Extrabreit – “Welch Ein Land ! – Was Für Männer” (1981)

Until I sat down to do a little research for this post I’d never heard of the German Neue Deutsche Welle (New German Wave) movement. Welch Ein Land ! – Was Für Männer was released right at the time NDW was breaking out of the underground and becoming mainstream. The feeling I get from it is fairly typical new wave with elements of The Beat and Berlin, though there are some darker tracks like “Polizisten” that bring a post-punk aesthetic (and feels a little like something off of The Wall). The whole thing is surprisingly good, particularly the dark B side opener “Der Präsident Ist Tot” with its relentless beat pounding you into submission like a military march.

The cover has that old school 1980s style of 3-D printing (and the album’s opening track is titled “3-D”), and sure enough the album includes a pair of those 3-D specs you used to get at the movies – the cardboard frames with one red and one green lens, only without the arms to hold them behind your ears. These work about as well as you remember, but if you get the angle and lighting right the effect can actually be momentarily startling. So if you come across a copy of Welch Ein Land ! – Was Für Männer make sure to see if the specs are there. And speaking of 1981, compliments to the far right rocking the sweet calculator watch.

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