over again in publishing above-average records for German relations.

Extrabreit - Kokain
Extrabreit - Der Präsident ist tot
Extrabreit - Polizisten
Extrabreit - Junge, wir können so heiss sein




Donnerstag, 20. November 2014

Jimmy Ruffin RIP



One more great voice in soul music is gone. He died last Monday at the age of 78.


What Happened To Power Pop # 7


Let's continue this small series with a song which is called by many for this genre typical. Cheap Trick were formed in 1973 and became famous as a support band for acts like Queen, Kiss and Santana. Their first album was not particularly successful in her native country - but they got big in Japan. During their tour through Japan they recorded their first live record and their single went straight to the top 10 worldwide. Many other bands covered I want you to want me but the original was never achieved. Curt Cobain once said about Nirvana: „We sound just like Cheap Trick only the guitars are louder.“  No more words to add.

Cheap Trick - I want you to want me

Mittwoch, 19. November 2014

Cortez The Killer


Hi my friends, I'm back on my blog again. I moved tho my new apartment four weeks ago and no company was able to connect me to the Internet. It's horrible here in Germany. I got an Internet supplier who would like to connect me to the www. But German Telekom is also involved to this process. You need them because only they can connect to the net. So I had to figure out some problems over the last weeks and I decided to get me a prepaid card. It's not the perfect way to go online - but better than nothing. So I think I'll be back in the scene with some blogs and comments.

Throughout the last weeks I listened a lot to Neil Young again. I don't know why but his music made it easy to move into my new apartment. Listen in the background to his music made it much more easier to unpack the cardboards and to put away everything in the kitchen and everywhere else.

Hope you were all well and kicking.

Neil Young - Cortez The Killer

Freitag, 17. Oktober 2014

The Foreign Correspondent Returns - Stories About German Rock Music # 40


Maxim Rad is a German singer born in Hamburg, guitarist and composer. He published in 1980 his first solo album Times Ain't That bad, a mixture of New York New Wave and in British dyed pop. His main influences for this record were the early Talking Heads records and especially Television. He once said about this record: the forming member of this group, Tom Verlaine, belongs to few genius which the rock music has produced during the last years – not least because he proved ten years after the avant-garde rock the Velvet Underground recently that craft "dilettantism" could be more creative and produce a more interesting, because opener form of rock music, than the more virtuoso ex-servicemen in her artistic running dry. A rock form open in all directions is my image of ideal pop music. He divides the destiny of many other musicians that got a lot of positiv critical acclaim - he was less successful. I think, only a few people in Germany will remember his name but it's worth to listen to his songs again.

Enjoy and have a good weekend.

Maxim Rad - Times ain't that bad
Maxim Rad - Upset your doubts
Maxim Rad - What are you killing tonight
Maxim Rad - White action - African lemons

Donnerstag, 16. Oktober 2014

What Happened To Power Pop # 6


The dB's were an American power-pop band that released their first two records in the early 1980s. They played a fine combination of classic rock with a heavy influence of early power-pop. Peter Holsapple and Chris Stamey, their main songwriters, were found later after their break up as solol artists and on tour with REM or as producers. Their legacy was some real good power-pop songs.

The dB's - Amplifier

Dienstag, 14. Oktober 2014

Twanging Tuesday # 45


You might know this song The Cramps covered years ago. Here's the original version by Kip Tyler and his Flips. Another song by godfathers of Psychobilly. Kip Tyler was a California based musician who played a wild kind of Rockabilly and was famous for joining the band on stage dressed in black leather and a motorbike. Really raw and mean. Enjoy.

Kip Tyler - Jungle Hop