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August 31, 2008

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Dirk

Machtgebiet is sphere of influence in English, so spot the pun here.

gerdbrunzema

To explain this wordplay (which feels like explaining a joke...), ge-BEAT also is a combination of the prefix "ge-" and some verb becoming a noun which often means, "to do something for a while with no goal", or "to ... around" (e.g. Ge-rede: bla bla). So in this case: "to beat arround with no pattern or goal".

GREAT Songs, btw.!

And a supermarvelous blog you have.

Nash Roads

I love Floh De Cologne, although I wish their guitar player had started playing when he was younger. One of my fav kraut bands and proof of the supremacy of of the NWW list. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iLTtVgXhbY

Martin

Machtgebiet is one thing, the other is Night's prayer:
Nachtgebet, and I suppose that it reminds you of the English word Beat is also intended.

Stephan

And not to forget: "Lehrlinks" plays with similarities between the noun-forming suffix "-ling" in expressions like "Erdling" (someone who lives on earth) or "Lehrling" (someone who is been teached (=lehren) and "links" = "left wing". There is also a german Volkslied called "Wanderes Nachtgebet" (Night's prayer of the hiker) written by Carl Maria von Weber, maybe there is another connection.
Thank you for your great blog and its uncountable things to discover.

Stephan

And not to forget: "Lehrlinks" plays with similarities between the noun-forming suffix "-ling" in expressions like "Erdling" (someone who lives on earth) or "Lehrling" (someone who is been teached (=lehren) and "links" = "left wing". There is also a german Volkslied called "Wanderes Nachtgebet" (Night's prayer of the hiker) written by Carl Maria von Weber, maybe there is another connection.
Thank you for your great blog and its uncountable things to discover.

Andreas Michalke

What a great blog you have! Thank you very much for sending so many people to my blog BERLIN BEATET BESTES.

I bought the LERRYN & DADAZUZU "Lehrlinksmachtgebeat b/w Gummiknüppelsong" 45 about 10 years ago in a local Berlin thrift-store for 50 cents (or rather 1 German Mark back then). The record was not in the record section of the store but buried in a whole batch of communist booklets and flyers. I then started to collect other Pläne record but most of the label`s stuff is pretty dry folk music that was meant to agitate and only to agitate. Politically Pläne was closer to the politics of East-Germany than to the more progressive left in West-Germany and were probably clapping their hands when the tanks rolled into Prague in 1968.
The LERRYN 45 still stands out among those records today because it rocks! And because of the ballsy lyrics. Apart from TON STEINE SCHERBEN and FLOH DE COLOGNE very few krautrockers dared to have a political agenda anyway. Let alone write a song that would compromise their integrity. Hence the lone position of the "Gummiknüppelsong". I dare anyone to play the song today in a club or bar full of German speaking people as I have done many times. And see the people leave the dancefloor confused and disgusted...
What a great achievement for a 37-year old song!

Best wishes
Andreas

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