blue is one of many colours: element of crime II

slowly transitions took place, starting maybe with freedom, love & happiness, continuing on the record the ballad of jimmy and johnny, which had already a german song on it – then in retrospect it seemed like they (consciously?) ended the “english period” with their live album crime pays.

and then they dropped damals hinterm mond: wow. blue was suddenly one of many colours, although still a dominant one, but a soft blue: melancholy substitued the grittyness, suddenly their records were not the soundtrack to cold winternights, but to warm summernights. it seems they discovered a musical tenderness – also using an even wider range of instruments, most notably the accorddeon. and yes, somehow they took up the tradition of the german music of early to mid 20th century – yes, i am thinking of kurt weill. they actually played already in 1990 (?) a special concert with kurt weill songs in the french part of switzerland – together with the great the young gods (this foreshadows what’s to come soon on this blog). parallel to the music becoming very unique, incorporating a tradition that at the time many (not milva, of course) neglected in german rock music, the lyrics, now sung in german, became actually, well, literature (which had the funny side effect of element of crime being extremily popular with a german literature university crowd). this development one could also follow live: from rock concert their concerts evolved more and more into something like a ceremony.

so a couple of always more successfull albums later they are actually one of germany’s most respected rockbands – already a true classic. should you have missed their developement and would like to catch up, i propose you visit der likedeeler ( by the way: he just posted that older german über-band, ton steine scherben – also highly recommended – and be sure to snoop around in his blog a little bit: some stunning stuff to be found…).

in the meantime, i propose you another live recording out of my vault, this time from 1993 (when they published weisses papier). the difference is already remarkable compared to the concert from 1988 i posted earlier (and then compare it to the köln concert from 2006, which you can also find at the above mentioned link). the concert was recorded from radio to tape – i in turn ripped it into 6 files – the first 2 files are the concert, the 4 others are the encores – well, i had to cut it quite often, but there are still snippets of the announcers – they just didn’t stop talking…

i would like to point out that part 3 is just one track: ofen aus glas – yes, this one is for you, A.

element of crime, live at the schüür in lucerne, switzerland, on april 17th, 1993. enjoy!

further i would like to point out that you will them hear playing ich will von dir verhaftet sein – but sung in french: dicte-moi la loi. and another song they also played at this concert is surabaya johnny, a brecht / weill composition from their musical happy end. and with this song we loop back to sein, end this post and already introduce the next one:

One Response to “blue is one of many colours: element of crime II”

  1. der likedeeler Says:

    Danke für den Verweis zu mir und das Konzert das ich noch nicht hatte

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