Xaõ Seffcheque: Ja, Nein, Vielleicht Kommt Sehr Gut (A Selection Of Electronic Beats 1980-82) (Bureau B, 2017)

May 7, 2017 at 12:15 am | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Xao Seffcheque: Ja, Nein, Vielleicht Kommt Sehr Gut (A Selection Of Electronic Beats 1980-82)

Venturing deep into the NDW underground, the great Bureau B presents this fascinating track of early ’80s tracks by notorious prankster. Xaõ Seffcheque. He released an album titled Sehr Gut Kommt Sehr Gut which contained parodies of then-contemporary bands like Der Plan and D.A.F., but their names were mentioned on the record, so the music press though it was an actual compilation. Kraftwerk were also subject of this parody, and they took legal action, so a sticker warning that the record was a parody had to be attached to the sleeve. Of course, listening to Xaõ Seffcheque’s music now, without having the greatest familiarity of all of the music he’s lampooning, the joke might be somewhat lost. Still, just listening to this collection on its own merit, it’s a pretty strange, funny, wide-ranging set of tunes. There’s the Blondie-goes-EBM-with-sax new wave of “Good Friends”, the high-octane silliness/nonsense of “Pogo À Gogo” and “Sample & Hold”, the drunken doo-wop of “O-Lui”, and the backward masking hypnotism of “Mannesmann”. Best of all, at least for my tastes, is “Why We Hate the Residents”, which consists of the lyrics of “Eleanor Rigby” recited in a “spooky” distorted voice over primitive keyboard plunking. Good one.

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