Sunday, April 10, 2005

Gert Wilden

I remember about 1998 or so seeing a copy of the Crippled Dick Hot Wax reissue of the Gert Wilden Orchestra's Schulmaƌdchen Report in the vinyl section everytime I went to Borders. I didn't know anything about the album or Wilden except what I read from the sleeve. I kept wanting to buy it because it sounded really interesting and because the artwork was full of naked ladies. It seems like I must have almost taken the plunge every single trip I made to Borders... and I was making pretty frequent trips at that point because I lived in Fort Worth at the time and Borders was the closest thing to a cool record store anywhere near me. I would always end up putting it back and getting something else though, worried that I might not like it and it would be a waste. I honestly don't know what I was thinking. It was an LP so it had to have been at least half the price of most of the cds I was getting. Maybe the pervy cover had something to do with it. Whatever. It doesn't matter because since finally hearing it last year it has quickly become a recent favorite.

For those who may not know, Schulmaƌdchen Report (Schoolgirl Report) is a compilation of music Wilden composed for various German softcore films in the 60's and 70's. Every thing I've read about this record usually says something along the lines of "The best parts of these films was the music". I haven't seen any of the films, and I'm not really in a hurry to either, but the music is fantastic. The tone surprisingly varied for porno music. Yeah its sexy and playful, filled with swinging flutes and breathy feminine vocalizing in places that leave no doubt as to the time the record was recorded in or it's original intention. Other times it's downbeat and jazzy ("Soul Guitar", "Ecstacy Blues") or just flat out rocking ("Follow Me", "Dirty Boy"). Altogether wonderful. Crippled Dick is a really great label for this sort of thing. They are like the Criterion Collection for weird old foreign scores.

"Follow Me" [MP3, 192kbps, 4.2MB]

"Sexy Girls" [MP3, 192kbps, 3.6MB]

"Ecstacy Blues" [MP3, 192kbps, 3.4MB]

-Crippled Dick Hot Wax Records-


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