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Februar (Remastered)

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Album Review

Februar marked a new step in the development of Silly. First of all, the addition of Uwe Hassbecker (guitar, violin) to the band lineup made the guitar work much more aggressive and straightforward, but Hassbecker's input also enhanced the band's sound by some folkish nuances, the most obvious in "Verlorne Kinder." In terms of lyrics, this album was a new beginning. Between the releases of Bataillon d'Amour and Februar, Silly had fired their lyricist Werner Karma, who, according to the band, had a tendency to write increasingly psychotic lyrics. Instead of coating the obvious in poetic phrases, the band thought that time was ripe to pinpoint the problems of the slowly rotting German Democratic Republic society in their lyrics. So they hired Gerhard Gundermann, a rising star in the singer/songwriter community who was well known for his plain and realistic lyrics, and he turned out to be a good choice. Februar became a cult album and an artistic statement on the eve of the GDR breakdown, speaking out the necessary: about lost children in the streets of Berlin ("Verlorne Kinder"), suicide out of hopelessness ("Über Ihr Taute Das Eis"), about the ridiculous and pathetic optimism of the regime ("Alles Wird Besser"), and finally calling to topple the old guard ("SOS"). It is the more astonishing that the GDR censors suddenly seemed to be paralyzed, as all songs were released without any problems.

Biography

Formed: 1978 in East Berlin, Germany

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '10s

In the '80s, Silly were one of the most influential rock bands in what was then the GDR, the eastern part of Germany. They developed a unique style of musical inventiveness in combination with lyrics that had the ability to express issues between the lines — an important feature for an artist to function in a dictatorship. Silly were founded at the end of the '70s by vocalist Tamara Danz, bassist Mathias Schramm, guitarist Thomas Fritzsching, keyboardists Ulrich Mann and Manfred Kusno, and...
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Februar (Remastered), Silly
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  • €9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, World
  • Released: 05 September 1994

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