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Die Goldenen Zitronen – "Flogging A Dead Frog" LP/CD/Digital (18th September 2015)

The new Goldenen Zitronen video "If I Were A Sneaker" works on two narrative levels. The lyrics illuminate the juxtaposition between Europe’s closed-door immigration policies and the free global movement of consumer items. Visually, we are invited into the world of the successful elite where every key position is occupied by someone who is – supposedly – evidently not of German origin.

Directed by Ted Gaier, Schorsch Kamerun, Timo Schierhorn & Katharina Duve
Production: Auge Altona 
Sound Mixing: Mense Reents
Camera: Joscha Sliwinski
Light: Marf Brunnbauer
Starring: Alina Schütz, America Mendez, Anta Recke, Daniela Reis, Dieudonne Eboth, Faissal Ahmadzay, Friederike Ernst, Jesseline Sarkodie, Latoya Manly Spain, Lea Lüdemann, Mbodian Jeano Elong, Pir Ahmet Bag, Pola Fendel, Sharon Welzel, Teppei Ozawa, Thao Lumen Nguyen & Thekla Wilkening
Thank You: Fotofabrique Gängeviertel, HAW Hamburg, HFBK Hamburg, Tide TV

Die Goldenen Zitronen (The Golden Lemons), born a punk band in 1980s Hamburg and having developed into a seminal art punk collective, present their new album. After 11 long-players and countless collaborations with artists such as Peaches, Wesley Willis (with whom the band toured the US), Chicks On Speed, Françoise Cactus (of Stereo Total), Mark Stewart (of The Pop Group), DJ Koze or Michaela Melián, »Flogging a Dead Frog« is their first release on Altin Village & Mine.

 "Flogging a Dead Frog" assembles instrumental and, for the first time, English reworkings of songs of their most recent albums. Far from being a complacent »Best of«, the album directly plugs into the band’s impressive body of work with the opener, ›Fan Without Fan‹, being a reworking of the most recent album’s final track, ›Wer Hier‹. »Flogging a Dead Frog«, then, unfolds a re-contextualization in two senses: For one, its instrumental tracks emphasize the fact that the band’s sound has always been much more than a musical accompaniment for the unrelenting social commentary of singer Schorsch Kamerun. Here, the album brings out the Goldie’s tremendous nomadism between punk, techno and krautrock, its dramaturgical condensations mirroring the diverse engagements of the six members in theater and film projects. On the other hand, in the English versions of songs such as ›If I Were A Sneaker‹, a song about European immigration policy, or ›The Investor‹, »Flogging a Dead Frog« proves a consequent re-adjustment of the band’s political scope, opening discourse on matters that have desastrously proven to not be exclusively pertinent to Germany. 

As is typical for the Goldenen Zitronen, these two interventions – one concerning the band’s oeuvre, the other its environment – are inseparable and testament to their political aesthetics. A political aesthetics of which »Flogging a Dead Frog« is not a review, but a substantial extension.


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