Most of the Travellers cartoon designs were done by the little-known cartoonist Werner Franke. A few others, like this one, were done by one of the Travellers´ songwriters Hans Bradtke. Bradtke wrote many hit songs for other artists but I still couldn´t find out anything about his cartooning.
DIE TRAVELLERS, Ein Bisschen Hausfrau, ein bisschen dufte Biene, 1969
DIE TRAVELLERS, Na-Na, Na-Na, 1969
With this the Travellers exploited the sex-wave head-on. He Leute, kauft bei Frau Beate ein! ( Hey People, go shop at Mrs Beate!) was referring to Beate Uhse, the world leader in sales of sexual-aids. The original Der Trödler Abraham was written and recorded by Wolfgang Hofer from Austria in 1970.
Equally cheerful is the Travellers version of Danyel Gérard´s German #1 hit-song Butterfly from 1971.
DIE TRAVELLERS, He Leute, Kauft bei Frau Beate ein!, 1971
DIE TRAVELLERS, Ei, ei, ei, my Butterfly, 1971
This was one of the first records that I thought about when I got the idea for this blog. But when I found out that Bear Family Records had featured it on a obscure CD about Dogs I didn`t want to post it because I wanted to stick with unreleased stuff only.
But why be so strict? Within my initial focus on odd German 45`s with cartoon sleeves this is perfect. “Wer hat meinen Hund gebissen?” ( Who has bitten my dog? ) is a great novelty beat song with nonsense lyrics, nice fuzz-guitar and a little bit of German hump-ta hump-ta…
THE GREEN DOGS, Wer hat meinen Hund gebissen, 1966
THE GREEN DOGS, Take It Easy, 1966
MALEPARTUS II., Lisbeth, 1966
MALEPARTUS II., Ich glaab`, die hole mich ab, ha-haaa!, 1966
” Oh, it was only a few years ago, I was a Mau-Mau-Joe in Kenya. I had no troubles with the income-tax or with the other sex in Kenya. And then one day there came a MINISTER so very sinister from BONN. I was so charming to his ASSISTENT she took me to her tent and say: Oh, Mr. Cannibal, FRESS MICH NOCH EINMAL! (eat me one more time!).
And then they took me back to Germany to make a MENSCH of me so fine. They also told me how to eat and drink and use the bathroom sink, so fine. And then we went out to a TANZLOKAL and with a pretty gal I danced and then she let me take her to her home and when I want to go she said: Mr. Cannibal, FRESS MICH NOCH EINMAL!…
And then I went to university to make GENIE (genius)of me, so KLUG (smart). And learn a lot about BIOLOGIE (biology) and then ANATOMIE (anatomy), so KLUG. And then one day the time was up for me and I was so happy to know, tomorrow morning I go home by plane and never hear again these words: Mr. Cannibal…
And now again I am a Mau-Mau-Joe like many years ago in Kenya. And have no troubles with the income-tax and with the other sex in Kenya. And every evening when the moon comes out I have to think about my DEUTSCH. And then the only words that I still know poor little Mau-Mau-Joe are these: Mr. Cannibal…”
( some real Mau-Maus in 1957)
“Mister Cannibal” ,a cover of “Monsieur Cannibale” by SACHA DISTEL, reached no. 21 on the German charts in 1966. “Computer Nr.9” is in a similar off-beat rhythm with some nice 60`s “computer”-sounds…
ANDY FISHER, Mr. Cannibal, 1966
ANDY FISHER, Computer Nr.9, 1966
When I saw this record I was not sure if I should take it because it is so beat up and really scratched. There is even a small hole in the label. But after I listened to it I knew I wanted it. If only to try to find a better copy someday. “Celal Sahin” sounds like someone who is too old to be doing the twist but he`s got a really funny voice. This is a great novelty record. Now if I only knew what he is singing about…