JOY UNLIMITED, Go easy, Go Bahn, 1973

One more by krautrockers “Joy Unlimited”. This  record was given to me by “Auge” from the Berlin Comics-Library “Renate” who grew up in the Eastern part of Berlin. When he gave it to me  he said:” You know, there was East-German Rock in the West too!”

As I`ve written elsewhere music with a “purpose” tends to compromise the “artistic” side of it. Much like  the East-German rock music that needed to have a “message” that pleased the communist powers, advertisement records in capitalist West-Germany needed to sell their “message”. In this case “Joy Unlimited” obviously had no problem rockin` out for the Deutsche Bahn, the state-owned German railroad.

With funny results listening to it today…

JOY UNLIMITED, Go easy, Go Bahn, 1973

JOY UNLIMITED, Komm mit in die Welt, 1973

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JOY UNLIMITED, Der Top-Hit von Topset, 1974

topset-fronttopset-backdas-neue-topsetqua-qua-pa-pa-qua

A krautrocker´s chocolate bar? The Topset chocolate bar seems to have vanished from the market quickly, at least I can not remember it and I was 8 years old in 1974, a perfect customer for chocolate bars. I guess I was more into Kinderschokolade.

Here´s the Mannheim krautrockers Joy Unlimited, minus the vocalist they named themselves after – Joy Fleming, the inventor of German Soul singing.

I posted another promotional 45 by Joy Unlimited in 2008.

“Was heisst´n das, groovy?”

“Topset ist groovy!”

JOY UNLIMITED, Das neue Topset, 1974

JOY UNLIMITED, Qua Qua Pa Pa Qua, 1974

Nice water color drawing here on the sleeve, but with a classic “mistake” by the artist. Whenever I have drawn guitars like this, the musicians complained: ” That´s wrong! Why do the guitars have no strings?”

topset-aquarell


EXCALIBUR, Club Twenty Eight, 1978

In this weeks heap of  bad taste and utter nonsense, a advertisement record fits right in. This Flexi-disc was made for the German  chain store company and travel agency “Neckermann” by  seminal Krautrockers Excalibur who released a Sabbath-inspired LP in 1971. It advertises for the travel offer Club 28 Reisen that was  geared towards young people.

Right now somebody is trying to sell this flexi-disc on eBay  for 50 Euros  because of those Krautrock credentials. Hopefully  nobody will fall for it.

“Club Twenty Eight” is a pretty lame Reggae-Pop song,  not nearly as entertaining as the advertisement record that  Joy Unlimited did for the Deutsche Bahn.They needed the money and this was a job that hopefully paid well.

I shouldn`t make it all sound too bad. The song is kinda catchy  and I still like  the little cartoon on the back of the sleeve with the angel and the devil dancing together.  Cute.

But don`t pay more than 50 Cents…

EXCALIBUR, Club Twenty Eight, 1978