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Berlin Blondes: ...Were Not From Berlin - The Audiophile Man
Title: The Complete Recordings 1980-81 Label: Cherry Red A new wave outfit with synths, the Berlin Blondes were not, in fact, from Berlin at all but Glasgow. Yes, that fair city might not retain the same krautrock clout but the presentation of the music certainly made up for that. In fact, krautrock was certainly an influence, late-period Kraftwerk krautrock at any rate (apparently Kraftwerk’s The Model was a favourite live outing of theirs). There’s also elements of Roxy Music in there too. Featuring the talents of Steven Bonomi (vocals), Robert Farrell (guitar, synth), David Rudden (bass) and Jim Spender (aka Jim McKinven) (keyboards & synths), the band would experience a few quick line-up changes in their short life. The style of the Berlin Blondes reminded me a little of the early eighties outfit, the Mobiles – remember their 1982 hit, Drowning in Berlin? The association has nothing to do with the Berlin moniker but the almost Weimar Republic, slightly atonal, live for today, die tomorrow, moral breakdown, discordant atmosphere. Playing Astro, you hear that swirly, discordant, circus nightmare sound so prevalent on Drowning in Berlin (especially the middle eight bit). Then again, there is more to this album than a historical …