Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft (DAF)
Wird Gut (Reviewed by wavemeister):
Amerikanische Freundschaft (DAF) 'Alles Wird Gut', released in 1981 on
Der Mussolini / The Mussolini
Rote Lippen / Red Lips
Mein Herz Macht Bum / My Heart Goes Boom
Der Räuber Und Der Prinz / The Robber And The Prince
Ich Und Die Wirklichkeit / Me And Reality
Als Wär´s Das Letzte Mal / As If It Were The Last Time
Verlier Nicht Den Kopf / Don´t Loose Your Head
Alle gegen Alle / Everybody Fights Everybody
Alles Ist Gut / Everything Is Good
Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft (German American Friendship, abbr.
DAF) released a record which was very controversial and left you with
only two opinions - either you loved or you hated them.
who were partial to it claimed that this album featured a new concept
which was never been heard before, with stiff beats, minimalistic instrumentation
and short, breathless lyrics, and the people who disliked it said that
'Alles Ist Gut' is a collection of militaristic machoisms with the lyrics
in doubtable and offending quality.
Görl and Gabi Delgado knew how to play with symbolisms, from their
pithy and 'very German' appearance, strong and prominent melodies to fragmentary
lyrics which followed the scheme of 'strength through simplicity'.
This image and lyrics like those featured in 'Der Mussolini' brought them
in dangerous range of being accused as 'right-wings', and DAF had all
trouble with explaining that it´s the symbolism and not the politics
they are attracted to. Nonetheless, especially the German youth celebrated
'Der Mussolini' as a freeing blow against their parents which were most
childs of this dark time (in Germany, there was a big discussion about
the Nazi time and history around the early 80s).
Another controversity aroused around 'Der Räuber Und Der Prinz',
as a seemingly ancient tale of the robber-and-prince turned out to be
a story about homosexual attraction - in 1981, an absolute no-go zone
for the public media and surely not on German radio. For these songs,
DAF was banned from airplay of most stations, although they were part
of a Neue Deutsche Welle-special on TV (the respective broadcasting station
had to issue a public excuse after this show for the performance of 'Der
Gut' was the only commercial success of DAF since the circumstances favoured
German artists back then, and this album can be considered as a real underground