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Rheingold is (looking) back



It appears Rheingold have woken up. And in the process they have covered themselves, as well as a number of other interesting acts from the Düsseldorf past. Listen to this.

Rheingold, a German NDW band active during the early 80's, probably most renowned for their electronic hit "Fan Fan Fanatisch" from 1984, has been quiet for a long time. Their last complete album was released somewhere around 23 years ago.

But last week they popped up from nowhere again, on several music download sites (such as Juno, Emusic) with a brand new concept album, "Electric City - Düsseldorfer Schule".



The album contains one new Rheingold track, "Alte Shule" (old school), but apart from that, it's a cover album from start to end. Every song is a cover of a song by a band from the Düsseldorf area, including La Düsseldorf, Kraftwerk, Fehlfarben, Michael Rother and Propaganda, as well as their own "Dr. Mabuse" from 1985. This is the complete track list:
  • La Düsseldorf – “Geld Regiert Die Welt" (1978)
  • Fehlfarben - "Es Geht Voran" (1980)
  • Rheingold - "3Klangsdimensionen" (1980)
  • Electric Music - "Crosstalk" (1992)
  • Propaganda - "Dr. Mabuse" (1985)
  • Michael Rother - "Karussell" (1976)
  • Karl Bartos - "Life" 2003)
  • Kraftwerk - "Autobahn" (1974)
  • Rheingold - "Alte Schule" (2007)

The label behind the release is a bit of a mystery to me. It's called 3Klang Records. There was a 3-Klang Records (note the hyphen) in the early 90's, that re-released some other German classics in a similar genre (DAF, Grauzone and a few others). I don't know if this is the same label or not. If it is - what the hell have they been doing for the last 15 years?

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