Country: UK (made in West Germany)
Price paid: $3
Purchased at: Books and Melodies, Syracuse NY
Laß mich rein laß mich rauß.
The German group Trio are probably best known today for their smash hit and cult classic ‘Da Da Da, Ich Lieb Dich Nicht, Du Liebst Mich Nicht, Aha Aha Aha” (aka ‘Da Da Da’.) They released four studio albums between 1981 and 1985 and no fewer than ten singles.
‘Anna Letmein Letmeout’- aka ‘Anna (Let Me In, Let Me Out)’- was their third single released, immediately following ‘Da Da Da.’ It failed to have an impact in the US or UK, but undoubtedly charted handsomely in their homeland (citation needed.) Stylistically and lyrically it’s very similar to ‘Da Da Da’ with its simple deadpan tongue-in-cheek delivery.
The sleeve is rather unattractive, to my sensibilities anyway. It’s a scaled-up version of the 7″ art (or the 7″ art is a scaled-down version of this 12″); I don’t own the 7″ so I can’t tell you which size works better aesthetically. The grainy (probably copyright free) image is a dull grey field graffitied up with greenish felt tip marker scribbles. Whatever potency/serenity the original design might have had is marred by a large yellow circle (not sticker) proclaiming that this is a ‘MAXI LONG VERSION 45.’ The original 7″ version runs about 2:40 while this extended mix stretches out an expansive 4:45, prolonging your enjoyment of this slow plodding tune considerably…