Beat music may have been born in Britain, but it was schooled and nurtured in the dank clubs of the Reeperbahn, spawning a homegrown beat group scene that sprouted early and proliferated rapidly. By 1964, West Germany was a buzzing hive of beat music. The German record industry, which also commanded some of the best-equipped recording studios in the world, was quick to cash in on the new youth craze, churning a steady stream of vinyl into the marketplace. Lost, forgotten, misplaced or ignored in this rash of releases was some of the most exciting rock ‘n’’roll music of the era.
On GERMAN MEASLES, Bear Family digs deep to present some of the very best music to come out of Germany in the Sixties, some of it by fiendishly obscure groups who failed to make even the slightest dent outside of their home towns. Compiled and annotated by Mike and Anja Stax of UGLY THINGS magazine, many of these tracks are seeing their first appearance on vinyl since the Sixties.
GERMAN MEASLES VOLUME 1: FLAMES OF LOVE is a veritable inferno of raucous garage beat and moody punk R&B sounds with rare reelin’ and rockin’ tracks by the Blizzards, the Boots, the Pralins, Les Copains, the Starfighters, the Details and more.