Spliff / Froon
4-8-08 Spliff / Froon
Ever hear of the German new wave band Spliff? Did you know that most of them changed into a band called Froon? And that the band The Other Ones is an offshoot band?
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Spliff was originally pitched to me by an importer – “One of the girl singers from Gruppo Sportivo is on this 45!” – “Rock ‘n’ Roll Refugee” – yeah, Josee is there – but it didn’t sound anything like GS to me! But I liked the B-side better – “Gravy” – so when the debut Spliff LP “The Spliff Radio Show” was offered to me, I jumped at it.
And it’s a masterful English-language new wave pop album – with a great vocalist – Alf Klimek (who would go on to work with the Other Ones) – such fantastic songs – it’s a concept album about how “rock is a drug”, making fun of producers and the foibles of the rock music lifestyle.
Well, I love this album – and I always bought whatever I could find with Spliff’s name on it – but Alf Klimek only seemed to be on the debut album – the next 3 albums are sung entirely in German by Herwig Mitteregger & Co. Album #2 (“85555”, it’s serial number) is rather good, and the next two…didn’t do as much for me.
Towards the end of the 80’s, I found an inexpensive CD in a used CD store that looked interesting – I recognized some of the names from Spliff – and they were still on Epic Germany – only now it appeared that the group was called Froon, and was fronted by an English (language) singer! Great technopop songs! Why wasn’t there a 2nd Froon album?
And I eventually found Alf Klimek – in a German /Australian band called the Other Ones – they made two great albums – notably the single “Another Holiday” and their whole fantastic 2nd album “Learning To Walk”. Proof that new wave music could come from anywhere!
Alf! Phone home! I want to hear your story!
- Ron Kane, Los Angeles