… blast from the past ctd: Grober Unfug!

These are lovely memories, specifically towards Nils „Toni“ Thurow, who passed away so suddenly in 2017 and left a gaping hole in both the heart of people in our little scene but also the scene itself.

I don’t have all the recollection but i believe this was done just prior Grober Unfug disbanding in 1985.

Grober Unfug (Practise Space, Hamburg, 1985)

This is what the Hamburg Fanzine „Pretty Vacant“ did write about their first 7″:

Kleine Schweinereien / Endwüste / Der Mitschnacker (1981/Konnekschen S09)

Schon das gemalte Cover zeigt, daß wir hier die Hamburger Version der Pork Dukes vor uns haben! 
"Mitschnacker" ist ein Rock´n Roll mit voll lustigem Text. "Kleine Schweinereien" für Zwischendurch, leicht perverser Text ("Leg Dich hin, Uhah, komm mach´s mir..uh") zu Hause bei Miss Piggy. 

Der dritte Teil paßt da überhaupt nicht zu. "Endwüste" im momentan so beliebten NDW-Stil mit Synthie. Sehr geiler Bassanfang. "Jeder Planet in diesem Sonnensystem ist dazu bestimmt einmal unterzugehen" 
Insgesamt: Have a laugh!" 

(Eugen Honold, Pretty Vacant Nr.8, 1981)
Grober Unfug (Practise Space, Hamburg, 1985)

And this is what Sounds had on their 1982 LP, recorded at the famous Sunrise Studios in Switzerland:

Grober Unfug - Beat und Glück (1982/Konnekschen L04)

Kanibalen / Kalte Getränke / Opelkapitän / Rückwaärts / Gesox / Saubermann / Wegwerflyrik / Gosse / Nach mir die Sintflut / Urwüste / Jeder tut seine Pflicht / Durchhalten / Bomberkommando / Endwüste

„Wie steht es im Kampf der Industrie und den Independents? Zählt überhaupt noch jemand mit? International hat die Plattengroßindustrie zwar leicht aufgeholt, ihre deutschen Projekte liegen aber weiterhin hoffungslos daneben. Unwichtige Bands produzieren überflüssige LPs. In meiner Sammlung finden sich zwei Ausnahmen von dieser Regel. Ansonsten spielt sich Hörenswertes hierzulande auf den unabhängigen Labels ab. Wie jetzt auf Konnekschen. ‚Mach‘ für die letzte Nummer etwas, was dir am Herzen liegt,‘ riet die Redaktionsassistentin. 

Der Grobe Unfug liegt mir am Herzen. Der Bereich der Basisarbeit droht in unserem Kulturbetrieb zu verkümmern. Für drei Mark Eintritt wurde ich im Jugendkeller St.Georg Zeuge, wie man dieser Tendenz entgegenwirkt. In einer Atmosphäre, die an selige Krawall 2000-Zeiten erinnerte, erteilte der Grobe Unfug eine Lektion in Beat und Glück.
 
Die Gruppe existiert seit zweieinhalb Jahren und veröffentlichte bereits eine EP, auf die hier noch einmal nachdrücklich hingewiesen sei. Im Sommer 1982 wurde BEAT UND GLÜCK aufgenommen. ‚Die musikalische Palette reicht vom Punk bis zum Rock’n’Roll.‘ Die meisten Stücke sind eingängig und geradeaus, eben Beat. 

Dazu spielt der Spaß – vor allem live – in ihrem Konzept eine entscheidene Rolle. Der Grobe Unfug als die deutschen Adicts? Als die Hamburger Toten Hosen? Unter den vierzehn Titeln befinden sich kaum Ausfälle. Hitverdächtig sind mindestens fünf Nummern: ‚Kannibalen‘, ‚Opel Kapitän‘, ‚Saubermann‘, ‚Jeder tut seine Pflicht‘ und ‚Durchhalten‘. 

Ich verzichte darauf, an einigen Details herumzumäkeln. Insgesamt ist BEAT UND GLÜCK eine empfehlenswerte Platte. Zum Beispiel für Leute, die auch an Notdurft Gefallen finden.“ 

(Alf Burchardt, Sounds Nr.1/1983)

Grober Unfug (Practise Space, Hamburg, 1985)

And that ain’t enough praise actually, specifically as the Hamburg lot just loved this – by todays standards – rather un-punk band. It hints at how lovely they were as personas and how embedded they have been.

And how did it sound? A harsh recording you find here:

Rudi Krawall memorizes the show as follows:

Ich kann mich noch sehr gut an die Show erinnern, da es das erste und einzige mal war das ich die Koma Kombo sah. Hatte die Show selber aufgenommen, da war so ein Tapedeck im Laden und ich habe 2 Mikros angeschlossen. Ich war da auch noch am Schluss vom Unfug Gig mit auf der Bühne, als wir anfingen zu Jammen und spiele da Gitarre beim God Save The Queen Song.

Other people have slightly different memories:

Dann folgt das Feedback, und schon bollern Napalm mit »Killer Rats« los, live am 9. September 1982 im »Graffiti« in Hamburg-Sasel. Nachdem Hamburger Punks einige Läden zerlegt hatten, mussten Punkkonzerte in den Jahren 1982/83 in Hamburgs Suburbia, weit entfernt von der Innenstadt, stattfinden. Bands spielten überall dort, wo man sie ließ, zumeist in Jugendzentren. So mischte die Hamburger Band Grober Unfug, eine Jugendzentrum-Band aus dem räudigen St. Georg, im Frühjahr 1983 sogar unser Freizeitheim in Buxtehude auf und verbreitete Angst und Gewalt. Im Schlepptau hatten sie befreundete Schlägertypen des HSV-Fußballfanclubs »Die Löwen«.
Warum waren Punks mit solchen Leuten befreundet? Ganz einfach: Besser als mit Naziparolen konnte man linke Lehrer, Jugendzentrumspädagogen und Ökos nicht provozieren. Aus Spaß war 1982 aber längst Ernst geworden. Die Savage Army, eine Skinhead-Schlägertruppe, die sich zum Teil aus Ex-Punks rekrutierte, verprügelte Linke und Punks. Innerhalb von wenigen Monaten wurden sie Vollnazis. Einige wenige Punks unterhielten allerdings noch Kontakte mit ihren alten Kumpels.

Andreas Michalke in Jungle World 2013

RIP Toni, RIP Grober Unfug. We will never forget you.

… short songs and other mean stuff: Meine Schuppen back to the 80’s!

And you thought ‚Meine Schuppen‘ are dead and dusted…not so of course. The band used the last year (or so) to write and record plenty of new material. Enough songs in fact, to release another 3-4 EP’s in the near future…and maybe even really bring out a double album on vinyl. If not that, they are definitive thinking of getting out a ‚best of Schuppen2000‘ CD at some stage. Well, let’s wait and drink more beer.

(c) 2019 Hrost Hrubesch Hrecords / Holy War Records

In the meantime, the band celebrating their long awaited comeback with this new EP called ’short songs and other mean stuff‘ and is going back to the roots of early 80s hardcore. Why? Well, because they can….but also, after some criticism that the songs on the previous EP’s have been too long, too metal sounding or too much rock’n’roll influenced and the lyrics are often about old stories nobody can remember anymore …, the band thought playing some short and snappy hardcore songs with a fresh lyrical approach might do the trick to silence some citric, but lets see.

(c) 2019 Hrost Hrubesch Hrecords / Holy War Records

Then in the end, 3-4 songs telling again things from around the time in the early 80s, but that’s just fitting for a soundtrack from around the same time, so just shut up (insert smiley here)

To get the sound just right, Rudi had to get a few other musicians around him, who helped to keep it short, fast, nice and tidy… and a bit scary at times. As you might already noticed, half of the songs are in English and half in the local tongue, as early German releases (like the Slime LP and the mighty Buttocks first ep) also sang in both languages.

There sometimes went a certain pungent stench around in the studio, after all those empty whiskey and beer bottles, cigarettes butts and god knows what piled up over the weeks of recording those new gems for you, but it was all worth it, as the band is pretty happy with new material and hopes that it goes down well with all their loyal hordes of fans.

Meine Schuppen – Sommer Urlaub ’73
( (c) 2019 Hrorst Hrubesch Hrecords / Holy War Records)

Starting with the song ‚Sommer Urlaub ’73‘ (summer holiday ’73) the direction of the ep is pretty clear music wise, yet the lyrics are a bit away from the usual ‚what happened in the punk scene then‘ and is about a tiny place at the North Sea called Büsum. Here singer Rudi spent 5 or 6 holidays in a row as a young kid and had to deal with the seawater not only often not being there at all, but when it was often choppy, muddy and filled with stinging jellyfish.

Other oddities like the area been a test field for deep flying fighter jets and having to fight off other kids in the sandbox, makes it (looking back at it now) strange to have a holiday there at all. That said, Rudi said it was great to be there as a kid, but when he recently went back to see the place once again, asked the question…what have we been doing here?

Meine Schuppen – Can’t Get Me
( (c) 2019 Hrorst Hrubesch Hrecords / Holy War Records)

2nd song ‚Can’t get me‘ is in English and don’t need any translation and not much explanation, as it’s just about Rudi’s move to Denmark in the mid 80s, to avoid being drafted into the German Forces. Another real story and not made up by any means. Invented stories you could find only in the Funzine magazine, but more about that in the song about that popular Punk Fan magazine later on.

Meine Schuppen – Du Bist Ganz Allein
( (c) 2019 Hrorst Hrubesch Hrecords / Holy War Records)

3rd song ‚Du bist ganz allein‘ (you are all alone) is about an old friend, who once was a real close mate but started to drift away…into the void of meaninglessness with a life only surrounded by a couple of like minded friends, who are listening to old shitty softcock rock music and their shitty situation of only being at home and looking back in the ‚glory‘ past is then fuelled by alcohol and drugs.

All the efforts of getting him out about and to move on with new people and new music didn’t work and he went back to his shell, living a life of a hermit by choice, but not being happy about it. Why not change? Why not trying to get out of it? Well, we are all different and some people just don’t have the will or strength to change their path they have chosen. We all got a friend or know at least one person like that.

Meine Schuppen – MS Fan Club
( (c) 2019 Hrorst Hrubesch Hrecords / Holy War Records)

‚MS Fanclub‘ (the song #4) is upbeat again and talks about all the criticism the band had to endure over the last few years (since coming back together again). Well, they don’t mind it at all, since dishing themselves out against everything and everybody and also being outspoken against other bands they might dislike. But critic should stay in the healthy boundaries of  what is actual possible and realistic. For a band with 4 dull musicians with a voiceless singer, you just can’t get them suddenly to sound like Queen, just by telling them how shitty they are. Schuppen2000 is a ongoing project which takes good criticism on board and is changing naturally over time. The songs you get for free on the net and everybody should just should be happy that they are back to enlighten you, brighten up your day and make you sometimes have a little smile on your face….even if they could be better if they would take singing, drumming and guitar playing lessons.

Meine Schuppen – THC
( (c) 2019 Hrorst Hrubesch Hrecords / Holy War Records)

Then it’s already going fast to song 5 ‚THC‘ with some German lyrics, which are about those people who are fleeing in some sort of dream world of ‚everything is fine and works itself out‘ by abusing certain chemical Hippie substances. Reality check please…things are not going to change a bit when you live on some farm smoking your joints and laughing your head off for no reason. Unless you are active in some sort of youth movement or party and trying to change at least a few small things which are not right or need to be changed, nothing ever will happen.

Meine Schuppen – Thank God It’s Weekend
( (c) 2019 Hrorst Hrubesch Hrecords / Holy War Records)

‚Thank God it’s weekend‘ (song #6) doesn’t need any explanation as it’s straight forward and talks about everyday family life and people who are only escaping it for one or 2 days at the weekend. Then you can finally live up, have fun and everything is great and just like back in the old days, before there was something called work midlife crisis or stress.

Meine Schuppen – Funzine Deadline
( (c) 2019 Hrorst Hrubesch Hrecords / Holy War Records)

Funzine deadline (Song #7) is about the punk fan magazine the old Knallschoten crew around Biber, Pizza and Rudi K., (along with guest authors Minus, Thomas Koch, Dirk E. and Funzine mascot Stickel) published in the early 80s to mid 90s. Its about all the things happening at the Funzine HQ, like the authors working really hard on their top notch stories and only being supplied with warm tea and noisy hc music, while in the meantime Minus and Stickel are emptying the fridge of all alcohol and sliced cheese.

In general all the stuff which had to be done just before the magazine goes to print, like writing up whatever rubbish might comes to your head and just put a bit of dodgy lay-out around it, done.

Meine Schuppen – Mein Verein
( (c) 2019 Hrorst Hrubesch Hrecords / Holy War Records)

Last song and numero 8 is then ‚Mein Verein‘ (my club) and is about all the frustrations, all the endurance and patience, all the setbacks and especially about all the lost and grey hair you had to deal with over the last few years when supporting one of Hamburg’s 2 bigger soccer clubs. But I guess, football fans in Hanover, Stuttgart and many other cities had similarly experiences and all know how bad it can be, having to witness a game where no ball wants to go in the net. Where the sidebar and crossbar gets hit like 20 times, but the only goal of the game gets scored against you, maybe even as an own goal… hard times for sure and making everybody looking a few years older.

Maybe we should change sport and look into smoother things and becoming fans of a curling or synchronized swimming team, who knows.

And for those who missed the limited 200 vinyl edition pictured below

you will need to create your own CD from the MP3 files. In order to have a proper jewel cover download it here!