The Foreign Correspondent – Stories about German Rock Music # 10

Let’s get back to the days of Krautrock and Progressive Rock. Birth Control were formed in Berlin in 1968 according to the student revolution against traditions which based in the early decades of this century. Students tried to give them lifes a few more opportunities like free love or living in communes. In this era German musicians tried to figure out what’ possible in music – not only to copy band from the United States or Great Britain. In this new culture the seed of progressive rock began to grow. Birth Control got real popular with this new kind of sound and played as a support act for Jimi Hendrix in Düsseldorf in 1970. One year later they were invited for several concert in England and they were the first German band played in The Marquee Club in London. Their sound was dominated by synthesizer added with a heavy guitar. Because their songs were long they had not the airplay for a hit. But their well  known song Gamma Ray was remixed years later in various Techno versions.

Birth Control – Gamma Ray
Birth Control – Titanic
Birth Control – Preacher Man

PS: An additional information for the German readers. Forming member of the band was Hugo Egon Balder on drums. Yes exactly the one who got famous with Tutti Frutti

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5 thoughts on “The Foreign Correspondent – Stories about German Rock Music # 10

  1. Excellent, excellent music. Never heard them, or of them, and I'm very impressed. Still loving the series, and catching up on your last two weeks of posts.
    George

  2. Thanks Walter. Still no luck with downloading but I have found the long version on Youtube, and Preacher Man, but not Titanic. They are a very very very hairy. Very hairy.

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