Jägermeister Wirtshaus Tour x Frankfurt

When the Jägermeister Wirtshaus Tour will come to Frankfurt’s Yachtklub on April 21, it will probably host it’s most crowded event by the now. In rustic houseboat atmosphere only 250 people will also witness a premier: Munich’s Frittenbude, spearhead of the Audiolith youth cult and popular remix producers, are the first German band to participate in this trip through Germany. Their two albums Nachtigall and Katzengold showcase a mixture of adolescent and semi-socio-critical-lyrics with rave beats and rock music – an entertaining sound they themselves describe as Schrabbel Brabbel (translated best as ‘gabble-babble’). Also watch out for an interview with them on our site tomorrow. The DJ entertainment is then taken-care-of by big-beat man Tom Deluxx, a notorious 12″ electro producer from Bordeaux, who will follow his French compatriot, Yuksek.

As before you can once again win 1×2 guestlist invites for the event, when you leave us a comment below until Monday midnight, April 18. The winner will be chosen random, so good luck! More invites can be won over at das-wirthaus.de/gaesteliste and Facebook.

And as a thematic treat and warm-up, we here have ten songs about wirtshäuser, pubs and taverns compiled for you. From Brecht and Schubert to Peter Alexander, from the Clash to Pulp – so your education shouldn’t come off badly.

Peter Alexander : Die Kleine Kneipe
Man redet sich heiß und spricht sich von der Seele
Was einem die Laune vergällt
Bei Korn und bei Bier findet mancher die Lösung
für alle Probleme der Welt
Originally sung by Pierre “Vader Abraham” in Dutch (“In het kleine Café aan de haven”), the German interpretation of this hymn to folksiness by Germany’s probably greatest entertainer never managed to top the German charts in 1976, although spending 33(!) weeks in a row there (longer than any other single by Alexander; the highest position was #2).

The Beautiful South : Liars Bar
Well, living with a lying man
Could never really hurt
But living with a drunk
Well, no-one deserves
Emerging from the former Housemartins (with Norman Cook alias Fatboy Slim), the British pop-act here analyses all the different creatures coming to a bar.

The Clash : (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais
But it was Four Tops all night with encores from stage right
Charging from the bass knives to the treble
But onstage they ain’t got no roots rock rebel
It’s 1978 and on the last (and self-produced) single before The Clash’s debut album Joe Strummer sings about a disappointing reggae night at the legendary ballroom in London’s west.

The Doors : Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)
Oh, moon of Alabama
We now must say goodbye
We’ve lost our good old mama
And must have whisky, oh, you know why
Later also covered by David Bowie, Brecht’s poem-turned-to-a-song, translated to English by Elisabeth Hauptmann and orchestrated by Kurt Weill for Mahagonny, never sounded more aptly than performed by the infamous Californian band.

The Infadels : Stories From The Bar
To start where I know I’ll never end this
Path, here with all my vices, I
Laugh, as they drum to the sound of the monkey voices
Past, where I left my toysingers

Delirium was with them when The Infadels recorded the mumbling finish of the still underrated We Are Not The Infadels.

Muff Potter : Wir Sitzen So Vorm Molotow
Wir sitzen so vorm Molotow
Und trinken Cocktails
Auf die gute alte Zeit
Seit an Seit mit den Genossen
Und Hans Dampf in allen Gossen
Und wir seufzen bis zur Heiserkeit
The by now dissolved Muff Potter are having the blues outside their favourite bar & club in Hamburg. Actually very British for a German band, isn’t it?

Pulp : Bar Italia
That’s what you get from clubbing it
You can’t go home and go to bed
Because it hasn’t worn off yet
And now it’s morning
There’s only one place we can go
In the mid-Nineties Pulp knew where to go to, when being around in Soho early in the morning.

Thin Lizzy : The Boys Are Back In Town
Friday night they’ll be dressed to kill
Down at Dino’s bar and grill
The drinks will flow and blood would spill
If the boys wanna fight you better let ‘em

The Irish always knew how to drink and in 1976 Thin Lizzy celebrated some fictional soldiers’ return to home with one of the most popular guitar tracks ever. Only ten years later came the point of no return for singer and bassist Phil Lynott: the musician died of the consequences of his year-long alcoholism.

Franz Schubert : Das Wirtshaus
O unbarmherz’ge Schenke,
Doch weisest du mich ab?
Nun weiter denn, nur weiter,
Mein treuer Wanderstab!

They say that the young Schubert used to pay his drinking bills with instantly composed songs whenever he ran out of money in the wirtshäuser around Vienna. In this sad and slow part of his 1827 Winterreise the protagonist however passes the tavern.

Tom Waits : I Hope That I Don’t Fall In Love With You
Well the room is crowded, there’s people everywhere
And I wonder, should I offer you a chair?
Well if you sit down with this old clown, take that frown and break it
Before the evening’s gone away, I think that we could make it
And I hope that I don’t fall in love with you
Waits wrote many great songs about bars. One of his best is a rather complicated love story.

In association with Jägermeister.

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