On today’s exciting instalment of ‘Trans Europa Express’ : How Peter Gabriel help me get my German A-Level….
Not a lot of people know that Peter Gabriel was in the habit of re-recording whole albums in German and this is – appropriately enough – a German recording of ‘Games Without Frontiers’.
As older readers may recall, back in the 70s we didn’t just have Eurovision to warm our competitive European hearts, we also had the European version of ‘It’s A Knock Out’ – Jeux Sans Frontières, in which teams from (Western) Europe would compete in the sort of wacky games now beloved at horrific corporate bonding away days – for example dressing up as Ostriches and throwing eggs at Belgians. Think ‘Wipeout’ crossed with Euro2016.
It all got surprisingly competitive and I can’t help feeling that the Brexit referendum would not be necessary had we not just channeled Nigel Farage’s frustrations into dressing as a giant snail somewhere on a rain-soaked athletics ground in Ghent.
It was satirised by Gabriel in today’s entry from 1980. So it is a song about European (dis) harmony sung in German: that should get me double points and as a result I am playing my joker today….
Choices from Roy and Andy are below, whilst the list so far is here