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Berlin Ringbahn – Cities and Memory

Berlin Ringbahn is a two track album created by Martin Kristopher under the name 3dtorus for the Cities and Memory project. Kristopher made his recording of the Berlin Ringbahn S42, which travels anti-clockwise around the city, starting and ending at the Halensee station, on a Saturday afternoon in September 2015. When I recently visited Berlin I […]

Frank Wolf on a BMX outside the Olympic Stadium - Screenshot from Die Berlin Hymne - Berlin ist Beste

Berlin Songs: Die Berlin Hymne // BERLIN-IST-BESTE

‘Morgens Berlin, Mittags Berlin, Abends Berlin, Nachts Berlin’.  Die Berlin Hymne is a song about how Berlin makes you feel alive from Frank Wolf, the man behind Berlin ist Beste – ‘the unofficial image campaign for Berlin’. You can find the full song lyrics on the Berlin ist Beste website and for non-German speakers Google […]

Still from Solomun - Kackvogel featuring Friedrich Liechtenstein from the Edeka Supergeil advert

Berlin Songs: Solomun – Kackvogel

An advert for the German supermarket chain Edeka went viral recently. My social media streams have been full of ‘Supergeil’ all week. The star of the advert is Friedrich Liechtenstein, a German musician and entertainer.  He also stars in the video for Kackvogel by Solomun, dancing through the streets of Berlin and eventually fighting with a […]

Sam Smith - Berlin (Radio 1 Live Lounge) - image courtesy of BBC

Berlin Songs: Sam Smith – Berlin

BBC Sound of 2014 winner Sam Smith chose to cover RY X’s Berlin on a recent visit to the Radio 1 Live Lounge. BBC Sound of 2014 was compiled from the three choices of 170 DJs, critics and bloggers of the acts to watch out for in 2014.  Past winners include Adele, Ellie Goulding and 50 […]

Thierry Noir paintings at the East Side Gallery Berlin

Berlin Songs: Sex Pistols – Holidays in the Sun

My Berlin Songs series, which features songs that are either inspired by Berlin, about the city or by artists based here, continues with Sex Pistols – Holidays in the Sun. Singer John Lydon says of the song on the Sex Pistols website: “I loved Berlin. I loved the wall and the insanity of the place. The […]

Peter Fox - Schwarz zu Blau (screenshot from Official Video)

Berlin Songs: Peter Fox – Schwarz zu Blau

It won’t have escaped anyone’s attention in Berlin that what may have seemed like an endless winter could finally be over.  Temperatures have leapt from single digits to nudge the Mercury at 20ºC so it seemed appropriate then that the second instalment in my Berlin Songs series should be Peter Fox – Schwarz zu Blau. […]

Robots In Disguise - I Live In Berlin (screenshot from the video by electroxbooshxgirl on YouTube)

Berlin Songs: Robots In Disguise – I Live In Berlin

I’ve been thinking about posting Berlin Songs for a while now and hearing Robots In Disguise – I Live In Berlin last night has prompted me to get on and do it. The songs may be about Berlin, from Berlin artists, recorded in Berlin or in some other way associated with Berlin.  I have a […]