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BAADER MEINHOF- s/t 7″ (VC / Hut, UK, 1996)

You know, the music of the 90s more or less steered clear of me. This would be one of the few exceptions: Luke Haines’ short lived BAADER MEINHOF project.
The album (containing another, one-sided 7″) and the 7″ here are simply fantastic. In a telephone interview you can find online, Haines says that the title track came out of nowhere when he was in hospital, heavily on painkillers. It felt like dreaming, he said (remember what I wrote about dreaming and reality in the Negative Approach post?). Vague memories from his childhood somehow arose and were transformed into music and I must say that what he does on the album is absolutely congruent with my own fantasies from the years of terrorism in the 70s: Those disturbing news and pictures on television. The vaguely comprehended and the imagined. Who could tell the one from the other?
I remember us kids playing “Entebbe” on the playground. The big swing there was the airplane and those sitting on it were the kidnapped. Others played the terrorists, with wooden sticks or plastic guns in their tiny hands. An other group was the police, storming the swing, which in fact was a plane, taking out the gangsters, freeing the captives. I frankly don’t remember where my sympathies were, but the terror of the RAF and the «Bewegung 2. Juni» was a very dominant theme back then, even though I don’t believe kids my age understood any of the political background. But the tension was perceptible, the images were everywhere. Spray painted RAF logos, “shemaghs” – «le fond de l’air était rouge», like some said. Maybe it all molded together with exciting music, violent movies and the imponderabilities you are thrown in at that age, when structures generally were harder and punishment of a graver sort was never far.

I saw «Carlos» on DVD last week (the almost 5 hours long director’s cut). Now the movie does have its weak points, but I must say that I found the depiction of the atmosphere incredibly well done, in so many details (one scene, when they shoot a swiss cop while playing “Sonic Reducer” on the car’s stereo, is mind boggling). This made me think of posting something from BAADER MEINHOF. I first did some internet research, but quickly realized that what I found and would find is not what I was looking for. I wanted to have the vibe represented. Not “authenticity” (which is the ultimate dream), but the vibe. Luke Haines, same age as mine, got the vibe, that’s how I see it. So I took the LP, which has the lyrics printed on the innersleeve and was amazed, especially with those impressions from «Carlos» still being fresh. How precise, yet open and imaginative! Here’s the words to “Meet me at the Airport”:

«I met a man, he was a trader
and he did a cargo at 10,000
over Jordan
It’s not for Gods love
It’s not for cocaine,
When you’ve decided – Meet me at the airport

So we talk for hours
and we talk religiously
and he said “could I take out
every woman and child in a border town”
For the right to be governed-
waste them without mercy.
When you’ve decided – Meet me at the airport

Do it for God – do it for Allah
put your faith in Captain Muhmad and Al-Fatah
I met a man – he was a prophet
When you’ve decided….»

Buy the album now. It’s easily available and it’s truly perfect.

This one goes out especially to Tomasso, who’s a ghoul and a genius of (and not so much at) music (just like me).

Baader Meinhof.mp3
Meet me at the Airport.mp3

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