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Trio ist Energie,
This review is from: Trio-Deluxe Edition (Audio CD)
Although massively influential in their native Germany, Trio are best known in this country for their novelty top five hit Da Da Da.
This new version of their only UK album adds the extended 12" mixes of their sole British hit and, as a bonus, tracks from their eponymous (and incredibly limited) 10" mini album, B-sides, demos and other obscurities.
The band, part of the Neue Deutsche Welle, were highly revered in Germany, scoring three hit LP's, a clutch of singles and starring in their own movie Three Against Three. However they will be forever identified with their one hit - especially as it went on to become the soundtrack to Volkswagen and Ariston TV commercials.
But try and forget that. The album itself is a wonderful example of how music used to be. The days when one guitarist (Kralle Krawinkle), a circus clown-turned drummer (Peter Bherens) and a sullen, skinny skinhead with a cheap Casio keyboard (Stephen Remmler) were allowed to make a noise in a recording studio without having to win a no-talent talent show.
Think of a sound which feed off the likes of Spizz, Wire, early XTC and other post-punk noisemongers. Stand out tracks on the Klaus Voorman-produced album are the punky Ja Ja Ja, the frankly mad Los Paul - complete with bizarre battleground sound effects, Kummer and the English-language tracks Broken Hearts (For You and Me), Sunday You Need Love and, of course, Da Da Da.
Trio were different, challenging and, above all, fun. What a shame there are no groups around like them anymore.