FSK (band)

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F.S.K. (Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle, German meaning "voluntary self control") is a German band that was formed in Munich in 1980. It became involved in the underground-part of the German New-Wave-Scene of the early 1980s. The band name is a reference to the German motion picture rating organisation Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle der Filmwirtschaft, which uses the same acronym. Their records were released on the legendary Zickzack-Label owned by Punk-guru Alfred Hilsberg. Later in the decade, they became favourites of British radio-guru John Peel, and were themselves strongly influenced by the independent British music scene of the 1980s. In the late 1980s they became interested in country music, influenced by bands like the Mekons, who also had a special approach to country music. F.S.K. played a lot with David Lowery of Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker and recorded in his Studio in Richmond, VA. In the mid-1990s they discovered Techno and House for themselves. Since then they have been recording in Weilheim in Germany which boasts a rich music scene around bands like the Notwist. Their latest album, First Take Then Shake, was recorded with Detroit House-producer Anthony Shake Shakir.

Lineup[edit]

  • Wilfred Petzi - Trombone/Guitar/Vocals/Percussion
  • Thomas Meinecke - Concertina/Guitar/Vocals/Percussion
  • Justin Hoffman - Electric Piano/Guitar/Xylophone/Vocals
  • Michaela Melian - Bass/Melodica/Vocals
  • Carl Oesterheld - Drums/Percussion (since 1990)

Discography[edit]

as Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle:

  • Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle [Herz aus Stein], 1980, ZickZack ZZ 6 (7" EP)
  • Teilnehmende Beobachtung, 1981, ZickZack ZZ 27 (7" EP)
  • Stürmer, 1981, ZickZack ZZ 80 (12" LP)
  • Magic Moments, 1983, ZickZack ZZ 155 (12" EP)
  • Ça c’est le Blues, 1984, ZickZack ZZ 2001 (12" LP)
  • Goes Underground, 1985, ZickZack ZZ 1789 (12" LP)
  • Last Orders (The John Peel Session), 1985, ZickZack ZZ 1066 (12" EP)
  • Continental Breakfast, 1987, ZickZack ZZ 2532 / Ediesta CALC LP 16 (12" LP) [Sampler 1983 - 1985]
  • American Sector, 1987, Ediesta CALC 32 (12" EP)
  • In Dixieland, 1987, ZickZack ZZ 1987 / Ediesta CALC LP 042 (12" LP / CD) [CD contains Magic Moments EP]

as F.S.K.:

  • Double Peel Sessions, 1989, Strange Fruit Records SFPMA204 (12" LP / CD)
  • Original Gasman Band, 1989, ZickZack ZZ 8000 (12" LP / CD) [CD contains American Sector EP]
  • Budweiser Polka / Cannonball Yodel, 1990, Sub Up Records (7" single)
  • Son Of Kraut, 1991, Sub Up Records SUBLP 12 (12" LP / CD) [in some discographies erroneously referred to as Richmond (VA) where it was recorded]
  • The Sound Of Music, 1993, Sub Up Records subup25 (12" LP / CD)
  • The German-American Octet, 1994, Return To Sender (Normal Records) RTS 8 (CD)
  • Bei Alfred, 1995, ZickZack ZZ 1995 (2xCD) [Sampler 1980 - 1989]
  • International, 1996, Sub Up Records subup28 (2x12" LP / CD)
  • 4 Instrumentals, 1997, Disko B 64 (12" EP)
  • Tel Aviv, 1998, Sub Up Records subup31 (12" LP / CD)
  • Did You See Davidopoulos Hit That Ball (F.S.K.) / Landla (HP Falkner & Cpt. Schneider), 1999, private pressing (7" single)
  • X, 2000, Sub Up Records subup34 (12" LP / CD)
  • First Take Then Shake, 2004, Disko B db123 (12" LP + 7" single / CD)
  • Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle, 2008, Buback BTT 95 (12" LP / CD)
  • Akt, eine Treppe hinabsteigend, 2012, Buback BTT 118 (12" LP + CD)

Compilations[edit]

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