Bernd Begemann
»Fernsehen mit Deiner Schwester«
Haldern Pop Festival 2008

“Understanding the country is still important to me. I've always felt the need to undertake expeditions into the known realm. There's little for us in New York, Rio or Tokyo, an interesting, inspiring holiday at best. We should take a closer look at our immediate surroundings. And if we keep our eyes and minds open, we will encounter utopian landscapes. I have the feeling that everyone here acts as if they know what's going on, but none of them really knows, none of them understands what holds this country together. This intricate clockwork mechanism behind every door. Nobody sees it.“ Begemann is the doyen of intelligent German contemporary music. Like Die Sterne, Bernadette la Hengst and Blumfeld, he hails from Bad Salzuflen, is said to have founded to the label Fast Weltweit and headed for Hamburg in the mid-eighties to seek his fortune. He worked as a TV presenter, travelled the nation in his brown Golf, entertaining crowds as a solo artist and with his bands 'Die Antwort’ and 'Die Befreiung’, he wrote the “ultimate novel on the downfall of the music industry”. Women want his babies. He may have put on weight, but he can still swing those sexy hips and sing emotionally charged, groovy songs. It doesn't matter that they don't rhyme.
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Bernd Begemann is a contemporary German alt/pop singer-songwriter linked to the Hamburger Schule.

Begemann's biological parents were probably a man from Turkey and a woman from Germany, although Begemann admits he does not know. In 1963 he was adopted by Margot and Bernhard Begemann at the fragile age of six months. By the end of the 1970s, in his hometown of Bad Salzuflen (in East Westphalia, Germany) he had become a 15 year old punk. His first band, founded in 1979, was a punk rock band with the "real rebel name", "Vatikan". The members of this band were Bernd Begemann, Frank Jacobs (later in the band "Out of Order" and "Time Twisters") and Martin Stammeier (later, the drummer of many heavy metal bands).

From the middle to the end of the 1980s he was part of the Pop-music label "Fast Weltweit" (almost world wide). It was found by Michael Girke, Achim Knorr, Andreas Henning, Frank Spilker (Die Sterne) and Frank Werner. They released singles and cassette tape samplers, such as Jochen Distelmeyer's (now in the band Blumfeld) "Bienenjäger" with Thomas Wenzel (now in Die Goldenen Zitronen and Die Sterne and the very first Die Sterne single. Even with his connection to "Fast Weltweit", Bernd never released any records with them.

When he was 20, Begemann moved to Hamburg to later create the band known as "Die Antwort" (engl.: The Answer). With Die Antwort, Begemann would finally be able to do the music he's always desired. This made the "Hamburg-Ostwestphalen-Verbindung" (the Hamburg-East-Westphalian Connection).

1988 was the year that it finally happened: Die Antwort released its first CD. Produced for 150,000 german marks (by RCA), the CD (called "1987") flopped because, according to some people, the band's "image was too hard for their soft sound". Eventually, Die Antwort broke up as a band.

With respect to his musical attitude, Begemann said: "I only make music because nobody can speak for me. I'm the only one who can. That's why being punk doesn't just mean drinking cheap beer and puking on the sidewalk."

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This song was recorded live
at the Mirror Tent
at Haldern Pop Festival 2008

Video: SpringerParker
Sound: Modo Bierkamp

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