DEBBIE NEON, American Nightmare, 1980Posted: December 11, 2010
The combination of the words Debbie ( Harry) and Neon (the buzzword of the early 80´s) is screaming: New Wave. I bought this 45, because I liked the title, because it was produced in Berlin and because I already own another pretty cool Debbie Neon record. Last year I posted her version of Talking Heads´ Psycho Killer. Unfortunately there is very little information on the Internet about Debbie Neon´s brief but interesting career in the early 80´s.
The first thing that appears are the three singles she recorded for CBS: Psycho Killer/Neon Lights (1979), American Nightmare/Energy (1980) and The Boys Are Out Tonight/Spotlight (1981). Debbie Neon also appeared on the 1979 CBS compilation LP Waves Of Rock, along with Nina Hagen and the Stripes (Nena´s first band). But although the company held onto her for three years, she never got to record a full LP.
From 1980 to 1984 Debbie Neon (real name Petra Jokisch) appeared in four films: Asphaltnacht (1980), Sei zärtlich, Pinguin (1982), Kamikaze 1989 (1982) and Didi, der Doppelgänger (1984), the first three being prime examples of supercool (to freezing cold) early 80´s movies. Her greatest moment was probably when she starred along with Rainer Werner Fassbinder in Kamikaze 1989. It was Fassbinders last film before his death in June 1982.
Debbie Neon also modelled for various publications, the highlight being her appearance on the cover of the German Playboy in February 1984.
The music is pretty average disco and there is a strong Kate Bush/Nina Hagen influence in Debbie Neon´s singing. Not exactly the stuff , cult records are made of, but I really like these songs. Especially the song Energy. It´s what I need this time of the year, more energy. Total energy.