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Es geht voran! Die neue deutsche Tanzmusik album art

Contributed by Florian Hardwig on Jul 6th, 2014. Artwork published in .
    Es geht voran! Die neue deutsche Tanzmusik album art
    Source: Buro Destruct. License: CC BY-NC-SA.

    Rare sampler with NDW hits and related early 1980s German music. Exclusive pressing for Deutscher Schallplattenclub, released on Sonocord as 28477–8 (source).

    This pile of band names represents “the essence of 1982 type on a single cover” (Stephen Coles). The most obscure typeface in the mix probably is Neptun (for “Fehlfarben”), originally released in 1900 by AG für Schriftgießerei, Offenbach. I am not aware of a digital version [edit: Peter Wiegel digitized it as Neptune CAT in 2014]. Time Machine is the best digitally available option for the unidentified MICR typeface for “Spliff”.

    The title looks like a free interpretation of Kabel Black. “Jawoll” is probably not a font.

    Track list

    UKW: Sommersprossen
    Trio: Da Da Da
    Falco: Der Kommissar
    ZaZa: Der Zauberstab
    Rheingold: FanFanFanatisch
    Nickerbocker: Puppe (Du Bist A Moderne Hex’)
    Die Doraus & die Marinas: Fred vom Jupiter
    Jawoll: Taxi
    Neonbabies: Alibi
    Neue Heimat: Ich bau dir ein Schloss

    Spider Murphy Gang: Skandal im Sperrbezirk
    Spliff: Carbonara
    Fehlfarben: Ein Jahr (es geht voran)
    Extrabreit: Hurra hurra, die Schule brennt
    Palais Schaumburg: Wir bauen eine neue Stadt
    Nichts: Tango 2000
    Kraftwerk: Das Model
    Joachim Witt: Der goldene Reiter
    Zeitgeist: Anonyme Spieler
    Minisex: Mona Lisa


    • Black Body
    • Times
    • ITC American Typewriter
    • Rockwell
    • ITC Korinna
    • Peignot
    • Neptun
    • ITC Neon
    • Harlow Solid
    • Traffic
    • Tango
    • Contact
    • Helvetica
    • Helvetica Rounded
    • Broadway
    • Goudy Fancy
    • Künstler-Schreibschrift (Bohn)
    • Stencil (ATF)
    • Playbill
    • Amelia
    • unidentified typeface




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    4 Comments on “Es geht voran! Die neue deutsche Tanzmusik album art”

    1. I found the main title face in the Berthold Fototypes catalog. It’s Black Body by Peter Steiner, 1973.

      Black Body

    2. Rafael Nascimento made the digitization of Black Body in August 2020 entitled Volume Dealers.

    3. Thanks for the pointer, Jay! There is also Mekon, drawn by Jonathan Hill and released by The Northern Block Ltd in 2010. Annoyingly Hill doesn’t give credit to Peter Steiner. I’m glad to see that Nascimento discloses his sources.

      Volume Dealers takes a few liberties with the model, and incorporates a second source of inspiration: the cover lettering from Black Sabbath’s Vol 4 album (1972). See also Ryan Corey’s VolumeFour (2018) for another fontification of this piece of lettering. Volume Dealers lacks Black Body’s angled terminals in E F T. The numerals are also quite different. Nascimento’s interpretation comes with a number of alternates, but among the two f’s or the three j’s, none matches the original. It covers the monocular a and the respective glyph from the Black Sabbath cover, but not Steiner’s alternate double-storey form. Most curiously, neither Mekon or Volume Dealers offer a match for Black Body’s cute e. The image below shows, from left to right, Black Body, Mekon and Mekon Alt, and the three e’s from Volume Dealers.

      Volume Dealers is a welcome addition, and since it comes for free (under the Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike license), I won’t be too picky. I still think there’s room for a straightforward and complete digital revival of Black Body, ideally with Steiner’s blessing!

    4. Talking about Vol 4: Erik Marinovich just announced a new T-shirt design made in cooperation with Invisible Creature, featuring lettering that is inspired by that Black Sabbath cover.

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