1989: Faust: The Last LP




Released: 1989
Recorded: Wümme, 1971 - 1975
Werner DiermaierDrumsaka. Zappi
Engineer: Kurt Graupner
Hans-Joachim IrmlerOrgan
Producer: Uwe Nettelbeck
Jean-Hervé PéronBass
Rudolf SosnaGuitar and Keyboards
Gunter WüsthoffSynthesiser and Sax


*Party 27.04
  (aka J'ai Mal Aux Dents, Schempal Buddah, Schempal, Schempal Buddha) 
*Party 81.21
*Psalter **4.05
  (aka Lauft... Heisst Das es Lauft Oder es Kommt Bald... Lauft, Lauft (Alt), Psalter (slow), 13/8, Psalter (5 May 1994)) 
click to play...Party 5 / 25 Yellow Doors **4.29
*Party 13.39
  (aka Party 3) 
*Party 6 **0.42
*Giggy Smile **3.23
  (aka Party 1, Giggy Smile (Alt), Picnic On A Frozen River (Deuxieme Tableaux)) 
*Lieber Herr Deutschland **3.23
  (aka Party 4, Lieber Herr Deutschland, Demo) 




J'ai Mal Aux Dents

J'ai mal aux dents!
j'ai mal aux pieds aussi!
This is a man hard working song
there is... no old dream
we practiced for years my friend
to get this machine screams
noise follows questions honey
the hero is a business bunny
if it means money
this is time maybe we do it without crime
because you are crying and i don't listen
because you are dying and i just whistle
that thing so anonymously today
and echoes of my laughter burn into your seven hour turn

The problem is not only pain
if time could be part of machine
you could pack it, see it's clean
you could roll the end to start
tomorrow skip my plastic heart
beating for a spacey blues
and you could hear it without shoes

It's been a nice (historic) role
first call the name and then the code
first call the code and then the name
i think it's still a funny game


Here we go sisters, here we go man
your home made connections
i do what i can
your tranquilliser body touch is very nice because
and i don't need you
makes you wait for the master because
i don't need you
and you sit on your chair with your distant care
this mind blowing freak
makes my mind very sick
and the seasons grow without your be active or die blow
say A.M. man, say A.M. woman's role
see the mind control is perfect
and you still have your daddy's smile
fences on the floor are not there
because you can't hide
you get your children, you get your car
what do you think how old you are
what do you think what people need
it's not that plastic, let it bleed
it's not that plastic honey don't
because you understand you won't
see your generation with their
  TV on standby

j'ai mal aux pieds aussi!
Schempal Buddah
ship on a better sea!

Party 5 / 25 Yellow Doors

25 yellow doors and the waltz of the pumkin
25 yellow doors and the waltz of the pumkin
we're coming through!!

Party 4

... workers rise up again!
state power to the proletariat!

The future-assured fully-automatic washing machine
must be opened at the top so that you can remove
the ironing-free washing, dripping wet and smooth
from the rinser.

The future-assured fully-automatic washing machine
has a special wash programme for every fabric;
natuarally, the wool mark programme.

The future-assured fully-automatic washing machine
offers you everything that a future-assured
fully-automatic washing machine can offer you,
for example a light panel so you can follow the
wash programme precisely; for example the fully
automatic wahing powder input, so you don't have to
think any more



Stuart Maconie: Faust Tapes / Faust Party Tapes Review

With the new found interest in 'Krautrock' - sorry, but it was the '70's - it's a propitious time for reissues from the Hamburg collective who gave new meaning to the notion of 'far out'. The Faust Tapes was originally available in an inspired Virgin marketing campaign of the early-'70's for 49 new pence ("bringing the avant garde into your living room" in Julian Cope's words) and then as now, is riveting and extraordinary. A single studio suite where, in disorientating cuts and dissolves, plangent ballads become dub dreamscapes, garage punk evolves into modernjazz and eventually into the unknowable.

Boffins often speculate on the possibility of all the matter in the universe condensing into a hyperdense object the size of a golfball. Imagine this happening to music and you have The Faust Tapes. 71 Minutes Of... (a merger of two long deleted albums) is more placidly organic but just as challenging. A new album is out in the States and a UK performance is promised this year.

Stuart Maconie, "Faust Tapes / Faust Party Tapes Review", Q Magazine 1996


Audion: Faust: Breaking all the Rules

Audion is a well regarded magazine covering many topics of interest to fans of 70's German avant-rock. You can contact Audion at Audion, c/o Ultima Thule, 1 Conduit St, Leicester LE2 0JN, UK

After further tours with a rapidly changing line-up, Faust eventually disappeared. Rumour's are that Nettelbeck lost interest in the band after Virgin (due to a change in policy) refused to release their fifth album. Other rumours abound that they are still together in Germany doing small shows where they invite audiences to join in. Whatever, if this was the end of Faust historically it wasn't the end as far as releases and public interest went.

In 1979, due to the growing rarity value of Faust albums, the newly formed label Recommended Records reissued the first 2 albums with their original packaging, and later a repackaged version of The Faust Tapes. Also material from sessions known as "Faust Party #3" was issued on two 7" records as well as a track on the Recommended Records Sampler. These limited editions were later to form the aptly titled The Last Album.

Prior to this however, a collection of unreleased live and studio recordings, nicknamed "The Faust Tapes #2", was issued as Münich and Elsewhere. The title seemed to confuse some people, believing that Faust had in fact reformed, but not so! The recordings help fill in a few more gaps of the Faust puzzle, giving a glimpse at the intensity of their live work as well as some more extreme facets like the crazed Sixties parody Baby. The Last Album appeared early this year, strictly a limited numbered edition of 1,988 copies, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Recommended Records. it's another excellent collection of tracks that show the extreme diversity of talent that existed in Faust. A few tracks are alternative takes of older recordings, some of the new compositions display hitherto unheard Faust styles.

As far as releases go that's the end of the Faust story, except that rumour has it that the "Faust 5" tapes still exist, and there's also an excellent John Peel session recorded in 1973.

So, even though Faust never made it big in their homeland, as was part of Polydor's original intention, their international reputation and popularity no doubt exceeded expectations for at least a short while. Today, Faust are a highly revered legend, a landmark in German rock history, worthy of everyone's attention.

Audion, "Faust: Breaking all the Rules", Audion 1989
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