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My Year of Mixtapes Week 14: Neue Deutsche Welle

My Year of Mixtapes Week 14: Neue Deutsche Welle

Playing tracks by

Robert Görl, Alphaville, Robert Görl feat. Annie Lennox, Neon, Joachim witt and more.

So a couple of weeks ago my pal Laura from Portland wrote on my Facebook wall:
"yours truly would like to request a neue deutsche welle mixkassette, bitte."

And then I played this Portland gig, and long story short there was a nightmarish planning mishap that left me stranded in the airport for 10+ hours. Laura came and rescued me, then proceeded to feed and entertain me until it was time for me to return to the airport. For future reference, this is the best possible way to get me to make a mixtape.

Anyway, Neue Deutsche Welle was a genre of music that came out of Germany (and, to a lesser extent, Austria) from about 1978 until the mid-1980s. The name literally translates to "New German Wave", and stylistically it drew heavily from punk, new wave, early industrial music, and musique concrète, but presented it in a distinctly German fashion, mostly in the German language. By about 1983... (full text at