ANTIBERLINER, Antiberliner, 1987Posted: February 27, 2008
One really good thing about living in this city is that you don`t have to like everything about it. There is a history of discontentment here that is refreshing. The people who did this record didn`t really hate Berlin. The music and the lyrics are quite upbeat and optimistic.
On may 1st 1987, after a spontaneous demonstration, a riot broke out that spread throughout Kreuzberg. A lot of shops were looted and a supermarket was set on fire. In response to the riots Berlin mayor Eberhard Diepgen called anarchists and autonomous people “Antiberliners”. In the month following that incident a bunch of people took that word, reversed it and produced this nice 45.
Actually this is pretty much an ode to the other Berlin. The Berlin of the outsiders.