Freitag, 27. Juni 2014

The Foreign Correspondent Returns - Stories About German Rock Music # 30

Over the last month I featured a lot of bands from Germany and our close neighbors Austria and Switzerland. Today I would like to talk about a band that was originally from England. As far as I know they were more successful in Germany, Netherlands, Belgium and Portugal than in their native country. Fischer-Z was a band formed by John Watts, David Graham, Steve Skolnik and Steve Liddl in the late 70s. They started their career during the New Wave era with short little pop songs dominated by the voice of John Watts. After two acceptable albums they got big success in Germany with their third album Red Skies Over Paradise. On this record they got more and more inspired by reggae music and sounded like the poor mans Police. Many songs on this record got hooks you will remember days after. According to my opinion her success deals basically with her politcal statements. They have provided with her statements against the cold war and for the disarmament of cruise missiles for a lot of attention in the political stamped society at the beginning of the 80s. Fischer-Z was one of the less bands a lot of people could agree with - the punk and new wave scene as well as the ganja smoking reggae nerds and the singer/songwriter addicted ones. After all the years it's good to hear them again.

Enjoy and have a good weekend.

Fischer-Z - So Long
Fischer-Z - Marlies
Fischer-Z - Room Service
Fischer-Z - Berlin
Fischer-Z - Red Skies Over Paradise

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