D.A.F. – Die Kleinen und die Bösen (1980)


“After the near-apocalyptic shrieks of Ein Produkt, DAF toned down just a touch, but only just, for Kleinen und die Bösen. Coming out on Mute as the album did, it helped not merely in establishing the group’s cachet, but the label’s and, in turn, the whole genre of experimental electronic music in the ’80s and beyond. The cover art alone, with the group’s name boldly printed white-on-black in all capitals, next to part of a Soviet propaganda poster, practically invented a rapidly overused industrial music design cliché. At the time, though, the group was ironically the most rock they would ever get, with bassist Chrislo Haas and guitarist W. Spelmans joining Robert Görl and Gabi Delgado (aka Gabi Delgado-Lopez). The first half of Kleinen was a studio recording with Krautrock-producing legend Conrad Plank, who did his usual fantastic job throughout. The beats are sometimes hollow and always ominous, treated with studio touches to make them even more so, while the squalling, clipped guitar sounds often make nails-on-chalkboards sound sweet in comparison. Delgado‘s husky vocals and Görl‘s spare-but-every-hit-counts drumming on ‘Osten Währt Am Längsten’ are particularly strong, while the electronic rhythms of ‘Co Co Pino’ (Delgado‘s vocal trills are a scream) and all-out slam of ‘Nacht Arbeit’ can’t be resisted. The live side, recorded at London’s Electric Ballroom, is even more all-out most of the time, starting with the complete noise fest ‘Gewalt,’ and then shifting into a series of short, brusque tracks. Delgado pulls off some blood-curdling screams (and Görl some fairly nutty harmonies as well — check the opening to ‘Das Ist Liebe’) over the din. The musicians themselves sound like they decided to borrow Wire‘s sense of quick songs while cranking the amps to ten; the resultant combination of feedback crunch and electronic brutality is, at times, awesome to behold.”
allmusic (Audio)
W – Die Kleinen und die Bösen
Discogs (Video)
YouTube: “Die Kleinen Und Die Bössen” 38:37

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