The 1980 sophomore LP from the Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft gets the reissue treatment from Groenland (Neu!, William Fitzsimmons). The A-side, produced by Conny Plank, finds the common ground between Suicide, Einstuerzende Neubauten and the Pet Shop Boys, while the B-side showcases the fury of the band’s live show. Any record that can count itself as a favourite of Simon Reynolds is going to be worth your time.
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10/10 Charlie Orbit Customer review, 24th April 2018
I was 17 when this came out. When I saw them live at the Retford Porterhouse on 25.07.80 a couple of weeks later there were 50-60 people there. By the end there were 20. We left drenched in sweat. The gig remains etched in my head as the most life-changing ever - and I can't separate Side 2 here from the live experience I witnessed. Die Kleinen remains the most punk thing I've ever loved. DAF here included the synth legend Chrislo Haas of Liaisons Dangereuses, and Wolfgang Spelmans on serated guitar. The Conny Plank engineered studio half is seven songs of lo-fi punk-electronics with machine funk fighting for space with noise. Highlights are the itchy synthpop of Co Co Pino, and the naked aggression of Nacht Arbeit. But the Live Side - recorded accidently in London - is something else. A savage aural assault of twisted industrial pop blended through with great dynamics, rhythms that splutter into being, just as suddenly vanish, guitars lines screaming with a Roland Howard intensity, and Gabi in full voice throughout. The early high watermark of the German post-punk scene, and still sounds amazing today.
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