Naturally, a band called TH€ $OUND OF MON€¥ must always be about exchange. In the case of “More? Why Not! – An Anagrammatic Exorcism of the 60s”, the emphasis is on exchange of letters – and, consequently, also of the identities of its members:
SILKE AURA ACID has been a veteran of the early 90s Munich Acid House and Techno scene – probably most legendary for accidentally burning down DJ Hell’s record collection in 1991 – and since been a resident DJ, clothes and jewelry designer on the isle of Goa with her own brand “Ultra Aura”. With TH€ $OUND OF MON€¥, she is re-inventing herself by the anagram of CLAUDIA KAISER, former lead singer and songwriter of Munich’s very first all-girl band DIE MOULINETTES, a nice little success act in the late 90s, especially in Italy and Japan (as trenchantly described in her own book “Rocken und Hosen”). Kaiser has chosen for herself the character of the dignified pop songstress, a bit in the Nico vein, but without the junkie bullshit.
B.R. ÖLSPACHTEL, the internationally acclaimed master painter in the Big-Heavy-German-Oil-On-Canvas tradition of Markus Lüppertz, A.R. Penck and the likes, has stunned the world with awe-inspiring, archaic works like “Schwere Genitalien”/”Heavy Genitals” (1989), “Das Drehkreuz/ The Revolving Cross” (1994) or “Ernte I-XXIII/Harvest I-XXIII” (2005-8). His trademark: Mixing colours with his own vomit. He has anagrammized himself into TH€ $OUND OF MON€¥ as ALBERT PÖSCHL, endlessly productive mastermind of Munich’s underground-across-all-genres record label Echokammer, a genius reckless in every respect, and especially so towards his audience. Yes, success has brushed Pöschl once in a while (as lately with Munich’s Krautwave heroes Das Weisse Pferd), but he didn’t let it harm him.
MR. ALTKLEIDER, INC. is the name of a notoriously subversive international fashion and art collective, attacking the public attention guerilla-like with semiotic nuclear bombs like their bold collection “Ja, so Kennedy”, crossbreeding the timelessly hip 60s vintage Mad Men aesthetics with equally timeless Bavarian folk dress, which indirectly caused the infamously rampant “Mods vs. Milk farmers” riot at the Munich Oktoberfest 2003. One of their members now has stepped out of the MR. ALTKLEIDER, INC.’s self-imposed anonymity to join TH€ $OUND OF MON€¥ under the anagram name of MARTIN LICKLEDER – his persona being the unstoppable amateur enthusiast and would-be one-man disco orchestra, playing, rhyming and dancing along with every 2-cent band that can’t get away fast enough, among them more or less known Munich household names like DIE MOULINETTES, SUZIE TRIO or OKTOBER FOLK CLUB.
SAKRA DEL FIRENZE was a cultishly revered scream queen in Italian B and C movies of the hugely obscure post-Giallo era in the late 80s and 90s. Her wide open eyes and gaping mouth were steady assets of VHS treasure chests of postmodern gore such as “Risorgimento Sarcastico”/”Kill, Garibaldi, Kill!” (1989), “Una Lucertola con la Pelle di Donna Pt. 2”/“Slasher Without A Cause” (1992), or “Trema!”/”Shudder to Death” (1994). After a longer stint behind the camera – which gained her the title “Only camerawoman on Earth to film the pope on his way to the toilet” – SAKRA DEL FIRENZE has relocated to Munich, the self-acclaimed “most Northern city of Italy”. From there, she is now finally returning into the limelight with TH€ $OUND OF MON€¥ as FRANZISKA ERDLE: Embodying the never-screaming drummer and percussionist, providing her effortlessly professional session skills to various high-profile Munich bands as TRISKA or BUTTERSIDE DOWN.
DANDY SHAKEERA made his name as the tattoo artist who had needle access to the rich&famous’ most unspeakable places. Celebrated (yet never to be spotted) works of his, among many others, are the Empire State Building on Cher’s labia minora and the three winking dwarves under George Clooney’s scrotum. In 2002, Forbes magazine ranked him at #8 on its worldwide “V.I.P.s of the V.I.Ps” list. Yet, after getting bored with the endless prospect of canvasses consisting of upscaled private parts, SHAKEERA jumped at the invitation of his old friend SAKRA DEL FIRENZE to anagrammatically re-design himself, maybe a bit over-ambitiously, for the artwork of “More? Why not!” as ANDREAS HYKADE, creator, director and animator of numerous children TV series (“TOM & das Erdbeermarmeladebrot mit Honig”/”TOM & the Slice of Bread with Strawberry Jam and Honey”), music videos (“10 Kleine Jägermeister” by DIE TOTEN HOSEN, “The Riddle” by GIGI D’AGOSTINO) and short films (“Ring of fire”, “Love & Theft”, “Nuggets”), with over 50 awards worldwide and retrospectives at, e.g., MOMA N.Y. or the Animpact in South Korea. He was also the only German artist to be presented at Banksy’s adventure park Dismalland. He has taught animation at places like Harvard University and the Royal College of Art in London, and is today director of the Institute of Animation at the Filmakademie Ludwigsburg.
Musical guests on “MORE? WHY NOT!” (all happily perched in their state of being – no need for anagrammatical exorcism here):
Werner Aldinger, trombone, owner of Munich’s prestigious jazz label enja&yellowbird records and musician with Munichs No. 1 ska band BLUEKILLA
Rochus Boulanger, trumpet, marvellous epigrammist and musician for every occasion, specializing in postcards, pop concerts (with acts like SUZIE TRIO, TELA REPORT), and funerals
Dr. Gertrud Huber, zither, not only a brilliant player of but also one of the foremost musicological authorities on this very challenging Alpine instrument
Carsten “Erobique” Meyer, piano, German Discoteer and Entertainer No. 1 from Hamburg – collaborations with TOCOTRONIC, ANDREAS DORAU, DJ KOZE (in their band INTERNATIONAL PONY) et al.
Kiki Lorrig-Wossagk, back vocals, fabulous drummer and singer in the fields of Punk, Low-Fi, and Bossa Nova with legendary Munich bands DIE MOULINETTES and LAND OF SEX &GLORY
Enno Pallucca, bongos, drummer with bands like the German punk legends DIE GOLDENEN ZITRONEN or DISKA and secret rockstar in Germany’s most petite big city Fürth
Wolfi Schlick, sax, passionate funk, fusion & jazz activist (EMBRYO, POETS OF RHYTHM) and spiritual head of Munich’s widely traveled and ever busy EXPRESS BRASS BAND