Der Plan ‎– Normalette Surprise

Ata Tak ‎– WR 007
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM, 45 RPM, Album, Maxi-Single

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Normalette Surprise
A1 Lebdoch
Lyrics By – Wehner*, Pyrolator
A2 Renate
Voice [Aua] – Vera Galaktika
A3 Meine Freunde
A4 Sie Hat Mich Verlassen
Drums – Frank Sanden
A5 Pausen-Sassa
A6 Wenn Der Sonne Ist Verblüht
A7 Kleine Schlager-Revue
A8 Frl. Nicol
A9 Ich Bin Ein Komputer
A10 Robot-Bolero
A11 Generäle Essen Erdbeereis
A12 Das Insekt
Lyrics By – Rainer Kirberg
Wat's Dat?
B1 Wat's Dat?
B2 4 Stapfen Im Schnee
B3 Zurück In Die Atmosphäre

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Side A: 33 ⅓ RPM
Side B: 45 RPM

On the front cover: "Langspielplatte 33rpm Stereo".
On cover rear: "45 maxi: derPlan: 'Wat's dat?' & 14 weitere Schlager"

Track A3 - auch auf Cassette TWI 007 "From Brussels With Love"
Track A12 - aus dem Film "Der Plan" von und mit Rainer Kirberg

Comes with a printed inner sleeve with lyrics in German and English.

According to MoritzR in "Der Plan - Glanz und Elend der Neuen Deutschen Welle" (ISBN 3-927795-08-9) the cover of the first edition opened to the left side, because the fishing robot was mistaken for the front cover in the printing plant. This was corrected in the second printing.

This is also a 1986 or later pressing on Ata Tak with same catalog number but with orange labels and EFA logo printed on the cover.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society: GEMA
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): WR 007 - 33
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): WR 007 - 45

Other Versions (5 of 8) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
BB 105, BB105 Der Plan Normalette Surprise · 23 Elektronische Schlager(LP, Album, RE, 180) Bureau B, Bureau B BB 105, BB105 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
OPT LP 003 Der Plan Normalette Surprise(LP) Optional Records OPT LP 003 US 1981 Sell This Version
BB 105 Der Plan Normalette Surprise • 23 Elektronische Schlager(CD, Album, RE, RM, Dig) Bureau B BB 105 Germany 2012 Sell This Version
MR-006 Der Plan Normalette Surprise(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Blu) Medical Records LLC MR-006 US 2011 Sell This Version
MR-006 Der Plan Normalette Surprise(LP, Album, RE, TP) Medical Records LLC MR-006 US 2011 Sell This Version



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October 8, 2016
edited about 1 year ago

Der Plan’s esthetic is reminiscent of the wild side of the Residents but in a more electronic approach. Worthy successors of the krautrock bands, Der Plan always incorporate a good dose of weirdness in its music. Der Plan also launched the Ata Tak label on which we’re many of the 1980’s german bands.

On the cover of 'Normalette Surprise', there’s a robot fishing in the Ata Tak unique visual style. The 1st side plays at 45 rpm, for a better sound. Right from the first note, one can tell that Der Plan has its own sound, which is a mix of bizarre industrial/surrealist. 'Back to the atmosphere' is a nice and tripped piece. Obviously, Der Plan doesn’t take itself too seriously. The second side plays at 33 rpm and has more songs. 'Renate' has a sonic esthetic that evokes society’s alienating aspect. The album is scattered with dark pieces that alternates with naive ones. This contrast is reminiscent of some of the Residents’ records. But Der Plan does it in a more structured way ; pieces are always definite. In 'Pausen Sassa', a little instrumental track, the guitar sounds like Snakefinger. The band sings in german but the inner sleeve (vinyl edition) has the original lyrics and their translation into english. 'Kleine Schlager-Revue' is a collage with an orgy of sounds and german dialogues that evoke different times of german history. 'I am a computer' is a strange song with the modified voice of a computer saying that he’s happy, he has no problem and he doesn’t want to be human… a hell of a nod to Kraftwerk’s 'Computer World'. It end with 'Das Insekt', a minimalist and ironic track on the insects’ role in man’s life.

Der Plan has produced good music only found on rare 45’s, so it’s difficult to find a record with all of their good pieces. The CD 'Geri Reig Und Normalette Surprise' includes their first two LP’s and songs from a rare 45’s that was include in 'Fix Planet', a compilation produced by Der Plan. It’s a good start to discover this particular band.

© Alain Cliche 2016