Way back in April, I posted Radierer's five contributions to this legendary Neue Deutsche Welle compilation, which were retroactively reissued as a 10" on Was Soll Das? Schallplatten. Now, here's the original article in all it's glory and it's a topper. The connective thread behind all three acts present (Wirtschaftswunder, Silouettes 61 and Radierer) is Tom Dokoupil, one of the great magi of the whole NDW movement, who's work in Silouettes 61, Radierer and Die Partei can be found elsewhere on MS. Though largely unconnected with the Ata-Tak label, the principal hub for the playful Ralph Records-informed dimension of NDW praxis, Dokoupil's command of this wonky aesthetic is formidable. Radierer's zippy, zany post punk antics I've discussed in the 10" post, though it's the un-reissued bits here that are really jaw dropping. Silouettes 61's wildly fun psycho smurfiness comes closest to the Ralph template but Wirtschaftswunder offer perhaps the most compulsive listen here, a flawlessly fucked sounding synthy post punk amalgam that glances off of everything from Dementia Precox to Null And Void to Christian Lunch.
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