GERMAN POP LYRICS: THE ANNETTE HUMPE STORY: PART 1
This is the first post in a short series focusing on Annette Humpe, a German songwriter who has enjoyed success with many different projects over the last forty years. A large chunk of her career is covered on the compilation “Zeitgeschichte – Das Beste von und für Annette Humpe”.
She first came into the spotlight when she joined Neonbabies, a punk band led by her younger sister Inga Humpe. The band soon proved too small to contain both of them, and Annette formed her own band Ideal. They became more popular that Neonbabies, in fact they were one of the most popular bands in the NDW (German New Wave) scene in the early eighties.
They had several hits but I’ve chosen one of their more experimental tracks, a song from their third and final studio album “Bi Nuu” (1982). It seems my choice is a bit too obscure for YouTube, there is no video for this song at the time of writing.
DIE ZWEITE SONNE Die letzte Modenschau Zeigt nur zwei Farben: Anthrazit und Asphaltgrau Bist du bereit? Geschminkt wie Stahl Schau in den Spiegel Zum letzten Mal Im letzten Film Spielen alle Ohne Gage Die gleiche Rolle Die Nacht wird Tag Der Tag zur Nacht Schau mich an Und dann ins Licht Die zweite Sonne Strahlt ohne Schatten Weißer Leuchtstoff Fließt in die Stadt Die zweite Sonne Glüht durch die Wolken Von Paris Bis Leningrad
THE SECOND SUN The last fashion show Exhibits only two colours: Anthracite and asphalt gray Are you ready? Made-up like steel Look in the mirror For the last time In the last film Everybody plays Without a fee The same role The night becomes day The day becomes night Look at me And then into the light The second sun Shines without shadows White fluorescent light Flows into the city The second sun Glowing through the clouds From Paris To Leningrad