Nina Hagen 1979

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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.

Bravo 13 March 1980

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German punk singer Nina Hagen features on the cover of Bravo of 13 March 1980. That week 37 years ago, Germany’s youth read about:

• Pink Floyd in concert
• The rehearsals for Nina Hagen’s “Anarchy in Germany” tour (she’s nothing if not totally original)
• AC/DC in pictures, with autograph card (to come tomorrow)
• All about ABBA in a “mini magazine” (to come on Friday)
• A report on the movie Mad Max
• Pat Benatar, the opera-trained “rock-tigress”
• How heroin rots away your teeth, nose and feet
• A profile of English footballer Tony Woodcock, who had just signed to FC Cologne.

• The words of a trio of German music TV show presenters (Thomas Gottschalk, Frank Laufenberg, Manfred Sexauer) doing a German version of “Rapper’s Delight” with that new-fangled “rap” music — Germany’s first rap single. Video of that disaster below: