BERNHARD FRANK, Es ist mir egal, 1965Posted: April 2, 2009
Flexi discs were the cheapest of all budget records. Their main purpose was to be sold cheaply or to be used for advertising. Pressed into thin plastic, cardboard or postcards, they were not even considered to be real records, but just disposable items that had no value whatsoever.
Granted, a lot of them were indeed garbage, but occasionally some jewels turned under the radar. I´ve been collecting flexi discs by the Okay, Okay Exquisit and Rondo budget labels that were manufactured by the Phonocolor company from Berlin-Lichterfelde for a while now and posted most of them last April. Still, my biggest find I made only recently.
I couldn´t find any information on Bernhard Frank besides some SS-Obersturmbannführer that shared the same name. Why this record was not a hit escapes me. Maybe it was not a regular Okay Exquisit release or only pressed in a very small quantity. Believe me it`s great. I was really surprised when I listened to it for the first time. “Es ist mir egal” ( I don´t care) is a great angry Beat song with a slight Pretty Things influence. The B-side is somewhat tamer, like the Beatles. Great stuff!!!
Bernhard Frank, where are you today…???