Bodo is the street paper sold in western German cities Dortmund and Bochum. The publication’s vendors were falling over themselves to share their thoughts on the songs they hold dearest to them. Here’s what they said about the tracks they chose.
Stefan (50) on the old school soul of Tower of Power’s ‘You’re Still a Young Man’ and the classic rock of Herman Brood’s ‘Rock n Roll Junkie’: “I think Tower of Power are just one of the best soul bands in the world. I could never get tired of them. Herman Brood has been with me my whole life. I can’t count how many times I’ve seen the two bands live.
Marcus (44) on Scorpions’ ‘Wind of Change’: “I heard this song for the first time when I visited relatives in the former DDR [East Germany]. Since then I can’t get the song out of my head.”
Chris (35) on the shiny metal riffs of ‘Midway’ by Sabaton: “In 2015, I was at Wacken Open Air, one of the biggest metal festivals. Those were some great days, of which I remember Sabaton the most. I like the historically accurate lyrics.
Guido (51) on ‘Fishing Junks at Sunset’ by electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre: “I like the complex structures of the song. You discover something new every time you listen and no matter how often you hear it.”
Jessi (37) on 2Pac’s ‘Changes’: “I like hip-hop best. To name a special song is difficult. But with 2Pac, you can never go wrong.”
Vendors Harald, Kijas and Christian chose Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Bad Moon Rising’, Pink Floyd’s ‘Another Brick in the Wall’ and king of pop Michael Jackson’s ‘Billie Jean’, respectively.
Frank (58) who sells bodo in Wattenscheid, chose German new wave hit ‘Blaue Augen’, as performed by the band Ideal. “This song was released in the 80s – I think I was just 16,” he says. “I believe the music you listen to at that age, you remember all your life. That was just another time. There was still a disco on every corner and always tensions between poppers and punks.”
Listen to the full playlist here.
Editing by Tony Inglis