Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft – confirmed for Amphi Festival, Germany

D.A.F… “the Godfathers of techno”

Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft – the legendary German Industrial/EBM pioneers have been confirmed for the 8th Amphi Festival which is to be held over the weekend 21st/22nd July in Koln, Germany. DAF are scheduled to appear on Saturday 21st July.

The Goth/Electro/EBM festival, one of the largest in Europe has also confirmed the Sisters Of Mercy to headline the Saturday night, with support from amongst others Apotygma Berzerk, Haujobb; Sunday night includes Project Pitchfork and Canadian industrial pioeers Frontline Assembly.

Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft or D.A.F are one of the most influential electronic music bands John Peel described them as “the Godfathers of techno”

DAF formed in Düsseldorf in 1978 featuring Gabriel “Gabi” Delgado-López (vocals), Robert Görl (drums, percussion, electronic instruments), Kurt “Pyrolator” Dahlke (electronic instruments), Michael Kemner (bass-guitar) and Wolfgang Spelmans (guitar). Kurt Dahlke was replaced by Chrislo Haas (electronic instruments, bass-guitar, saxophone) in 1979.

DAF were signed to Daniel Millers Mute Records who released the groups second album ”ËœDie Kleinen und die Bösen’ (The Small Ones and the Evil Ones), which featured thrashed guitars, electronic screeching, and hammered drums while Gabi screamed… The record was widely lauded by the British music press, and earned the group an early cult following in the UK.

Arguably D.A.F.’s most famous songs are “Kebabträume” and “Der Mussolini” taken from the bands third album “Alles ist gut”, a pulsing dance song. The lyrics “Dance the Mussolini, move your behind, clap your hands, and now the Adolf Hitler, and now the Jesus Christ”, caused outrage and the track was banned from radio play ”“ none of which mattered as it went on to become a huge club hit which continues delight to this day.

In infrequent interviews they claimed to not target anything or anyone specific while creating lyrics to be taken as a parody of words and phrases floating around in the public media. “Sato-Sato” and “Der Mussolini” are both examples of songs written around Delgado-López’s fascination with the sound of a particular word.

They split in the early 80’s for approximately 20 years, reconvening in 2003 for to produce the ”ËœFünfzehn neue D.A.F-Lieder ”Ëœ(15 New D.A.F-Songs) album; a few months before the 2003 invasion of Iraq D.A.F. released “The Sheriff (An Anti-American Song)”

In 2007 DAF partially reformed under the name DAF.Partei with Thoralf Dietrich (from Jäger 90) replacing Gabi Delgado as lead singer.

In 2010 the band, now consisting of just Gabi Delgado-López and Robert Görl, returned with the single ‘Du Bist DAF’, which was limited to 2010 copies.

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.


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