Monday, April 6, 2009

Six Degrees of Sauerkraut -- Part XI: Die Justiz-League

In the Autumn of '74 the barbarian hordes of Amon Duul the 2nd and Ash Ra Tempel were quickly approaching the high iron gates of Wolfgang Riechmann's Silberland

Silberland was the dreamy enclave that Riechmann founded as a kind of home away from home for cyborgs who spent their energy in the glimmerlights. You may remember that scene from Tron where the three dudes sip from the electronic pond with their frisbees. Well that was basically what Silberland was like; a bunch of androids lounging by a neon blue pool. But our peaceful haven was now being threatened by the prog-krautrockian tribes led by Amon Duul II. Wolfgang decided we needed a special force to protect us, so he called upon Moebius, Roedelius, and Rother to be the heroes that would defend our electronic sanctuary.

They christened themselves Harmonia. They were the first krautrock supergroup, our very own Justice League. And they promptly drove the progbarian hordes from our gates with their ghostly bröselmaschine sounds. Rother would eventually don the mantle of Flaming Hawk when he went solo and got his own series, but his powers arguably never equaled the heights he achieved in this group of heroes.  Check out one of their most potent powers by clicking on the title of this post.


Byron said...

Nice, love hearing about the old days. We need to cook some thing with those herbs from your garden and watch Tron (I own it). Excellent soundtrack on that one too!

Maury Souza said...

For sure. You remember Richie? The Irish synthesist? Well, he's coming to town Thursday. We should all hang out this weekend an meiner Stelle. Vi kan Rauch der Kräuter and watch some Tron.

"Hey Allen, can I have some of your popcorn?"

Byron said...

Shit, just read that. I guess I missed Ritchie. The good news is that I just finished my deadlines and this will be chill for a bit for me...we need to get back in the Glimmerlight. It's time to fire up the synthesizer.