GISELA JONAS, Der Novak, Späte Reue & Morgengrauen

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Gisela Jonas was a singer and bar owner. In Munich she still is a institution: “Die Schwabinger Gisela”- the Gisela from Schwabing. In the 50s and 60s Schwabing was the center of the Boheme in Germany, a place where artists, musicians, actors, “playboys” and all kinds of freaks met. Somebody from Munich could probably have written about her more competently, but apparently nobody has made an effort yet. She doesn`t have a wikipedia page and even more surprisingly, her music has never been re-released on CD or otherwise.

Born in 1929 Gisela started singing in bars when she was 20. In 1952 she opened her own bar “Bei Gisela” in the Occamstrasse, in the Munich district of Schwabing. In the late 50s and early 60s she was famous for singing dirty “chansons”. Her big hit was a parody version of “Der Novak lässt mich nicht verkommen”, a song about a woman’s indecent fantasies and her man “Novak”, who always keeps her from fulfilling them. In fact Gisela was so much of a one-hit-wonder, that she recorded many versions of that one song with new lyrics. Besides that she recorded a number of very good B-sides that i will focus on.

What I think is really great about her, is that she was so brave to sing about homosexuality, prostitution, drugs and sexual fantasies, when nobody was doing it. Her language is quite graphic, so much, that even today it is disturbing. Gisela Jonas was taken to court a couple of times but always got away without a sentence

On the back of this record sleeve somebody pasted a snippet from a Berlin newspaper that came out at the time of it`s release. It reports, that 2000 records were confiscated in a police raid on Gisela Jonas apartment in Munich and that even in Berlin the record was only to be sold under the counter.

GISELA JONAS, Der Novak

GISELA JONAS, Späte Reue

GISELA JONAS, Morgengrauen

Am 3. September 2009 erschien ein kleiner, von mir auf deutsch geschriebener,  Text über Gisela in der Wochenzeitung Jungle World.

Er findet sich hier.

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3 Comments on “GISELA JONAS, Der Novak, Späte Reue & Morgengrauen”

  1. Alexis says:

    Bin ex-Schwabinger der die 60er mittendrin gelebt hat, wohne jetzt aber in San Francisco was ja auch seine Boheme schon immer hatte und noch hat. Jedenfalls, vielen Dank fuer das koestliche Stueck vom Novak! Habe seit ewigen Jahren nicht mehr an Gisela gedacht und habe mich sehr gefreut sie wieder entdecken zu koennen. Nochmals merci beaucoup! Tolles website uebrigens, werde es jetzt desoefteren besuchen wollen, Gruss aus San Francisco, Alexis.

  2. Kill Waas says:

    Klasse geschrieben!!! Ich habe auch den Bericht in der “Jungle World” gelesen – leider viel zu kurz.

    Ich hatte die Single vom Novak in den frühen 60ern als Junge in der Hand, die stand in der Plattensammlung meines Vaters zwischen Caterina Valente und James Last – da war die Hülle mit einem kleinen Schlösschen zu, damit man die Platte nicht rausholen konnte. Es gelang mit kleinen geschickten Fingern aber doch irgendwann.

    Leider habe ich damals als kleiner Bub nichts verstanden vom Text.

    Letztes Jahr habe ich einen verrückten Vinyl Sammler getroffen, dem habe ich die noch immer einwandfreie Scheibe geschenkt – der Schlüssel war allerdings noch immer nicht da.

    solong: Kill Waas

  3. illimani_de says:

    Hallo, auf ebay biete ich 2 original signierte singles von gisela aus dem nachlass meiner mutter an, wer interesse hat bitte melden. Preis ist vb.


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