… under this motto I present you my music tip for the weekend.
Maybe one or the other discovers something new.
Consciously listening to music is, in my opinion, as important as reading a good book.
Today: Wolle Kriwanek Band – Bescht of … Live
Kriwanek was born and grew up in Stuttgart-Stammheim. His first musical experiences date back to his youth. His revival experience is considered to be a televised concert by Mahalia Jackson in the mid-1960s, which he later described in the song Sing Hallelujah. Kriwanek was one of the first musicians in Germany to combine blues and rock music with dialect in general and Swabian in particular. He participated in young talent competitions as early as the 1960s, but did not achieve musical success until the 1970s, when German-language rock music began to establish itself.
In 1969, he graduated from the Wirtschaftsgymnasium in Stuttgart and then studied English and geography at the Pädagogische Hochschule in Ludwigsburg until 1972. From 1972 to 1974 he taught at the special school for the learning disabled in Ditzingen. From 1974 to 1976 he studied pedagogy for learning disabilities and behavioral disorders at the Reutlingen University of Education (now the Department of Special Education at the Ludwigsburg University of Education). He passed the 2nd state examination from 1976 to 1980 at the “Metter” school (school for the learning disabled) in Bietigheim-Bissingen. After that, due to the success of his musical career, he spent several years as a professional musician.
In the mid-1980s, Wolle Kriwanek returned to his original profession as a teacher, with a new residence in Backnang. Since 1986 he worked at the Bodenwaldschule of the Paulinenpflege Winnenden, a special school for educational assistance in Winnenden.
For many years he was a juror at the festival for young musicians at the street festival in Backnang and in the 1990s he wrote a column about young musicians in the national newspaper “Sonntag Aktuell“. In 1996, he became the first chairman of the Rockstiftung Baden-Württemberg, based in Baden-Baden. In 2003, this initiative gave rise to the Popakademie Baden-Württemberg in Mannheim, Germany’s first university where artists and music managers can study in depth.
He died unexpectedly in April 2003 from a rupture of an artery due to a congenital cardiovascular defect that had gone undetected throughout his life. He was a member of the American Heart Association.
Kriwanek was married and had a son.
His first attempts in the late 1960s to sing the blues with Swabian lyrics were still largely ignored at the Stuttgart radio station SDR. Kriwanek’s first success was his victory with the song Sunny at the Schlager competition at the Backnang street festival in 1971. In 1975, both his victory in the SDR competition “Best Songwriter of Baden-Württemberg” and the success of the German-language rock music of Udo Lindenberg The Swabian found his way into the mass media, for example to an appearance on ZDF’s “Drehscheibe”, where he Purple Tilla, a ragtime piano underscored by a Mocking song about the color preferences of a lady, but sang High German.
In several pieces Kriwanek combined Swabian lyrics with English expressions in an ambiguous way, e.g. on the 1976 single Badwanna Blues, in which simply the traditional tub bath on Saturday night before the ARD-Sportschau (“Then I feel me so well, from the head down to the soul”) or also in the later title Reggae Di uff?.
Kriwanek’s career since 1975 was marked by the collaboration with Paul Vincent, who wrote almost all songs together with Wolle Kriwanek and supported his Swabian singing with the slide guitar. At the end of the 1970s to the beginning of the 1980s, the two released several LPs, mostly as Wolle Kriwanek & Schulz Bros. At that time, the song Stroßaboh was written, a musical hunt for the last streetcar of line 5, which, however, leaves that evening without the singer. In an English version, the song reached the 10th place in the sales charts of the United Kingdom.
An ironic commentary on the space boom of the time, expressed among other things in the books of Erich von Däniken or in the film Unheimliche Begegnung der dritten Art, as well as the self-image of the Swabians, was contained in 1977 in Kriwanek’s song UFO, in which a hiker is surprised by a flying saucer. When the visitors from outer space attempt to provide information in High German, they respond with the request “Hey, guys, talk Swabian, like me! Kriwanek also worked up motifs from folk material, including the winter songs Draußa em Wald, Es schneielet and En meiner Stuaba, of which he recorded Swabian blues rock versions, or the Enne Denne Dubbe Denne, inspired by a children’s counting rhyme.
Kriwanek’s lyrics mostly dealt with the lives of ordinary people, ironically describing the dreams of petty bourgeois, such as the office worker who in the song Babylon fantasizes of a life as a pharaoh, complete with limitless wealth and power, of the bank clerk who, in song Easy Rider counting money through the dream of a Harley-Davidson distracted, or by the arrogant driver of a Mercedes 500SEwhich is reflected in the so-called “PS Waltz”. I drive Daimler ultimately only turns out to be a chauffeur. In the early 1980s, Wolle Kriwanek was a frequent guest on Südwest 3, including an appearance together with Caterina Valente.
Even after he returned to teaching in the mid-1980s, he continued to perform as a musician. At that time, the Wolle Kriwanek Band included Kriwanek on vocals and guitar and long-time comrade-in-arms Paul Vincent († 2016) on slide guitar, as well as Mick Brehmen († 2010) on bass, Dieter Stümpfl on drums and Uli Eisner on the mixing desk.
Wolle Kriwanek has contributed music for several sporting events, including the track Ready, Steady, Go! for the 1986 European Athletics Championships in Stuttgart, a song for the
of Mercedes in the Formula 1, and the title Stuttgart kommt! for the VfB Stuttgart. His last work was a song about the inner-German bid of Stuttgart for the Olympic Games in 2012.
The Wolle Kriwanek Band continued to perform under the name Vincent Rocks since Kriwanek’s death in 2003.
Also as a non-Swabian certainly interesting.
Handmade, earthy rock music with rustic lyrics.
And wool was cult !
Have fun listening to this album !
Your Chris Weigold
P.S.: Maybe you enjoy the listening pleasure together with a Glass of wine from our “Orchestra of Cultures Edition”.