Sunday, August 03, 2014

Record Finds - DAF (Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft)

Recent finds from a record fair include two DAF albums. DAF (Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft) is an influential German electropunk/Neue Deutsche Welle (German New Wave) band from Düsseldorf, formed in 1978.

 DAF - Gold Und Liebe (Virgin Records, 1981)

The band's first album was 1979's Ein Produkt der Deutsch-Amerikanischen Freundschaft and then the band moved to London and were signed by Daniel Miller to Mute Records. Their second album was 1980's Die Kleinen und die Bösen. 

The band was slimmed down to a two piece of Gabriel "Gabi" Delgado-López (vocals) and Robert Görl (drums, percussion, electronic instruments) and signed to Virgin Records. The band released three Conny Plank produced LPs for the label and my finds were Gold Und Liebe and Für Immer the second and third of the DAF Virgin trilogy. 

 DAF - Für Immer (Virgin Records, 1982)

DAF broke up after Für Immer and both Gabi and Görl have had long solo careers, they've also reformed a couple of time over the years for tours and new recordings. Anyone with even a passing interest in electronic music needs to listen to these records. The sounds are brutal, crisp and still sound amazingly fresh all these years later. It makes complete sense that John Peel once refered to the band as "the godfathers of Techno". Liebe Auf Den Ersten Blick was a single from Gold Und Liebe.

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