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August 13, 2013 12:01 PM   Subscribe

When you think of Berlin, you think of Cold War thrillers, the Wall, Cabaret and reggea? You do if you know about Seeed, Berlin's finest reggea/dancehall/hiphop music group. What finer way to unwind on a Tuesday evening than with a few of their best songs, like their first hit, Dickes B, an ode to their hometown or perhaps Aufstehn (featuring Ceelo Green), Ding, Music Monks, Wonderful Life or Augenbling are more your style.

If not, there's always lead singer's Peter Fox's solo work (with a little help from the Cold Steel drumline) : Schwarz zu Blau, Haus am See, Lok auf zwei Beinen and Alles Neu (classical music buffs will recognise Shostakovich's Seventh Symphony; UK hiphop fans will also realise Plan B sampled this for Ill Manors(previously)).
posted by MartinWisse (19 comments total) 19 users marked this as a favorite

 
A friend of mine pointed me at the video for Augenbling and it totally rocked my world and had me doing the chair dance while I watched it.
posted by rmd1023 at 12:10 PM on August 13, 2013


Peter Fox's "Live Aus Berlin" DVD was the last thing I bought from an overseas dealer... totally great stuff, even though I barely speak German. Here's an awesome clip of "Schwarz zu Blau".
posted by raihan_ at 12:12 PM on August 13, 2013


This is not a snark but a genuine question: is "reggea" a misspelling, or an ungoogleable, unusually-spelled German underground phenomenon?
posted by googly at 12:19 PM on August 13, 2013


Obviously the latter.
posted by MartinWisse at 12:25 PM on August 13, 2013


(I spell good)
posted by MartinWisse at 12:25 PM on August 13, 2013 [1 favorite]


I figured this guy was saying some crazy shit so I looked up Alles Neu translation and this is the first line:

burned my studio down and snorted the ashes like coke.I slay my goldfish, bury him on the courtyard.

Killed his own goldfish.
posted by Ad hominem at 12:44 PM on August 13, 2013


I just had that Peter Fox album on during dinner the other night, hadn't played it in at least two years. Totally forgot how great it is. This Schwarz zu Blau video is amazing, it was always my favorite track but I had no idea there was a video.
posted by mannequito at 12:45 PM on August 13, 2013


Love, love, love Seeed. They put on an amazing live show. I saw them play in Mauerpark in 2001, so fabulous.

I guess it's not well-known that Berlin has had a very lively reggae scene for many years.
posted by stowaway at 1:13 PM on August 13, 2013


Love this band! Riddim no.1 is my fave. thanks for the post.
posted by OHenryPacey at 1:13 PM on August 13, 2013 [1 favorite]


"I guess it's not well-known that Berlin has had a very lively reggae scene for many years."

i want to know more about this, please :)
posted by raihan_ at 1:38 PM on August 13, 2013


Saw them live in 2006, they were awesome then too. I was so excited when I discovered a few years ago that Peter Fox had solo work out too.
posted by naturalog at 4:01 PM on August 13, 2013


I was hoping Cee-Lo would at least try to sing in German. Aww. Challenge declined!
posted by droplet at 4:31 PM on August 13, 2013


Seeed is very popular in our car/house as well. The other day I was asked to explain "Waste My Time" to my 10 yo son, because that's his favourite song (I think it's pretty good as well - maybe not for kids). Seeed does lots of great stuff with very inventive takes on Heavy Metal and Hip Hop, and their songs are very well produced. But they have also come out with some embarrassing drivel that will rot your brain.
posted by sneebler at 4:31 PM on August 13, 2013


Oh man, I love Seeed. Thanks for the post.
posted by kdar at 6:51 PM on August 13, 2013


Love Seeed! Going to see them in Wühlheide next week!

This video of football pundit Jürgen Klopp synched to "Ding" gives me the giggles every time.
posted by runincircles at 1:23 AM on August 14, 2013


Dancehall Caballeros is the best vid ever tho.
posted by runincircles at 1:24 AM on August 14, 2013 [1 favorite]


No love for Kopf Verloren?
posted by brokkr at 4:11 AM on August 14, 2013


Nice to see German hiphop getting some well-deserved props! Seeed always reminds me of Emanuela by Fettes Brot; probably mostly because I had Dancehall Cabelleros nestled right up next to it in my grad school mixlist.
posted by ariel_caliban at 5:47 AM on August 14, 2013


Okay Seeed rocked tonnes better than I was even expecting, but the stars were their guests North Carolina Cold Steel Drumline. Just staggering
posted by runincircles at 6:22 AM on August 23, 2013


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