… 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!

… sneak preview SCHUPPEN 2000 Double-LP (due summer 2019)!

Damn Internet (never forgets), it is a place for everything to get published ahead of time. Today gehkacken.de in co-operation with Hrorst Hrubesch Hrekords and Holy War Records got their hand on one of the nuggets soon to make it onto the MEINE SCHUPPEN / SCHUPPEN 2000 Double-LP.

For those eager to get their hand on it – pre-order will be available soon, it’ll be August 2019 though until it hits European shores. Watch out for it!

… cashing in the cheap way: Metal Schuppen kill Punk yet again!

Metal Shack? Metal Dandruff? Didn’t they re-name themselves recently to Meine 2000 Schuppen, after already going through a spell of name changes when they went from Meine Schuppen to Missing the Scene and to Schuppen 2000? And what the fuck is Schuppen mastermind Rudi up to down under in Perth?

From far it looks like Rudi is copying the UK band The Spizzles – just like them them Schuppen change their name for every release and on top of that they are also proud to announce that they got with Guy Jardine probably the #1 Spizz Energy Fan signed up for the newest Schuppen release on drums.

What are these guys coming up with next to confuse all Meine Schuppen Fans worldwide?

Metall Schuppen - Punk Rock E.P. (Holy War Records, Hrost Hrubesch Hrecords & Funzine, 2016)
Metal Schuppen – Punk Rock E.P. (Holy War Records, Hrost Hrubesch Hrecords & Funzine, 2016)

Well, let’s not predict the future and stay in the present, where we got a hot and brand new Metal Schuppen EP being released, which should be played on any 2016 NYE Party going around (if only it would be released in 2016, but that is another story on unfortunate delays – Platzangst from Hamburg might be able to tell you a story around those kinda problems).

It’s already now an instant classic, because it’s again jam packed with sing-a-long tunes and this time it’s all about how Punk Rock changed their (and many other kids) life in the late 70s and early 80s.

Markthalle, Hamburg
Markthalle, Hamburg

So, instead of taking in the next German city and sing about old punk rock stories from Pinneberg, Hannover or Munich, they stayed more or less in Hamburg and took on once again some of the most chaotic events happening at former Punkrock venue #1 The Markthalle, when The Clash came for a 2nd spell to Hamburg (their first in 1978 went unnoticed by most rock fans) and got a not so great welcoming. They rather got hate. Pure hate.

Outside the Markthalle, 1980
Outside the Markthalle, May 1980

Metal Schuppen – Clash 80 Markthalle (the video edit):

But they are not only living in the past and so finally here is a song about the jolly bunch of Punks who are all part of a German Facebook group called Pogo in der Strassenbahn. The group has been around for years and members are enjoying writing, posting pictures and videos of old and new German Punk Rock bands and finally even presented themselves with a compilation album which includes only bands of it’s groups members.

VA - Pogo in der Strassenbahn (No Admin Records, 2016)
VA – Pogo in der Strassenbahn (No Admin Records, 2016)

To celebrate this, Metall Schuppen are throwing in a song about all the fun and what happened in the last few years in one of the most active Facebook punk groups.

In the next song they are remembering the ‘good’ old days when using public transport (and even just walking on the streets) in full punk gear was a bit of an adventure by itself and ended often in being confronted by those lame street-rockers. “Prolls hassen Punks” (aka Bogans are hating punks) looks at the frustration of having to deal with those motorbike-less wanna be rockers.

Metal Schuppen – Prolls hassen Punks (low quality web version):

And keeping it on the cheap side, the song “Der ’79 Punk” is basically a re-make (or shall we call it a rip off?) of the 1977 Cherry Vanilla hit The Punk. The lyrics are changed to fit into the late 70’s Hamburg environment (instead of the New York’s), were punks had constantly to deal with the thread of being attacked by Teddy boys.

Cut from Teen Pop Mag Bravo
Cut from Teen Pop Mag Bravo

Those guys were on average all 10 years older and 2 feet taller than your little 16 year old kiddie punk, who just discovered punk rock a few months back and suddenly made himself an enemy to this gang of nostalgic Elvis dudes, just by looking different.

Metal Schuppen – Der ’79 Punk (low quality web version):

Some of the bands closest friends (along with new Schuppen recruit Guy Jardine) will celebrate being in the Punk Rock Scene for 40 years in 2017 and even the rest of the Schuppen crowd are not too far off either. With all the up’s and down’s the scene and one self has experienced over the years, there is still the extreme love for this music style and all the bands they grew up with.

Graphics (c) by Slaughter San
Graphics (c) by Slaughter San

Punk Rock was – and still is – for all of them the number one influence: They know Punk is good for them, the same as they knew instinctively in teenage years and Punk will always have a special place in their hearts.

Metal Schuppen – Punk im Herzen (low quality web version):

What would be a punk themed EP without another song about Germany’s leading Punk Rock Radio Station? 20 years of New Rose Radio (from Berlin) seemed worth a new tune about Master DJ Nolti and his show (though he has been kicked out of the current line up due to his insufficient handling of the soundeffects – but as rumours have it it was simply because Rudi K. could not stand someone being better on guitar).

New Rose Punk Rock Radio (http://www.new-rose.de/)
New Rose Punk Rock Radio (http://www.new-rose.de/)

Metal Schuppen – Punk Rock Radio (low quality web version):

As most of you probably already guessed or noticed, the name Metal Schuppen is not there without a reason. The band finally sports heavy rock guitars, doom sounding intros and metallic guitar leads on many songs.

In the late 80s them Schuppen played under the moniker Missing the Scene and found themselves constantly playing for an audience which either yelled something like FASTER, because they demanded only Hardcore Punk or FUNNIER, because of German Funpunk mainstream success of bands like Ärzte, Tote Hosen or Abstürzende Brieftauben.

And upon a break-in into the Schuppen rehearsal room and the loss of all their equipment the mighty Schuppen did split up exactly 30 years ago to this date.

The split avoided the instant transformation into a metal crossover outfit – something they have finally achieved today and thus seem once again aiming at destroying the punk scene, as Rudi alongside the boys from the cult magazine Funzine apparently already did in the mid 80’s.

Rudi K. - No thanks for killing Punk in the 80s!
Rudi K. – No thanks for killing Punk in the 80s! ( (c) www.oldpunks.de)

At least that is the word on the streets of Hamburg … from … err … well … at least one person they can think of anyway.

Metal Schuppen – Ich hab den Punk kaput gemacht (low quality web version):

And that leaves us with a big Q – did Rudi destroy punk on purpose? Why is he able to assemble a rooster of punk rock veterans to support his punk rock death mission? Where does he hide the money gained from evading German taxes? Will Wachtmeister U. Haft give notice to his former colleagues in the Hamburg Police Force? What happened to U.E.D.L.? Questions over Questions!

Metal Schuppen: Rudi Metall (Lead Vocals), Toni Titanium Thurow (Doom Bass), Matthias Nickel (Headbeanger Guitar), Markus Nickel-back (Chrom Guitar), Guy Jardine Kryptonite (Death Drums) (c) gehkacken.de
Metal Schuppen: Rudi Metall (Lead Vocals), Toni Titanium Thurow (Doom Bass), Matthias Nickel (Headbeanger Guitar), Markus Nickel-back (Chrome Guitar), Guy Jardine Kryptonite (Death Drums) (c) gehkacken.de

Thanks Metal Schuppen, you made our day!

If you want to obtain a copy please pester Rudi in Blackpool 2017! But beware – he might not be there. So if you need a CD copy and you think you a worthy of it – leave a comment below and Rudi and/or his EU Distributor will come right back at you! So beware!