Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Palais Schaumburg ‎– "Palais Schaumburg" (1981)

The thing about German groups is that they may have made some interesting experimental pop, but they never looked good. Sartorial individuality never matched the music.....except for Palais Schaumberg, who obviously nabbed their image from the Postcard-type groups of the UK;Orange Juice, Josef K and the like.The music has little in common with Edwin Collins and his chums, and more to do with the funkier side of UK Post-Punk. In the video for "Wir Bauen Eine Neue Stadt", the group were even witnessed doing some 'German Dancing', which is a sight to behold.
The album sleeve is unerringly glossy and colourful for the times, suggesting major label interference;but interestingly it was produced by Flying Lizard and This Heat collaborator David Cunningham,which may explain it's compatibility with the contemporary UK scene of the time.......didn't help sales though.
Probably the best of the mainstream Neue Deutsche Welle bands. 

A1 Wir Bauen Eine Neue Stadt
A2 Die Freude
A3 Gute Luft
A4 Ahoi, Nicht Traurig Sein
A5 Grünes Winkelkanu
B1 Morgen Wird Der Wald Gefegt
B2 Deutschland Kommt Gebräunt Zurück
B3 Hat Leben Noch Sinn?
B4 Eine Geschichte
B5 Madonna


heavy_dubby said...

great! i had to take it off the shelf. this one and the Fire Engines (a good, or better imho, companion of Josef K)

Henk Madrotter said...

Thanks Jonny!!! My copy got lost many years ago, very happy to download this one and I totally agree, probably the best :)

Jonny Zchivago said...

Fire Engines..very good indeed, but come on, Josef K rule surely?

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