Ladies and gentlemen, forget
everything you heard about Austrian popular music of the 1950’s & 60’s. Oh,
you didn't hear much about Austrian popular music of the 50’s and 60’s so far?
Well, that's even better...
For the very first time, a
compilation series brings you a comprehensive collection of raw, wild and
untamed gems from Austria! Schnitzelbeat spells out how local visionaries in
genuine teenager subcultures and on the fringes of mass compatible recording
industries translated Rock-n-Roll, Exotica and the advent of Beat music into a
local flavour of their own. Schnitzelbeat happened where HALBSTARKEN
counterculture met flashy Popcorn Radio Rock, and where commercial orchestras
and renowned Jazz legends went INCREDIBLY STRANGE...
The LP-Version of Schnitzelbeat Vol.
1 – I love you Baby! present’s you 16 intense, demented tracks that document
the short period of creative proliferation before Austrian pop became
“Austropop”. Catch glimpses at the strange and sensational world of sex and violence
in the lyrics of sexploitation-director-gone-pop-act Frank Roberts (“Maloja”),
hear how the major beat outfit The Hubbubs appropriate themes of crime and
horror fiction ("Nachts in Chicago"), witness the well-known
schlockers Die Bambis beat out an
incredible version of the ubiquitous "Tabu" theme, which we rendered from
a 1959 10" acetate of which only one copy exists. Dig hard, wild and
unsophisticated Rockabilly and Garage Punk music? Then you should definitely
give the boys of the prae-Slaves outfit The Vienna Beatles a listen, who kicked
out the jams in 1965 with their godly “Sick and tired / Jeanny, Jeanny, Jeanny”
2-sider featuring the Austrian Gene Vincent Mr. Hannes Patek. Or how about the
young wildman Rockie Jackson, who was so into Rockabilly music he even travelled
half of Europe to meet Elvis Presley and played a jam session with him. Talking
about the title track, "I love you Baby", we're proud to present you
the oldest existing document of teenage Underground Rock-N-Roll music from Austria:
A unique acetate that Viennese teenager Werner Gavac recorded at a
Voice-o-Graph booth one chilly autumn afternoon in 1958. To sum up: No fillers
here! No expenses or efforts were spared to track down only the rarest, wildest
and craziest audio documents in Austrian Rock-n-Roll, Exotica and Proto-Punk
Compiled by Al Bird Sputnik of Trash
Rock Archives. All tracks on this compilation have never been reissued before and
have been carefully remastered for your listening pleasure. For the historically
inclined, the LP comes with extensive liner notes in German and English in a 12
page LP sized booklet. For those of you who just want to watch there’s plenty
of pictures, too. Schnitzelbeat Vol. 1 – I Love You Baby! first 500 copies sold
out in days. Now on a 2nd pressing.