Sunday, March 27, 2011

V.A. - Heimatliche Klaenge vol.56 Prae-Kraut Pandaemonium Vol.8


Heimatliche Klaenge - Native Sounds
vol.56

Prae-Kraut Pandaemonium Vol.8

1 The Seals - Stop This War
2 The Starfighters - I Like Trouble
3 Brains LTD. - Nobody Can Reach His Aim
4 The Party Brothers - Every Night
5 The Tony Hendrik Five - I've Said My Say
6 The Twangy Guitars - God Is My Life
7 The Silhouettes - Tell Me Baby
8 The High Spirits - Give Me Love
9 The Black Shadows - Motherless Child
10 The Young Society - It's War
11 The Red Devils - Little By Little
12 The Eyes - A Stitch In Time
13 The Fellows - My Thought Is Free
14 Gary Street - Let Me In
15 The Slaves - Get Out Of My Way
16 The Voice - Don't Let Me Down   
17 Lord Crazy & The Safaris - Witchy Bitchy Super Eyeball
    Highball Cocktail Party Hell-Based Ghost-Chased  



Here we go again with another volume of anachronistic music on an equally anachronistic medium, trying to save some forgotten sounds for the next millenium.
The depths of German 60's weirdness seem bottomless and, like Lord Sutch would say, it taught me a lesson about diggin' deep, now I'm always frightened about what I might meet... Especially when you're condemned to write some lines about the most obscure stuff we've ever found.
We're in a somewhat rougher, tougher kind of sound this time, so hold on to your hats and move your feet to the scratchy sound of the Prae-Kraut Beat... ehm... well, why not, let's make it a habit. We'll start both sides with war songs from Austria (embarrassing...).


The Seals give us one of those unexpected aural assaults that send your neighborhood Punk band back to school, while The Young Society approach their topic in a more ambitious way. Looking (and singing) like members of the Vienna Boys choir, they hardly may be 15, but man, what a noise they make about the war of the sexes. Premature prats! (Thanks to the 40-years-old hippie from Vienna)


The Starfighters' "I Like Trouble" should be the official compiler's anthem, 'cause that's what you'll get sooner or later. This one's a private pressing, probably by the same band that had the fine "Lost John" 45 on Bellaphon.


Brain's Ltd. recorded 2 tracks for a Bad Homburg band contest. (No, that wasn't about mad hatters or wrecking Procol Harum songs. It's a town near Frankfurt). You'll find the other half of their legacy on "Exploiting Plastic Vol.2".


The A-side of The Party Brothers sole disc reappeared on "Diggin' For Gold 3". Listen to the sick croaking on "Every Night" and you'll see why we always loved the flip even more.


So you think God-Rock is not your thing? Well, we had to make up our minds as well, when we heard the creed of The Twangy Guitars. "I can't sit still if my Lord is blue!" Goodness gracious. Forgive them Lord...


The Tony Hendrik Five were quite a prolific group with numerous releases in the 60's and early 70's, but be warned, this here's the only one worth your lunch money. They felt personally offended when this catchy piece of Freak Beat failed to make the charts and lost the right track completely soon after. ard to believe that "I've Said My Say" went down unnoticed while The Smoke or The Creation were big faces here.


Another undeserved failure were The Silhouettes from somewhere in Lower Saxonia. Sounding like the German Hollies on the A-side ("Crying Over You"), "Tell Me Baby" isn't far from the less frantic moments of The Outsiders. They had another 7" which should be avoided unless your sense of humor is unlimited.


Equally little (actually zilch) is known about The High Spirits. White R&B with that typical German touch. The unpolite Imperative seems to be an integral part of our national character.


Total eclipse of information continues on the story of The Black Shadows. Their capricious use of the English language is just as charming as the unusual choice of the lead instrument. In fact, we haven't got a clue what that might be.


The Red Devils may well be the same outfit that recorded for a Swiss label, though considering the name, they seem to be hard core followers of 1. FC Kaiserslautern. (Sadly relegated this year) "Little By Little" is the only cover version on our record. But, no, it isn't the Sones' number. It's a nearly brutal interpretation of The Pickwicks last effort from 65.


The Eyes aren't the brilliant UK-band of "When The Night Falls"-fame, nor are they the less interesting -though more or less British-Eyes who only recorded in Germany, being Paddy, Klaus and Gibson in disguise. These Eyes were contenders to the BrainsLtd. on the mentioned Bad Homburg Beat Band Battle. "A Stitch In Time Saves Nine"? Maybe, but we'd like to hear the other eight...


The story of The Fellows is another well-kept secret. Their stern declarazion of indepenence quite obviously was inspired by "But You Never Do It, Babe" (via Boots or Pretty Things) and documents a widespread phenomenon: The drummer's father bought all the equipment to get his descendant in a band. "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" pales in comparison.


"Let Me In And I'll Know What I Want" Yeah, we know too, naughty boy. Indecent little song, tailor-made for Reg Presley. Gary Street's chalk-eating big bad wolf impersonation isn't bad either. A refugee from Rugby boarding-school, 16-year-old Gary went to Hamburg to make this record for a German label that hardheadedly, but unsuccessful tried to establish a new dance-craze. (The Bewitch -"ask your record dealer for dancing instructions", the sleeve says. Just imagine...) Later on gary went to London and flopped with a single for the Domain label as Gary Street And The fair Ways.


The return of the mighty Slaves (see Vol.4) gives us one of the most violent Bo Diddley-infected R&B ravers ever made. Their records were released in Austria, but they had Swiss and German members too.


The Voice (not the marvelous UK-band) came from the Hannover area and recorded an LP after winnig a contest sponsored by the biscuit and crackers company Bahlsen. Their main influence was Paul McCartney, they even cover "Yesterday" and Badfinger's German-only 45 "Baby Blue". although recorded in 71, we've included the best track here. Obviously inspired by the Billy Preston-phase Beatles, "Don't Let Me Down" is -surprise, surprise- a group original. Germany's first Power Pop band!


Finally one for all our honourable customers who still think this edition hasn't been weird enough yet. Lord Crazy's record certainly is the most freaked-out 7" ever released in this country. Incredible for 1966 and hard to beat. We guess that after listenig to the flip of Napoleon XIV's hit record ("They're Coming To Take Me Away"- backwards), the young Lord decided that he could do it better. And indeed, he did! On the other side of the single you'll find The safaris, doing their own song "Crazy Crazy", credited to Lord Crazy. In all probability he was one of them.

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