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De Bläck Fööss

"Folk singers in Cologne - very close." ('FM folk-michel')

In 2006 the Bläck Fööss celebrated their 36th stage anniversary. In the 70s and 80s they were the musical superstars of the Cologne Carnival. Among their most successful songs are Mer losse d'r Dom en Kölle, Et Spanien-Leed, En unser Veedel and Drink, but a met that have long since become evergreens. Since then the group has had the image of a carnival band with some people - in many parts of Germany Kölsch is equated with cardboard nose and swagger. The Bläck Fööss show with many of their songs, which they play in the carnival, that cheerfulness does not have to be senseless. Titles like De Mama kritt schon widder e Kind, the Bundeswehr ballad Am Arsch der Welt, Topp ävver daft, in which politicians and top managers are settled, or the historical Kackleed met with criticism from traditional jecken as well as conservative politicians.

The group's first single, the Rievkooche waltz, was released in 1970. At that time the band was still called Stowaways, who played Beatles, Kinks and Hollies hits at carnival balls. Of course, carnival songs were also in demand, and so the first sounds of Cologne sounded. Graham Bonney, with whom the Stowaways worked in the studio, suggested that they record one of these titles. However, the band did not want to put their good name as a beat group under their first Cologne titles. This is why the parallel name De Bläck Fööss was invented, because it "sounded English and kölsch at the same time". Three years later the Bläck Fööss recorded their first LP: 'Kölle bliev Kölle'. 1975 was the year from which only Kölsch was sung. In an interview with 'FM folk-michel', Bläck-Fööss bass player Hartmut Priess recalled a Cologne-English concert in front of Cologne's town hall: "Then a piece of paper hung on the windscreen of the bus when we invited the instruments again, and it said: 'Why don't you play two hours of Cologne songs? They've done it from then until today!

The Bläck Fööss take a stand on current issues such as environmental destruction, foreigners' hatred and the repressed German past - even in the beer tent, where you don't always like to hear it. "It is not good when things happen, and art in the broadest sense does not register it at all" (Hartmut Priess). In 1982 Bläck Fööss caused a furore with their version of Rolly Brings' song Morje, Morje - Yarinlarda, an appeal for international solidarity, not only in the Cologne area: "Freedom and Peace / For All People / Will this longing / Tomorrow come true". In 1983 the Bläck Fööss took over another song from Rolly Brings: Edelweisspirate, which deals with the fate of the Cologne resistance group of the same name during the Third Reich.



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Various - songwriter in Germany
Vol.3, For whom we sing (3-CD)

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