Also, in case you missed, check out book of the century NY VÅG - Svensk Punk / New Wave / Synth 1977-1982.
Well, Transylvanian Flower turned out be the best selling STRASSE album at the time. The single, Dying For The Wild Life and the album got highly positive reviews: ”Masterpiece”, ”The Sergeant Pepper of STRASSE”.
STRASSE TF Facts; The lead vocals on The Stranger In Your Eyes is the first and only take - "RYDEN had a second go, but it was awful!". The next album, Half Past Animal, starts with a fade-in, the fade-out from the Transylvanian Flower album. Producer : Charles Storm. The cover is a re-make of a Louise Storm artwork. TRANSYLVANIAN FLOWER at Spotify.
STRASSE: "We like it (Repossess) a lot. Songs that never really got the attention at the time. Strasse Greatest Hits of Flip-sides, kind of... "What Can You Do" - live in the studio, once a flip-side, can´t remember which single, though. But you can hear Ryden playing with his car keys - loud and clear! Also fun to hear NEULENGBACH. It was written and recorded in the same day and was meant for Transylvanian Flower, but didn´t really fit. It was also up for Half Past Animal... but instead - Damascus 602 took it´s place last minute." STRASSE Repossess at ONErpm.com
So, we are finally here. 35 years of music making. Amazing. STRASSE front man, RYDEN: “When we formed the band we were just like everybody else - we had no escape plan, never even thought of quitting. For us it was just work. Still is today. Writing comes quite easy to me and I enjoy it very much. In fact, I just can´t stop.” February 2013, SPARTAKUS Performances are to release new album 78.13 - a collection of STRASSE rare recordings (1978-13). Most of the songs never been published before.
JANGO: - "We're happy to present the Jango album cover contest winners, the response to our contest was huge with thousands of bands/covers to choose from. The 10 winners managed to blend great visual appeal with creativity and design into their cover art."
Listen to MORRISSEY, ROXY MUSIC, LADYTRON at JANGO Radio. Vive, la New Wave!
Some of the songs you´ll find on SLAUGHTER IN PARIS.
”He (Garson) had heard some of our earlier songs and seemed to like them. Specially the instrumental ones", says singer, Ryden with a grin. Contact was made with Garson. Unfortunately, the Strasse album, Transylvanian Flower (2004) was just about to be released, so there was no time to let Mike in. New songs for the Half Past Animal album was sent to Garson; “Cool vibe, I’d love to play on it”, Garson replied. And so he did. Crashing, available at: Itunes, Amazon, Cdbaby.
1. Fashion Week
2. Dying for The Wild Life
3. One of The Aliens
4. Damascus 602
5. The Stranger in Your Eyes
7. The Market Hall
8. Shakespeare Was an American
9. Transylvanian Flower
10. What Can You Do (Erase Mix)
11. The Thin Man From Atlantis (Never released before).
All songs Re-Mixed and Re-Mastered. Cover art by Louise Storm. Available at Bandcamp.
1. Shakespeare Was An American
2. Fashion Week
3. Damascus 602
4. From the Shadows
5. They Walked Like Men
6. Spirits of the Dead Watching
7. European Blood
9. Killed Again
Available at iTUNES, CDBaby, Bandcamp, Spotify and many more.
STRASSE returned to the stage in 2010 and 2011. Back from the Cloudchamber Studios, working on albums: HALF PAST ANIMAL and STREET LIFE COLLECTION. Photos: G. Assner and E. Forsmark.
Europe. Mid-seventies. Rock was getting sleepy and pale. Punk wasn’t even heard of. Listening to Brecht/Weill and Kraftwerk seemed to be the only option. They had guts. Brains but no safety net. And a non-pretentious-way of making music.
The Velvet Underground was also a great inspiration for STRASSE songwriter/singer, Ryden. Mixing the German music scene with the l'enfant terrible of New York could be the perfect clash and a way to create their own sound.
1. One of the Aliens
2. Dying for the Wild Life
3. Belle Gravia
4. Blue Town
5. The Stranger in Your Eyes
6. Neon Street
7. What can you do
8. Transylvanian Flower
All songs written by Russ Ryden, except 3, 6, 8, by Ryden/Storm. Available at iTUNES and CDBaby, Amazon + STRASSEmusic and many more.
STRASSE, Killed Again, single 2008.
2: What Can You Do - Ghost Boy Version (Luminol).
Produced by Charles Storm. Backing vocals on Killed Again: ThinkingMachine. Available at iTUNES, CDBaby and STRASSEmusic. Rare!
Ghost Boy Version (Live in studio), HERE.