The Gloomy Moon Singers were the house band at Berlin`s Riverboat Club. In 1964 they came in second in a battle of the bands at the Star Club, losing the first prize to the more stylish Lords. They recorded one more 45 for the Telefunken label before changing to simply The Gloomys, and more of a pop direction. The most famous band member of The Gloomy Moon Singers was Frank Zander, a German Pop singer who had many hits, singing novelty songs in his gruff trade-mark voice.
The song Zieht euch warm an ( dress warmly) is an advice to all teenage lovers making out at night in the parks and also a threat by the mothers and the fathers ( like prepare yourself: the trouble that your in for, once you get home) with a great trebly guitar sound…
While I was in the basement sorting out records to take to the flea-market or use for Auktion/Destruktion I found this record. I think it was in a bunch of records a girl gave me last year while I was “dj-ing”( does playing records on a battery-run miniature record player in a gallery/library count as dj-ing?) . She said: maybe you can use them, I don`t have a record player anyway. But I never listened to this one until last week when I took it upstairs to our appartement. And then I recognized the B. Frank! That must be the same Bernhard Frank that I posted three weeks ago! At least it sounds very similar. Again my search for Bernhard Frank on the internet has not been successful.
If this was only a test-pressing or also got a proper release I don`t know. It`s likely that Decca felt that they already had Drafi Deutscher and so already had this area covered. But Bernhard Frank should have gotten a chance: these are great catchy Beat songs, obviously very much influenced by the Beatles…
Chuckamuck are real teenagers who aspire to become the German Black Lips. They write beautiful songs, a couple of them even in German and their set was full of energy. Even the sloppiness looked staged. Great band! Their teenage fans danced like crazy until the set of speakers fell down. So the Black Lips reference is not really that far-fetched. Check for yourself how great they really are here. Their last Cd was produced by King Khan. Chuckamuck seemed like a tough act to follow…
By coincidence I had met the boys and girls of Charlie Megira & The Modern Dance Club the previous night hanging out at a bar in Kreuzberg, where Frank and I had been Dj-ing. They dug our records, gave us some self-made Modern Dance Club lighters and buttons and seemed to enjoy being in Berlin. From their appearance I had expected a more artistic or traditional 60`s/70`s sound but Charlie Megira & the Modern Dance Club completely surprised me with their TOTALLY WILD, LOUD and RAW sound. The gang from Jaffa/Tel Aviv stormed though a set of AGGRESSIVE, BLAZING-HOT ROCK`N`ROLL NOISE!!!. Even their Surf instrumentals were top notch and not a tad too musical or retro. They were SMOKIN`!!!
I made this page about the West Germany show that will appear next week in Ox-Fanzine:
Some more photos that I made of Charlie Megira & The Modern Dance Club:
And some more of Chuckamuck:
If you haven`t made plans for Friday night yet, Eli Salzman and Franky Fuzz are playing at Kollage Bar in Kreuzberg, Yorckstrasse 22. They both do amazing singer/songwriter stuff and are great guys too. Here`s your chance to discover some brand new unsigned talent. Yeah, they`re that good. Remember, you heard it first here at Berlin Beatet Bestes…
I know, “Potpourris” are kinda lame and I really can`t explain why I like these, but I do.
My Internet at home is kaputt and I`m writing this on the computer at the Jungle World office, the paper that is publishing my comic-strip BIGBEATLAND (Thank you, comrades!). I hope our Internet will be fixed quickly, but I`m afraid that the posts will be rather short this week.
As promised last week here are some records by Werner Müller. In the early 60`s Werner Müller was one of the most well-known German orchestra leaders.
Werner Müller, born in Berlin in 1920, started the RIAS-Tanzorchester in 1948. RIAS (Radio im amerikanischen Sektor – Radio in the American Sector) was a radio station in the American Sector of Berlin (1946 to 1993). He backed many German pop-singers and recorded music of a wide variety. I will focus mainly on some of his rockinorchestra stuff that somehow has never been re-released.
WERNER MÜLLER UND SEIN ORCHESTER, Guitar Boogie Shuffle, 1959
WERNER MÜLLER UND SEIN ORCHESTER, Boola, 1959
WERNER MÜLLER UND DAS RIAS-TANZ ORCHESTER, Monkey Cha Cha, 1959
WERNER MÜLLER UND DAS RIAS-TANZORCHESTER, Rocky Violins, 1959
In 1961 every orchestra on the planet had to record some twist stuff. Werner Müller`s Twist-Potpourri mixes the Waikikis´ hit record Hawaii Tattoo with Let`s Twist Again.