Wednesday, 28 May 2014

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"Nina Hagen Band"
Year:  1978
Country:  Germany East
City:  Berlin East
Label:  CBS
Format:  CD
Tracks:  12
Time:  35min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Punk Rock




























Catharina "NINA" HAGEN (born March 11, 1955) is a German singer and actress. Born in East Berlin, in the communist Deutschland Democratic Republic, NINA HAGEN first pursued her career in the mid 1970s. In 1974, she joined the band Automobil. During that time she appeared in a number of German movies. After moving to West Berlin in 1976, she formed the NINA HAGEN Band and signed with "CBS Records". The band released two album before NINA HAGEN decided to pursue her career as a solo artist. In 1982, she signed a new contract with "CBS Records" and released her first solo album "NunSexMonkRock". She released two more records on the label, the Giorgio Moroder produced "Fearless" (1983) and "Ekstasy" (1985). Her contract with the label expired in 1986 and was not renewed. However, she kept on touring, appearing on TV shows and remained very popular. In 1987, the single "Punk Wedding" was released and in 1988 Hagen wrote her autobiography "Ich bin ein Berliner". By 1989, "Mercury Records" offered Hagen a new contract and she released NINA HAGEN, an album more soulful than her previous work. She kept on releasing more albums and touring during the 1990s and 2000s. She has recorded many kind of musical styles such as: electronic house, synth pop, punk, heavy metal, swing, soul, choir, etc. Hagen is often referred to as the "Grandmother of Punk" and she is also noted for her human and animal rights activism.
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"Unbehagen"
Year:  1979
Country:  Germany East
City:  Berlin East
Format:  CD
Tracks:  10
Time:  30 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Punk Rock








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"nunsexmonkrock"
Year:  1982
Country:  Germany
City:  Berlin
Label:  CBS
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  10
Time:  33 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Post Punk





























NunSexMonkRock is the debut studio album by German singer Nina Hagen. It was released on June 12, 1982 by CBS Records. It marked Hagen's first release since her departure from the Nina Hagen Band and was also her first album with all songs in English language. Hagen recorded the album in New York City with Mike Thorne and collaborated with musicians Paul Roessler, Ferdi Karmelk, and Karl Rucker when writing the songs for the album. The lyrics deal with various themes including motherhood, religion, drug abuse, and UFOs. Musically, NunSexMonkRock is an experimental rock with influences of post-punk and new wave music. Upon its release, NunSexMonkRock received mixed reviews from music critics. While some praised Hagen's theatrical vocals, others criticized its experimental production. Rolling Stone called it the "most unlistenable" album ever made. Commercialy, the album achieved a moderate success. Upon its release, NunSexMonkRock received mixed reviews from music critics. Bil Carpenter at AllMusic gave it four and a half star out of five, calling it an "eccentric rock material" and praising Hagen's vocal diversity. Robert Christgau commented that "she does have a new-wave sense of humor - instead of taking on Maria Callas with her umpteen-octave range she does impressions of Linda Blair and Mercedes McCambridge
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"angstlos"
Year:  1983
Country:  Germany
City:  Berlin
Label:  Sony Music
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  11
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock , electronic
Style:        New Wave        Disco






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"Ekstasy"
Year:  1985
Country:  Germany
City:  Berlin
Label:  CBS
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  13
Time:  39 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         New Wave






























"In Ekstasy" is the third studio album by german singer NINA HAGEN, released on January 10, 1985 by Columbia Records. "In Ekstase", a german version of the album, was released the same year. It is her last album to be released on the Columbia Records label, before her recording contract expired in 1986. The album is mainly produced by Adam Kidron and was recorded in the island of Eivissa (Spain) and Paris. Hagen worked with Karl Rucker and Billy Liesegang and wrote most of the songs on the album. Unlike her previous disco-influenced album "Fearless" (1983), "In Ekstasy" is musically more heavy metal (guitar riffs) with elements of dance music (rhythmic section). It contains cover versions of Frank Sinatra's "My Way" (like Sid Vicious cover) and Norman Greenbaum's "Spirit in the Sky". Next to NINA HAGEN there were 11 musicians to play the rest of the instruments: chorus, keyborads, piano, electronic effects, guitar, etc. After its release, "in Ekstasy" received mixed reviews from the critics and although it was released during the rise of Hagen's popularity in USA, the album was not a big commercial success. She appeared as a guest on many television shows, including Late Night with David Letterman and The Merv Griffin Show, where she promoted the record. In January 1985, she performed at one of the largest music festivals in the world, "Rock in Rio", where she performed most of the songs from the album. The lead single "Universal Radio" became a discotheque / club hit, peaking at number 39 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs.
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"Freud euch"
Year:  1995
Country:  Germany
City:  Berlin
Label:  RCA
Format:  CD
Tracks:  12
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Punk Rock




























Yes it's true, this is not a joke, in 1995 NINA HAGEN new album shocked everybody because the german artist repeated an disk in the vein of her two first albums, so, punk rock and perhaps some new wave influences too. No electronic effects here, no synth drums... nothing but rock sound and rock compositions. Some tracks were written even by own Dee Dee Ramone, another one by Lou Reed and few by NINA HAGEN herself. Neither agressive nor lo-fi sound, because the quality production is quite high and there are some reggae songs, a balad and something more. But I frankly was surprised when I listened to this album after ten years with do know nothing about Hagen and her "dance" or "electro" music in her latest recordings. It seem as always "Freud euch" was released also sung in english ("Freud you").
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