A Friday Factory Tune to commemorate this month’s 20th anniversary of German reunification, “Bear Cage” by The Stranglers. It’s a confused but amusing bit of Cold War equivalency evoking a divided Berlin (the name of the city comes from the German word for “bear.”)
Always loved the chanted part of the refrain: “Gee, (G.) I’m (M.) living (B.H.) in a bear cage
Gee, (G.) I’m (M.) living (B.H.) in a bear cage”
GMBH is the acrononym for Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung, a limited liability company.
The B side of this 1980 single was topical, too — “Shah, shah, a go go.” Here’s a live version from a 1979 concert in Paris, a great set showing The Stranglers at their inventively most aggressive. That’s Dave Greenfield playing the analog synthesizers.
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