Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Die Tödliche Doris ‎– "Chöre & Soli" (Pure Freude ‎– PF 34 GM) 1983

Never ones to shy away from a conceptual art statement; Doris produced this box set which contained 1 book, 8 miniphon records and 1 battery driven device to play them on. Each disc contains two short tracks;which are very short acappella songs, the German texts of which are printed in the booklet, where they are also parts of a story illustrated with photographs.
The songs have the quality of some long lost childrens programme from 1950's DDR. Producer of such kiddies classics as "The Singing Ringing Tree", which used to haunt my childhood. I still think of that German speaking dwarf with dread!
The device included in this box was exactly the same pink contraption that was in those 'laughing bags' that also haunted my childhood. I still know every note of that horrific laughing sequence! This thing used these same little miniphon records to replay the laughing, and its this playback quality that gives these spooky little recording their weird nostalgic vibe.
Not something you'd want to play over and over again, but really a beautiful piece of conceptual art.


A1 Untitled
A2 Untitled
B1 Untitled
B2 Untitled
C1 Untitled
C2 Untitled
D1 Untitled
D2 Untitled
E1 Untitled
E2 Untitled
F1 Untitled
F2 Untitled
G1 Untitled
G2 Untitled
H1 Untitled
H2 Untitled


Believe it or not;there was also a live performance of these works:

Die Tödliche Doris ‎– "Chöre & Soli Live Im Delphi-Palast" (1984) 

Lengthier versions of the tracks are performed in front of an obviously amused audience,with some sparse accompaniment.These versions have titles,which, if you are really sad, can match up with the original versions?  


A1 You See We Come As Friends
A2 Mädchenherzen
A3 Die Luft
A4 Die Sonne
A5 2 Witwen
A6 Graue Augen
B1 Denk An Mich
B2 Rosette
B3 Kühn, Tapfer, Mutig, Rebellisch
B4 Kavaliere
B5 Holda's Heiße Tränen
B6 Maria



A. S. said...

You are performing an inestimable service with the posting of these recordings!!

bill said...

Wot Antz sed. We are very much obliged to you.

Jonny Zchivago said...

And I,in return, am obliged to you both for this rare appreciation.

kevinesse said...

hi......all this doris shit is Chöre & Soli 6 minutes total?.....just double checking. Thanks for all this

Jonny Zchivago said...

Yeah ain't they just fab?
6 mins is correct for Chöre & Soli...can't get much on those kiddies toy discs. My laughing bag disc only lasted about 30 seconds back in the 70's....before it got confiscated at fun.