CAHIT OBEN, Makaram Sari Baglar, 1965

This is a  Turkish beat record with a great guitar. It didn`t have the original sleeve so I`ll add a cartoon that I found in a Turkish satire magazine from 1966. Actually I looked through whole stacks of magazines in a used book store in Istanbul to find some rock`n`roll related cartoons. This is from the “Akbaba” magazine. By the mid-60s rock`n`roll had reached not only Turkey but also Eastern Europe, even Russia. Below the cartoon it says: ” The Beatles fashion has reached the iron curtain.”

“Marx has lost!”

CAHIT OBEN, Makaram Sari Baglar, 1965

CAHIT OBEN, Halime, 1965

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BEAT FOR YOU, Quartermaster + Bavarian Style, 1967

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Another political record . Well, as political as a instrumental Rock`n`Roll record gets. This one was a promotional flexible record for the FDP party ( Freie Demokratische Partei- the Liberals) and came out on the small, local Budget-Label “Rondo”. It was targeted at young Berliners who were called to vote on March 12th 1967. At the time the FDP were ruling together with the Social-Derondo-beat-for-you.jpgmocrats, the SPD. I don`t know anything about the “Band” who played on the record or who did the cover. It`s highly unlikely that this piece of Ersatz-Beat convinced anybody, let alone real Beat Fans to vote for the FDP. After all, it was 1967 and this is not Street Fighting Man. Still, 40 years later i enjoy the nice, sloppy instrumental Rock`n`Roll of this mystery group. “The Quartermaster” is of course a cover of the Shadows “Quartermaster`s Stores”.

BEAT FOR YOU, Quartermaster, 1967

BEAT FOR YOU, Bavarian Style , 1967

DR. HARTMUT ROESELER, DR. ERICH MENDE, PROF. THEODOR HEUSS,  modern – weltoffen – liberal


SCHLAFLOSE NÄCHTE, Instandbesetzung – Ein Gespenst geht um, 1981

This first record i found yesterday in a local record-store here in Berlin Kreuzberg for 1 Euro. It`s a private pressing from 1981 and it says on the back that “This record was made by squatters for squatters” and that 2,50 German marks go directly to imprisoned squatters. If this was a Punk record it would be a classic, but because the music on this record is only normal Rock music it will probably remain obscure forever. The lyrics however are a pretty good document of the early eighties squatters movement.The chorus says:”Long hair, short hair, flipped-out! With Leather jackets, colored pants, really crazy! That`s how we go into the houses and we want to stay there. We won`t let them spoil our Fun!”

I couldn`t help humming that song all day: “Instandbesetzung-Ein Gespenst geht um”(Squatting – A ghost is about town) by SCHLAFLOSE NÄCHTE (sleepless nights). The B-side is “Schöner Wohnen” by 5 AUS 36. Five People from Kreuzberg. The cover was done by Detlef Surrey, who did quite a few squatting related comics in the early eighties.

This little book by Detlef Surrey, Fuchsi, Harald Juch and Peter Petri came out in 1981 at the height of the squatting movement. Today Detlef Surrey still works in Kreuzberg.

You can check out what he is doing now, 25 years later at surreystudio

SCHLAFLOSE NÄCHTE, Instandbesetzung – Ein Gespenst geht um, 1981

Ein kleiner, zusammengefasster, von mir auf deutsch geschriebener Text über diese Platte, erschien am 27. August 2009 in der Wochenzeitung Jungle World.

Er findet sich hier.