R.I.P. Klaus Dinger (1946-2008) & Thomas Dinger (1952-2002)

La Düsseldorf

Wikipediz sez:

La Düsseldorf was a German band, order consisting of onetime Kraftwerk drummer and Neu! multi-instrumentalist Klaus Dinger and occasional Neu! collaborators Thomas Dinger and Hans Lampe. La Düsseldorf was formed after Neu! disbanded following the release of their Neu! ’75 record. They released a string of successful albums (with sales totaling over a million) during the late ’70s and early ’80s and were considered highly influential by the likes of Brian Eno and David Bowie, with Bowie going so far as calling La Düsseldorf “the soundtrack of the eighties”.

After the dissolution of Neu! in the mid-’70s, its drummer Klaus Dinger set out to take the raw, uncompromising motorik beat, that “thump-thump-thump-thump” neverending 4/4 beat which he pioneered during his early time with Kraftwerk in ’70/’71, and set it to some hugely glorious pop sounds. Moving up to frontman status, Dinger brought along his brother Thomas and some other musician friends, and made a splash in the German charts with three albums: “La Düsseldorf” (1976), “Viva” (1978) and “Individuellos” (1980). The material’s combination of haunting melodic phrases, vocals that veer back and forth between punk and Monty Python, and a dedication to motorik will not fail to make you smile.

Highlights include the songs “Viva”, “Geld”, “Rheinita”, “Ich Liebe Dich”, and the nine-minute “Time”, a masterwork of tension and release.

La Düsseldorf – s/t LP, 1976 (ZIP file)
La Düsseldorf – “Viva” LP, 1978 (ZIP file)
La Düsseldorf – “Individuellos” LP, 1980 (ZIP file)


Fronted by the blistering Mark Stewart, sale
the music of The Pop Group danced on the outer limits of where their dub reggae and post-punk leanings collided, adiposity
and radiance can be found in the fractal shards of that powerful meeting.

Their career was a brief one, hospital
but their two albums (“Y” [1979] and “How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder” [1980]) were uncompromising slabs of firey, political skronk. After their disbanding, the various members went onto such like-minded notable British groups as Maximum Joy, Pigbag and Rip Rig & Panic.

Check out my earlier post from last year, regarding live material from The Pop Group.

The Pop Group – “How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder” LP, 1980 (ZIP file)
The Pop Group – “We Are All Prostitutes” compilation, 1998 (ZIP file)

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711 Responses to THE POP GROUP

  1. Dana says:

    Gareth Sager put out an album a few years ago, released both under his name and as “C.C. Sager.” Doesn’t sound like Pop Group, but is awfully good and somewhat overlooked.

  2. Phill says:

    I’m watching this trailer for a Mark Stewart /The Pop Group documentary right now! It looks pretty good.