The accepted Anglo-American critical consensus would have you believe that before the sudden early 70s emergence of Kraftwerk, Can, Amon Duul, Faust and their comrades, German pop was a wasteland populated only by Bavarian oompah bands and middle-aged, middle of the road schlager merchants as epitomised by James Last.
This is an attempt to counteract that notion (although Hansi himself does get to top and tail proceedings).
Here are all sorts of things you were never told about: Teutonic takes on Bossa, exotica, psych, sunshine-pop and, from Cindy & Bert, Sabbath as well as much stranger and stronger stuff.
And you might also have noticed that being right-on as ever, we’ve avoided use of that rather demeaning K-word.
1 James Last-Nothing
2 Paul Nero- This Is Soul
3 Hazy Osterwald Jet Set-Swinging London
4 Vivi Bach & Dietmar Schonherr-Molotow Cocktail Party
5 Peter Thomas Sound Orchestra-The World is Gone
6 Mary Roos-Blauer Montag (Mas Que Nada)
7 Hildegard Knef-Von Nun An Ging’s Bergab
8 Inga Rumpf & I.D Company-I Watched The Women
9 Sibylle Baier-Give Me A Smile
10 City Preachers-Come Back
11 The Rattles-If You Don’t Come Back
12 Cindy & Bert-Der Hund Von Baskerville (Paranoid)
13 Peter Herbolzheimer-Frogdance
14 Gunter Noris-Gemini
15 Eugen Thomass-Undergroovin’
16 Carlos Fendeira-Gimmi Moro
17 Tommy Haggard Orchestra-Peeled Tomato
18 Rolf Wilhelm-Do It Yourself
19 Orchester Werner Muller-Bodybuilding
20 George-Butterflies Never Cry
21 Slapp Happy-Little Girls World
22 James Last-Voodoo Lady’s Love