This was $2. Look at that face with the glasses. How could one resist? I think this was the record the drove me to commit to half a month of German content for Oktoberfest. Which is the last thing on my mind right now as at the time of this writing, we are nervously awaiting Tropical Storm/Hurricane Harvey, who right now looks like he will ruin my weekend. But hey, that was then. This is now. (Ed Note- Sorry to be flippant about an event that ended up to be really hard on a lot of people in town, but I leave this unchanged to reflect the true mood I had going in to the storm).
Heino, born in Dusseldorf in 1938, is a singer of popular German music or schlager as it is known. You may have seen this word on my blog before. If not, you will see it again this month fo’ so’. Anyway, exophthalmos gave Heino his trademark glasses. His baritone voice gave him his success which translated into over 50 million records sold. He is still active and lives in what has to be one the coolest town names in Germany, Bad Munstereifel.
In 2013, he made news by releasing an cover album of rock, rap, house, and other modern music. This lead to disgust from some of the bands he covered. I imagine this is the equivalent of Pat Boone singing heavy metal (which he has done). Anyway, a slew of bands criticized the move but I am not sure if is because of the music or if it because the singer quoted a line from a Hitler Youth rally out of context around the same time (that part of the world still really cares about that sort of thing). The sources I read on the matter are a bit inconclusive.
Either way, the album was a hit, and Heino still continues to be the king of schlager. But please note that the band in the first video is not Rammstein. And whatever thoughts the band might have had about him at the time, it was not enough to stop Heino from joining them on stage.
Really good article from Spiegal regarding this album and German’s secret love of schlager.
Anyway, here is this, which Google translates into “We Love The Storm?”, is a compilation album, I believe, which may have originally been released in 1969. With 13 songs, it is a compilation of Heino’s first two albums. Pretty decent stuff. I mean, it is the schlager that I have been talking about.
For a sample, I went with “Wilde Gesellen” which translated to Wild Friends and sounds something like out a western. I also went with “Schwer Mit Den Schatzen Des Orients Beladen” which Google translates into Heavy Loading With delights of the Orient. Well, I am sure the translation is off but you get the gist of it.
Good little album. Satisfactory.