DAF share video for Giorgio Moroder Remix of ‘Der Mussolini’…
Industrial/EBM pioneers DAF (Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft) have shared the new video for the legendary Giorgio Moroder’s remix of their classic track ‘Der Mussolini’.
The track premiered on Resident Advisor and is the first new music available from the band’s upcoming retrospective boxset ‘DAS IST DAF’ which is set for release via Gronland Records on the 29th of September 2017 and features the four classic albums ‘Die kleinen und die Bösen’, ‘Alles ist Gut’, ‘Gold und Liebe’ and ‘Für immer’ which originally appeared in a flurry of activity between 1980-82.
DAF initially formed as a quintet in the confines of Ratinger Hof in Düsseldorf, alongside bands like Fehlfarben, Der Plan, Mittagspause and others, but later adopted a conceptual approach that left no space for other “young lords.”
From that point on they worked as a duo. With precision percussive elements mastered in classical jazz training, a legendary Korg MS-20 and a highly fetishistic militaristic spoken-word style, they produced four albums in quick succession – records that could be construed as substitutes for sex, drugs and violence. While the first album, Die kleinen und die Bösen – on which half the tracks were recorded in Conny Plank’s studio while the B-side contained live recordings – still hinted at roots in original punk music, they then created a triptych of leathery, sweat-soaked hedonism on Alles ist Gut, Gold und Liebe and Für immer.
In the early 1980s the records in the DAF box set Groenland Records is now releasing quickly made this duo the international figurehead of the music everyone now associates with the Rhine region: DAF, along with Kraftwerk and Can, were the pioneers of German electronic music. They were always in vogue. Sequencers, synthesizers, commanding drum beats and the most cutting staccato spoken-word vocals – an alliteration only disrupted by the notion of the uniform. Very few bands have managed to contrive their own look in such masterly fashion, and to even make it a subject of their work: “Was ziehst du an heut nacht?,” “Verehrt euren Haarschnitt” and – oh yes – “Tanz den Mussolini.”