DIE DIXIE-KAVALIERE, Amalie geht mit ´nem Gummikavalier, 1962

amalie-frontIn-meiner-Burggummikavalierburg-am-strandeIt´s summertime, so here are two summer related Dixieland songs. The Dixie-Kavaliers were  inspired by the success of the Old Merry Tale Jazzband who had a few hits mixing Dixieland and Schlager around the same time in the early 60s.

Amalie is an uptated Dixieland version of an old German Jazz-Schlager. Max Raabe recently authentically revived the 1927 original, a so-called “Badesaison-Schlager” (bathing season hit song). In the 1920s, swim rings and other sorts of inflatable water toys, were called Gummikavalier. The song was written by Siegwart Ehrlich (1981-1941), a German jew, who was also known by his pseudonyms Victorio and Sydney Ward. Ehrlich wrote many songs for revues and musicals. In 1933, he fled Germany to escape the Nazis. He died  in 1841 in Barcelona.

Trumpf ist die Mode der Seebadsaison,
man nimmt ins Wasser Tiere,
Hunde aus Gummi in jeder Façon,
Affen, Giraffen, Tapire.

Amalie fand das sehr apart,
doch hat sie ihre eig’ne Art.

Amalie geht mit ‘nem Gummikavalier,
mit ‘nem Gummikavalier ins Bad.
Amalie geht mit ‘nem Gummikavalier,
mit ‘nem Gummikavalier ins Bad.
Und sie pustet, und sie bläst ihn auf geschwinde,
an der Nordsee und im Wannsee, Travemünde.
Amalie geht mit ‘nem Gummikavalier,
mit ‘nem Gummikavalier ins Bad.

 

DIE DIXIE-KAVALIERE, Amalie geht mit ´nem Gummikavalier, 1962

Fittingly, In meiner Burg am Strande is also bathing-related. Originally written in1938 written by Ralf Maria Siegel, In meiner Burg was first  recorded by Oskar Joost Tanzorchester. The name of  Hamburg-based jazz musician and bandleader Günter Fulisch appears in the credits on both labels so I assume the Dixie-Kavaliere was one of his projects.

In my sand castle on the beach…

DIE DIXIE-KAVALIERE, In meiner Burg am Strande, 1962amalie


ALFIE MORGAN, Ich bin so faul, 1968

alfie-morgan-frontalfie-morgan-backalfie-morgan-labelalfie-morgan-morgenIch bin so faul (I´m so lazy) is a song that praises laziness. Surprisingly up-to-date, its Sirtaki rhythm and melody makes it sounds like a conservative parody of the Greek crisis. If anything, the Greek people had to work harder than any other European nations in recent years, while the obedient Germans, wo caused the crisis through massive wage cuts and overblown exports, eat up all the bullshit lies of the mainstream propaganda machine. Hopefully the brave Greek government will prevail. If not, the entire European leftist project is at stake. Capitalists are already shitting their pants, as is evident in their recent hysteria.

Ich bin so faul is not a parody. It expresses a genuine pleasure to be lazy. I love work, too. I work for a couple of hours every day. I might not earn much, but I´m happy, because I love what I do. But what´s wrong with being lazy, anyway? What we need today, is more laziness! With Capitalist rule unchallenged for decades and everybody brainwashed into believing there is no alternative, I can´t think of a more political statement. Work is  our collective obsession. In the last two years, two of my friends committed suicide because of burnout/depression, and ensuing unemployment. Both felt worthless without a job. To me those tragedies are still unacceptable and I directly blame the Capitalist ideology.

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No information on Alfie Morgan, apart from the liner notes stating that he appeared in “various films in France, Austria and England” and that” his friends Omar Sharif and Michel Polnareff persuaded him to record his German début single”.

The tiny Citycord label, located in Hamburg-Sasel, was founded by Manfred Dulau and Joe Moser in 1966. Moser also co-wrote  “Morgen ist ein neuer Tag”. The music to Ich bin so faul (Ya Du travail) was written by young Janco Nilovic, later a composer of library music, with lyrics by Ernst Bader. Bader, both a Christian and a Socialist, wrote countless songs for stars like Freddy Quinn, Udo Jürgens, Catarina Valente, Nana Mouskouri, Adamo and most of the German lyrics to the songs of Charles Aznavour. Despite of his wealth, he lived a very modest life, giving most of his money away. He donated to the radical-leftist APO-Press, financed the St. Pauli Museum, that is still in existence today, and guaranteed in his will, that the tenants of his condominiums had life-long habitation rights at a low rent. Photographer Günter Zint, was a friend of Ernst Bader for forty years. When Bader died in 1999, he held his obituary.

Anyway, I love the unabashed praise of the virtues of laziness in this song…

ALFIE MORGAN, Ich bin so faul, 1968

Der Tag ist heiß,/ heiß weht der Föhn/ Oh, ich bin so faul/ Ach, ist das schön/ Die Andern ackern und schaffen für sich,/ aber keiner ist froh und zufrieden wie ich./ Wenn sie sagen, ich mach´ alles völlig verkehrt,/ich finde, auch mein Leben ist was wert./ Oh, ich bewund´re den emsigen Boss,/ ganz bestimmt fällt dem Mann das Geld nicht in den Schoß,/aber ich schau´ auf blühende Felder hinaus/ und ich ruh´ mich aus./Der Tag ist heiß,/ heiß weht der Föhn/ Oh, ich bin so faul/ Ach, ist das schön./ Da schlendert froh mit verliebtem Gesang,/ schon mein Mädchen am Morgen die Strasse entlang/ und sie setzt sich zu mir dann mit fröhlichem Blick./ Und dann träumen wir beide vom großen Glück./ Für dauren Küsse, da brauch´ ich kein Geld./ Wir geniessen mit offenen Augen die Welt./ Wenn die ander´n sich plagen, dann träumen wir süß/ wie im Paradies./ Der Tag ist heiß,/ heißweht der Föhn/ Oh, ich bin so faul/ Ach, ist das schön

 

ALFIE MORGAN, Morgen ist ein neuer Tag, 1968

Morgen ist ein neuer Tag is a German cover version of Gene Stridel´s northern soul classic Tomorrow Is Another Day on the Atlantic label.

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Die schlechteste Schallplatte der Welt (dazu noch ohne Rückseite!)

w-1008-f-frontw-1008-fphilips-blankStreit-Cartoon-1Streit-Cartoon-2Streit-Cartoon-3Streit-Cartoon-4“The worst record in the world (On top of that without a flip side!)”

Okay, that´s not true. If it was, you would probably have heard about it. It´s a pretty nice German novelty record with a cartoon sleeve. Perfect for Berlin Beatet Bestes. And, the flip and the back of the sleeve are indeed  blank.

The label, that says “Lachplatte” (Laughing Record) and the Art Nouveau-style of the lettering, suggest that the song is based on the idea of The original Okeh Laughing Record: a man and woman laughing uncontrollably about a musician playing out of tune. For whatever reason, this song has very little laughing, but a lot of out of tune playing.
I assume, that the Kleckerdorfer Symphonieorchester is  actually Rolf Schneebiegl´s brass band. Scheebiegel (1924-2004) was quite an interesting musician who played jazz after WWII with Freddie Brocksieper, Kurt Edelhagen and Hans Koller, before he started his own very successful brass band, the Original Schwarzwaldmusikanten. While it might not work as a re-make of the famous Laughing Record, fans of classical music might still find humor in this rendition of  Franz von Suppe´s “Dichter und Bauer”, as arranged by Rolf  Schneebiegl.

There´s some crafty voluntary out of tune playing to be heard…

DAS KLECKERSDORFER SYMPHONIEORCHESTER, Dichter und Bauer

The reason I bought this record, was the sleeve, designed by cartoonist Reinhard Streit. I found no information about him online at all.

However, I found four cartoons by Reinhard Streit in my collection, published in the small book “Ohne Worte” (Without Words) in 1956 by Verlag Kurt Desch. The company published a European, a French and a German cartoon anthology. This is from the German edition:

Reinhard-Streit-Patentamt

Patentamt (patent office)

Reinhard-Streit-Frieden

 

Reinhard-Streit-1-2

 

Reinhard-Streit-Strip

 

 


HERMANN SATTLER MIT SEINEM ORCHESTER, Blasmusik, 1965

wenn-du-lust-hast-frontBlasmusikWenn Du Lust hastEven more dirty schlager songs by the tiny Cady label. The illustration on the sleeve was drawn by the same anonymous artist that did the Helga Mohr sleeve.

HERMANN SATTLER MIT SEINEM ORCHESTER, Blasmusik, 1965

HERMANN SATTLER MIT SEINEM ORCHESTER, Wenn du Lust hast, komm zum Kegeln, 1965

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HELGA MOHR UND DIE HUCK & HUCKY´S, Wer will fleissige Handwerker sehn?, 1965

fleissige-handwerker-frontfleissige-handwerker-backfleissige-handwerkerEin kleines HündchenMore risqué schlager by the Cady label. I bought these 45s because of the cartoon sleeves, designed by an anonymous artist. Helga Mohr sounds a lot like Gisela Jonas. Besides, there´s not much to say about these records. Nobody seems to want them. Nobody collects them. Nobody ever thought that they should be reissued in the past 50 years. However, I bet some fools will soon offer them on Ebay for 20 Euros, just because I present them here. Naturally, nobody will buy them.

Here´s why…

HELGA MOHR UND DIE HUCK & HUCKY´S, Wer will fleissige Handwerker sehn?, 1965

HELGA MOHR UND DIE HUCK & HUCKY´S, Ein kleines Hündchen, 1965

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DIE 3 KÜCHENBUBEN, Die Köchin sprach zum Koch, 1965

Cady-1001-1002Die Köchin sprach zum KochDie Kaltmamsell vom ParkhotelJello Biafra called him:”The most quintessentially hideous recording artist… a kind of blonde-wig Aryan combination Mitch Miller-Tom Jones” (Incredibly Strange Music, Vol.II, 1994).

I remembered that I had this record somewhere, after I read that our “German Andy Warhol with sunglasses and white hair”, was also in this group. So yesterday, I went down to our basement and dug in some old boxes for an hour to finally find this record.

This 45 is even more risqué than the previous one by the Ok-Singers, if not downright dirty! You can clearly hear the famous baritone, singing a  song about a mouse in a kitchen and the female chef showing the male chef the hole it came from…

 

DIE 3 KÜCHENBUBEN, Die Köchin sprach zum Koch, 1965

DIE 3 KÜCHENBUBEN, Die Kaltmamsell vom Parkhotel, 1965

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DIE OK-SINGERS, Die Susi mit dem Mini-Rock, 1965

ok-singers-frontok-singers-backPe-1-APe-1-BHe´s been in the business for 50 years and has sold millions of records. He´s also the most famous incredibly strange artist from Germany. Jello Biafra is a big fan. I´m not going to write his name in full, because – contrary to my usual policy – this artist is still very much alive and working. In fact, since he re-invented himself two years ago he´s been very successful, and now appears on German television every week. Since this blog deals with odd German records, it was inevitable that I finally came to the undisputed king of German musical weirdness. You know who I´m talking about….

So, this is the first record ( self-published by Dieter Wolf, the Ok-Singers´ guitarist) that our man was ever involved with. The group recorded two more 45s for Vogue and Electrola, but none of them have ever been reissued commercially. The two tracks are  risqué “Stimmungslieder” with a rock´n´roll twist. While his solo career was largely built “in contrast to the modern beat hysteria” (according to the liner notes from his first LP), this record, that features a cartoon girl in a mini-skirt, shows that he had an early brush with it.

Risqué songs, rock´n´roll, cartoon – now, that makes it pretty much…

A PERFECT RECORD!

DIE OK-SINGERS, Die Susi mit dem Mini-Rock, 1965

DIE OK-SINGERS, Lieschen, dein Blüschen, 1965

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FRANK VALDOR AND HIS ORCHESTRA, I´m The Greatest/ Ali Shuffle, 1966

45-11005-front45-11005-V45-11005-MOn September 10th, 1966 Karl Mildenberger´s most important fight against Muhammad Ali took place in the Frankfurt Waldstadion. The German heavyweight boxer lasted twelve rounds, until the referee took him out, because of a cut above his left eye.

This Muhammad Ali-themed Hippo Records 45 might have been released in reference to this epic fight. Valdor´s  Ali Shuffle though, is not connected to Alvin Cash´s soul track Doin´ The Ali Shuffle and I´m The Greatest is not the ska song of the same name, recorded by Ross McManus And The Joe Loss Blue Beats. Ross McManus, the father of Elvis Costello.

Co-written by Frank Valdor and Joe Menke, ex-husband of Nana Gualdi, these two humorous tunes are both in the snappy orchestra style Frank Valdor was known for, and have not been re-issued since 1966.

FRANK VALDOR AND HIS ORCHESTRA, Ali Shuffle, 1966

FRANK VALDOR AND HIS ORCHESTRA, I´m The Greatest, 1966

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