Partysnäks (Ink Records) 1982. Some mysteries just need to be solved and one such mystery is the one surrounding Bera Maor who recorded the excellent song Männer on this obscure NDW compilation from 1982. The story goes that Bera Maor recorded an album on this same label (INK). It was listed in the insert of Partysnäks as the seventh release on the INK Label (INK 007) but I believe Geld Her! by Croox is actually INK 007. Compounding this is the fact that there is very little actual evidence that a solo Bera Maor record exists. I have never seen a copy of it and I do not know anyone who has seen a copy. The only record in the INK library to come after INK 007 is Partysnäks so here is my theory; I think Bera Maor recorded an album and it was going to be released on INK Records. In fact, INK was so certain of its release that it listed it as a release in Partysnäks. However, Partysnäks ended up being the last INK release because, as obscure independent labels were apt to do, INK went out of business. If my theory is correct, there is an unreleased Bera Maor album out there somewhere and my guess is that the people who are in possession of it do not realize that it would be of great interest to hear today. This is my theory. I have no factual evidence to support these claims other than my gut feeling based off of how the record has been listed in various places as well as chronologically where the records falls. So someone out there prove me wrong (or right…ha!).
With regards to the rest of the album, it is a decent NDW release. A lot of it feels like an inside joke of some sort but I feel that way with a lot of NDW so maybe that is just a genre convention. The Bera Maor song is really the standout and I would love to find additional information on this band. Especially if there is an unreleased album out there.
Croox – Mensch & Ton
Ela Eis – My Clown
Topolinos – Mustafa
Lunapark – So Verliebt
Gift Gibt Kraft – Kuk Da Der Maschiin
Jazz-O-Mat – Jazz-O-Mat
Bera Maor – Männer
Europa – Keine Lust Auf Diese Party
Reifenstahl – 45 Sterne
Kunst=Stoff – Schluckauf
Don Bartnick – Der Koffer Aus Rio