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Unter der Haut

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Album Review

Unter der Haut was the first album City released with their new lineup, which included keyboarder Manfred Hennig. With Georgi Gogow gone, who had contributed many musical ideas, the band had to find a new identity, and they did so by heavily relying on Hennig's keyboards. The sound was far more computerized, and all this electronic gobbledygook did not hide the main problem: weak compositions and on the lyrical side, too much pretension. Where City had once just plainly rocked and told stories about simple people (one song of the album, "Unser Schuldirektor," still does that), they now reached out for the big topics — the absolute low point of the album is a terrible German synthesizer-loaded version of Pete Seeger's "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" (with the German title "Sag Mir, Wo Die Blumen Sind"), apart from a boring criticism of Hollywood's dream factory ("Zuckersüß").

Biography

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

The East German rock band City was raised to cult status in their native GDR in 1977 when they released a song called "Am Fenster," which hit the charts for weeks in both German states. (In fact, in 2000 it was declared "the best German rock song of the 20th century" by a survey of German radio stations.) This was an exceptional occurrence as during the times of German separation bands from the eastern part of Germany were usually ignored in the West. Founded in 1971 in East Berlin with Fritz Puppel...
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