Neu Electric (later named Neu Electrikk) were a five-piece band based in London, and influenced by Berlin-period Bowie, The Velvet Underground, Neu, Cluster, and Can. The group comprised Dee Sebastian (v, real name Derek Morris), Steve Jadd (gtr, real name Steve Parry), Steve James Sherlock (sax/clar), Nick Hunt (b) and Barry Della/Deller (d).
Having quickly attracted a reasonable following on the synth-dominated London circuit, the group self-financed the single 'Lust of Berlin', which was recorded early in the spring of 1979 and privately issued in May through the SGS plant on Synesthesia. Housed in a nice picture cover designed by Nick Wilkinson, the 7” featured 'Lust of Berlin' and 'Distractions' two original compositions worthy of investigation from collectors of experimental New Wave.
The group issued a 1980 EP on the Synesthesia imprint (tracks: Cover Girl // Practically Isolate / Tape Converse / Hand) in a similar musical vein, using the slightly altered (and even more Krautrock flavoured) moniker Neu Electrikk, as well as contributing a different recording of 'Lust of Berlin' to the synth-Pop compilation Some Bizzare Album in 1981.
Links to Peel
Peel first played their single 'Lust for Berlin' on 14 August 1979 as a link to the previous record 'John Peel' by Norwegian singer Wencke Myhre, sung in German. "You might think 'ah! more strange German noises'," he comments, referring both to the band name and the song title, but adding "no no, the person comes from Harrogate".
Festive Fifty Entries
- 14 August 1979: Lust of Berlin (single) Synesthesia
- 27 September 1979: Lust of Berlin (single) Synesthesia
- 31 May 1980 (BFBS): Cover Girl (7" EP) Synesthesia SYN 1
- 03 June 1980: Cover Girl (7" EP) Synesthesia SYN 1