Just in time for the 4th of July, here is some classic propaganda music to remind you of the wonders of socialism, especially the East German variant of it. In 1992, Felix Kubin and some friends founded the KED (Kommunistische Einheitspartei Deutschlands, Communist Unity Party of Germany), a fake Dada-socialist party which dissolved in 1994, after it attracted too much media attention. The musical arm of the KED was Liedertafel Margot Honecker, named after the former First Lady and Education Minister of the German Democratic Republic. Former East Germans will always remember Margot Honecker fondly for her role in shaping socialist education, and especially the introduction of Wehrunterricht (weapons education) for 9th and 10th graders in 1978. And for her blue hair. But enough of the reminiscing, let's hear the music of Liedertafel Margot Honecker, from their first 7" single Gute Freunde.
Gute Freunde (MP3) - Originally sung in youth groups about the good friends in the GDR's People's Army and how the kids wanted to grow up to be soldiers.
Überall, wohin man schaut, wird aufgebaut (MP3) - Another classic socialist children's song, this one about the thriving East German economy.
LPG-Lied (MP3) - LPG was the catchy acronym for Landwirtschaftliche Produktionsgenossenschaft, the unwieldy term for large collectivized farms. And indeed, this one is a children's song about the thriving East German agriculture.
Der kleine Trompeter (MP3) - This song was written to honor Fritz Weineck, who was killed in 1925 by police during a communist campaign rally in Germany. Weineck was a trumpeter for the communist party KPD, hence his nickname "Der kleine Trompeter" (The little trumpeter). While this song predates the GDR, it was very popular there, and was said to be a personal favorite of Margot Honecker. If you don't know German, let me just assure you that the lyrics are borderline retarded. My favorite line is his portrayal as "ein lustiges Rotgardistenblut", which roughly translates as "a happy Red Guard fellow".
For more about life and culture in the former GDR, check out this older post.