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Herzlich willkommen auf TDATS #107, a collection of music from Austria. I was surprised at how little typical TDATS-ready music was recorded in this country. I was expecting that it's connection with Germany would lead to lots of similar styles and artists to that country's amazing rock history. Surprisingly, although Austria does have a rich tradition of it's own music, the psych, prog and heavy rock that Germany excelled in did not seem take hold there. Going back a lot further, it has of course had an astounding influence in classical music with the likes of Mozart, Beethoven, Strauss and Haydn. Maybe Austria's pride in these legends has encouraged a tendency for listeners and artists to stay within the realm of traditional music?
Another factor is of course that small countries near very prolific larger countries will tend to lose their upcoming talent across the border. Having been reading about many bands that did make it on to record, it seems that back then the national pop radio station Hitradio Ö3 had a disproportionately strong control over what bands were publicised and thus in demand, and in turn what bands received recording contracts....maybe the station had an agenda? Maybe there were many more great bands that we can't possibly remember now, that never even got a chance to be recorded or documented.
01. Novak's Kapelle - Doing That Rhythm Thing (1968)
02. No Bros - Backstage Queen (1982)
from album 'Ready For The Action'
03. Drahdiwaberl - Kaiserhymne Pink Punk Shirt (1979)
from album 'Wiener Blutrausch'
04. Lazarus - Awaking of Lazarus Part 2 (1973)
from album 'Lazarus'
05. Harri Stojka Express - The Jungle (1978)
from album 'Sweet Vienna'
06. Glashaus - The Waiting Game (1977)
from album 'Drinking Man'
07. Blowin Free - Song Of Tears (1981)
from single  and album 'Enemy' 
08. Hide & Seek - Crying Child (1970)
09. Acid - Moonshine Girl (1975)
from album 'More Acid'
10. Minisex - Valium (1979)
from albums 'Wiener Blutrausch'  and 'Minisex' 
11. Christian Kolonovits - Wake Up!!! (1976)
from album 'Life Is Just a Carnival'
12. Gipsy Love - Job In The Docks (1972)
from album 'Here We Come'
13. U8 - Sherpin' Man (1982)
from album 'Pegasus 1001'
14. Art Boys Collection - I'm Riding On An Arrow (1972)
from album 'Stoned Wall'
15. Wolfgang Ambros - UFO (1976)
from album '19 Class A Numbers'
If my memory serves me correctly, the only Austrian band that has appeared here before is Paternoster, back on volume13. What Austria did have was 'Liedermacher', and 'Deutschrock', and lots of Schlager pop music. Some of the early beat and psych bands that don't appear on here but deserve mention are The Charles Ryders Corporation, and the Albatross single "I Am Dead". One compilation I would recommend to those who want to hear some more is "Beat & Psych in Austria (1966-1972)".
punk sampler LP
An honourable mention goes to a few more progressive rock bands that didn't make it on here. Eela Craig are one of the best-known. They were undoubtedly a very talented band but their brand of fusion/symphonic prog isn't really TDATS material. Some other lesser-known, shorter-lived bands in a similar vein were Orange Power, Kyrie Eleison, Klockwerk Orange and Isaiah. While they all had some promise, what I could find from them didn't quite make the grade.
Hypodermic Needle /
Doing That Rhythm Thing 45 (1968)
|No Bros in the '80s|
|Stefan Weber in 1993|
This would seem justified as his stage shows have allegedly included live sex, even a staged 'gangbang' whilst masked as various politicians, pissing on the audience, cooking a pig on a spit while throwing various parts into the crowd. Amazingly, Falco was the bass player in Drahdiwaberl between 1978 and 1983, I remember well liking "Rock Me Amadeaus" on Top of the Pops! Being a covers band for a long time, Drahdiwaberl began writing their own songs in the late-'70s and started recording albums in the '80s, which continued with titles like "Mc Ronalds Massaker" until the final LP in 2004.
|Lazarus LP (1973)|
All English vocals, amazing fuzz guitar all over, Zappa style arrangements, great vocals, tons of effects and tight drum sounds. Do not expect a naive Krautrock style, this is pure Underground as good as Open Mind and July with a good dose of psychedelia." There is a great interview with guitarist Peter Glatzl here at Psychedelic Baby webzine.
|Harry Stojka Express|
Sweet Vienna LP (1978)
|Glashaus "Drinking Man" LP (1977)|
|Blowin Free - Enemy LP (1983)|
|Hide & Seek|
Crying Child / I Can Fly 45 (1970)
one album in 1981, that I have been unable to find thus-far. Original Acid guitarist Peter Koller went on to Wolfgang Ambros's band, appearing later on this comp.
Life Is Just a Carnival LP (1976)
George Doggette Karl Ratzer
|Art Boys Collection|
Here's what RDTEN1 at RYM pieced together about the band: "Singer/guitarist Gerhard Egger and drummer Hans Joachim Holz met at a college jam session in Linz, Austria. The two discovered a common affinity for rock and roll, deciding to form a band. Recruiting Holtz's brother Walter on keyboards, along with bassist Johann Aigner, and guitarist Gerhard Bauer, they started playing dances and clubs as The Boys, followed by a change in name to The Art Boys Collection. With the third single providing the band with a massive Austrian hit, Lesborne rushed the band into the recording studio to record a supporting album. In spite of flaws, 1972's "Stoned Wall" is a collection that I've long found fascinating.
With Egger responsible for ten of the twelve songs (Hans Joachim Holz penning the other two), the album wasn't particularly original, but served as a showcase demonstrating the influence American and English rock had throughout the rest of Europe, and in particular on these guys. With all of the material performed in English (accents were seldom a problem on this set), the album found The Art Boys working their way through an extensive catalog of past and then popular rock styles. Unfortunately they never released the material they recorded for a planned follow-up."
Danke für Ihre Aufmerksamkeit, und gute Nacht!