Into the Groovy #69 - "Das Omen"
June 9, 2016 8:13pm CST
Tonight's Into the Groovy (#69) takes us to Germany, home of Mysterious Art. Mysterious Art were a German synth-pop group formed in 1988 by keyboardist Michael Krautter, and featuring vocalist Nicole Boeuf. The band scored big in Germany with their 1989 #1 single, "Das Omen." In fact, it was in a German nightclub that I first heard and fell in love with it. Had I not spaced it out, it would have ranked highly on my recent Favorite Synth-Pop series. Why I didn't buy it while I was in Germany, I have no idea, but when I got back to the States, I made getting the album, Omen- The Story, a priority. Took me two years, but I finally was able to get it after several unsuccessful attempts at special ordering it. "Das Omen" is an all-time synth-pop dance tune. It's even got a "spooky" opening, which is actually a great lead-in to the group's infectious dance groove. Call it the great synth-pop tune that you may never have heard.
very rare Ultrasound 12" Mix
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• Louisville, Kentucky
10 Jun 16
I think MTV didn't think that synth pop existed outside of England, because I don't ever remember them playing this or any band from anywhere other than the US or the UK with a synth feel. And that's weird, because who more or less invented synth? Kraftwerk!!
• Denver, Colorado
10 Jun 16
A bit ironic, to say the least. Pretty much any keyboard-oriented band cites Kraftwerk as a major influence, so why they overlooked bands like this or Camouflage, I have no idea. Especially since Camouflage sounded a lot like Depeche Mode. You'd think they would have been all over that.