THIS IS PUNK,
THIS IS ROCK'N'ROLL,
THIS IS MODERN MUSIC!
"After "Oh Ah", "Monokini", "Juke-Box-Alarm", "My Melody", "Musique Automatique", "Do The Bambi", "Discothèque" und "Party Anticonformiste - The Bungalow Years" now coming up is Stereo Total's new record: "Paris-Berlin". "Paris-Berlin" is both - a Rock'n'Roll- and a Chanson-Album. At the same time it's more dynamic as well as more romantic than Stereo Total's previous productions. On the CD-cover you can see Brezel Göring and Françoise Cactus shown as naked lovers. The recordings sound very naturally and pretty "rough". There are no superfluous sound effects, resulting in a production evoking intimacy und warmth. The songs are for the most part very melodic, the lyrics deal with topics like LOVE, REBELLION and NOSTALGIA.
The way from the Primitive to the Complex to finally Simple Why the hack do Stereo Total not only write songs like "Liebe zu dritt"? Why don't they just sign a deal with a major record company (stuffing them in an appropriate box, doing the usual kind of marketing and promotion)? Why don't they play big stadiums and care about chart rankings? "We could do that, but..." (what follows now is ear-deafening noise from the "Prolog" of Einstürzende Neubauten). Instead of all that they once more return to their roots, to Lo-Fi, 4-track recording, guitar - drums - and monophonic-synthesizer-minimalism, to their beloved "give a shit"-attitude, humour, to subversion, to the specific Françoise-Cactus-definition of feminism and to pop music everyone and everywhere around the world understands immediately (stylistic and linguistic borders don't exist anymore) and knows, that this kind of music does NOT have anything to do (anything) with terms like maximization of profit(s), music industry, music television (MTV), mobile ringtones and exploitation.
Like Horses on cheap drugs Stereo Total have constantly been on tour all around the world for the last six years: North and South America, Japan, Russia, Europe, China, Turkey. The new record represents the concerts in a good way: minimalist electro-chansons right between Punkrock, Rock'n'Roll, Disco and New Wave, played on guitar, drums and Sampler, played by two people sounding like a hord of horses on cheap drugs. Although best-known as "Electro-Duo" Stereo Total always used drums and guitar on stage, a rarity in most clubs the past years (where "live-set" mainly meant CD-Playback), but Stereo Total have always played both: the clubs and the rock venues (where on the other hand apart from them - almost nobody performed with sampler and synthesizer).
THE SONGS "EN DETAIL"
1 MISS RÉBELLION DES HORMONES
("Miss Hormonrebellion"). A rebellious teenage-girl's got the devil in her body. That's nothing more than the October Revolution in the world of hormones.
2 DER STRICHERJUNGE MIT DER RAUCHERLUNGE
Françoise has received a special gift for Christmas: a trumpet, and it sounds like the young gay hustler with his smoker's lung is playing the trumpet. Even though the sound really reminds some people (at least Brezel) of Miles David (ahem!). Brezel himself performs the song in an unbelievably laconic way.
The pure desire for an absolutely materialistic, superficial and senseless life. "Let's spruce up our disgusting lifes with a little bit of plastic beauty."
4 KOMPLEX MIT DEM SEX
The lyrics of this song are a bit cryptical and - well yes - profound. Performed with sugar-coated voice. In a world everything spinning around SEX, the girl doesn't know where to position herself anymore. Is she a woman? Is she a man? Is she an animal?
5 LOLITA FANTÔME
Françoise has always been fascinated by the Lolita theme. Her first band was named "Les Lolitas", she even crocheted a lifesize doll called "Wollita" (means Woolita). This song is about a "Lolita"-phantom. The beautiful girl lingers the streets at night, driving all the men crazy. But in the moment presuming they could get hold of her, she disappears in a cloud of smoke.
6 KÜSSE AUS DER HÖLLE DER MUSIK
This is a song about dead rockstars. And who knows, how many of them were killed by taking drugs and alcohol or cruising around way too fast?
7 PLUS MINUS NULL
Now it's the time to put all the positive and negative aspects of love and relationships on a lists. All summed up with a calculator. Result: Plus minus zero!
8 MEHR LICHT
What is described here are dark cinematic scenes including dangerous night cruises by car. Everything has to become a bit more brighter. "More light!"
9 TA VOIX AU TÉLÉPHONE
2000 km separate them. He's standing in a phone booth and is calling his girlfriend. But they can't really hear each other. He's deeply concerned - and jealous. She feels very distant from him. "There are too much birds sitting on the wires".
10 PATTY HEARST*
Last year Stereo Total hosted a Patty-Hearst-Evening at Berliner Volksbühne. The comedy musical with numerous star guests tells the story of Patty Hearst. In the 70ies this US-American daughter of a billionaire was kidnapped by the "S.L.A." (a terrorist group) in California, afterwards becoming a terrorist herself. Later she wore T-Shirts saying "Pardon me" and acted as cop in John Waters movies. A song about her.
11 BABY REVOLUTION*
The lyrics of this "soft rock-track" is a collage of textlines taken from the gay porno movie "Raspberry Reich" by Bruce La Bruce. "Sex is the opium of the masses."
12 RELAX BABY BE COOL
An extreme minimalistic version of Serge Gainsbourg's song. However the lyrics were changed a little bit ("Sorry, Serge!"). The original text covers the Ku-Klux-Klan, this version of the song tells the story of a slightly paranoid woman, getting lost in a crowd of people trying to calm down herself.
In Singapur chewing gum is forbidden by law. As soon as Françoise saw a police man there, she stopped chewing immediately. She has been loving chewing gum all her lifetime. In kindergarten she found old ones, sticking under the school tables, and chewed them again. But the explosion of the "bubbles" at the end of the song rather sounds like the detonation of an H-Bomb anyway.
14 MODERNE MUSIK
This Punk- & Rock'n'Roll-smasher is performed by San Reimo and Angie Reed, who formerly supported Stereo Total on stage as Casio-player and woman on bass. It rocks! Kicks Asses! This is modern music!
* The songs "Baby Revolution" and "Patty Hearst" are taken from the radio play "Patty Hearst - Sooner or later we all become terrorists" produced by Stereo Total and Bayrischer Rundfunk (having its premiere August, 24th 2007 on BR).