FAMILY, Die kleine Band, 1977

As I`ve written before what I`m really looking for at flea-markets and in thrift stores are records I´ve never seen before by artists I`ve never heard of. When I`ve found a record that I like, I mostly check the Internet first. If it has been re-issued on Cd or is  available as download then I don`t post it. If on the other hand nobody  has ever cared to re-issue a record for 20 , 30, 40 or 50 years I figure it`s about time somebody did.

Over the past 30 years Bear Family Records has re-issued most of the interesting German 20th Century`s Pop music that was released on major labels like Polydor,  Ariola and Telefunken.  That still leaves a lot of independent releases, budget labels, advertisement records, flexi discs and private pressings for me to work with.

Which leads me to this record here by a mystery group from Heinsberg, North Rhine Westphalia very close to the Dutch border. Not a word about them or their self-released record to be found on the Internet. The song “Die kleine Band” tells the story of their little amateur band , how they made a record and how  success was not the motivating factor behind it but having a good time: they were the band that everyone in town knew. Very sweet really.

“Oldies But Goldies” is a County song about the pirate radio show of singer Karl-Heinz that aired every Saturday  on 101.5 FM from 10 to 2.30 a.m. It even mentions how they are always in danger of beeing shut down by the police  but that spinning records is a wonderful hobby that they are proud of.  Holland had a lot of pirate radio stations in the 60`s and 70`s and it`s great that this small town had one station too. Today Heinsberg  has a small Punk scene but any trace of the little band is long gone.

Luckily at least one copy of  this Family record miraculously made it to Berlin…

FAMILY, Die kleine Band, 1977

FAMILY, Oldies But Goldies, 1977


4 Comments on “FAMILY, Die kleine Band, 1977”

  1. martinf says:

    Berlin scheint ja ne echte Fundgrube zu sein. Vielleicht stolperst Du ja mal über Sunny Logemann oder A&M Two Generation?!

  2. mischalke04 says:

    Berlin ist Plattentechnisch viel geiler als Hamburg, wo ich aufgewachsen bin. Dafür haben hier auch immer noch mehr Leute ihre Finger in der selben Kiste in der ich gerade gucke und suchen ALLE nach Soul, Beat und Punk. Wenigstens hab ich so bislang noch den ganzen Outsider-Abfall für mich…
    Sollte ich mal auf Sunny Logemann oder A&M Two Generation stoßen, schick ich`s in deine Richtung.

    Alles Gute

  3. ulla says:

    dass ich das noch erleben darf……man spricht in Berlin von Heinsberg und seiner grandiosen Musikszene ….DANKE !!!! Als eschte Heinsbergerin bin ich hin und weg….


  4. martinf says:

    Hurra, endlich hat mir jemand zumindest mp3s von Sunny Logemann zur Verfügung gestellt – und es klingt noch unglaublicher als vermutet!

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