KREUZBERGED: BERLIN COMPANION

Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin

A QUESTION OF TIME

Berlin of the 1980s was a magnet attracting new people, new bands, new artists. The city’s imperfection, its messiness, its open ends juxtaposed against the ultimate barrier, the Wall, running through it, created a perfect breeding ground for all those who thought precious little of elegant white fences and of norms and regulations.

One of the then new arrivals was a British band, Depeche Mode.  They found here both perfect music-making and recording conditions (at the legendary Hansa Studios in Köthener Straße in Kreuzberg) as well as an enthusiastic, devoted audience.

Not only in West Berlin or West Germany – Depeche Mode won the hearts of many, many East Berlin and East German fans. The same happened in Poland – something to which the author was herself a witness and active participant: I discovered Depeche Mode as a 14-year-old in the People’s Republic of Poland and remain one until today, as a citizen of the German Federal Republic, too.

Depeche Mode are frequent guests in Berlin and their concerts are sold out every single time. But what was it like back in the 1980s, in the DDR? Now, thanks to the documentary available via #ARD #Mediathek you can have the taste of it yourself.

It is available for watching until March 13 (unfortunately in German only) here. Enjoy it!

You will also enjoy the author’s favourite early Depeche Mode video recorded in Berlin in the early 1980s and featuring among others, the #U1 viaduct in Kreuzberg, the Wannsee lido and Hansaviertel in Tiergarten: “Everything Counts”.

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