Suzy Andrews: Der Kommissar- Don’t Turn Around / Da Da Da

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Format: 12″

Label: X Records

Country: Germany

Year: 1982

Price paid: $6

Purchased at: The Vinyl Underground, Kent OH

 

“Don’t turn around, look, look, the Kommissar is out and about!”

I had no idea who Suzy Andrews was before picking up this single. Turns out she isn’t quite as esoteric as I first assumed. At least in Germany.

Both of the tracks on this single are from her first LP ‘Suzy Andrews’, released in 1982. Neither saw any chart action.

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Suzy Andrews, circa 1987

Although cheesy as hell, I found these covers thoroughly enjoyable. Being period they have a certain honesty to them that say a more recent ‘ironic’ cover would most probably possess. ‘Der Kommissar’ in particular has a cute pleasant white-girl rap thing going on, very reminiscent of Blondie’s ‘Rapture.’ Her later material from the late 80s through the early 90s is more traditional pop, but this early stuff is delightfully quirky synthpop.

‘Der Kommissar’ was a big hit for Falco (it’s creator), it reached #1 in his homeland of Germany and #5 on the US Billboard Hot 100. ‘Da Da Da’ (full official title ‘Da da da, ich lieb dich nicht, du liebst mich nicht, aha aha ahawas’ by Trio (another German band) reached #2 on the German charts in 1982, #33 on the US Billboard Hot Dance Club.

Aesthetically the 12″ sleeve is non-existent. Despite the generic white sleeve, I don’t believe this is a promo disc since as far as I can tell this 12″ was only released in this fashion.

Suzy’s still at it. She’s got her own Facebook page and everything.

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