“Ladies and gentlemen, for me, everything started with a double album called »Rockoldies« that belonged to my pa-rents. The compilation that had been put together by radio DJ Mal Sondock was published by the Sparkasse in 1974. It covered a large time span from the fifties with Chuck Berry and Litt-le Richard, through the sixties with the Kinks and Shocking Blue and to the seventies with Deep Purple and the Guess Who. An impressively comprehensive compilation which was indispensable for every party back then. The »Nuggets« compilation from 1972 (!) is pretty much legendary today – they were pro-bably the first to recognize and appreciate the significance of bands like The Remains, The Chocolate Watchband, The Seeds or The Standells. I had always thought that psychedelic was some kind of weird rock with exhausting guitar solos until I heard »Psychedelic Snarl« (1984) on the Bam Caruso label for the first time. Christian Heine, co-founder of The Atomic Café and my partner in my first DJ team called »Green Tambourine«, had recommended that label to me. With »Psychedelic Snarl«, Bam Caruso started the grand Rubble series of which »Slow Motion Mind« by The Tower is inclu-ded here. Another great record is »Right Back Where We Started From« (1985) from the Kent northern soul series, also an essential element of countless parties. Three shining examples for a killer compilation! (by the way: thanks, René, for my first gara-ge-punk tape) Primarily, the »Beatschuppen« is supposed to be representative of the Saturday night party of the same name at The Atomic Café, which my Munich colleagues, international guests, and I have been spinning for more than 8 years. And here the problems start. How can I satisfy the hungry crowd on the cover (as seen from behind the turntables at The Atomic Café)? New-comers are probably expecting a complete collection of the most important »Beatschuppen« hits, while connoisseurs are hoping for new discoveries. So – who and what should be on it, and what simply has to be on it? With this difficulty in mind, I had a list of 100 artists in no time. Then I needed the rights for all those songs – almost 40 years after the original records were issued. Fortunately, that’s not my job. Anusch – a former DJ colleague of mine – saw to that, and has also contributed a few of his favourite tracks. During his work he has heard ama-zing stories about some of the musicians, one of whom has been living in the wilderness, cut off from all worldly values and is thought to have been missing for years... But it was well worth the trouble: even David Bowie has joined in with one of the best tracks from his early years, »In The Heat Of The Morning«. Now the first »Beatschuppen« is finally finished, an explosive mixture of beat and garage, latin and soul, freakbeat and rock. D.R. Hooker sets it off with an irresistible groove – it is incredible that »Forge Your Own Chains« has remained more or less unknown until now. The same can be said about »Peanut Duck« (formerly assigned to Marsha Gee - nowadays it’s doubted that she is the singer). The song has been a classic on the mod-scene for years, but was only available on bootlegs as far as we know. Georgie Fame was somewhat more suc-cessful and has recorded several Atomic Café alltime favourites. »No Thanks« is the one I like playing the most. Some other regulars in our charts are »Have Love Will Travel« by the Sonics, »I Haven’t Got The Nerve« by The Left Banke and Ray Barretto’s »The Soul Drum-mers«. Three completely different songs that still have one thing in common: they’ll never ever leave a dancefloor cold. The guys from Young-Holt should be aware that you can’t buy the feeling for rhythm – still they sing »Ain’t There Something Money Can’t Buy«. Don’t you wish you had seen their live performance at the »Bohemian Cavern«? And imagine you had been at the »Plush Bunny« when The Village Callers played »I Don’t Need No Doctor«! The number of your local podiatrist might well have come in handy... I am particularly proud of the fact that Barry Tashian, singer of my favourite band The Re-mains, personally gave us his approval for »Why Do I Cry«. Here a wild version recorded live at 9 o’clock in the morning in the Capitol studios - after a long night. A magic moment for pop music, but also the beginning of the end for the band. Capitol shamefully didn’t give them the contract they were hoping for. If you are getting into the the »Beatschuppen« for the first time, try Timebox, or the fantastic Remo Four. »Beggin’« is pop as well as soul and the strings are already anticipating the se-venties. »Heart Beat« is sophisticated beat music with top musicians from Liverpool who re-leased their one and only LP »Smile??º« (1967) in Germany on the »Star Club« label from the famous club of the same name in Hamburg. Our regular guests will be delighted when they hear T.C. Atlantic and Terry Reid. Lovers of Latin soul will enjoy Bobby Valentin or the Orchestra Harlow. Lenny Kravitz fans will be surprised when they discover the original version of »Fields Of Joy« by the New York Rock Ensemble. What have the German hit song duo Cindy & Bert and Ozzy Osbourne in com-mon? This neat married couple came up with an action-packed version of Black Sabbath’s hardrock blueprint »Paranoid«. And the Canadian The Guess Who(?) gave us the garage bomb »It’s My Pride« - three years before they became famous around the globe with their rock anthem »American Woman«. Finally, to the only song – apart from »Forge Your Own Chains« and »Fields Of Joy« – that wasn’t recorded in the sixties: after the Chesterfield Kings, the Fuzztones, the Milkshakes and the Prisoners had iniciated a worldwide garagepunk revival in the early eighties, the Miracle Workers recorded „Inside Out“ (1985) on Voxx - the best album of them all. Nobody could have guessed that a song from their less successful follow-up record would still be filling dancefloors even today: »When A Woman Calls My Name«, issued by the now defunct Ber-lin label LSD. Singer Gerry Mohr personally gave us his approval for this great underground hit, widely unheard of – until now! Oh, by the way – do you want to know what »Beatschuppen« actually means? In the sixties, it was German slang for a place where wild parties with contemporary dance music took place – we believe that this kinda music will rock our Saturday nights forever. But don’t take our word for it: get some beers, invite 20 friends, play this record loud and see what happens... ...Weyssi wishes your hangover away”
Compilation: Markus Weissenhorn aka Weyssi
Mastering: Telstar Studio Graphics: S.P.E.C.T.R.E.
Photos: Gesa Simons Project Management:
Anusch Mehdizadeh Distribution: INDIGO GmbH