KUTTE, Du stehst an einer Straße & Du kannst inne Nacht nich`penn

I don`t know anything about Kutte nor when this was recorded. I was told he was from Gropiusstadt, a big satellite city in the south of Berlin, made famous because Christiane F. was from Gropiusstadt too. Christiane F. was Germany`s famous teenage junkie who´s life was depicted in 1979 in the book “Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo”. The movie starred David Bowie. Kutte has got that same ragged, junkie, hobo, 70s vibe to him. One song (“Du stehst an einer Straße”) is about the troubles of hitchhiking and the other ( “Du kannst inne Nacht nich´penn”) is a workingman´s blues type song.

This is from a time when Berlin was grey. Before the Wall came down. Before the Love Parade. When Berlin was a Mecca of subculture. Bands like Ton, Steine, Scherben and Einstürzende Neubauten ruled and guys like Kutte roamed the streets.  This is as authentic as you could get in Germany. I like his songs.

KUTTE, Du stehst an einer Straße

KUTTE, Du kannst inne Nacht nich`penn

( Eine von mir auf deutsch geschriebene Übersetzung dieses Textes über den Berliner Songwriter Kutte erschien am 16. Juli 2009 in der Wochenzeitung Jungle World.

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