Pankow were an Italian-based combo (led by multi-instrumentalist Maurizio
Fasolo and fronted by vocalist Alessandro "Spalck" Micheli)
that devoted themselves to a dark, expressionist, apocalyptic brand
of electronic body music.
They debuted with a cassette and the EP God's Deneuve (KinderGarten, 1984) and
established their unique style with the album
Freiheit Fuer Die Sklaven (Contempo, 1987) and several extended singles
(Sickness Taking Over, Kunst und Wahnsinn, Touch).
Unfortunately, Gisela (Cashbeat, 1989) lost most of the pathos,
and the singles that followed, such as
Kunst Und Wahnsinn,
Me and My Ding Dong (an industrial version of Chuck Berry's My Ding-a-Ling),
Wet, Remember Me, were more accessible and less aggressive.
The live album Omne Anima Triste Post Coitum (Contempo, 1990)
summarized their career.
Treue Hunde (Contempo, 1992) was less "industrial" and more romantic.
After the mediocre Pankow (1996) the band seemed to dissolve, but instead
they resurfaced with the mini-album Life Is Offensive and Refuses to Apologize (Minus Habens, 2002), a hodgepodge of outdated styles.
Pankow's collaborator Paolo Favati formed
Life Is Offensive and Refuses to Apologise (Minus Habens, 2002) was still worthy of their past, whereas the mini-album Fuckart (Minus Habens, 2004) was largely self-indulgent.
Topping both was Great Minds Against Themselves Conspire (Wheesht, 2006),
that marked a reunion of the original line-up and unleashed the closest thing
to their original cyber-furor.
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