WIRTSCHAFTSWUNDER, THE - Preziosen & Profanes (Singles & Raritaten 1980-1981)
"Compilation with all singles, sampler contributions and rarities of the Limburg post-punk/neue welle/electro/leftfield pioneers The Wirtschaftswunder. Including the songs from the first EP Allein released in 1980 on Warning/Ata Tak and the songs from the uber-single Television/Kommissar (ZickZack, 1980). Essential compilation of one of the most important German bands of the '80s. "Anruf Schallplattenfirma" (Record company phone call): A little bit of fun. The first recording ... before Angelo. On the first demo tape, 1979. 1980: A year on the road as The Wirtschaftswunder for Tom, Jürgen and Mark... They still need a frontman. Mark finds Angelo in Zoom, a popular punk/new wave discotheque. It's the place to be, attracting punters from everywhere, the entire Rhine Main region. Hippies are the dominant force in Frankfurt at this time. Angelo auditions at one of our rehearsals. Tom and Mark had shared singing duties until then but without any great conviction. Angelo's bizarre, charming vocals are just what the group need. The band is complete. "Ratinger Hof": On stage at Ratinger Hof, Dusseldorf, three months later. With Fehlfarben and Östro 430. The stuff of legends. Clubs and labels from all over Germany have us in their sights. "Ata Tak": The height of summer. One Sunday, Frank Fenstermacher and Moritz R, Ata Tak label impresarios and members of Der Plan, arrive in Limburg. Their sports aeroplane touches down at the airfield in Elz. The Wirtschaftswunder sign their first record deal and deliver one EP: "Allein", "So ist es", "Politsong (don't listen)" and "Metall". "Der Kommissar and Television": We switch to ZickZack, a Hamburg label. Der Kommissar track is an adaption of the theme tune to a 1960s TV police drama series of the same name. Interrogation scenes are spliced together on a tape recorder. Sampling before there was such a thing. Angelo voices the murderer. The confession. "She was only a hippie girl." B-side: "Television". "Ich stehʼ auf Hagen" (I'm into Hagen): A gig at Neue Heimat in Hagen. At breakfast the following morning at the promoter's shared apartment, Wolfgang Luthe hands the group a cassette of his totally distorted screeching vocals. "Can you do anything with this?" Time for the cassette recorder again. Everyday noises and recordings in the finest musique concrete tradition. "Träum Was Schönes" (sweet dreams): Final track. Exit stage left. How we ended every concert. Auf Wiedersehen." - Tapete Records .
After nearly a decade of false starts, multiple game plans veering off the rails, and a handful of shattered hopes and/or dreams, the odyssey is finally complete—the new Fusetron site is here.
This is the first phase of a multipart rollout that will span the next few months: the currently browsable stock includes miscellaneous new releases from the past 8+ months (we have a lot of catching up to do), plus approximately a third of our backstock. Note that we’ve reduced/slashed prices on many titles and will continue to do so in order to make room for new stock. We’ll also be expanding / tweaking / improving / debugging the site itself (for example, we still have work to do on the automated international postage system, not to mention the inevitable inventory discrepancies that come with transferring an ancient and massive database to a new system).
Over the next few months, as we take inventory, clean house, and delve into our storage, we will be uploading thousands of additional items, gradually, on a near-daily basis. This will include the majority of the LPs, as well as many titles, in all formats, once thought long-gone. Many currently “sold out” items are likely to resurface.
Finally, once our general backstock is up (probably in the next two or three months) we’ll begin making our extensive stockpile of rarities available online for the first time: tons of random out-of-print titles, "deadstock," warehouse finds, secondhand collectibles, etc., accumulated over the past few decades.
Frequent/returning customers will be getting early access to these items. Details to follow on how this will work (a priority mailing list? a 'frequent flyer'-like program?), but it will not be based on dollars spent. We want to reward those who consistently support us, especially in the discogs marketplace era (to those who show up trying to poach five copies of a one-off rarity, and nothing else, ever… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ).
So—we suggest you take some time to dig through the site—even we’ve been surprised by what’s been turning up, and there’s much more to come.