Long black eyelashes frame Gabi Delgado-Lopez’s eyes. He looks into the face of the beholder. His bare skin is sweaty. You can only imagine what he just did. Did he dance or did he fight or did he have sex?
Gabi Delgado-Lopez and Robert Görl look beautiful and young and strong on the simple cover of their album “Alles ist gut”, but also melancholic, seductive and vulnerable. Robert Görl announced on Monday that his friend and colleague Gabi Delgado had died the night before.
“Everything is good” was published in 1981. You had never heard such music before. And many who heard them were not the same afterward. Conny Plank produced this epochal album. Gabi Delgado-Lopez knew that German American friendship made history with it. He was not prone to flirtatious modesty and said what it is like: “Today 80 percent of the music that is played in clubs is produced according to DAF rules. There is no stanza and no chorus. What we created in music was, how to say, from the steam engine to the combustion engine. ”
The sound of the German American friendship was simple, yet rhythmically complicated. Robert Görl is a jazz drummer. He also programmed the sequences for the Korg synthesizer.
Sex and electronics, that’s it
Gabi Delgado-Lopez came up with the cover of “Everything is good”. He was an artist and dancer, a singer and poet. He wrote texts for Görl’s body music, which usually consisted of no more than ten lines. He varied them in the repetition of singing. “As if it were the last time” is quickly quoted, for example: “Push yourself against me / As firmly as you can / Kiss me / Love, kiss me / Kiss me, my darling / Please do so / As if it were the last time / Give me / As much as you can / Believe me / I love you, my darling / Give me your kisses. ”
DAF was often about sex. Delgado called it his musical initiation when he heard Donna Summer’s “I feel love” for the first time in a gay disco: “I thought sex and electronics, that’s it. That’s it.”
The “L” intoned Delgado in his songs with lust and exuberance, like some pop singers of the thirties. He sang his vowels with dark coloring. He played with historical references when he recalled the melodramatic style and vocality of Adolf Hitler during the lecture of “The Mussolini”.
DAF made music for the grandchildren of the war generation and their biggest hit was this “Mussolini”. New wave kids all over Europe danced in every disco where you could play the piece.
In “Mussolini”, DAF took their love of provocation to the extreme: “Get on your knees / And clap your hands / Move your hips / And dance the Mussolini / Dance the Mussolini / Dance the Mussolini / Turn right / And clap in the hands / And make Adolf Hitler. “A driving beat and vocals. At some point, Jesus Christ rhymes with communism. In the background, voices of women sounding as if they were casting spells. Back then, everyone jumped wildly through the air on the dance floors and gently bumped into each other.
Of course, DAF had to listen to the accusation of fascism. But far more scandalous for West German society in the 1980s was that they looked like gay men in their tight leather clothes. Her other hit, “The Robber and the Prince”, was a gay fairy tale that the Brothers Grimm could have written had they been queer.
Gabi Delgado-Lopez had been living in Cordoba for fifteen years, where he was born in 1958. His father, a philosophy teacher, had had to flee from Frankist Spain “under adventurous conditions in a night-and-fog operation”. Gabi’s mother accompanied the father, a loyal Communist, to Germany.
“My father was an educated person, but could not speak a word of German, so he started as an assistant at Kabelwerke Rheinshagen,” Delgado told during an interview that appeared in the Taz ten years ago. Gabi grew up with his grandmother. He was eight years old when he came to Germany in 1966. First after Remscheid, then the family moved to Wuppertal. “And when I was brought to Germany, it was my father, my mother, two children, then the third was born in a room. With piss mock instead of toilet, so under human conditions. “
It was radical and political
Gabi Delgado-Lopez was a radical artist and a thoroughly political person. As a child, he was in the anti-imperialist league.
In our conversation, the reason for which was, among other things, Sarrazin’s “Germany abolishes”, he said: “All western countries have a historical debt to the Third World. All of our wealth is based on the misery of the Third World. I am a huge opponent of deportation practice. These poor people who starve to death in their countries, who are persecuted politically or are just economic refugees: we owe these people so much that they all have to be taken in. ”