HEART OF BLUES, Smoking takes you faster to God, 1969

smoking-takes-you-faster-to-goddas-nebellungenliedbhp-3001-abhp-3001-bFound this last Thursday in a local thrift store for one euro and, because of the nondescript sleeve, thought it was just another advertisement record. At home, the two songs really blew me away! Two great beat/krautrock songs on this one! A quick check on the Internet revealed that Smoking takes you faster to God has been reissued in the late 90s on the “Kraut! Demons! Kraut! – German Psychedelic Underground 1968-1974″ CD bootleg comp, compiled by none other than the late Werner Voran aka The Lolly Pope. Apparently this is quite a rare Krautrock 45 that somebody is currently trying to sell on Ebay for 100 euros. Hopefully to no avail.

Unlike most musicians who played in 1960s beat groups, former Heart of Blues bassist Norbert Maislein-Sylvester, cares for his musical legacy, and loaded Smoking takes you faster to God, including some info about the band, up on Youtube, himself.  He even illustrated the video with the Kraut! Demons! Kraut! bootleg CD image, instead of the original sleeve that you see above. Heart of Blues, a popular R&B Band who played around the Munich area, were: Graf Amadeus von Donnersmarck, guitar; Norbert Maislein-Sylvester bass; Henny Stadler, vocals; Peter Stadler, keyboard and Rudi Zöttel, drums. Some former members still play in Munich bands today.

No info, however, on Munich Express found on the Internet. Their Nebellungenlied is a well done combination of funny lyrics in the 3 Travellers vein, set to beat music.

This is a perfect record for Berlin Beatet Bestes: it´s a beat record, it´s got a cartoon sleeve and it´s an advertisement record, containing music with a practical purpose. Ironically, while Krautrock is considered to be underground music, these songs were actually commissioned by the German government. In 1969 Heart of Blues and Munich Express won a contest, launched by minister of family affairs Käte Strobel, for “Best Anti-Smoking Song”

Well, thanks German government, for cutting these two wonderful sides for eternity!

I think I´m going to light one up right now, to get a little faster to god…

HEART OF BLUES, Smoking takes you faster to God, 1969

MUNICH EXPRESS, Das Nebellungenlied, 1969


A bit of trivia:

As you can see on the labels, this 45 was pressed at Schallplattenfabrik Pallas out of Diepholz, Lower Saxony, a family-owned company that has produced records since 1948. On the 1st of April 2013, a mass fire destroyed their CD-manufacturing building, causing an estimated damage of 10 million euros. The factory building where Pallas is pressing vinyl, a business they had bravely held onto all through the worst part of the 90s until now, was miraculously left intact.

A sign from above?

6 Comments on “HEART OF BLUES, Smoking takes you faster to God, 1969”

  1. Kurt L - KL in NYC says:

    Did you know that there has been a free e-book available for years that has lots of valid ammunition against the anti-smoking movement? It was written by an American lawyer, and the chapters are very, very short, with lots of verifiable facts. You can download a PDF (link is on the lower right), or read it on-line here: http://www.lcolby.com/
    It has a lot of good things you can use to throw back at anti-smokers when they start to bother you.

  2. Kurt L - KL in NYC says:

    BTW, the PDF makes it easy to print and/or send copies to friends.

  3. mischalke04 says:

    Actually I don´t need ammunition against anti-smokers. For many years now, I´ve only been smoking six month each year. I never smoke in the fall and in the wintertime, when it´s cold outside and the body needs every little energy it can get, to get through the day. Especially for something like walking up and down our fourth floor apartment. Also I think it´s undignified to be chased outside to smoke in wintertime, cold hands and all. But by the beginning of May, when it´s getting warm outside again, I like to to have a beer mixed with lemonade and smoke a cigarette. Inhaling and getting a slight buzz in the sun, is just the best! I hardly ever drink alcohol, but when I do, I want to smoke, too. Then I smoke through the summertime and now will quit again next week. And not touch a cigarette until next spring. For some strange reason, that has worked for me, for many years. I must be one of the people, who can just quit like that. So am I a smoker or a non-smoker?

    Basically, I think people overdo everything. Smoking all the time is no fun. Of course, it´s also not healthy. But what is? Radical non-smokers are boring. Same with the complete addicts.

  4. FrankDee says:

    How right you are, Mischalke!
    Hi, this is Frank from Milano, the drummer from The Starliters, don’t know if you remember me.
    Anyway, I quit smoking more than one year ago – but I didn’t go nut.
    And it’s right not annoying people with your decision – with smoke or something else.

    Interesting stuff – Always love reading your stories about odd records.

  5. Kurt Stadlmeyer says:

    Geschätzter Meister Mischalke, als Jäger, Zeichner, Trommler und last not least Sammler steht Ihnen -zur persönlichen Einschätzung des gefundenen “Nebellungen-Schatzes”- eine kleine, wotanische Erklärung aus Walhall zu.

    Jugendfreunde aus dem Chiemgau fanden sich in München wieder. Auftrag: Anti-Raucher-Platte.

    Uhlig und ich spielten zu Schulzeiten schon in semi-professionellen Bands.
    Schambeck war Fan und hatte immer schon eine witzige Poe-Ader :-)
    Gesagt, getan, die finanzielle Seite der Produktion war eine reine Nullnummer.

    Für Sie vielleicht interssant:
    Eine der ersten 8-Spur-Maschinen in München (Telefunken A10) diente als Playback-Sklave, meine Wenigkeit als (git) 2 Fender strats, (b) Fender Precision, (dr) geliehen und (vocs).

    Ich war am Beginn meines Musikstudiums. Ein Jahr später auf Tournee mit Doldingers “Motherhood”, on drums Uns Udo Lindenberg, damals vierundzwanzig.

    Desweiteren: Abschluss Hauptfach Kompositionslehre und Posaune.

    Schluss für jetzt! Noch Fragen?

    Kurt Stadlmeyer

    P.S.: Neben den 3 Travellers gab es ganz andere Vorbilder, damals: Benny Goodman, Gene Krupa, Ravel, Sidney Bechet, Beatles waren noch keine in Sicht, aber TwistTwist

  6. mischalke04 says:

    Lieber Kurt,

    vielen Dank für die interessanten Informationen zur Heart Of Blues Single. Ich freue mich immer, wenn ein beteiligter Musiker sich die Mühe macht sich zu melden. In den vergangenen 9 Jahren waren das zum Glück einige. Ein weiterer Text auf deutsch von mir über diese Platte und eine Abschrift des kompletten Textes des Nibelungenlieds erschien übrigens vor 2 Jahren in der Jungle World.


    Schöne Grüße aus Berlin
    Andreas Michalke

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