71. Kristallnaach (BAP)

BAP (image credit) was probably the most artistic of the groups emerging in the early eighties from Die Neue Deutsche Welle (German New Wave). They stood out by their critical lyrics, sung in the dialect of the city of Cologne (Koellsch). The absolute highlight in their repertoire is the 1982 song Kristallnaach, which likens the rise of neo-nazism in Germany of that time to the period before the second world war - the song title refers to the night in which the windows of houses and shops of Jewish citizens were thrown in, in a fit of nation-wide antisemitism. The images they evoke in their lyrics are unusually strong, and depressing in their continued relevance, even decades later. The highly original instrumentation suits the song perfectly, starting with sinister low sounds and ending in a fury of drums.

Other songs by this act that would have qualified: not applicable.


Note: the studio version is not available on YouTube, I link to a live rendition.

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