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Floh De Cologne



3.19 | 26 ratings

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the philosopher
4 stars "Arbeit macht spass! ‹berstunden machen nog mehr spass!" (Labor makes happy! Working overtime makes even more happy!)

Floh de Cologne is the primary example of the caberetesque part of the krautrock movement. The music is best compared with the Mothers of Invention and The Fugs for their caberetesque way of making music. The styl of music fits actually more in the 60's psychedelic scene then the 70's progressive rock scene, although the production is far better then 60's rock. The music contains beat music, rock'n roll, garage rock, psychedelic rock, some avant-rock and hippy folk. There are also some nice tunes which do fit very well in the krautrock scene and like most krautrock bands this music feels original.

The most issues handled in this "Fliessbandbabies Beatshow" (freely translated: "assembly line baby's beat show") could have been inspired by the economic philosophy of Karl Marx. It is about labor and working class; about the need of bying sport cars and the like. The issues are told from different point of views (the kids that don't want to work but want to play; the boss who speeches that if one would like to eat he gotta work; and so on and so on. Because all the lyrics and spoken texts are in the German language, a minimal understanding of the German language is required for enjoying this record for the full amount.

This record needed some time to grow on me. I think that the more I understood of the lyrics, the more I enjoyed it. The music itself is quiet good -at parts even excellent-, but not good enough for a real pleasant experience. At some parts the structure of the music is very simple and the focus should be on the lyrics which do excel at that time. This is the case on songs like "Ford Capri" and "Hey Johnny". Because I always judge the music before I'm getting into the lyrics, I have changed my thoughts from giving this record a two star rating to a four star rating. Nowadays this one has become one of my favourite krautrock records and is often to be found on my turntable.

I recommend this record for fan's of caberetesque rock like the Mothers of Invention and The Fugs who also can understand German. For those who don't understand German I'll advise to skip this one.

the philosopher | 4/5 |


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