Wild Planet

Wild Planet Revisited – After Dinner

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Probably one of the most obscure artists featured in “Wild Planet”, I confess to never having heard them until researching this piece. After Dinner’s recorded output is minimal; 2 albums, a live cassette and a 7″ single over a period from 1982 to 1989. They appear to have toured in Europe in both 1987 and 1989. Haco, the vocalist, has gone on to have a prolific solo career, as well as in a number of groups including Acid Mothers Temple & Melting Paraiso UFO. Her most recent release was a collaboration with Toshiya Tsunoda “TramVibration” in 2013.

Here’s a track from the 1989 album”Paradise of Replica” called “I’ll Just Go Birdwatching”




Wild Planet Revisited – Abwarts

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Kicking off, we have 50 words on Abwarts, the German post-punk group who actually hailed from Hamburg, not Berlin. The connection with Berlin’s “Die Geniale Dilletanten”, which encompassed Einsturzende Neubauten, Die Todliche Doris and others, was the dual membership of Abwarts and E.N. by FM Einheit and, later, Marc Chung.

Forming in Hamburg in 1979, and releasing their first recordings on the Zickzack and Rip Off labels, the group signed to Phonogram for their second LP “Der Westen Is Einsam” (The West Is Lonely) and started to get linked with the German music industry’s attempt to create a movement “Neue Deutsche Welle” (New German Wave). This spurious industry technique lumped together bands such as Trio and Ideal alongside more innovative groups like Palais Schaumburg and Yello (yes, they were Swiss!) to try and break this “scene” in the UK and USA with a number of compilation LPs.

Marc Chung left the group around 1983 to concentrate on Einsturzende Neubauten, whilst “Mufti” Einheit continued to link with the group for several more years.

Abwarts have released 15 albums and 13 singles with Frank Ziegert the only remaining original member, their most recent being the “Krautrock” album in 2014.

Here is “Computerstaat” from their first EP in 1980