THE COUNTRY PICKERS, Springtime in September

One last Berlin country & western record in this series. No information available online about the County Pickers. I´d put their privately pressed “Take One – Stereo EP” – a  DIY production with hand-made sleeves – in the early 80s. But who knows. This seems to be the first public appearance of the group on the Internet.

The six members of the Country Pickers were: Charly – lead guitar, chorus, 12-string guitar; Eric – vocals, chorus; Evy – Vocal, chorus; Frank – drums; Norbert – guitar, vocals, chorus, organ, string orchestra; Peter – bass, vocals, chorus

 I especially love the strangely endearing Springtime in September…

 

THE COUNTRY PICKERS, Springtime in September

THE COUNTRY PICKERS, Playing the game

THE COUNTRY PICKERS, Baby, don´t cry no more

THE COUNTRY PICKERS, Thinkin´ of you

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ROLLING WHEELS, Seine Heimat ist die Schiene, 1979

“Die faszinierende, moderne Welt der Bahn im Country-Western-Style. Mit dieser neuen Single präsentiert sich die Deutsche Bundesbahn als das, was sie ist: das moderne Dienstleistungsunternehmen mit Full-Service für Menschen und Güter.”

This “fascinating, modern” promotional record for Deutsche Bundesbahn was written in part by Pedal Steel player Rainer Bach of Truck Stop.

Vocals imitate the gravel-voice of Gunter Gabriel

ROLLING WHEELS, Seine Heimat ist die Schiene, 1979

ROLLING WHEELS, Roll On Big Engine, 1979

 


JENNIFER LEE, Country Songs

A mystery country & western 45 from Berlin. No idea what year it was released and I couldn´t find any information or image of Jennifer Lee. What I do know, is that both songs were written by Ruth Händel. Ruth Händel had a local hit record (written in part by Drafi Deutscher), the novely song Meine letzte Zigarette . My last cigarette, cough, cough…

According to the German web forum of Memory Radio, Ruth Händel, born Heidemarie Gerbsch, performed together with German C&W stars Western Union and co-founded the German band Country Child, prior to her solo career  in the 70s. Ruth Händel died in 2003.

Jennifer Lee recorded at least one more 45 on her own G.M. label, Samstag Nacht/ The Simple Words Of Love. The lyrics to Country Songs pretty much pin her down as a fan and an amateur singer. In the best way:

“I only like bars that play country and western music/ When AFN´s Country Time is on the air, / I invite all country fans to my place/ I´m not singing like Big Hank Snow or Dave Dudley/ Country songs – just for fun/ Country songs – bye bye so long/ I´ll go see live music and will never pass on a record store/ And one day I´ll move to Nashville,/ but meanwhile I´ll make country western in Berlin”

JENNIFER LEE, Country Songs

Trucker fahr is about truckers going to Africa to save children…

JENNIFER LEE, Goodbye Trucker fahr

An unrelated artifact from my personal collection: matchbook for NASHVILLE SALOON, a country and western bar at Kadettenweg 63 in Berlin-Lichterfelde. Although not related, this place fits roughly in the same time frame with Jennifer Lee. Like Jennifer Lee, there´s no trace of the Berlin Nashville Saloon today..

 


Berlin Beatet Bestes im MINT Magazin

Markus treffe ich immer bei Einkaufen bei Netto. Letztens meinte er: “Sag mal, du sammelst doch so seltsame Platten. Ich schreibe ja für Mint, wir haben in jeder Ausgabe ein Feature über Plattenammler. Was meinst du, vielleicht könnten wir ja mal was über dich machen?`” Als ich Mint hörte, ging mir gleich der Hut hoch und ich hab erstmal losgepoltert: Dass ich seit bald vierzig Jahren ununterbrochen Platten sammle und ausgerechnet jetzt kämen die mit so einem Magazin! Dass ohne die diversen Underbround-Musikszenen der 90er und Nuller Vinyl nie überlebt hätte. Und dass es ja wohl eine Unverschämzheit wäre, dass die Major Labels ihre Acts zum dritten Mal und im dritten Format auf den Markt werfen würden, die 10LP-Box von Boney M jetzt in 180 Gramm Vinyl! Als könntest du die Platten nicht auf jedem Flohmarkt für ein paar Euro zusammenkaufen. Und so weiter und so fort. Markus hörte sich das alles in Ruhe an – hatte er so wohl alles schon mal gehört – und schien mir auch nicht böse zu sein. Einige Zeit später meldete er sich sogar noch mal und fragte mich erneut. Und daraus ist dann dieser sehr freundliche Artikel geworden auf den ich sogar ein wenig stolz bin. Danke Markus, Danke Mint. Jetzt kann ich in keinem Second Hand-Plattenladen mehr ein Schnäppchen machen…


Die November-Sendung von OUTSIDE TURN zum Nachhören

auf Mixcloud:  https://www.mixcloud.com/widget/iframe/?feed=%2Fandreas-michalke%2Foutside-turn-berlin-swing-radio-show-60%2F

Playlist:

ZAZOO, Stand By Me, 2016

SWING TARTURO, Den ovälkomne, 2016

KERMIT RUFFINS & IRVIN MAYFIELD, Well, Alright, 2017

JIMMY RUSHING & THE DAVE BRUBECK QUARTET, There´ll Be Some Changes Made, 1960

NEW ORLEANS MOONSHINERS, Uptown Ditty, 2011

TURK MURPHY AND HIS JAZZBAND, Sweet Substitute (Vocals – Turk Murphy), 1956

THE SCHWINGS FEAT. MIGLOKO, Is This Love, 2016

SIDNEY BECHET & HIS NEW ORLEANS FEETWARMERS, Rip Up The Joint, 1946

HETTY KATE, Coffee Time, 2017

HELGA FEDDERSEN & OLD MERRY TALE JAZZBAND, Auszieh´n, 1979

CATHERINE RUSSELL & RON SUNSHINE, Swinging at the Cat Club, 2017

PEYTON PARK, Bad Mouth, 1962

HENRY JOHNSON AND HIS BOYS, Ash Can Stomp, 1927

SWING TARTURO, Betraktelser och förälskelse, 2016

 


ARIES AFOSHEENGA, Way Back To Africa/ Congaman, 1985

A bit of a mystery record here, starting with the group´s name. Aries Afosheenga on the sleeve, simply Afosheenga on the label, while Rock City, a Berlin rock music guide from 1985 lists them as Aries Afrosound.

And then, what is Afro-European Generation? Is it the title of the record or another name for the band? Further info from Rock City, shines some light on it: ” Steven was born in the star sign of Aries on the Ivory Coast, of Nigerian descent. His music (Afro-European Generation) reflects the life and team play of black and white people. Role models are Otis Redding, Sam Cooke and Frantz Fanon.”

Aries band members were: Steve (Voc, conga, g), Kola (voc,b,conga), Yomi (voc,perc,g), René (perc,g), Peter (dr), Conrado (flute, sax), Daniel (tenor-sax), Urban (p-synth). Recorded and mixed at STEVE`S MUSIC SHOP, West-Berlin. Distributed by STEVE`S MUSIKLADEN, Gitschiner Straße 96.

The sleeve´s line-up: Stephen Lawal (voc, g, dr, conga), Kola Adio (b, voc, conga, perc), Tina Warse (tenor sax), Daniel Hermelink (keyboard-piano), Parviz Ghiassian (alto-sax), Barry Anene (g, perc)

Despite its melancholy touch, Way Back To Africa is a laid-back West-African tune, straight out of gloomy 1980s West-Berlin…

 

ARIES AFOSHEENGA, Way Back To Africa, 1985

The synth is used like percussion on Congaman:

ARIES AFOSHEENGA, Congaman, 1985

 


EDGAR WINDHUND BANDE, Traenengas, 1982

Found this privately pressed 45 at my neighborhood flea market a while back. The seller said it was “kinda punk”. It´s a mish-mash of punk/new wave-influenced ROCK, specific to a lot of local bands in the  late 70s and early 80s, when Berlin was punk capital.

Drummer Reinhard “Wurzel” Stey, who wrote both of these songs, came from an older generation of rock musicians. Since 1970, he had played in Panko Musik and later in Tontransport. Stey was also co-founded the first Berlin rock organization. According to rockinberlin.com, he died at an unknown date.

Edgar Windhund Bande released the tape “Ohne Liebe…Keinen Hass” in 1981 on their own Getto SO36 Produktionen label and this,  their sole 45. Traenengas is a strange love song: “On Tuesday after the demo – I was lusting for you/ Fog is separating us –  I can´t see you/ I can´t see the sun – only flashing blue light/ … / Teargas, teargas, teargas…”

 

EDGAR WINDHUND BANDE, Traenengas, 1982

Grunewald forest is the largest green area in the city of Berlin. Still, the chorus of the song goes: ” The forest is much too small/ Concrete everywhere”

EDGAR WINDHUND BANE, Grunwald, 1982


THE GRADUATES, L.O.V.E & Bachelor Party

Found this one-sided promotional flexi disc for Triumph´s Blues – Disco Bras in Bruxelles last year.  No information about the origin of the Graduates, but from the accent of DJ John Bright who introduces the group, I´d guess they´re from South Africa.

Two funky tunes advertizing for bras. Disco bras….

 

THE GRADUATES, L.O.V.E. & Bachelor Party