fusetron

recent arrivals/ news/ everything/ list of labels/ list of artists/ specials/ second-hand/ contact


by artist / 0-9    A    B    C    D    E    F    G    H    I    J    K    L    M    N    O    P    Q    R    S    T    U    V    W    X    Y    Z    V/A \   by label

Artist: DER PLAN
Title: Die letzte Rache
Format: LP
Label: Bureau B
Country: Germany
Price: $26.00
"180 gram vinyl. Retrospectively, it makes perfect sense thatDer Plan created a soundtrack. For one thing, visuals were almost as important to Der Plan as their music. And if every self-respecting pop band pays attention to wearing the right clothes at the right time (or the completely wrong ones at the right time) and designing pretty album covers, Der Plan went further -- with scenery, masks and album covers designed by Moritz R® they invented their own universe. Indeed, the sounds of everyday life woven into Der Plans music contributed to the filmic quality of their sound. Thus Frank Fenstermacher, Moritz R® andPyrolator were not slow in responding to their old friend Rainer Kirbergs request to work on his latest film Die letzte Rache. The director Kirberg, born in 1954, studied film in Düsseldorf. They all knew each other from shared lodgings, political meetings and the local hangout Ratinger Hof. As well as playing his part in the music, Moritz R® also came up with the sets, while Frank Fenstermacher secured a minor role as the inspectors sidekick. But back to the music: Letzte Rache (1983) was a kind of revue with silent film qualities, so the soundtrack was a decisive factor. With the aid of the Emulator 1, Der Plan succeeded in recording something which could also work as a diverting radio drama without moving images. In contrast to the two previous albums Geri Reig and Normalette Surprise (BB 105CD/LP), which defined the Plan sound and virtually did without any musical quotations, echoes of jazz can be heard on Die letzte Rache and, of course, film music. Andreas Dorau weighs in with a bona fide pop hit in the guise of a "Junger Mann." Ah yes, the film itself, what is it actually about? Following the aesthetic tradition of 1920s German Expressionist cinema, Die letzte Rache -- "the last revenge" -- tells the hair-raising tale of a ruler who charges "the worldly" with the task of finding him a successor. The problem is: idiots abound. The worldlys search is fruitless and -- sometimes the most obvious solutions are the most practical -- he decides to seize power himself. At the end of the day: the rulers empire in ruins, the Worldly goes mad, the inspector goes to jail (arrested by his own assistant!), and the ruler is badly injured yet immortal, suffering terrible agonies. Bonus tracks include the six pieces from the film Der Grottenolm." -Bureau B.

Artist: DER PLAN
Title: Geri Reig
Format: LP
Label: Bureau B
Country: Germany
Price: $26.00
"180 gram LP version. Geri Reig is Der Plans debut album (originally released in 1980), but not their first release. An EP, recorded with the aid of an Electric Memo dictation preceded Geri Reig. But the band is not very keen on reissuing this early work. Why did they call themselves "Der Plan," actually? "A concept which has something to do with the capacity of people to think and shape their future" as Plan member Moritz Reichelt, alias Moritz R®, once explained. Der Plan at that time comprised Moritz Reichelt, Frank Fenstermacher, Robert Görl and Chrislo Haas. Their music was menacing, fragmented noise rock, still with guitar and drums, but far removed from the typical (rock) music of the period. When Görl and Haas departed (to form DAF), guitars and drums also disappeared from Der Plan. New on the team: Kurt Dahlke alias Pyrolator. This was the line-up which recorded Geri Reig in Reichelts Düsseldorf office with a two-channel tape machine. Geri Reig is a punk album in the truest and best sense. New, threatening and, at the same time, humoros. While other bands of the era stamped with the seal of "punk" played a faster and harder version of 1950s rock and roll or 1960s garage rock, Der Plan, like a handful of contemporaries such as The Residents or Throbbing Gristle, not only rejected traditional song structures but jettisoned the whole instrument list. Thats punk for you! Allied to a deep aversion to rock music and the cliché that goes with it, was the wish to create something of their own. And Geri Reig is certainly idiosyncratic: fragments and songs, raspy and fragile, melodies and interference, ambient sounds up front in the mix. Fine in theory and -- rare though it may be -- excellent in practice. And it just gets better: the album was well-received. Moritz R®: "As if everyone had been waiting for it."" -Bureau B.

Artist: DER PLAN
Title: JaPlan
Format: LP
Label: Bureau B
Country: Germany
Price: $26.00
"180 gram vinyl. Der Plan were invited to Tokyo in 1984 to play six concerts for Seibu, a Japanese department store chain. Seibu were staging a "German Week." But how did they come to choose Der Plan, of all bands? Why not an Oktoberfest combo or the Scorpions? Moritz Reichelt explains: "German New Wave was really popular in Japan. They knew more about it than people here at home. Catalogs and magazines detailed every obscure record and depicted the covers. This particular department store chain was linked to Wave, a record shop and distributor -- and they really knew their stuff." JaPlan documents the set list from these Tokyo shows. Featuring previously-released songs from the Normalette Surprise (BB 105CD/LP) album, the Die letzte Rache soundtrack, and the double single Golden Cheapos, JaPlan also includes rare instrumentals produced for these very concerts, and one of the most famous songs by Der Plan: "Gummitwist." Der Plan and Japan -- a good match, not only phonetically. Reichelt: "Japan had always been one of our strongest territories. Our records were exported there from the very beginning. When I arrived, I understood why. Japanese pop culture is really planesque in a way. Artificiality with a twinkle in the eye. We stepped inside our hotel in 1984 and switched on the television. The first thing we saw was an advert with three dinosaurs singing a song. Pretty much like one of our shows." The reissue is graced with new artwork due to the fact that the Japanese simply adopted the cover of the existing Golden Cheapos EP. The relationship of form and content was thus absent and one significant change was made: the image of a faint square covering the exposed lower body of a lady in the hay was replaced by an opaque black square. A joke at the expense of the censors fell victim to actual censorship. This re-release could be said to correct an optical error in the bands discography. Includes four bonus tracks." -Bureau B.

Artist: DER PLAN
Title: Normalette Surprise
Format: LP
Label: Bureau B
Country: Germany
Price: $26.00
"180 gram LP version. 1980 the zeitgeist played into the right hands. And who held the aces? In Bureau Bs game, Moritz R®, Frank Fenstermacher and Pyrolator aka Der Plan. Tired of convention and full of enthusiasm, they encountered an audience who felt just the same. And with record companies too ponderous to sign up Der Plan, the wonderful Ata Tak label was born of necessity. Normalette Surprise is the second album by Der Plan, released in 1981, a good year after their Geri Reig debut. It is immediately recognizable as a Plan album, yet Normalette Surprise does contain a few, well, surprises. The first number, "Leb doch," is a brilliant pop song. One can say many (good) things about Geri Reig, but it does not contain any pop songs. "Leb doch" is built on a captivatingly taut rhythm, sub-cooled vocals and German lyrics. Hang on a minute, taut rhythm, sub-cooled vocals, German lyrics? Yes exactly -- Der Plan drew up the blueprint for what would soon become known as "Neue Deutsche Welle" -- the German New Wave. Although, "blueprint" sounds a little too benign. It was more like a big bang. Moreover, there was something new about it. Or rather, something old. Bizarrely, Der Plan were introduced by their American artist friends, including the controversial elocutionist Boyd Rice, into the amazing world of the German Schlager, a colorful universe of the absurd awaited exploration. "Kleine Schlager-Revue" and "Sie hat mich verlassen" are the clearest indications of this newfound passion on Normalette Surprise. Hence, Normalette Surprise presents the full range of attributes which would define Der Plan and the Ata Tak label: electronics and Schlager, noise and pop. And Der Plans protagonists succeeded -- unlike so many -- in their mission of creating something original, something of their own." -Bureau B.

Artist: DER PLAN
Title: Japlan
Format: CD
Label: Captain Trip
Country: Japan
Price: $19.00
Japanese-only CD reissue of what was originally a Japanese-only LP in the 80s, issued in support of a Der Plan tour. "Der Plan is a German music art group who is running an independent label Ata Tak. The original LP was released only in Japan in 1985. Including 12" EP track, 2 unreleased tracks. Japan only." - Captain Trip.

Artist: DER PLAN
Title: Geri Reig
Format: LP
Label: Medical
Country: USA
Price: $20.00
"Debut full length album originally released in 1980 on DER PLANs own Warning (later known as Ata Tak) label. Der Plan is widely acknowledged as the pioneers of the Neue Deutsche Welle (New German Wave) movement which was the transformation of punk rock and new wave into an entity of distinct form and style. The movement spawned other notable acts as Grauzone, Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft, and Xmal Deutschland. Der Plan originated from Duesseldorf and consisted of MORITZ REICHELT (aka MORITZ R(r)), FRANK FENSTERMACHER and KURT DAHLKE (aka PYROLATOR, ex DAF) on this recording. Geri Reig is a very diverse album consisting of tracks reminiscent of the early Der Plan avante garde period contrasted with more musical and catchy songs geared more towards minimal synthetic pop and experimental minimal synth. It has not been available on vinyl since its original release in 1980. The opener "Adrenalin Laesst Das Blut Kochen" is a hypnotic, pulsing ride interspersed with freeform synth textures. Vocal pitch-shifting makes it presence on Geri Reig and is style detectable in a number of Der Plan songs. "Gefaehrliche Clowns" is a rather minimal number with an infectious melody. "Commerce Exterieur Mondial Sentimental" was featured on the New Deutsch compilation and is a wonderfully sequenced piece with a melodic lead intertwined. The album is also intermixed with multiple experimental tracks which in composite result in a ground-breaking and pioneering document of the Neue Deutsche Welle scene. Medical Records is proud to present Geri Reig with original cover art (enhanced and overseen by Moritz R himself). This masterpiece is presented on 180-gram olive green colored vinyl in a limited edition of 550 hand-numbered copies." - Medical.

Artist: DER PLAN
Title: Normalette Surprise
Format: LP
Label: Medical
Country: USA
Price: $20.00
"Normalette Surprise is the equally important and ground-breaking followup album to Geri Reig and was released in 1981. On Normalette Surprise, DER PLAN further evolved their unique style of Neue Deutsche Welle into an ever-so-slightly more accessible record yet not abandoning their roots as evidenced by hints of experimental sound textures and their characteristic quirky yet unde nable sound collages and pre-industrial notions. "Lebdoch" opens the record and is a marvelous and infectious pop ditty complete with catchy bassline and pitch-shifted vocals. "Generaele Essen Erdbeereis" is a stripped down electro number adorned with a pitch-bending freakout. Other standout tracks are "Meine Freunde" and "Das Insekt". For this special reissue, the hit-single "Da Vorne Steht Ne Ampel" and B-side "Rot-Gruen-Tot" will be included at the start of side 2 of the record. The single was originally released in the time gap between Geri Reig and Normalette Surprise and both songs are phenomenal additions to an already intriguing and landmark album. Normalette Surprise will appeal to devoted followers of this unique genre and fans of contemporary artists (DAF, Saal, Liaison Dangereuses, etc). Similar to Geri Reig, cover and back artwork have been restored by MORITZ R. Together, with Geri Reig,, this album is an essential document for any fan or collector of the fascinating Neue Deutsche Welle period. This record is lovingly presented on 180gram dark blue vinyl in a limited edition of 550 hand-numbered copies." - Medical.

by artist / 0-9    A    B    C    D    E    F    G    H    I    J    K    L    M    N    O    P    Q    R    S    T    U    V    W    X    Y    Z    V/A \   by label