Tuesday, October 28, 2008
THE WIRTSCHAFTSWUNDER-TSCHERWONEZ, LP, 1982, GERMANY
Between us, Jim and I have posted numerous titles that Neue Deutsche Welle legend Tom Dokoupil has been involved in over the years, including Die Partei, Siluetes 61 and Radierer. The work to be found on this, the third LP from his multi-national unit Wirtschaftswunder (graciously provided by blog friend Felix Kubin, whose work in the project Spiders On Phasing I've also posted today) is every bit the equal of those iconic units, but while their impossibly clever post punk exploits may emerge from the more Ralph/Residential-indebted end of the NDW continuum, their restless muse extends well beyond the zany remit that may suggest. Tscherwonez (a soundtrack to Gabor Altorjay's film of the same name) over it's course takes in everything from Pyrolator and Andi Giorbino-like cartoonish candy coated electropop to stark Factory Records-like post punk angularity, with side-tracks into oompah and schlager kitsch, synth pop settings for horror film strings and campy carnival organ-a-go-go pop giddiness ala the L.A.F.M.S. outfit Human Hands. Sensational and essential.
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