Dad, What Was Punk Rock?

Carnival In Rio (punk Was)

Punk was rotten, punk was vicious,
always being unambitious.
Punk was a piss-up, punk was a punch-up,
picking your nose and chucking your lunch up.
Punk was obnoxious, punk was obscene,
having a pop at our dear Queen.
Punk was a twisted tasteless trip,
punk was a pin through her majesty’s lip.


Die Toten Hosen is a German punk band from Düsseldorf that has been highly successful since the 1980s.

The band’s name literally means “The Dead Pants/Trousers”.

All band members are self-taught musicians. At the beginning of their musical career most of them were still at school.

Die Toten Hosen formed in 1982 at the Ratinger Hof, a Düsseldorf bar frequented by punk musicians. Its founder members were Campino and Andreas von Holst, both from local punk band ZK, with Andreas Meurer, Michael Breitkopf, Trini Trimpop and Walter November.



At their first concert at the Bremer Schlachthof over Easter 1982 the compère mistakenly introduced them as Die Toten Hasen (The Dead Hares). In the same year they released their first single Wir sind bereit (We Are Ready),

later followed by Reisefieber (wanderlust).

 

Their first album was recorded in a studio rented by the hour.

The band kept to simple guitar chords and lyrics, in garage style. Die Toten Hosen were mainly influenced by punk bands from the 1970s, to whom they frequently pay tribute in recorded work and live performances

In 1988, the LP Ein kleines bisschen Horrorschau (A little bit horrorshow) came out, including the song Hier kommt Alex (Here comes Alex).

This album is considered the band’s commercial breakthrough. Much of the album was written by Die Toten Hosen for Bernd Schadewald’s theater play A Clockwork Orange, adapted from Anthony Burgess’s eponymous book and the film by Stanley Kubrick.



In 1991 the Toten Hosen released their album Learning English Lesson One, a tribute to the band’s musical influences, consisting mainly of cover versions of English punk rock classics.

Each track featured at least one member of the original band that had recorded it. Several songs were recorded in Rio de Janeiro with Great Train Robber Ronald Biggs.

 

 Die Toten Hosen discography

1983: Opel-Gang
1984: Unter falscher Flagge

1986: Damenwahl
1987: Never Mind the Hosen, Here’s Die Roten Rosen
1988: Ein kleines bisschen Horrorschau


1990: Auf dem Kreuzzug ins Glück
1991: Learning English Lesson 1
1993: Kauf MICH!
1996: Opium fürs Volk

1998: Wir warten auf’s Christkind…
1999: Unsterblich
2002: Auswärtsspiel
2004: Zurück zum Glück

2008: In aller Stille
2012: Ballast der Republik

The band’s members are passionate fans of their local football team, Fortuna Düsseldorf, which they sponsored from 2001 to 2003.

When a goal is scored at the club’s ground, the Esprit Arena, the chorus of the band’s song “Strom” is played.

The band released a football-themed song named Bayern in 2000 in which they proclaim that they would not join Bayern Munich under any circumstances.

Campino as Journalist 

Campino has acted as a journalist on several occasions. In 1994 German magazine Der Spiegel printed his interview with then Youth Minister Angela Merkel in which he asked her about her experiences with drugs, alcohol and pop music.

In 1993 he asked Paul McCartney similar questions.

He interviewed Joe Strummer, singer of The Clash for SZ magazine in August 2001

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Campino as Actor

Campino has performed as an actor on several occasions. In 1986 he played a significant role in the movie ‘Verlierer’ by Bernd Schadewald and in 1990, he played a punk in the early evening television serial ‘Der Fahnder’.

In 1992, he played the lead role in the comedy ‘Langer Samstag’ by Hanns Christian Müller, alongside Gisela Schneeberger, Dieter Pfaff, Ottfried Fischer, Jochen Busse and others.

He had his theatre debut playing the role of Mack the Knife in Bertolt Brecht’s “Dreigroschenoper” (engl. ‘The Beggar’s Opera’) from August to October 2006, with Gottfried John, Katrin Saß, Birgit Minichmayr and Maria Happel. The play was directed by Klaus Maria Brandauer and staged at the Admiralspalast (engl. ‘admiral’s palace’) theatre in Berlin.

He played the lead role in Wim Wenders’ movie Palermo Shooting (2008), which premiered in Germany on 20 November 2008.

The Great Train Robbery

 

The Great Train Robbery (originally called the Cheddington Mail Van Raid) is the name given to the train robbery of a Royal Mail train heading between Glasgow and London in the early hours of Thursday 8 August 1963 at Bridego Railway Bridge, Ledburn near Mentmore in Buckinghamshire, England.

 After tampering with line signals, a 15-strong gang of robbers led by Bruce Reynolds attacked the train.

 The gang consisted of 17 full members who were to receive an equal share, including the men who were at the robbery and two key informants.

 The gang that carried out the robbery consisted of 15 criminals predominantly from south London: Gordon Goody, Charlie Wilson, Buster Edwards, Bruce Reynolds, Roy James, John Daly, Roger Cordrey, Jimmy White, Bob Welch, Tommy Wisbey, Jim Hussey, Ronnie Biggs and three unknown members, plus the train driver they nicknamed ‘Pop’.

 The best known member of the gang, Biggs, had only a minor role, to recruit the train driver.

 With careful planning based on inside information from an individual widely known only as ‘The Ulsterman’, the robbers got away with over £2.6 million (the equivalent of £46 million today). The bulk of the stolen money was never recovered. Though the gang did not use any firearms, Jack Mills, the train driver, was beaten over the head with a metal bar.

 After the robbery the gang hid at Leatherslade Farm. It was after the police found this hideout that incriminating evidence would lead to the eventual arrest and conviction of most of the gang. The ringleaders were handed 30-year jail sentences.

 Ronald Arthur “Ronnie” Biggs (born 8 August 1929) is an English criminal, known for his role in the Great Train Robbery of 1963, for his escape from prison in 1965, for living as a fugitive for 36 years and for his various publicity stunts while in exile.

 The Biggest Blow

Biggs recorded vocals on two songs for The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle, Julien Temple’s film about the Sex Pistols.

The basic tracks for “No One is Innocent” (aka “The Biggest Blow (A Punk Prayer)”/”Cosh The Driver”) and “Belsen Was a Gas” were recorded with guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook at a studio in Brazil shortly after the Sex Pistols’ final performance, with overdubs added in an English studio at a later date. “No One is Innocent” was released as a single in the UK on 30 June 1978 and reached number 7 in the UK Singles Chart.

The sleeve showed a British actor dressed as Nazi leader Martin Bormann playing bass with the group.

In 1991, Biggs sang vocals for the songs “Police on My Back” and “Carnival in Rio (Punk Was)” by German punk band Die Toten Hosen.

In 1993, Biggs sang on three tracks for the album “Bajo otra bandera” by Argentinian punk band Pilsen

In 2001, he voluntarily returned to the United Kingdom and spent several years in prison, where his health rapidly declined. On 6 August 2009, Biggs was released from prison on compassionate grounds.

Die Fans

 

The day will come for everyone when they have to pay for everything

Then we’ll just stand there, thinking how beautiful it has been once,

We regret our mistakes, would like to have done everything different, to have been less malicious.

 

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