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
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.
I posted another promotional 45 by Joy Unlimited in 2008.
“Was heisst´n das, groovy?”
“Topset ist groovy!”
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?”
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…