In remembrance of the German rock band Ton Steine Scherben and Rio Reiser
RIP: Rio Reiser (January 9, 1950 – August 20, 1996)
Wikipedia on Rio Reiser
Aus dem Lied “Der Traum ist aus”: „Gibt es ein Land auf der Erde, wo der Traum Wirklichkeit ist?
Ich weiß es wirklich nicht – Ich weiß nur eins, und da bin ich sicher: Dieses Land ist es nicht!“
From the song “The dream is over”: Is there one country on this planet where this dream is reality?
I really don’t know – I only know – and that’s for sure – It ain’t be this country”
- Music: The German Band Blumfeld
- Video: Xavier Naidoo – Abgrund (abyss)
- Music: Joan Baez singing “the night they drove old dixie down”
- Advertising: Hip-Hop for Food
As you might have realized we recently tried to demonstrate the variety of the European Music scene(s) by pointing to some artist from completely different areas and countries.
Today we continue with a (very) brief introduction of the German band Blumfeld that unfortunately is currently performing their good-bye tour after more than 17 years of playing together.
Blumfeld started off in 1990 and with their second album “L´Etat Et Moi” that was published worldwide they even made their way into US charts and success in other countries outside Germany.
It’s good to see that almost all the concerts on their current tour are already sold out and they have to do additional performances in many cities. If you’re interested in learning more about this band have a look at…
Once upon a time Xavier was doing songs that not only sounded great but also the lyrics were hot.
And his song “Abgrund” (abyss) is from that time.
“Xavier Naidoo” a “German singer and songwriter of South African Indian descent” is well known for his R&B and soul like sounds. You might enjoy the animation in this video alone but we do believe its important that you understand the lyrics of this song so we were trying to find an English translation on the net…
While we are at it…”Virgil Caine is my name and I drove on the Danville train – ’til so much cavalry came and tore up the tracks again – In the winter of ’65, we were hungry, just barely alive-I took the train to Richmond that fell-It was a time I remember, oh, so well. The night they drove old Dixie down-And all the bells were ringin’ – The night they drove old Dixie down
And all the people were singin’ They went, “Na, na, na, na, na, na”…
What is getting one of Switzerland’s biggest companies (Coop) to ask the country’s best known and maybe most controversial Hip-Hop artist (Stress) to write a song for them and do a TV spot?
And this without prescribing the topic or other limitations put up.
… and then the whole thing becomes a great success and is shown multiple times everyday on TV.
It’s not exactly like 50 Cent would do a clip for K-Mart – (despite he might never consider this because of…)