The revolting youth of West Germany faced many questions in the 1970s. Just how far should their protests go? Could they turn a blind eye to illegal acts? Should they take up arms against the German state? What alternatives could they offer to a life of gloom in the GDR and to the bloody violence of the Red Army Factory? What plan of action should musicians adopt? The answers that the band Ton Steine Scherben provided to these questions would go on to shape the destiny of Kreuzberg, of Berlin and of the whole German alternative scene.
Their first 7" record, "Macht kaputt was euch kaputt macht" ("Destroy Taht which Destroys You") was one of the first German rock records to boast German lyrics that wasn´t a Schlager or prefabricated pop music. The first real example of German protest rock.
Here´s a recording of Ton Steine Scherben at the Alambama-Halle in Munic from 1982.
01. Radio Intro
03. Der Traum ist aus
04. Mein Name ist Mensch
05. Wir sind geboren, um frei zu sein
06. Wir sind geboren, um frei zu sein, pt. 2
08. Der Turm stürzt ein
Ton Steine Scherben - Live in der Alabamahalle München (1982) (Bootleg)
(192 kbps, cover art included)