Bravo 21 May 1981


German rock singer on the cover of Bravo of 21 May 1981. This week 38 years ago, Germany’s youth read about:

• Freddie Mercury: as shy as anyone you could imagine
• Stevie Wonder’s triumphant Germany tour
• AC/DC in pics, with autograph card (coming on Friday)
• Peter Maffay’s future plans
• Shakin’ Stevens, Eruption, Goombay Dance Band a.o. at Bravo Disco in Hannover
• Elvis as you didn’t know him in the film This Is Elvis.
• New controversy over outspoken TV presenter Desirée Nosbusch
• Barclay James Harvest’s mega success
• The Tubes: The craziest live show of the year
• Test: How quickly do you get jealous
• All about footballer Bernd Schuster
• Girlschool make a record with Motörhead
• The latest mopeds


Nina Hagen 1979


German punk singer Nina Hagen on a single-page poster in Bravo of 17 May 1979.

Hagen’s music was not great (acquired taste, perhaps), but in East Germany she had a fabulously subversive hit in 1974 with the holiday song “Du hast den Farbfilm vergessen”. The title translates as “You forgot the colour film”. The joke the censors didn’t get, apparently, was that East German citizens didn’t usually have access to colour film.