Monday, July 09, 2007



Harald Hoffmann (voc, key)
Andreas Pasieka (git, voc)
Kurt Hein (b, voc)
Christoph Aengenheyster (dr)
Klaus Kranz (Kurt Hein was followed by Kranz only in Deo)

DEO - Deo (1982)

Electronic, Rock
Style: New Wave (N.D.W), Punk, Synth-pop

Producer - Klaus Schulze

Tracklist :

01 Exakt Neutral (3:56)
02 Bequem (4:35)
03 Killerautomat (2:56)
04 Traum (2:38)
05 Deodorant (2:17)
06 Peepshow (3:46)
07 Ruhrgebiet (2:06)
08 Angesagt (2:01)
09 Let's Go West (3:15)
10 Andre Welten (3:23)
11 Vorbei (3:16)
12 Neonlicht (2:30)

Link to download:

SIGN SYSTEM - Burning Down (1985)

Style: Synth-pop, Italo Disco

Daryl Van Raalte-bass/Michael Adam Admitz-PPG programming/Wolfgang Schlitzer-keyb./Ian Wilson-rhythm guitar, backing vocal/Michael Rolke-sax on track 08/Jürgen Pluta-bass on track 03/All Songs Arranged by Sign System

Producer - Ian Wilson

Tracklist :

01 Man On The Run
02 On Fire
03 Stay With Me
04 Game Of Love
05 You'll Never Change My Mind
06 Unknown Town
07 Burning Down
08 Nobody Knows The Answer
09 Sweet Love
10 Hard Work

Bonus :

from STAY WITH ME 12" (1984)

01 Stay With Me (6:16)
02 Stay With Me (4:20)

Links to download:

Deo was a new wave band from Oberhausen (Ruhr area).Their album with the same title was released in summer of '81.12 wonderful,fresh,cool and punk-like songs with monotnous vocals,keyboards and strange sound effects.The band counts as an uncommon group from the German new wave period,their music is close to Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle and Fehlfarben.It is a wonderful mixture that makes you dance and dream.This made Deo the most sophisticated punkavantgarde band.Their funny texts and usage were impressive indeed.Their producer was the famous Klaus Schulze from Tangerine Dream and from Innovative Communication ,who is is one of the pioneers of electronic music. Check his label, Innovative Communication (
They split up in 1983.One of their best song "Exakt Neutral"was remade by Stereo Total in 2001,after their woman singer found the album of Deo in a second hand shop ,Paris.All the members liked the Lp ,thus they decided to make their own pretty good version.

The members of Deo weren't profi musicians,all they had civil jobs.Harald Hoffmann was a photographer, Klaus Kranz was electrotechnician, Andreas Pasieka studied social pedagogy and Christoph Aengenheyster studied Latin and Greek.Deo has only one released album.

They reformed the band in 1984 under a new name,Sign Sytem.The member were the same,but everything else changed around them.Their new label was Bellaphon with a new producer Ian Wilson (produced also Vasco Rossi),the new musical style was Synth-pop, Disco,Italo with english texts only.Their biggest hit was the Secret Service-like "Stay with me" (1984), appeared also on "I love Italo Disco vol.33" .I think the other songs are good too.Nothing punk or new wave,but nice easy-listening songs with typical 80's sound.
They made only one album.


Harald Hoffmann has been working as a photographer for record-companies, musicians, actors, magazines and advertising agencies.

Andreas Pasieka has a firm,CREATON Musikproduktion and producing music,hearing books,light installations etc.
(CREATON Musikproduktion, Kirchweg 49, 47447 MoersTelefon: 02841/9989138, Fax: 02841/9989139, eMail:

And as far as i know, Christoph Aengenheyster has been working as attorney in Oberhausen.
I dont have info about Kurt Hein and Klaus Kranz .

If you know more about them and the other members, let me know please!!

More info: the page of Harald Hoffmann more photos from Harald


Anonymous Anonymous said...

you have lots of cool stuff... do you have anything by a band called Film Noir? I heard one song "Drowned Kiss" and loved it.. sounded a bit like a female Robert Smith singing.. been looking everywhere.. no luck.. i think the record is called "Never Ending Dream".. it's not english.. not sure if they are from Greece like Magic De Spell

2:54 PM  
Anonymous Ryoga said...

Hello Salty! :)

Don’t be mad at me about that, I know that You had to wait long time for it, but I was busy lat time, I’m sorry. Anyway, here You can find the links for Tm Network, just as You wished I’ve posted everything that I have. I hope this will help You in making post about them :). I think maybe in future I will help again, for example with Polish bands, I have few CDs (Kombi – a great example of Polish synth-pop-rock, similar to Kajagoogoo/Ultravox). I think that it would be good to introduce people from other countries to music from this part of Europe, sometimes bands form East were really good, but were not able to appear in the Western Europe. And again, sorry for making You wait for it so long, I’m busy man ;), I have always something to do, no time for being bored :D.



1984 – Rainbow Rainbow

1985 – Choldhood’s End

1985 – Twinkle Night

1986 – Gorilla

1987 – Gift For Fanks

1987 – Humansystem

8:45 PM  
Anonymous Ryoga said...

Hello Salty! It seems that the links for Lake are down :/. I've only managed to download two albums, and it seems that the rest is now not available. But when I've checked the links at the morning they were fine! Is there a chance for re-upload?


6:38 AM  
Blogger Carlos said...

Hola, Saltyka.

First of all, let me tell you how fantastic your blog is. You have an amazing collection for anyone interested in the 80's.

I have one request: Can you post Missing Persons' "Rhyme & Reason" once again, please? I've been looking everywhere for it, but I've had no success.

Greetings from Mexico!!

6:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Salty,
I agree with the Carlos above, great blog, but could you please upload Missing Persons again? Maybe even in a new post? I would love to hear Rhyme & Reason, as well as Spring Session M and Color in your life.

3:49 PM  
Blogger Carlos said...

Thank you so much, Saltyka.

6:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ryoga!
here are the links for Lake ,enjoy!!:)

lake-so what


hot days


no time for heroes

paradise island




11:07 AM  
Anonymous laake said...

Can you reupload "No time for heroes"

1:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lake links are dead again van you reupload

5:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


1:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please reupload those Lake links once more. Just discovered this excellent band but only have the first 3. Thanks in advance! B

11:49 PM  
Anonymous jones said...

Hey saltyka,

like the posters above, I've been searching for Lake - No Time For Heroes everywhere, I just can't find it.

The whole story is this: I once had some 80s sampler music cassette, and on it, there was the song 'Heroes' - I've been searching for this cassette for years but couldn't find it, I just wanted to know what the song was. I recently found a track listing of the sampler, I was so happy... but then I couldn't find the song anywhere.

I'd really appreciate it if you could reupload "No Time For Heroes" for me, or maybe just "Heroes" from that album.

8:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi im back with Lake-No Time...album,enjoy!

Lake - No Time For Heroes


2:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please a blog with all Innovative Communication releases ... someone please ?

7:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello saltyka,

actually I like your blog a lot but from time to time you seem to be "recoding" songs. i wanted to know it exactly and did an in-depth analysis on the sign system release which is allegedly 256 kbps. in fact it's identical to the 192 kbps release done back in 2004 also available on the ITEE blog. it's easy to figure out because the songs start abruptly (i. e. miss some seconds at the beginning) just as the old release. i dunno why you do such kinda stuff, but I hope that you realize that you cannot make a release better by boosting up the bitrate. greetings joe

1:44 AM  
Anonymous said...

This won't succeed in reality, that is exactly what I think.

5:06 AM  

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