One really good thing about living in this city is that you don`t have to like everything about it. There is a history of discontentment here that is refreshing. The people who did this record didn`t really hate Berlin. The music and the lyrics are quite upbeat and optimistic.
On may 1st 1987, after a spontaneous demonstration, a riot broke out that spread throughout Kreuzberg. A lot of shops were looted and a supermarket was set on fire. In response to the riots Berlin mayor Eberhard Diepgen called anarchists and autonomous people “Antiberliners”. In the month following that incident a bunch of people took that word, reversed it and produced this nice 45.
Actually this is pretty much an ode to the other Berlin. The Berlin of the outsiders.
When I moved to Berlin 10 years ago, this was a record I played every time I DJd. It`s fake Beat but what I like about it, is that it is very much a record from and about Berlin. This flexible-record advertised for the local Berlin supermarket chain Bolle, that originally emerged out of the dairy farm Meierei C. Bolle.
The mystery beat band worked the bell of the milk wagon into the song Bolle Bietet Bestes (“Bolle offers the best”). Bolle Beat Band Ball is a take on a traditional local folk song.
Bolle made national headlines, when on May 1, 1987 a Kreuzberg store was looted, set on fire and burned to the ground during what was to become the traditional Mayday rioting.