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Boomkat Product Review:
Digging into the roots of NDW (Neue Deutsches Welle), Bureau B reissue Der Plan's seminal and influential 2nd album 'Normalette Surprise'. Following the raw experimentalism of their debut album only a year prior, and a surprise hit single with 'Da Vorne Steht Ne Ampel' (included on the flipside here with B-side tracks as bonus), Der Plan arrived at an often surreal style of electronic schlager or "hit songs", slyly crossbreeding their art-pop with archaic German pop to give birth to the NDW sound, which in turn would spawn groups such as Thomas Fehlmann and Moritz Von Oswald's Palais Schaumberg, and to a certain degree, decades on, V/Vm. The sound on 'Normalette Surprise' was so pop sharp and relatively accessible that even major labels were knocking on their door by this point, but aside from licensing the single to Teldec, the group remained independent on their own Ata Tak label. Inside there's the irresistible ditty 'Leb Doch', and more sinister electro-pop like 'Gerenäle Essen Gerne Erdbeereis' next to straight-up Schlager collages like 'Kleine Schlager-Revue' and the more warped varieties of 'Wenn Der Sonne Ist Verbluht'. Fans of twisted pop music from V/Vm to Rinus and far beyond should consider this an essential.