This is actually a whole page that I did two years ago. It ran in the comic magazine Mamba, a supplement of Jungle World, the weekly paper that has been publishing my Bigbeatland comic-strip for the last eight years, and in OX magazine. The English version of the comic I did today. Die deutsche Version dieses Comics findest du hier.
Werner Voss has been doing his “Rock´n´Roll Museum” radio show since 1974 and he´s still on the air every first Saturday of the month on NDR 4! I haven´t listened to his show in many years but now I think I need to catch-up with it sometime soon.
This is the German Atlantic 45 that was probably re-released in the mid-60´s, combining two of LaVern Baker´s greatest rockers: Voodoo Voodoo from 1958 and Hey Memphis from 1961. Because it was on Atlantic it´s not a very rare record here in Germany, but it is one that I reeeally like. And yeah, I´need two of them.
Another close contender for weakest German rock´n´roll song considering the embarassing deterioration of such a cool Rhythm & Blues song. LaVern Baker recorded Tweedle Dee for Atlantic in 1954. It was her first hit , reaching #4 on Billboard´s R&B chart and #14 on its Pop chart.
The swedish singer Alice Babs is backed by Werner Müller and the Rias-Tanzorchester, Berlin which makes it a German song I guess. Why do I collect these records if I think they´re so bad? I know it´s a contradiction. I listened to the 50´s rock´n´roll records of Peter Kraus, Ted Herold, Paul Würges and Billy Sanders when I was a teenager in the early 80´s and I liked them. It is weak rock´n´roll but it´s all we had here in old Deutschland. Our grandfathers had tried to conquer the world and had worshipped the most evil man of the 20th century. How could we be cool?
In the 50´s a lot of the same people that had cheered Hitler on were still around and in power (again). This German rock´n´roll still carries that repressive feeling of being in the company of all those old people on its back.
No offense to Alice Babs but listen to “the original Tweedle Dee-girl” LaVern Baker (2:55):
At least the Swedes were allowed to swing in the 40´s: