Various ‘An Der Schönen Blauen Donau’


01 Bene Gesserit ‘Bathroom, Sunday Morning’ (1:08)
02 Look De Bouk ‘Dix Sections Du Fleuve’ (1:29)
03 Peter Kunz ‘Walwaltz’ (0:43)
04 Rainer Linz ‘Disrythmic Etude’ (1:24)
05 Jean-Claude Charlier Et Son Orchestre ‘Le Beau Danube Bleu’ (2:00)
06 F.A.R. ‘Il Bel Danubio Blu-Notte’ (2:11)
07 Fuoku ‘Black Wine (For Dear Mister Strauss)’ (1:41)
08 Frontal Rizzotto ‘Le Beau Gars Nu Bleu’ (2:10)
09 Pilvarta Kopilmop ‘Blu Blo Bli Ble Bla’ (0:31)
10 Dieter P. ‘A Corpse For Mermaids’ (1:07)
11 Victor Nubla ‘Le Beau Danube Bleu (Perquez)’ (1:33)
12 T.U.F. ‘Blue Danube’ (1:27)
13 48 Cameras ‘Dead Waters’ (1:37)
14 Sttellla ‘Le Beau Danube Bleu’ (1:02)
15 Les Souplards Torves ‘An Den Schönen Blauer Donau’ (2:03)
16 Monty Cantsin ‘Under The Williamsburgh Bridge’ (1:11)
17 Kaoru Todoroki ‘An Der Schönen Blauen Donau (Utsukushiki Aoki Donau)’ (1:51)
18 Finne C. Renfer ‘Cher Johann’ (1:27)
19 Morgan Fisher ‘Just Beneath The Surface Of The Water’ (2:10)
20 Fabio Martini ‘Variation For Four Clarinets On The Theme Of The Johann Strauss ‘s Blue Danube’ (1:49)
21 Pilvarta Kopilmop ‘Bla Ble Bli Blo Blu’ (1:16)
22 Dissidents ‘An Der Schönen Blauen Donau’ (1:58)
23 Lieutenant Caramel [Untitled] (1:24)
24 Det Wiehl ‘Gondless’ (2:54)
25 The Dead Goldfish Ensemble ‘The Blue Danube’ (2:02)
26 Bourbonese Qualk ‘Northern Soul’ (0:54)
27 Armando Velasco Torres ‘The Blue Blue Danube’ (2:00)
28 Guido ‘Ad Vienne Qui Pourra’ (2:00)
29 Klimperei ‘El Bé Débé’ (1:22)
30 Betsy Morales ‘Le Beau Danube Bleu’ (0:48)

Total time 47:00
LP released on Home Produkt, Belgium, 1986

From a Czech band named Dunaj (Danube in Czech) to Annea Lockwood’s 2005 Sound Map of the Danube, it seems the Donau (in German) is an inspiring river for musicians. Still, Johann Strauss’s 1866 Blue Danube (An der schönen blauen Donau op. 314) is hardly able to inspire anything but depression. Therefore this legendary ‘An Der Schönen Blauen Donau’ compilation LP was something of a provocative gesture from Belgium’s Home Produkt founder Patrick Stas. He commissioned new versions of the famous waltz to various avant-rock and radical mavericks from Europe, Australia, Japan and the US. The result, inspired of course by the landmark Miniatures 1980 compilation (and look who’s there track #19: Morgan Fisher himself – note he couldn’t make it to the one minute mark), is an exhilarating mix of poetic, grotesque, mysterious but mostly parodical cover versions. From 1982 to 1990, Home Produkt published underground acts like Jean Claude Charlier et Son Orchestre, Général Thi et Les Fourmis, Tara Cross or LOSP (aka Klimperei), and most are featured here, as well as people from the AYAA and ADN labels. A good point was to invite experimental composers to join in, like Lieutenant Caramel, F.A.R. or Monty Cantsin. The latter take advantage of the end of side 1 to display a gorgeous locked groove that could go on for ever – I let it go for 30 secs in the mp3. An utopian project, this LP is a gathering of tribes from areas as diverse as post-industrial music, post-RIO bands or independent, un-classifiable artists. The myriads of self-releases and independent labels at the time (mid-1980s) allowed such wide-ranging projects – though, as it were, they remained few.  A touchstone of an LP.


15 Responses to “Various ‘An Der Schönen Blauen Donau’”

  1. 1 Lucky February 11, 2009 at 10:08 am

    I’m VERY curious about this one, being a fan of the idea (and the result) of Morgan Fisher’s “Miniatures”. Strangely enough, since Kubrick’s use in “2001” Strauss’ waltz is somewhat spaced out for me… :)

    Salute – and thanks for your wonderful work here! Vinyl-rip and scans and photos and research and all, VERY appreciated.

    VERY lucky

  2. 2 vespucci February 11, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    Merci, continuo. I do like waltzes – as long as they are not conventional. Great to see that record here.

  3. 3 continuo February 11, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Thank you both for commenting. You’ll certainly enjoy this exhilarating record as much as I do.

  4. 4 Lucky February 11, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Nice to see YOU again, Vespucci!! Excellent taste as always… ;)

  5. 5 continuo February 11, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Well, if you all love waltzes, here’s one that have been send to me today. It’s the Portsmouth Sinfonia Orchestra‘s Blue Danube Waltz op.314. It’s 4:30 of hilarious amateur music.
    Thanks to the reader who send me this great track.

  6. 6 Lucky February 11, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    Oh yes, it’s from the classic “The Portsmouth Sinfonia Plays the Popular Classics” (1974) – the line-up is priceless, and the music jumps for joy.

  7. 7 Space Debris February 12, 2009 at 12:16 am

    Well, this sure takes me back in time… ! I never heard this LP but knew Home Product at the time – Still have some tapes somewhere. Great stuff was released. General Thi, J.C. Charlier…
    Should dig those up…

  8. 8 vespucci February 12, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    @ continuo: Thanks for the Portsmouth Sinfonia. Actually I have all their releases, but only as Mp3s. It’s a pity that their albums were never rereleased.

    @ Lucky: I noticed that you’re fully in psychic narcotics these days…
    As for taste: I never had such thing. Proof: I just accepted to do 4 hours DJ set on the subject of Pascal Comelade & company. I guess that tinkling toy overdose will put some people in a ‘vollnarkose’. ;-)

  9. 9 forked tongue February 16, 2009 at 12:44 am

    Thanks. I believe I may have heard a cut from this on WFMU years ago–it was somebody singing the tune while brushing their teeth?

    I will find out soon enough, but if this compilation does not include that version, you may find it of interest that a recording exists somewhere of somebody singing “The Blue Danube” while brushing their teeth.

  10. 10 continuo February 16, 2009 at 7:17 am

    Sure enough, Bénédicte G. (aka Nadine Bal) of Belgian duo Bene Gesserit is brushing her teeth on the openning track of this LP. Very funny. The WFMU blog also offered a few mp3s from this album a while ago. Thanks for dropping by.

  11. 11 Lucky February 16, 2009 at 11:15 am

    vespucci – i completely disagree with you: i don’t know anybody who would be more perfect for a comelade-overdose than you!! but 4 hours is really heavy… maybe you can sprinkle it with some of the originals comelade always used to cover.

  12. 12 vespucci February 16, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    @Lucky: You’re psychic, indeed. ;-) How did you know?
    Playing the original rockers vs. Comelade’s versions is part of my plan. Especially stuff like Deep Purple to annoy the owners of that record store which rather sells obscure avantgarde records.
    Also will add some Catalan folkmusic that partly will work as a key to Comelade”s sound, I hope. And of course Bastien, Cage etc. to make it pseudo-intellectual! ;-)

  13. 13 Lucky February 21, 2009 at 11:04 am

    vespucci – i’m psychic, alright – but in an akbar/jeff-way, of course!

    you’re still a punk, are you? having fun in annoying people… but the idea with the catalanian folk music is wonderful. i’m not sure how much of that is in c.’s music… i listened to some early comelade from the mutant sounds blog, and i found it horrible, no grace, no humour, no chicken-skin…

    have fun with deep purple – and don’t forget the real cheesy stuff comelade used to cover, the italians…

  14. 14 Lucky February 21, 2009 at 11:05 am

    continuo – my blog adress changed once again:

  15. 15 patrick stas June 3, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    Hello folks,
    I really was estonished and happy to see that produkt here.
    The presentation (photo’s and all) is nice.
    For me, I’m happy to see it in live again…
    But I’m not the owner…
    Each artist on this record has perheaps something to say about the download.
    What I can say is that, where I have the rights, I can allow it…
    But it had been kind to ask for it…
    Idem for Sack

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