Sunday, March 27, 2011

V.A. - Heimatliche Klaenge vol.54 Prae-Kraut Pandaemonium Vol.6

Heimatliche Klaenge - Native Sounds

Prae-Kraut Pandaemonium Vol.6

1 The Electric Frogs - Tribute To Brian Jones
2 The Generations - We've Gotta Move Out
3 The Toxic - Horse And Director
4 The Rainbows - Sloopy Poopy
5 Bill Soap & The Dirties - A Life Like A Hound
6 The Sevens - My Mother
7 The Cave Dwellers - I Need You
8 Team Beats Berlin - Ring Dang Doo
9 The Blackbirds - Long Tall Dorothee
10 The Monks - Cuckoo   
11 The Beat Stones - Ibn Dibn Dab   
12 The Vampires - New Love   
13 The Rhythm Checkers - On Your Way Down The Drain   
14 The Retreads - Funny Things   
15 The Rattles - Tell Me What Can I Do   
16 The Magic Herbs - There'll Come The Day   
17 The Slyboots - I Feel So Good   
18 The Kents - Morgen Kann Die Welt Vernichtet Sein 

Hey, ho let's go... Not a Blitzkrieg but another stroke from those guys with a permanent sun-stroke. Six sick sequences of total eclipse of the Kraut within one year may have caused a little destruction to our minds.(Scared me stiff when I had to read that Vol.3 and Vol.4 are "much more reliable" than Vol.1 and 2. Not a second time, friends and neighbours...)
Human brains are determined to learn by experience, they say. Well, not ours. everytime a double-pack is finished, we're afraid the lemon is squeezed dry like the milk powder of human kindness, desperately hoping to be proved wrong (Stop press! Vol.7 has just compounded in it's embrryonic form.) We'd like to take the chance to say "Hello" but not "Good bye" to all who supported the project by buying it. Even limited releases make it hard to communicate with every customer. We love you.
Let's mention at least Mr. B. Lehman from California and Mr. R. Sigl from Middle Franconia who both wanted to subscribe. Smart idea, but as I said, everytime might be the last. But subscribe you should, and that to one of those unselfish little magazines, strugglin' their way from issue to issue, like i.e. The Ptolemaic Terrascope. They can even hear the grass grow under your ground... Special thanks to editor Phil McMullen for encouragement, inspiration and calling us insane. He was the only one to find out that we intentionally put the slots on the wrong side of the sleeves (Vol.3 & 4) to supply you with a vomit bag while listening to those tracks that need a little acclimatisation.
We're in deepest dept to Lord Lupus, Privy Seal of Native Sounds, Dr. P.H. Antom Train and Mijnheer Meinen, who was MBD (Missing Behind the Dykes) a while, but came back strong after the flood. No thanks to a Mr. Kupferberg who sent in a tape of "My Bed Is Gettin' Krauted" by The Figs. Who do you think you're foolin'?
Still awake? Let's saddle the chicken then... Say it loud, I'm diggin' Kraut! Oh, as usual: In case overproduced digitalized little silverlings are your preffered ear-fodder you' rather buy some flowers for your mom. Or imagine you're Rocky Raccoon. Remember what Rocky said. "Doctor, it's only a scratch" Damn right

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 Generations:
On the totally obscure Elaton-label from Hannover. Typical German love song. Sorry, but what more could we tell? Fuzz guitar, juicy organ, girlie put-down "lyrics", but they can't find the doorknob. Left out in the rain, one step from the garage.

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 Rainbows:
Here we have a mysterious Dutch-only 45 by The Rainbows.Reliable sources confirm that there never was a Dutch band of that name, and the ridiculous hat on the cover (just a silhouette) is quite significant for the only German group to score a world-wide hit in themid-60's. The Rainbows were as famous for "Balla Balla" as for forgetting to register copyrighjts for that stupid little ditty. Their follow-up singles "Rotkarierte Petersilie" (Red Chequered Paisley) and "Kommando Pimperle" (I refuse to translate that!) sounded Brain-fried enough to let suspicion of authorship for "Sloopy Poopy" seem probable, while the LP establishes evidence they could play some mean R&B in reasonable English. Trouble is, there are 5 guys on the cover and that could be one colour of the rainbow too much. The entire German output of the band has been re-released including a very detailed band history on CD these days.
(The Rainbows: origins are still mysterious, but they had nothing to do with the better known Rainbows on CBS)

Bill Soap And The Dirties
Or Bill Soup And The Dirtys for those who own the record without sleeve. From Ludwigshafen, poison-capital of Germany and suburb of Oggersheim for another 3 years. It took a while to hunt up a copy of this legendary little piece of plastic. With a title like that, we didn't expect an instrumental, but what you get is one of the cheekiest one string guitar solos ever (Should I say one note?) (Thanks to R. Schmidt for donation)

The Sevens:
You will remember the Swiss band for "Love Of A Bird" on Vol.3. We couldn't resist a little more plundering on the wrong side of the cheese-equator. Actually it's about time for a re-release of their complete output, because it's brilliant throughout. But a line like "My mother likes no Rolling Stones, I'm down!" should be written in stone. Makes me feel like I was 12 again...

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 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 Beat Stones:
Their shameless choice of name wasn't topped for a decade (Remember The Sex Beatles?). This jerked-out novelty is dedicated to all those courageous couples planning a white wedding. Sounds like The Rainbows in disguise (same label, too). Guaranteed to brek the ice at parties. (And ice the brake or part teeth, but this one of our famous minority votes. Off my spine, ugly homunculus!)

The Vampires:
When "New Love" didn't made the charts, The Vampires ran out of cold blood. They refused to return from a holiday in Spain, where they recorded "Walking In The Sand". Back home, they had to find out that the Berlin Rollicks had already mowed the meadow with their version of The Shangri-Las' hit. they shouldered their coffins and migrated to Transsylvania, never to be seen again.

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 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.

The Rattles:
Hamburg's pride came to life in 1960. Still active (seniority replaces seriousity meanwhile). The only ones that had an English fanclub. The first to make the US-Top 10 ("The Witch"). They played the Cavern and succeeded. Even had their own full length movie ("Hurra, die Rattles kommen").
They had a lot in common with The Beatles. No, not The Beatles the world knows, but the hard rockin' greasers they used to be, when Stu and Pete still made the pace. even the two bands' repertoire was nearly identical back then. They played the same places, sometimes on the same bill and although it was The Beatles who influenced the Rattles, it's them who often did the better job whn you compare the ancient tapes, because they used to perform sober. The Rattles had 4 singles and 1 LP out by the end of 1963, The Beatles had one more of each. It's impossible to find a self-penned Rattles-track that hasn't been re-released recently. Mastermind Achim Reichel felt a bit insecure about his abilities and gave away some of his best early numbers to fellow-Star-Club-bands ("Chicago" to the Phantom Brothers, "Sunbeams At The Sky" to the German Blue Flames). When Mort Shuman, writer of an impressive string of hits with partner Doc Pomus, took an extended trip to europe in 1963, he introduced the Rattles to some of his compositions. They recorded two of them, both released as singles in 64. "Tell Me What Can I Do" must be one of Mort's greatest flops, rivaled only by The (Dutch) Crescendoes' "She Looks Like My Baby" and The Rattles' "What Do You Want With My Baby".

The Magic Herbs:
Even the blind hen may find a grain... The Magic Herbs, though all members blind, found more than the proverbial one. Second appearance on Prae-Kraut of these 5 hipsters who obviously gave a damn about being the ugliest band on the third stone from the sun (see Vol.3). We're still searching for their "Look At Her"-single and give you the charming A-side of "Still Hoping..." in the meantime.

The Slyboots:
It's not a worn-out copy, it's just the brutal aural ambush that took the engineer by surprise and caused him to quit the studio (and his job) with all the VU-meters in the red. Fortunately that couldn't keep Dr. Binder from, quite rightly so, calling it "Dokumentar Tonaufnahme" and releasing it on his Lorby-label. Now this isn't only one of the heaviest German 60's singles. None of the Prae-Kraut-stuff can be found around the corner, but this is one of the rarest of the bunch. Hard to believe that these harmlessly looking schoolboys from Bavaria were responsible for a sonic attack like that.

The Kents:
We won't let you go away without a nugget from our infamous anti-war/protest department. "Morgen kann die Welt vernichtet sein" (The world may be destroyed tomorrow) is The Kents' (from Schalke) claim to fame, and you can't help but think if there was a God he would have pushed the button the day before this record was produced. How low can you go? Just look at the cover of this Format-45. The Kents just fell through the floor of the studio. Sometimes it isn't easy to be raised on Hegel and Wagner. (No, that ain't no famous German breweries)

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