Archive for February 6, 2015

Cochise – Heimliche Hits

The german band Cochise from Dortmund played folk music with mostly political lyrics inspired by left wing perspective.

Cochise were founded in 1979 and became one of the musical voices of the alternative movement in Germany.

They developed an unique lyrical and musical language connecting the political contents of the 70s and 80s with powerfull, delightfull music and the rebellious attitude of a whole generation.

The name Cochise (name of an Apache chief) expressed their main idea of bringing together the fight of social movements against the repressive government authority with the thoughts and demands of the growing ecological and peace movement.

Because of their radical statments the members of Cochise were more than one time victims of police violence and political justice. Most of the german media ignored the band – nevertheless they reached a phenomenal success. They played more than 1000 gigs in nine years, sold more than 120.000 albums without any media promotion and established a still current myth…

Cochise – Heimliche Hits (192 kpbs, front cover included)


Originally posted in February 2011, link re-upped:
In the 1970s and 1980s, squatting in West German cities led to a self-confident urban counterculture with its own infrastructure of newspapers, self-managed collectives and housing cooperatives, feminist groups, and so on, which was prepared to intervene in local and broader politics. The “Autonomen” movement protected squats against eviction and participated in radical direct action.

After the German reunification, many buildings were vacated due to the demise of former state-run enterprises and migration to the western parts of Germany, some of which were then occupied by squatters. In Berlin, the now-legalised squats are in desirable areas such as Mitte and Prenzlauer Berg. Before the reunification, squats in Berlin were mostly located in former West Berlin’s borough of Kreuzberg. The squats were mainly for residential and social use. Squatting became known by the term “instandbesetzen”, from “instandsetzen” (“renovating”) and “besetzen” (“occupying”).

One of the house projects that is currently facing eviction in Berlin is LIEBIG 14. Liebig forever!

In solidarity with the threatened residents of this project, we post another document of the 80s squatter movement in the Ruhrgebiet, West Germany, called “Schöner wohnen – abber fix!”. This album was released in 1981 and features artists like Ape, Beck & Brinkmann, MEK Bochum, Cochise, Geier Sturzflug, and the wonderful Frank Baier with his inspring lament “Ja aber, laber laber, laber Lüger, laber laber…” unveiling the false promise of the so called free dialogue.

VA – Schöner wohnen – abber fix! (1982)
(cover art included)

In post-Sex Pistols England, the Tom Robinson Band bridged the gap between punk and new wave, challenging the ennui of the former and the apathy of the latter with songs about politics and social justice as their rallying cry.

Robinson – who was open about his orientation for the entirety of his career (although he now classifies himself as bisexual) – wrote the song “Glad To Be Gay” for a London pride parade. The EP reached #18 in the UK, despite the song being banned by the BBC. This is a great song, as it attacks both anti-gay bigotry and the complacency of those who allow it to happen. It’s amazing (and a little depressing) how many of the lyrics are still relevant today.

The “Rising Free” EP, the bands second 7”, was recorded live at London’s Lyceum in November 1977 & released in 1978. Tom Robinson was accompanied by Danny Kustow, Mark Ambler and Dolphin Taylor.


A1 Don’t Take No for an Answer
A2 Martin
B1 Glad to be Gay
C1 Right On Sister

Lyrics of the “Glad To Be Gay” version released on this EP:

This song is dedicated to the World Health Organization, it’s a medical song and it concerns a disease whose classification according to the International Classification of Diseases is 302.0

The British police are the best in the world
I don’t believe one of these stories I’ve heard
‘Bout them raiding our pubs for no reason at all
Lining the customers up by the wall
Picking out people, knocking them down
Resisting arrest as they’re kicked on the ground
Searching their houses, calling them queer
I don’t believe that sort of thing happens here

Sing if you’re glad to be gay
Sing if you’re happy that way

Pictures of naked young women are fun
In Titbits and Playboy, page three of The Sun
There’s no nudes in Gay News our one magazine
But they still found excuses to call it obscene
Read how disgusting we are in the press
The Telegraph, People and Sunday Express
Molesters of children, corruptors of youth
It’s there in the paper it must be the truth

Try and sing if you’re glad to be gay
Sing if you’re happy that way

Don’t try to kid us that if you’re discreet
You’re perfectly safe as you walk down the street
You don’t have to mince or make bitchy remarks
To get beaten unconscious and left in the dark
I had a friend who was gentle and short
He was lonely one evening, he went for a walk
Queerbashers caught him, kicked in his teeth
He was only hospitalised for a week
And he still bears the scars

Sing if you’re glad to be gay
Sing if you’re happy that way

And sit back and watch as they close all our clubs
Arrest us for meeting and raid all our pubs
Make sure your boyfriend’s at least 21
So only your friends and your brothers get done
Lie to your workmates, lie to your folks
Put down the queens, tell anti-queer jokes
Gay Lib’s ridiculous, join their laughter
‘The buggers are legal now, what more are they after?’
Tell them!

Sing if you’re glad to be gay
Sing if you’re happy that way

Sing if you’re glad to be gay
Sing if you’re happy this way”

Tom Robinson Band – Rising Free EP (1978)
(256 kbps, cover art included)