Recorded and broadcasted by VPRO Radio.
Deutsch-Amerikanische Freundschaft were an influential German electropunk/Neue Deutsche Welle band from Düsseldorf, formed in 1978 featuring Gabriel “Gabi” Delgado-López (vocals), Robert Görl (drums, percussion, electronic instruments), Kurt “Pyrolator” Dahlke (electronic instruments), Michael Kemner (bass-guitar) and Wolfgang Spelmans (guitar). Kurt Dahlke was replaced by Chrislo Haas (electronic instruments, bass-guitar, saxophone) in 1979.
D.A.F.’s most famous songs are “Kebabträume” and the grimly sarcastic “Der Mussolini” from the album “Alles ist gut”, a pulsing dance song. The lyrics “Dance the Mussolini, move your behind, clap your hands, and now the Adolf Hitler, and now the Jesus Christ”, caused a scandal.
In interviews they claimed to not target anything or anyone specific while creating lyrics to be taken as a parody of words and phrases floating around in the public media. “Sato-Sato” and “Der Mussolini” are both examples of songs written around Delgado-López’s fascination with the sound of a particular word. A few months before the 2003 invasion of Iraq D.A.F. released “The Sheriff (An Anti-American Song)”.
The album “Alles ist gut” (Everything is fine) received the German “Schallplattenpreis” award by the “Deutsche Phono-Akademie”, an association of the German recording industry.
The first two D.A.F. albums featured the original four-piece line-up and a range of styles. Some songs on Die Kleinen und die Bösen (The Small Ones and the Evil Ones), featured thrashed guitars, electronic screeching, and hammered drums while Gabi screamed and ululated. The record was widely lauded by the British music press, and earned the group an early cult following in the UK.
As their sound crystallized into a more rhythmically intense and minimalistic style, Gabi and Robert ejected the other members, who had become superfluous both musically and in terms of the chemistry within the band. On the later albums recorded by the remaining duo, the arrangements were sparse and heavily electronic, the singing evolved from abstract screams and mumbles to a very direct, rhythmic vocal style, and their live performances were delivered with such intensity that a 1980 concert in Düsseldorf had to be stormed by the police to bring the crowd under control.
The second full length album, Alles ist gut, was recorded entirely by Gabi and Robert working as a duo, and displayed the distinctive D.A.F. formula. Robert played drums — usually fairly simple and relatively unsyncopated patterns, but with simple variations that prevented them sounding robotic — while Gabi sang. The only other instrument used was a Korg MS-20 synthesizer, usually driven by a 16-step analog sequencer. Typically only a single sequencer-driven line would be used for a song, the sequence functioning both as melodic accompaniment and as a bassline. The song Der Mussolini is a perfect example of this. On other songs, such as the title track, certain notes of the sequence were set slightly out of tune. Overall the songs entail a complex tension between the predominantly visceral (the voice), the relentlessly robotic (the 16-step sequences), and the drums, which lie somewhere in between. One song, Der Räuber und der Prinz (The Robber and the Prince), also features a Glockenspiel as a sinister reminder of childhood.
Here you can hear D.A.F. (only as a duo)
Gabriel “Gabi” Delgado-López – vocals
Robert Görl – drums
and…. a stack of 15 Nakamichi cassette players !!
01 Der Mussolini
02 Ich Und Der Wirklichkeit
03 Der Räuber Und Der Prinz
Here is another song of this concert on youtube.
Lineage : Cassette > Audacity > CD Wave Editor > FLAC8
Another one from the box of old tapes !