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Germany has always had a big music market and had the influence from rock 'n roll right from the start. Think about the American military that brought the music with them. Literary since Elvis served in Germany. And then the Beatles starting out in Hamburg. If you keep this in mind it is almost a wonder that German pop not only kept a own sound but that they also kept singing in their own language.

The existence of a 'german sound' in a market that could easily been taken over by the Anglo-American one is a good example of what we mean when saying that the local social-cultural elements are influencial on European pop. The post-war trauma, the wall, Berlin, experimenting with electronics, musical influeces from Cabaret, Oom-pah and Volksmusik, a pride of being German and so on.

This translated itself not only in the schlager market, that stayed German-sung, but also the pop and rock market. And economically Germany was big enough for these artists to make a living. Even big enough for other European artists from Italy, France and the Benelux to translate their hits in German.

From the teutonic beats of Rammstein to the electronics of Kraftwerk. From Nina's punkgroove to the pop-schlager of Marianne. From the german rock of Lindenberg, Reiser & Grönemeyer to singersongwriters like Wolf Biermann and Peter Maffay. It is all very 'German'.

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