RAW POWER! original version Swiss punk classic 1979 Another swiss label
Songs from the Neutral zone (New Musical Express, 1979)
Technycolor’s « Bunker » is my favorite. Warshaw-Joy Division in parts, sung in
native tongue, staining guitars, plenty of charge and change in course
and a great synthesiser – guitar – voice wrestle towards the end.
TECHNYCOLOR have provocative lyrics and came from the french speaking area of Switzerland.
Their EP is one of the top ’79 singles, in my opinion. It’s crazy when you
hear how varied and « experimental » Punk was when the first wave was
about to abate. Both songs are dark, aggressive punk with French lyrics
and a post-punk touch.
"Bunker" is a lovely post-apocalyptical
song and"Tot 77", is a total KBD-type hymn. I especially love "Tot
77" that deals with the death night in high-security prison
Stuttgart-Stammheim 18. Okt 1977, when top RAF (Red Army Fraction)
terrorists Andreas Baader, Gudrun Ensslin and Jan-Carl Raspe died in
their solitary prison cells.
Well, I’m not french speking, but Tot 77 (dead 77) deals with the death night in high-security prison Stuttgart-Stammheim 18. Okt 1977, when top RAF (Red Army Fraction) terrorists Andreas Baader, Gudrun Ensslin and Jan-Carl Raspe committed suicide in their solitary prison cells. Hours before German elite squad GSG9 ended the plane hi-jacking in Mogadishu. The hi-jackers demanded the release of the terrorists. As Raspe heard the news about the failure on the radio he owned, he informed his comrades via the manipulated intercom system in each cell, so they agreed on mutual suicide the same night. Baader and Raspe used guns which have been smuggled inside the prison by their lawyers, Ensslin hung herself with a cable at the crossbar.
There are two consipracy theories, first claiming that secret service
killed them letting it look like suicide, second that they knew about
the suicide plans from monitoring the manipulated intercom, but had a
hands-off approach to get rid of them easily.
“Arbeit macht frei” (work makes free) was the gateway inscription of
many German concentration camps like in Auschwitz, Dachau,
They connected this Nazi perversion with the breaking up of the
terrorist organisation singing “Stammheim macht frei” resp. “Helmut
macht frei” which is clearly dedicated to then German chancellor Helmut Schmidt.
Well, this is one of my all time faves!
wow – this is THE shit ! Just spun this 3 times back to back…Tot 77 has classic written all over it! Cheers
Fuck, this is the nun’s nuts. Really amazing. Best Punk song with a gong ever! Thank you Martin, thank you Erich for hooking a sister up. I dropped my bread cube in the fondue when I heard it. “Bunker” reminds me of Strychnine’s “Lache Moi” the way it keeps winding up, but maybe that’s cause both dudes are singing in French. Luckily there’s a girl here who worked briefly in a French tourist office in 1984. “Tot 77” starts something like, “It’s certainly a little too late to want to talk about all these guys blah blah blah They have all killed themselves … Work will make you free … Nazis, Nazis, etc.,” while
“Bunker” is about a happy holdout in his pillbox, listening to Wagner
and Mahler at the bottom of his hole: “2024, I am alone in my bunker Outside, inside, outside, inside — there is no one in my bunker!” This
fantastic little record reminds me of early Ubu and the Endtables. Yeah,that good. I love that there are still records this great from 1979 I’ve never even heard of. Fuck, what a year!
A total KILLER that I first downloaded while having an Erichtion,
but it took me years to figure out where I downloaded it from til I
stumbled upon it again over at Erich’s excellent site, and figured out
it was there I heard it the first time. So much great stuff there, and
such excellent writing on most of it as well.
So, I don’t know anything about this band at all, but I know that Tot
77 is one of the greatest songs ever! So clever, catchy and full of
weird ideas. A great mix between straight ahead punk and really cool
slightly arty stuff, but don’t let that scare you away as I’m pretty
sure it’s impossible to not understand the greatness of that song. And
it really is as catchy as the flu.
Bunker is a great song as well, no doubt about it, but I’d pick the
b-side over that one any given day. The chorus is super catchy, and the band is up there with Those Intinsic Intellectuals when it comes to being just a bit too clever for rock n’ roll.
Cover Bunker et Tot 77 par Faute de frappe. B.O du film Opération Libertad de Nicolas Wadimoff (2012)
Techycolor LP, Non je ne regrette rien - Static Age/Berlin (2015)
Swiss Punk as its best, remastered by Yellow.
Pure Killed by Death Punkrock with rare and unreleased recordings!