I would agree that the most obvious parallel to Xmal Deutschland to British record buyers would Susan Jane and Co. Both were obscure. Neither made much of an attempt to fit in with the popular, trendy thing going on at any point in their existence. Both could have sold MORE if they'd sold OUT. Thank God they didn't, or we would have been deprived of some of the best music the 80's had to offer... Fetisch is the kind of album that Siouxsie would have come up with a few years earlier in their own way; perhaps circa Kaleidoscope, for those who need a point of reference. Although Fetisch is, in its own right, a damn good album, it is very clearly Xmal Deutschland's first. It is full of good stuff that they would have done better if they'd done it later; and it palls by comparison to the much tighter, 'difficult' 2nd album, Tocsin. It cannot even hold a candle to Viva, an album that shows their intelligence and maturity, as well as the sophistication and musical ability that they always had. But I am biased - Viva is my all-time personal favourite album. Even so, for anyone looking for something different from the usual, and who doesn't require the rest of the world to speak English, Fetisch is a good training ground for getting into one of the most interesting groups in the last couple of decades. Put it this way, the only musical opinion, other than my own, that I've taken notice of in the last twenty years has been the Lord God Peel. I certainly heard Xmal Deutschland a few times on his programme. Is there a better reccommendation? On a slightly different note, can anyone confirm for me, the existence of an Xmal Deutschland album called 'Devils'? I think it would have been out about 1990. Or is this just my imagination?