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After The Fire – Der Kommissar (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on December 3rd, 2012

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1982

R E Q U E S T

“Der Kommissar” is a song first recorded by Falco in Austria in 1981, covered a year later by British rock band After the Fire. After the Fire’s version featured English lyrics by the band’s Andy Piercy. The single debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 on December 2, 1983. After spending 14 weeks on the chart the single peaked at #5 becoming the bands only US hit. In the UK “Der Kommissar reached the #47 position on the UK singles chart.

SIDE A:
Der Kommissar (Dub Version) 4:50
Engineer – Michael Frondelli
Remix – Bruce HarrisGregg WinterJane Brinton

SIDE B:
Der Kommissar (Specially Extended Remixed Version) 5:43

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Mint (generic)

CHARTS:

Year Single Chart Position
1983 Der Kommissar U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #5
1983 Der Kommissar U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks #4
1983 Der Kommissar U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play #17

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Epic – 49-03490
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 RPM
Country: US
Released: 1982
Genre: Electronic
Style: New Wave
Credits: Producer – ATF*, John Eden
Written-By – FalcoR. Ponger*

NOTES:
Special version from the Epic Lp: “ATF” FE 38282
Mastered at Columbia NY
Mix titles are not listed on labels

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

SOFTWARE USED:
Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Adobe Photoshop CS5
ClickRepair
dBpoweramp
Playlist Creator

RESTORATION NOTES:
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

PW: burningtheground

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23 Responses to “After The Fire – Der Kommissar (US 12″)”

  1. JonEthin Says:

    Thanks Paul!!! SO the vocals on this release are not from the infamous Falco? I always wondered about that.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome JonEthin. Nope the vocals are not Falco 🙂

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  2. Christian Says:

    Thanks, Paul! Isn’t that a rather cryptic label, with no parenthetical remix titles? I have the b-side version on a couple of CDs; I’m interested to hear the a-side.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Christian. I noticed on most of the US versions of the single the remix titles are not listed very odd. I think you will really enjoy the “Dub Version”.

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  3. bigar Says:

    I always considered this version completely pointless and greatly inferior to the original mostly due to the vocals. The dub has much less of these (still too much, they are seriousely bad singers) so it is a bit more bearable. It is not a bad version but still does not come close to Falco. A shame Falco never released a proper 12 Inch for this song.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    I like this version as well as Falco’s. I don’t think it was meant to have great vocals. If I remember correctly Falco encouraged english groups to record the song since his version only made to #22 in the US. Love Falco though 🙂

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  4. ned Says:

    Laura Branigan also recorded Deep In The Dark around the same time.
    Had the same music, but different lyrics.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Hi Ned yes she did and her version was pretty cool too 🙂

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    oldDJ Reply:

    Thanks for tip Ned. I’d never heard this version. Nice live version on YT.

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    ric Reply:

    Deep In The Dark was supposed to be the first single off Laura’s second album, but record company pulled the plug as they were pipped to the post by After The Fire.
    I have no doubt Laura’s would be a big hit too, given her track record in releasing hit cover versions.

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  5. oldDJ Says:

    I’ve always *loved* the vocals on this version.

    They have a fantastic offhand, disinterested vibe to them.

    The music is so insistent and the vocals so cooly detached – and therein lies the frisson.

    A perfect 80s concoction!!!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    OldDJ nicely put 🙂

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  6. Stefano Says:

    Interesting post. I totally forgot this one…

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Enjoy Stefano!

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  7. Jan Says:

    Thanks for this! Their version was played on radio and a hit in South Africa. I really like the Dub version. 🙂

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  8. Agvo Says:

    Hmmm, the links seem to be broken now, fyi!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Agvo try going to the post through the main blog instead of the Archives. I know the links are working 🙂

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  9. Agvo Says:

    Got it Paul, thanks! Curious, is there any plan to put the old Multiupload posts on a working server? Love the site!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    I am working on it. there is about two years worth to fix 🙂

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  10. Matt Says:

    Great song. Thanks

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  11. Panatrónico Says:

    Wunderbar!!!

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  12. Richard the Big Bunny Says:

    Fun! Thank you. I’ve not heard this in ages! I do own the Falco version. 🙂 I’m sure I have the After The Fire radio version on a compilation CD, too.

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  13. Jaden Says:

    Another one of my favorites! Thanks

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