Krautrockbeer Fest

Inspired by the Beer Prole’s recent trip to Berlin I decided to dedicate an evening to Krautrock music and German beer. The premise was simple: drink six German beers while listening to six slices of Krautrock.

Five of the beers were new to me but I’d previously heard all of the albums, although some I’d played and enjoyed far more than others.

The albums were played in alphabetical order (by title) and the beer order was decided in a more-or-less random fashion but before I’d decided to go alphabetical with the albums.

Here’s what happened…

Nein! Nein! Keine Blitzlicht-Fotoaufnahmen!

(All comments were written while the music was playing and the beer was flowing – no edits, overdubs or studio wankery)

* * *

PILSNER by FLENSBURGER
paired with
CANAXIS 5 by TECHNICAL SPACE COMPOSERS CREW

Nose: hay bales and the faint suggestion of a toffee that has been lost under the sofa for a few months

Taste: a soggy newspaper in a dusty bakery

Sound: Can legend Holger Czukay gets busy with some Vietnamese tunes – an early excursion into sampling. Floaty and ethereal – probably great when you’re bombed on super-skunk or a double dose of lysergic but when you’re buzzing on beer it’s way too hippy

* * *

HOPFENKONIG by SCHLOSS EGGENBERG (from Austria)
paired with
EDINBURGH 1997 by FAUST

Nose: cheap lager & lime

Taste: mass market lager jazzed up with a lime that’s past its expiration date… but surprisingly scoopable

Sound: I was at this gig. Lacking the humour and natural insanity of early Faust. As angry and abrasive as I’d expect a German to be when they’ve been called Austrian. Sounds better now than it did back in 97

* * *

KOLSCH by FRUH
paired with
LORD KRISHNA VON GOLOKA by SERGIUS GOLOWIN

Nose: a barn full of feral kittens

Taste:  water from the bathroom tap when you’re too drunk/hungover/tired to make it downstairs to the kitchen

Sound: an acoustic feast that takes you to paradise… but paradise is only half a block away from hell… and hell has concrete hippos

* * *

OKTOBERFESTBIER by HOFBRAU
paired with
MONSTER MOVIE by CAN

Nose: a field full of badgers frolicking beneath a pink and lovely autumn sky… just before they savage your pet cat

Taste: a kiss from Yasmin Le Bon… just before Simon sinks the head in you

Sound: an out and out fucking classic! Don’t agree? Then you better go wash out your tattie lugs

* * *

OKTOBERFEST MARZEN by HACKER-PSCHORR
paired with
SEVEN UP by TIMOTHY LEARY & ASH RA TEMPEL

Nose: treacle toffee at the gates of hell

Taste: apple pie without the apple… and a quick lick of a bike chain… very very tasty

Sound: the muffled noise emanating through the walls of a crappy nightclub after you’ve been chucked out and you’re lying in the gutter feeling sorry for yourself

* * *

GOLD by FLENSBURGER
paired with
TAROT by WALTER WEGMULLER

Nose: the vast expanse of nothingness versus the golden opportunities that await you when you have no future

Taste: the wheels of industry… a brand new combine-harvester… the robots are coming! the robots are coming!

Sound: Ah, the ultimate supergroup: Coldplay jamming with Cliff Richard… after they’ve spent a long weekend dining on magic mushrooms, mojitos and Marc Almond’s back catalogue… there is no death!

* * *

The beer wasn’t great and apart from Monster Movie I can’t see any of the albums making it into my all-time Top 100 but those facts didn’t stop it being an excellent night of entertainement. Even crap beer gets you drunk… (Kraut)Rock!!!!!

I will do this again

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~ by landells on November 17, 2012.

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