PANKOW





Biography:

A short introduction to the 'history' of PANKOW for the younger among you that might not remember...

Pankow (founded back in 1981) were one of the very first electronic/industrial acts coming out from Italy. The founding memeber Maurizio FM Fasolo and his five co-band members at that time created sounds inspired by the likes of Throbbing Gristle, Cabaret Voltaire and early Kraftwerk. After various line-up changeings and the arrival of the charismatic lead-singer and poet ALEX SPALCK, the project started to become noted also abroad and a first live-appearance in Berlin in 1984 marked the start of a long ongoing and successful career for the band. After a few cassette-releases and compilation appearances, Kindergarten Records - in collaboration with Polygram - released a first 4-tracks EP in 1984, that included the first more accessible, EBM-Electro-like tracks (even though the term 'EBM' was not 'invented' by that time...): The songs 'God's Deneuve' and 'Wodkachaos' became major hits in Italy and abroad and especially 'Wodkachaos' became a REAL classic of EBM later on, when Pankow started touring the world and the song was one of the most requested tracks for Encores at every show!
It was noone less than ADRIAN SHERWOOD who produced their first album 'Freiheit fur die Sklaven' - an album that contained a string of Industrial/EBM-classics such as 'Nice Bottom', 'Touch' or the Prince-Coverversion 'Boys and Girls'. Invitations to Talla's legendary 'Techno Club' in Frankfurt and a number of memorable gigs in Germany, Switzerland and France followed. But it was with the following Maxi-Single 'Kunst & Wahnsinn/Art & Madness' only, when PANKOW achieved their world-wide breakthrough with the maxi (always produced by Adrian Sherwood) being licensed to America (Wax Trax), Belgium (KK Records), Germany (Zoth Ommog) and the U.K.
The following album 'GISELA' was a TOP HIT album in Industrial/Electro both sides of the ocean and entered the charts both in Germany and the U.S., that saw PANKOW touring through 28 cities from March to May 1990. With over 120 concerts in 1990 alone, PANKOW became THE most successful industrial live-act in the early 90ies. The live-album 'Omne Animal Triste Post Coitum' is an impressive testimonial of their sheer live-power.
There were only two more albums (and a number of singles, including the hits 'Remember Me' and 'My Baby can dance') with the original line-up, that included FM, Alex Spalck, A. Gimignani and Paolo Favati: 'Treue Hunde' - recorded and produced in London with Paul Kendall and╩the Remix-Album 'Svobody', that was the first ever industrial album to be released also in Eastern Europe (Czechoslovakia 1992).
What followed is history... Alex Spalck moved to Australia, FM released another self-titled album under the name PANKOW with Gianluca Becuzzi (singer of LIMBO) on vocals and the last 'sign of life' by PANKOW finally was the album 'Wodka, Erdbeeren und weitere Katastrophen' a sort of 'Best of Rarities and never before released demo-tracks'-album.
Sebastian Koch
Audioglobe



Discography:

1983
"Throw Out Rite"
MC

1984
"PANKOW E.P."
EP

1987
"Freiheit Fuer Die Sklaven"
LP*CD*MC

1988
"Pankow Play The Hits Of The Nineties"
12"

1988
"Six Mins Of a Thumping, Pumping, Dubbing Version Of Touch"
12"

1989
"Wet"
7"

1989
"Texas And Paraguay"
7"

1989
"Kunst Und Wahnsinn"
12"*CDs╩

1989
"Gisela"
LP*CD*MCBR

1990
"Freedom For The Slaves"
mLP*mCD*MC╩

1990
"Pankow Show You Their Dongs"
12"*CDs╩

1990
"Omne Animal Triste Post Coitum"
LP*CD*MCBR>
1990
"Walpurgisnacht"
12"*mCD

1991
"Rememberme"/"Heads Will Roll"
12"*CDs

1991
"Svobody"
LP*CD

1992
"Stupidity"/"Remembermeremix"
12"*CDs

1992
"Treue Hunde"
LP*CD

1992
"My Baby Can..."
12"*CDs

1996
"Pankow"
CD

1997
"Brenne Europa Brenne"
12"

1997
"Wodka,Erdbeeren Und Weitere Katastrophen"
CD

2002
"Life is Offensive and Refuses to Apologise"
CD


Solo Projects:

1992 FM "Angelus"
LP*CD


Compilation appearances:

1982 "We are the Joy" on"GATHERED"
1982 "Wither" on FREE8212
1984 "Satellite" on "NOUANCES"
1988 "Sickness Taking Over" on "21st Century Quakemakers" Vol. 1
1989 "Sickness Taking Over" Remixed by J. Watt & A. Maharg on RAZORMAID
1991 "Sickness Taking Over" on "NEW BEAT EDIT ONE"╩
1989 "Germany is Burning" on "21st Century Quakemakers"Vol.2
1989 "Me and My Ding Dong" Remixed by J. Watt & A. Maharg on RAZORMAID U
1991 "Me and my Ding Dong", "Wodka", on "AREZZO WAVE"
1991 "Hell Like Run", "Run Like Hell", "Nice Bottom", "Rememberme" on "CONTEMPORARY"
1991 "Love is The Biggest Pig" on "SONORA 2/91"
1991 "Remembermeremix" Remixed by J.Watt & A.Maharg on "CYCLE TWO SECTOR FOUR"
1992 "Love is the Biggest Pig" on "ELECTROCITY Vol.1"
1992 "Florence is Dead" remixed by Andrew Burton on "FUNKY ALTERNATIVES 7" G
1993 "Treuhund" on "CONTEMPOROCK 93" (Mexico)
1994 "Let me be Stalin Live", "Hell Like Run Live" on Kodex TonKunst 4
1994 "Z.Z.Walhalla" on "CALL OF THE BANSHEE"
1994 "Touch-XCD001 remix on "GARGULA MECňNICA"
1995 "Me and my Ding Dong" on "BLACK BOX"
1995 "B-Reality" on "MAGNETIC SUBMISSION" (as KOWP)
1995 "Liebe Ulrike" on "CRASH"
1996 "Kunst und Wahnsinn" on "BEST OF ZOTH OMMOG Vol.1"
1996 "Z.Z.Walhalla" on "CALL OF THE BANSHEE" 2nd Edition




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