Bigbeatland Release Party

Am Dienstag vergangener Woche kam der zweite Sammelband meiner  Comic Strips aus der Jungle World, Bigbeatland 2 -“Der Kampf geht weiter”, aus der Druckerei. Jetzt bin ich sehr stolz und zufrieden.

Deshalb gibt es am Donnerstag, 2. Dezember eine kleine Feier im Monarch Club in der Skalitzer Strasse 135. Beginn ist 19 Uhr.

Natürlich lege ich Schallplatten auf, außerdem werde ich eine kurze Auktion/Destruktion Aktion machen und einen musikalischen Gast gibt es auch. Ich würde mich freuen euch zu sehen.

Berlin Beatet Bestes On The Air Tonight!

The theme of tonight´s  show is going to be “consumption”. Everything from advertisement records to happy odes to shopping to punk songs against consumerism.

Listen to the Andi & Andi show from 10:30 pm to midnight on 88.4 Free Radio Berlin.

KAPLAN FLURY, Jimi, oh Jimi Hendrix, 1970

This record was digitized and scanned by my good friend Asphalt Tiger. He sent me the files  months ago, but I never got around to post them. Now they fit nicely in this little series of Christian records. Thanks Tiger!

Alfred Flury (1934 – 1986) was a roman-catholic chaplain and a songwriter. He recorded a number of records and also wrote books on drug prevention. In 1971 he founded the Kaplan Flury-Stiftung, an organization that is still doing drug prevention work today.

Personally I have tried most drugs, apart from heroin and crack, but found they didn´t do much for me. I feel like I´m too mellow in my regular life, so I have no use for drugs that make me feel even more mellow. The drugs people use to get excited, also disappointed me. I get excited quite easily so I didn´t feel much of a difference. But the most disappointing thing about drugs, were the people I used them with: none of them danced or talked more. They were as boring as ever. On top of that, I always washed the drugs down with a lot of alcohol anyway. Like many artists, I´m mildly manic-depressive. If diagnosed, a doctor would probably subscribe some sort of mood stabilizing drug. A drug to get rid of all excessive emotion and all my source of creativity. I rather do sports.

Hopefully the age of  hipsters like Pete Doherty and Amy Whinehouse, who promoted drug use in the past decade, is over. Their excess was probably a reaction to the conservative  political atmosphere and general uncertainty at the beginning of this new millennium. It didn´t lead anywhere, but to self-destruction. This said, I think we all need to get high from time to time, to be transported out of ourselves. There must be a reason why humans have always used drugs in shared rituals throughout the centuries.  And as boring as it is, the people who get drunk at Oktoberfest do just that. They partake in a collective ritual to get out-of-control. These intoxicated rituals remind us of the fact, that we are collective beings and that each of us is not the center of the universe.

(Alfred Flury together with Josephine Baker)

In the 1960´s religion had not given up on the youth yet. Or rather, some idealistic individuals, like singin´ chaplains and motor-bikin´vicars, had not given up on organized religion yet. Kaplan Flury hit the charts with Lass die kleinen Dinge in 1965. The death of Jimi Hendrix on September 18, 1970 marked a turning point of the 1960´s youth culture. Drugs were no longer a game. Early on Kaplan Flury recognized the growing drug problems in Germany. His credibility helped establish the first drug awareness campaigns and help-programs.

A book (plus CD) about Alfred Flury´s life was published in 2008. More songs can be downloaded on this site dedicated to Kaplan Flury. Jimi, oh Jimi Hendrix was re-issued in 2008 on the excellent Bear Family CD “Hippies, Hasch und Flower Power”. In this song Flury mentiones that he met Jimi Hendrix personally:

“The world intoxicated is a world that collapses rapidly. Jimi Hendrix, I knew you. Maybe I can even understand you. Hopefully the others also understand your ending. Jimi Hendrix – a path that didn´t know its way. Jimi Hendrix – a light that burnt itself. Jimi, Jimi, your dream couldn´t keep up with life.  You took a lot of us with you.”

KAPLAN FLURY, Jimi, oh Jimi Hendrix, 1970

According to this soulful schlager song, the four things that are most important are: having a heart, loving, believing and living. Three of these things, I wholeheartetly agree with:

KAPLAN FLURY, Die vier Dinge, 1970

Kaplan Flury and singer Katja Ebstein are both wearing a sun wheel necklace, the sign of Flury´s NO DRUGS organization. Flury met the Rolling Stones and many other pop stars. I can´t think of a contemporary religious personality (other than the pope),  who would meet and know today´s pop stars. Let alone could ever hit the charts…

GEN ROSSO, I give my life, 1969

This is another Christian EP I bought in Switzerland. The group named themselves Gen Rosso (Red Generation) after a red drum set they were given by Chiara Lubich in 1966. Lubich founded the Catholic Focolare Movement in Italy in 1943. It is an international organization that promotes the ideals of unity and universal brotherhood. Since 1966 two hundred people have played in Gen Rosso. Today the group consists of 18 musicians from 10 countries. Of course today they´re a rock-pop-funky-rap-latino-boygroup.

The psychedelic design of this record sleeve was promising but none of the tracks actually are psychedelic. This song has a nice dramatic vibe though and great haunting lyrics.

GEN ROSSO, I give my life, 1969

If I can help someone as I pass along,/ Cheer someone with a word or song,/ Show someone who´s travelling wrong/ My living would not be in vain!

If I can live the way every Christian ought,/ Forgetting myself and the problems I´ve got,/ Living for the others the words he has brought,/ My living would not be in vain!

I know that day will come/ When it´s time to leave,/ To leave this world with its many sorrows behind.

But friends when I leave/ I don´t want you`ll say:/That man left without even paying his way.

No, I want to give my share,/ I want to pay the price with my life.

If I can live the way…

But friends when I leave …

No, I want to give my share…

Now that day has come

and I´ll pay the price with my life!

LES PECHEURS, The House Of The Rising Sun, 1972

I bought this Swiss EP in Zurich in the past summer. The record commemorates the International Jesus Festival Of Music held in Lenzburg, Easter 1972. The pop-art-meets-political-collage sleeve caught my eye, but I couldn´t listen to the record in the thrift store. So I had to take a chance. I was expecting the music to be somewhat dry and unfortunately most of these songs actually are, so I didn´t record them. However, the song House Of The Rising Sun by Les Pêcheurs (the fishermen), with lyrics changed to  Oh Jesus Christus, Gottes Sohn, is quite charming.

LES PECHEURS, The House Of The Rising Sun, 1972

If you enjoy this song, you might like to go over to  Ostberlin Beatet Besseres and listen to a German school choir singing House Of The Rising Sun with very funny German accents here.

ORCHESTER RÜDIGER PIESKER, Happy José (Ching-Ching-Ching), 1962

American band leader Jack Ross recorded the instrumental Happy José (Ching Ching Ching) for the Dot label in 1962. It became a novelty hit overseas, especially in Holland. A Finnish version sung by Brita Koivuneneven and the Four Cats even had lyrics.

This is a odd German cover version because the silly laughing that is cut  into the original  is exchanged with the even sillier whickering of a horse.

ORCHESTER RÜDIGER PIESKER, Happy José (Ching-Ching-Ching), 1962


BILLY MO UND DIE BILLY BOYS, Die goldenen Reserven, 1963

Billy Mo, originally Peter Mico Joachim, was born in 1923 in Trinidad and arrived in Hamburg via England in 1956. In London he had studied music at the Royal Academy of Music and played together with Winifred Atwell, who was also born in Trinidad. Billy Mo recorded some swing sides in Hamburg but  got his big break when he recorded Ich kauf mir einen Tirolerhut in 1962. The song reached #1 in early 1963 and stayed on top of the German charts for four weeks. It was recorded in many languages and Billy even recorded an English version:  I’d rather buy myself a Tyrolian hat. The success of the song pretty much sealed his fate and he made a career of recording and performing German Stimmungsmusik. But he continued to play jazz until his death in 2004. Bear Family Records re-issued Billy Mo´s cool rockin´and swingin´material from the 50´s on the Mr. Rhythm King CD in 2003.

This flexible record was simply advertising for cans. In the early 60´s the German steel industry was still going strong. Today only one company is manufacturing tin foil in Germany.

BILLY MO UND DIE BILLY BOYS, Die goldenen Reserven, 1963

PAT STEAVENS, Rollectric, 1959

As the stamp on the envelope shows, this flexible cardboard record, was sent to dealers of  the ultra-modern Remington Rollectric electric shaver in April of 1959. I buy these flexible records because they are cheap and look nice, but the only place where I can show and play them outside of my house is here. Accompanied by Günter Georgy-Engelhardt  on the Hammond organ, Pat Steavens praises the Rollectric electric shaver to the melody of Volare.

Ticks and hisses galore…

PAT STEAVENS, Rollectric, 1959

“Rollectric – ganz groß”  Werbung