Remember what I wrote about Germany being a country with a huge guilt complex? That’s still true. For historic reasons, mostly. However, I do think that especially the post-WWII generations should feel a sense of guilt for more contemporary reasons.
If you don’t know what I am referring to you need to watch these videos.
Is “The Hoff” the reason the Wall came down? (Before you think this confirms the common stereotype that it was Germany’s fault Hasselhoff had a career, let me remind you: You too watched Knight Rider and Baywatch!)
I know, it can’t possibly get worse than that. But brace yourselves for this assault on your ear canals:
Why, I ask you, do we Germans always have to be associated with poor taste in music? And why is it that of those German pop artists who became successful outside the German-speaking world so many had to be from the camp of musical cruelties? Just think Modern Talking, Scooter or Tokio Hotel.
It could be so much different, though. German artists have been creating some timeless gems throughout the last 50 years. The good stuff just never reached a big audience.
I’ll have to do some crate digging in the future and will post the pleasant side of ‘Music made in Germany’.