Thursday, June 23, 2016

At Da Diner Dö Dep: Peter Behrens and "Dep De Dö Dep"

German drummer, actor, musician and clown Peter Behrens sings today's random tune, which is a mashup of Suzanne Vega's Tom's Diner with his own lyrics that he titled Dep De Dö Dep. Behrens is the illegitimate son of an American GI who grew up with an adopted family. He toured in Europe and Africa as a drummer for several bands, and played with the Krautrock band Silberbart in 1971 on a psychedelic record that is now a collector's item. In the late 70s, he attended circus school in Milan and became a clown and pantomime artist. In the 1980s, he joined the German band Trio, in which he played drums standing up, and which became well-known for the minimalist hit Da Da Da. He overcame a drug and alcohol problem in the late 80s and devoted himself to social work and solo music work (which was not successful for the most part). In 1988 Dep De Dö Dep was the official song for the European football championship, and in the late 80s he acted in a few movies. He is currently in a band again, called Peter Behrens (Ex-Trio) & Drei Mann im Doppelbett, which released a song written by ex-Trio fans and for which Behrens' first music video was produced. You can find this song, Dep De Dö Dep, on his 1990 album of the same name.