Monday, 2 January 2017
Die Engel Des Herrn - Live! As Hippie-Punks (rec. 1993, rel. 1995)
Here's to this year then. First order of business - I believe I said I'd post this album eventually, a year ago today in fact when kicking things off with DEDH's studio album. So what better time for some live Klaus Dinger in all his shambolic glory, with his most underrated band, in what may have actually been their only gig in Dusseldorf at the Malkasten arts centre, on 21 June 1993.
And a nice rough-and-ready recording it is too, with a decent, clear bootleg quality, of Dinger and DEDH revisiting material from their album - most notably transposing Bitte, Bitte into a minor key, which does it a world of good - and making a decent fist of two La Dusseldorf classics. Viva is the opener, and a good 25 minutes are set aside for a fine, bluesy version of Cha Cha 2000. Before Dinger's signature song, there's also 20 minutes of fresh DEDH material, proving that there could've been more mileage in this group - The Song in particular develops from a subtle start to a classic Dinger buildup towards the end of its 10 minute duration - but true to their frontman's mercurial form, Die Engel Des Herrn would fall apart shortly afterwards and the remnants would morph into early La! Neu?.
Tanz auf die Zukunft mit mir