//Fischer-Z „Red Skies Over Paradise“ – 1981

I don’t know if it’s because I studied History, but I always love it when the music bands deal with the spirit of their time. Fischer-Z is one of them. The band was developed in 1976 by John Watts in punk clubs while he was still studying clinical psychology and working in mental institutions in the Brunel University in Uxbridge (Hillingdon). They  had a first success in 1979 with the single “The Worker” from their debut album “World Salat”. It’s with the second album, “Going Deaf For a Living”, that Fischer-Z found its “trademark”: an ability to convey international political themes in narrative songs against a background of original pop music. The success of the band was established in Europe with a third really engaged album in 1981, “Red Skies Over Paradise”. They throw us in the middle of the Cold War with the opening song “Berlin”, the title song “Red Skies over Paradise (A Brighton Dream)” and “Battalions of Strangers”.

They blame in “Cruise Missiles” the nuclear arms race and the mutual threat climate between the two superpowers, USA and the Soviet Union. They also criticize the international social system, with a song like “Multinationals Bite”, which sadly still sounds really current. Such scathing lyrics, combined with a dynamic and heady new wave – punk rock, lead to a perfect result. I only needed to listen to the two first songs to understand how Fischer-Z succeed to go on tour with Dire Straits, The Police or even Bob Marley! After the success of the album, John Watts dissolved the band to start a solo career. Fischer-Z was reformed with a new line up in 1987, but never really reached again the peaks of the 1980s.

Official Website : http://www.fischer-z.com/

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