Boomkat Product Review:
Patiently awaiting its go on the reissue carousel ’til now, Die Tödliche Doris’s inspiring, Blixa Bargeld-produced debut LP “ “  turns up on Superior Viaduct’s excellent États-Unis series to help join the dots and plug a gap in myriad NDW, art-punk and experimental collections - especially considering that original, 2nd copies have long been unaffordable. This is real art brut punk music; feral, playful, freakish, anti, immediate, subversive and oblique. A must-check record if you’re into anything from Mars to Frieder Butzmann, Malaria or Wolf Eyes!
“Die Tödliche Doris was born out of West Berlin's lively post-punk community in the early '80s. Along with Einstürzende Neubauten, Malaria, Sprung Aus Den Wolken and Frieder Butzmann, Die Tödliche Doris ranks amongst the Geniale Dilletanten – which roughly translates as "ingenious dilettantes" – who sought to democratize cultural productions beyond the grip of both Western capitalism and GDR socialism. The Geniale Dilletanten became synonymous with a free-for-all approach to music, film, painting and performance where participants encouraged raw expression through provocation and experimentation.
Wolfgang Müller and Nikolaus Utermöhlen founded Die Tödliche Doris in 1980, presenting the public persona of Doris as a constantly shifting entity that deliberately engaged the contradictions of the human condition. The band often referenced themselves in the third person singular, alluding to Doris as a fully-formed female character with explosive, colorful emotions.
For her debut album – originally released on Zickzack in 1982 and playfully titled " " (that is, blank space surrounded by quotation marks) – Doris most closely entertains the notion of a typical rock band with drums, bass and guitar. Produced by Neubauten's Blixa Bargeld, the thirteen songs presented here are disquieting lullabies of profound anxiety, savage and primitive deconstructions of German polka and manic lacerations of punk minimalism: all reflections of the many and fractured personalities of Doris.”