Joachim Witt [Special]

Joachim Witt [Special]

Germany is one of the biggest and most important music markets. Therefore, it’s not surprising that time and again, groundbreaking incentives came from the Federal Republic. Doubtless, an essential contribution has been the electronically inspired “Krautrock” of the
seventies with Kraftwerk, Neu! and Can. During that time as well, the career of the young Joachim Witt has begun. Already in 1980 he could rake the German music award “Echo” with his band Duesenberg. But Joachim Witt had set superior objectives...

A short time later, when the “Neue Deutsche Welle” gave an entirely new image to the local music world, Joachim Witt was also on top. Until now his “Goldener Reiter” is intrinsically tied to this exciting chapter of German music history. His solo debut has since achieved cult status, while the successing albums “Edelweiß” and “Märchenblau” with their Dadaistic experiments like the unforgettable “Herbergsvater (Tri Tra Trulala)” paved the way for a long-lasting artistic career. Finally, it was his musical autonomy that prevented Witt from being flushed away with the low tide of the “Neue Deutsche Welle”. In the following ten years, he managed to reassert his self again and again with the albums “Mit Rucksack und Harpune”, “Moonlight Nights” and “Kapitän der Täume”.

It was in 1997 when a new wave of German musicians would beleaguer the republic. And once again, Joachim Witt sailed ahead confidently. His single “Die Flut”, performed as a duet with the then insider tip Peter Heppner (Wolfsheim), promptly went platinum. Together with today’s chart hotspurs Oomph!, Witt had smoothed the way for a new kind of Deutschrock, with which among others Rammstein should take the world. Most distinctive feature of that stream was the controversial examination of German culture. Though many critics felt to have discovered Teutonic muscle play, basically the reunited Germany was looking for a joint musical identity. Joachim Witt as well hit the nerve of that time with his album “Bayreuth 1”.

However, not for a long time yet every question of the meantime sociopolitically engaged artist has been asked. “Bayreuth 2” continued the search for national roots – textually and musically. Joachim Witt has achieved what many colleagues dream of. Nearly 20 years after his first wave of success he had positioned himself with a matured image and could enthuse the masses for his self and his songs. Until now he has been able to sell proud 900.000 records. That way, he had been able to chance some experiments with the following albums “Eisenherz” and “Pop”. Whether ironical text composition or duet partners from completely other directions of style – Joachim Witt has always sought a challenge.

That challenge he has found today – 2006 – as well. On “Bayreuth 3” Witt takes up economical processes of the country. And once again, he focuses on people in all their individual peculiarities. Sometimes angry, sometimes lugubrious, iridescent between irony and sarcasm, Witt criticizes society strikingly. For the first time now he reasserts his self in the US, where the album has been released recently after his successful contribution to a Dancing-Ferret-Sampler. After almost 30 years in the business, Joachim Witt's position as 'Grandseigneur of Rock' is undisputed. He has become a voice of Germany. A voice that is being heard attentively.

Elmar Klemm
[Web links]
Joachim Witt - Silberblick (1981)
Joachim Witt - Goldner Reiter (1981)
Joachim Witt - Tri Tra Trullala (Herbergsvater) WEA 7" (1982)
Joachim Witt - Moonlight Nights (1985)
Joachim Witt - Hallo Deutschland! (1991) Hotfile | ifolder Pass:
Joachim Witt - Das Beste (1998) ifolder | hotfile Pass:
Joachim Witt - Bayreuth I (2000)
Joachim Witt - Bayreuth II (2000)
Joachim Witt - Bataillon D’Amour (2000)
Joachim Witt - Eisenherz (2002)
Joachim Witt - Pop (2004) Hotfile | ifolder Pass:
Joachim Witt - Bayreuth III (2006)
Joachim Witt - Wo Versteckt Sich Gott? (CDM) (2006) Hotfile | ifolder Pass:
Joachim Witt - Auf Ewig (2007)
Joachim Witt - Dorian Hunter Theme (CDM) (2009)

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