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

Montag, 13. Oktober 2014

The Foreign Correspondent Returns - Stories About German Rock Music # 39


When I have packed my move cardboards, some German records have also come to me to the hands which I have not already belonged for many years any more which fit, however, very well in this series.In 1975 it was not to be sung commonly for German rock musicians also in in German. Those them these tried ones were close to the left squatter's scene in Berlin. One was to be plumbed few which have tried the borders of the feasible one Kiev Stingl. His first record was called "Teuflichs (Diabolically)" and was expelled by the maple publishing company. It distinguished itself by partly poetic texts and mainly rather quiet music. With his second album „Hard like Mozart“ he sang about his sexual predilections without giving up, nevertheless, the society criticism and the poetry completely. At that time Spiegel caused (1979) a complaint of the magazine the cover of the first edition, because it was felt to a reflecting title-page. Where with the original the foreign prices stand, phone numbers of Hamburg prostitutes were printed. Then the cover was changed with the later editions.

Kiev Stingl - Teuflisch
Kiev Stingl - Babies

Sonntag, 12. Oktober 2014


In the mid 80s a band impressed me much because they brought the music from the psychedelic era and pre-punk into nowadays music. Someone described their music like colorfully mind-altering, but not in the sense of the acid rock of the 1960s; instead, the band developed its own minimalistic psychedelia. There are no more words to add. Spacemen 3 was a band that should never be forgot. Without them Spiritualized wasn't possible.

Spacemen 3 - Hypno-Beat

Samstag, 11. Oktober 2014

My Foolish Heart

At the moment I spend my free time to organise my move and to pack the move cardboards. So I have not the time to work on my regular series. George posted today a track by the Nigerian musician King Sunny Ade that is fantastic. Further to the east in Africa lies Zimbabwe which is already governed since decades by the dictator Robert Mugabe. Today's track comes from a band from this country - The Bhundu Boys.

Foolish Harp and Waerera

Freitag, 10. Oktober 2014

What Happened To Power Pop # 5

In the late 70s a mod revival started in Great Britain. Suddenly it was hip to wear raincoats, suits and Fred Perry-shirt and driving customized scooters again. The musicians reminded the bands of the 60s like The Who. It would be easy to name The Jam in this connection but I remember a band which existed only a few years but made a few great songs. The Chords were a London based band formed in the late 70s and got a little success in progress with the mod-revival. Some people may say that they were clones and jumped on the train to hitsville and sounded just like a lot of bands these days. Anyway - they did some good stuff.

Enjoy and have a good weekend.