Jâgèñflürg - Leben (1975) by Tom Hogan published on 2012/06/29 00:08:40 +0000 Taken from Tom Hogan's Obscure Music History (www.obscuremusichistory.com) --- Electronic dance duo Jâgèñflürg were at the forefront of musical innovation; one of the pioneer groups of the electro genre. Their album "Leben" is considered way ahead of its time. Exactly 9 years ahead of its time, in fact. Most distributors and record shops only began selling the album in 1984, and the record was universally panned by critics for being conventional, unexciting and dated. Jâgèñflürg’s Ulrich Fallon soon corrected critics by saying that the recording had been made and sent to distributors in 1975, but due to a major postage error, had apparently only reached shelves after almost a decade. “It all makes sense now,” wrote critic Paul Dimpleg in his apology response to the band. “No self-respecting band would dare churn out such rubbish recordings in this day and age. Now that I know it was made in 1975, it is obvious that Jâgèñflürg were pushing the boundaries of composition in that era, using technology that would have only been in prototype form. That drum machine wasn’t even available commercially until 1981! Truly amazing. Verging on the impossible!” “Yeah,” said Fallon, responding to the article. “That’s right.” To this day, listeners aware of its 1975 context are genuinely surprised that it wasn’t made in 1984, making "Leben" a continually relevant, interesting and – thanks to the hallucinogenic coating on the album cover – commercially successful. Interesting Fact: The band changed their name from Jagenflurg to Jâgèñflürg.