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The music of the Roaring Twenties

The best way to get started is of course with the Comedian Harmonists. The sextet is considered the best-known German group of the time and was also internationally successful. Songs like "A friend, a good friend" or "Veronika, the spring is there" are immortal classics. After the First World War, the conventions were broken further and further. The nightlife of the "Roaring Twenties" was downright exuberant and revealing. This was especially true in the big cities, but people also liked to meet in the country to dance in the clubhouse.

A dance wave sloshes across the pond

During this time, classical dances such as the waltz or foxtrot were danced, but tango was also very popular. Even before the First World War, the disreputable tango had spread across the country against all opposition from the emperor. At the end of the 1920s, however, the new dances from America attracted particular attention: Shimmy, Lindy Hop and, above all, the Charleston once again triggered a veritable wave of dance and caused horror among the churches and conservatives.

Golden times for the hit

Aside from the big classics and American imports, the hit changed quite a bit in the twenties. For example, numerous nonsense texts were composed - inspired by Dadaism. Examples are: "Who just rolled the cheese to the train station?" or "My parrot doesn't eat hard eggs". Also nice: "You were bathed too hot as a child". But the twenties weren't all crazy hits. The lyrics were pretty frivolous at times. "Miss, don't you want a child of mine?", "If Elisabeth didn't have such beautiful legs", "If I need love, then I'll go to Pauline" are all titles that express the somewhat more permissive morality that Back then it was mainly in the nightlife. Back then, the musicians were masters of the subtext, for example in "My sweetie wants to go sailing with me on Sunday", which was sung in a version by Paul Goodwin.