Category Archives: Jurgens

Musician extraordinaire or cruel demented genius?

German Trilogy

After the random 2 week break, we are back with another piece of Jurgens magic! This time it comes from his German Trilogy concept album about the number 3, history and anything that was going through his head at that moment.

We chose the third song (even though they were all numbered 3 on the back of the album) of what’s presumably side A (but was labelled side 3, of course) … Without further ado: Geschenkzeit!!!

geschenkzeit

Dubgens

Another week, another Jurgens song that can be uncovered. This time we take a look at another track from The Minstrel Show … This time, the song is called Dyin’ Ain’t All:

dyin aint all

As a bonus, we include the dub version of the same song taken from the 1999 Jurgens dub tribute album: The Minstrel Dub – A Tribute to the Minstrel Show:

dyin aint all (dub)

The Minstrel Show The Minstrel Dub

Jurgens: The end???

Cover of the last (?) Jurgens album

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Nothing like a good Jurgens track against the horror that is the Monday!!! We usually try to be very careful with what we publish on the website to make sure that it is as real as it can be. Due to the obscurity of the material, it is sometimes not very easy.

I am afraid that this is once of those instances where we cannot be too sure. The following track comes from a vynil 45RPM single, which is recorded only on one side. The cover is the one you can find in this article, it says: dr3i, 2wei, e1ns … das ende with no mention of the band, but then the label on the vynil says Propaganoia, so we are assuming that’s the real title of the track.

As to its origins, it certainly does seem to have some resemblance to some of Jurgens’s body of work, so if it is not him/them, then it is a good tribute (cannot find anything about a band from the late 70’s or early 80’s called das ende, but I will keep on looking), and we are all about tributes to Jurgens.

Enjoy the track, let us know if you recognise it from some other band or if any of you has any information regarding Jurgens that might not be in our hands!!!

Propaganoia

Jurgens: the dark period

In an effort to bring you the best of the forgotten, we want to bring you another hidden treasure from Germany. Please be aware that the chronology of his career gets really confusing after the late 60’s and that there is close to no literature on this genius.

From what we can gather, this track (obtained after years of begging in the collectors’ circuit) comes from the dark period of Jurgens’s life (if he is really a person and not a collective as it has been suggested in the last few years).

The 70’s were not easy for this influential figure. There are some reports of his brutal encounter with heroin, during which he recorded a few albums as J├╝rgens. Most of the songs in those albums served the only purpose of attacking himself, Jurgens (as opposed to J├╝rgens), for selling out to the majors (which, of course, never happened, as he continued to self-publish all of his records).

It seems that after having a hand in the composition of Lou Reed’s “Metal Machine Music”, he decided to turn his interest to American folklore and recorded the 1977 conceptual album “Minstrel Show”. Lack of taste or genius parody of American society? That’s for all of us to interpret … We give you “Eat ’em candles too”!!!

Eat them candles too, huuuuuuuuuey!