Music inspired by/ dedicated to Berlin

Since the fall of the Wall, Berlin has increasingly strengthened its status as a music metropolis. Berlin serving as an urban magnet for artists is not at all a new phenomenon. Twenty years ago, the whole world was watching the crowds at the Brandenburg Gate, the fall of the Wall and the German reunification. So did the Irishmen of U2, who arrived in the city right on the 3rd of October, in search of inspiration. “Achtung Baby,” one of the greatest U2 albums was partly produced here.

After the Second World War, different music scenes developed in East and West Berlin, with bands that were seminal in both parts of Germany. In the East, the protagonists were Puhdys, City, Karat, and Silly; in the West Tangerine Dream, Ton Steine Scherben, Einstürzende Neubauten, Die Ärzte, and Element of Crime. But even despite the Wall, West Berlin already held a magic appeal for many international stars of the time. David Bowie lived in the West Berlin district of Schöneberg with his music colleague Iggy Pop for a few years at the end of the 1970s. His Berlin Trilogy, created in the shadow of the Wall, was produced in the Meistersaal of the legendary Hansa studios – named “the Hall by the Wall” by Bowie because of its view of the death strip. Pop greats such as Depeche Mode, Nick Cave and U2 followed his example, recording their albums in the studios on Köthener Strasse in Kreuzberg.

In the 1980s, the punk rocker from East Berlin, Nina Hagen, caused a scandal with her provocative lyrics and paved the way for the Neue Deutsche Welle (New German Wave). After the fall of the Wall, many international music artists flocked to Berlin, savoured the freedom, and got inspired by the energy of the city. The resident music scene cast a wide net – the capital especially made a name for itself on the techno scene in the 1990s with musicians such as Westbam and Dr. Motte, and the world-famous Love Parade. Berlin distinguishes itself today with a huge range of exciting stylistic diversity; every type of music is represented in the music metropolis. Even in the fields of rock, pop, reggae, and hip hop there are many globally successful bands that are setting new trends, including Die Ärzte, Rammstein, die Beatsteaks, and Seeed.

Classic songs:

Block Party- Kreuzberg

Pink Floyd- A great Day of Freedom

U2- Zoo Station

Lou Reed- Berlin

Ramones- Bron to die in Berlin

Nena- 99 Red Balloons

Dean Martin- A Hot Time In The Town of Berlin

Ute Lemper- Streets of Berlin

(By Eva Spirova)


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