la! NEU? and Die Engel Des Herrn). So Tanz auf der Zukunft mit Mir to the "sound of the 80s" (Bowie, circa 1978).
La Düsseldorf - s/t (1976)
Another beautiful instrumental single, Rheinita, gives an oasis of calm before Geld's rage against injustice and greed, setting the stage for the main event. In the original 20-minute Cha Cha 2000, Dinger not just expresses utopian hope for the future, but creates the song of his career. If Dinger was still alive today, he'd no doubt still be re-recording it every few years, holding on to the same heartfelt sentiments. We need better leaders, who love us and don't tweet us.
For all that, I have a deep affection for Individuellos. It follows the Viva pattern at its outset (track 1 - humanity is great; track 2 - and so are La Düsseldorf) and then lets the Menschen melody run on, taking in deeply personal memories of Dinger's recently-deceased grandmother (that's her voice on answerphone) and the 'Lieber Honig' of his life Anita (that's the same 1971 recordings of them in a rowing boat that NEU! used, near the end of this album). The Dinger brothers humour might get a bit ridiculous in Dampfriemen and Tintarella Di (although musically pointing the way to Für Mich), but the album ends on a respectful note, dedicated to Schnell whose piano is upfront on Das Yvonnchen.
Neondian / La Düsseldorf 4 / Mon Amour (1985)
Had its own post at the beginning of this year. Post includes the 1983 single Ich Liebe Dich/Koksnodel.
Blue / La Düsseldorf 5 / Five Pearls And A Hammer (rec. 1984-86, rel. 1999)
The album was now titled Blue, with its original name Five Pearls And A Hammer referring to the album's sequence. First up is a gorgeous reverb guitar and rhythm track, over which Dinger contrasts his own idyllic life with the Geneva arms control summit between Reagan and Gorbachev. On the cover picture of Blue are Mari Paas (mentioned in Arms Control Blues), Dinger's partner from the mid-70s through the 90s, with her daughter Yvi, and it's the latter who sings the cutely out-of-tune vocal on the track Blue.
After Lilienthal, a stunningly gorgeous instrumental which alone justifies getting hold of this album, are a couple of short tracks - the slight Touch You Tonight, and the poignant Für Omi, another tribute to his grandmother. Five pearls, and a hammer - the hammer being the 18-minute rocked up version of Neondian's America, recorded during those sessions. The track cuts in and ends in mid-flow, as if taken from an even longer recording, and fizzles with chaotic energy, thunder-and-lightning guitars and drums, and barely comprehensible vocals with whispered overdubs. If the world wasn't ready for this in 1987 - or at least, so thought the record label - it certainly needs it now.