On a recent trip to the UK I flicked through a bunch of CDs when I finally locked eyes with a CD - cover that showed two familiar faces: DAF – Deutsch-Amerikanische Freundschaft.
They must be virtually unknown to people outside of Germany but still managed to land a deal with MUTE records which re-released all their stuff in 1998.
Robert Görl and Gabi Delgado are behind DAF and their staccato, military sound was huge in Germany when the New Wave of German Music swept over Germany in the early 1980s.
DAF is reknown for songs like “Kebabträume” (Kebab dreams), “Die Lippe” (The Lip), “Der Räuber und der Prinz” (The thief and the prince) and of course “Der Mussolini” (The Mussolini).
Their biggest hits during their brief years of working together (1981/82) were produced by Germanies best known producer Conny Plank who helped Kraftwerk in the early 70s and worked with people like NENA in the 1980s.
Surprisingly enough some of their stuff still stands the test of time and could be played anywhere nowadays.
After a re-union tour in 2001 the band finally split in 2005 and Robert Görl is about to release a new single this June if I am not mistaken.
DAF – Alles ist gut (Mute Records)
DAF – Für immer (Mute Records)