Andreas Dorau was probably around 30 years of age when he recorded this solo album, originally released in 1992. I’ve heard his music that he had recorded as a teen and liked it. What would Doreau bring to the music as an adult? Well, the title translates to “Annoyance With Immortality” according to my translator widget. If anything, his sense of humor was intact.
#19 • Andreas Dorau: Ärger Mit Der Unsterblichkeit GER CD RM 
- Es Dreht Sich Die Welt
- Geträumt Von Dir
- Die Trottellumme
- Stoned Faces Don’t Lie
- Die Schande Kommt
- Tiere Im Regen
- Das Ist Das Wirkliche Leben
- Der Wasserfloh
- Die Schande Kommt (Dub-Version)
- Stoned Faces Don’t Lie (Gitarrenversion)
The album starts out with “Warten” [“Wait”] what can only be described as a Philly Soul number complete with Sigma Sound string section! It actually resembles nothing so much as Bill Wither’s “Lovely Day!” Amusing! I couldn’t help but notice that the track has lots of tape hiss throughout… except for the middle eight, where the backing dropped out to highlight the synth bass – which was crystal clear. What ‘th…?! But what else awaited me on this disc? I can’t imagine Andreas Doreau committing to his equivalent of “Young Americans!” I quickly got my answer when “Es Dreht Sich Die Welt” [“It Turns The World”] got underway as a quirky electropop song featuring that verdammt shuffle beat that all pop songs in 1992 had to have.
I quickly twigged to the fact that most of this album was constructed from samples juxtaposed for their ironic if not downright comic effect. “Geträumt Von Dir” features sound effects not heard since the heyday of Three Stooges shorts, or Tex Avery cartoons. Yet the music has a haunting quality in spite of the sometimes ludicrous noises in the mix.
I’m guessing that by this time Dorau must have heard “Paul’s Boutique” and wanted to get him some of that. Fine by me! That he ended up with nothing like the Beastie Boys is a testament to his innate sense of self. The cover is a hilarious composite of ironic “scientific” images with a “candid” shot of Dorau pointing authoritatively but the back cover is perhaps more instructive.
It depicts the pegboard tool rack of a workbench; revealing that this is not scientific research, but craftsmanship. It’s nothing too different from a hobbyist tinkering in his garage, though it’s a far cry from “garage rock!” I invoked “Paul’s Boutique” earlier, but what this music really recalls, is the type of goofy sample-centric sound to be found on the Martini Ranch album “Holy Cow.” The track “Hot Dog,” in particular. The only tracks that approach the ironically hip sample appropriations of The Beastie Boys would be “Warten” and the track named for the Sir Douglas Quintet sound bite that provided its titular sample, “Stoned Faces Don’t Lie.” Most of what’s here is moving in a different direction entirely.
“Die Trottellumme” begins like a late 70s Residents track before it quickly runs off of the rails thanks to a dizzyingly shameless parade of daffy cartoon noise samples. “Menschenshicksale” proffers a propulsive, boppy, technopop groove while its title roughly translates to “The Fate Of Humans.” Through it all Dorau remains his non-plussed self; his singing appealingly modest against the winsome melodies that are rather sophisticated, given that they are constructed from hundreds of carefully arranged samples. He shouldn’t be a pop star, but the fact that he is, is testament to the lowering of the guard that the Post-Punk era ushered in where the young Dorau was in the right place at the right time with the talent and chutzpah to pull it all off anyway.
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