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Around 1980, there were new movements inside the German punk scene, lead by labels like ZickZack Records and Ata Tak. They included New Wave influences like synthesizers inside punk music, which resulted in the so-called. Some bands began to play experimental punk rock, using computer effects or synthesizers. Some of these bands were the Deutsch Amerikanische Freundshaft (DAF), Extrabreit, Joachim Witt, Trio, Rheingold, Fehlfarben, and Der Plan. This last collective summed up the idea of NDW nicely as a way to create Electronic Schlager. International succes is there for Nina Hagen & Spliff. In East Germany the NDW was picked up by groups like Silly and Pankow.

True punk certainly didn’t pass Germany by however. There was a very anarchistic punk movement called Deutschpunk with groups like Slime, Ohl and Mittagspause. There was also more melodic punk with die Goldenen Zitronen, Die Artze and Der Toten Rosen as the best examples. Punk mixed with electronics give birth to the Industrial scene. Groups like Einsturzende Neubaten, Die Krupps, Din A Testbild and again DAF experiment with sounds and teutonic (electronic) beats.
Midway the eighties many German artist take the revenues of the NDW and mix them with the Liedermacher tradition. Groups and artists like Sandra, Nena, Propaganda, Cosa Rosa, Ideal, Ulla Meinecke, BAP, Peter Schilling and Ina Deter have national and international succes with this. Some new artists stay true to the Liedermacher music like Herbert Grönemeyer and Marius Muller Westerhagen. Even old Schlager artists try the NDW for size. Some with commercial succes (like Italian singer Milva) some with artistic succes like Marianne Rosenberg.

The Hi NRG disco and NDW seem born for each other with both electronics as basis. A group like Modern Talking profits from this. At the end of the decennium the mix was complete when German music got its electronic message it send to the world returned in the form of house.





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