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Release Date: September 18, 2015
Catalog Number: AVM 055
Format: LP/CD/Digital

Die Goldenen Zitronen (The Golden Lemons), born a punk band in 1980s Hamburg and having developed into a seminal art punk collective, present their new album. After 11 long-players and countless collaborations with artists such as Peaches, Wesley Willis (with whom the band toured the US), Chicks On Speed, Françoise Cactus (of Stereo Total), Mark Stewart (of The Pop Group), DJ Koze or Michaela Melián, Flogging A Dead Frog is their first release on Altin Village & Mine.

Flogging A Dead Frog assembles instrumental and, for the first time, English reworkings of songs of their most recent albums. Far from being a complacent »Best of«, the album directly plugs into the band’s impressive body of work with the opener, ›Fan Without Fan‹, being a reworking of the most recent album’s final track, ›Wer Hier‹. Flogging A Dead Frog, then, unfolds a recontextualization in two senses: For one, its instrumental tracks emphasize the fact that the band’s sound has always been much more than a musical accompaniment for the unrelenting social commentary of singer Schorsch Kamerun. Here, the album brings out the Goldie’s tremendous nomadism between punk, techno and krautrock, its dramaturgical condensations mirroring the diverse engagements of the six members in theater and film projects. On the other hand, in the English versions of songs such as ›If I Were A Sneaker‹, a song about European immigration policy, or ›The Investor‹, Flogging A Dead Frog proves a consequent readjustment of the band’s political scope, opening discourse on matters that have desastrously proven to not be exclusively pertinent to Germany.

As is typical for the Goldenen Zitronen, these two interventions—one concerning the band’s oeuvre, the other its environment—are inseparable and testament to their political aesthetics. A political aesthetics of which Flogging A Dead Frog is not a review, but a substantial extention.

All songs produced by Die Goldenen Zitronen at Art Blakey Studio, Hamburg. Mastering by Gavin M. Weiß at GW Mastering, Hamburg. Graphics by Ted Gaier & Peter Bisping at Drucktechnik Altona, Hamburg. Artwork by Daniel Richter, Berlin.

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