Has it really been fifteen years since ohGr’s Welt was released? It has! And we’re doing an album commentary podcast in its honour. We talk about the record’s odd mix of pop and industrial, its forecasting of post-reunion S’Puppy, and so much more are taken up on this week’s episode of We Have A Technical. How does Welt connect with the larger industrial zeitgeist of its day? Around which art-punk band did the band which would go on to be ohGr first form? Is Welt indirectly responsible for the popularity of aggrotech in North America? All of these questions and more are answered! You can rate and subscribe on iTunes, Google Play Music and Stitcher, download directly, or stream from the widget down below!
Great episode. Side note: had my first breakup while this album was playing ;-;
hmm.. dude, the words to earthworm, “each is everywhere”, not “leeches everywhere”. You’d think you guys would do your research instead of just guessing mid-podcast….
What’s your source for those lyrics? Official CD booklet?
back when ohgr had an official website for Sunnypsyop, there was a dedicated page for lyrics to both Welt and Sunnypsyop. I can confirm that the lyrics were given as “each as everywhere.”
to be clear I didn’t post the original complaint, and make no justification for the rudeness of their response.
SAY IT TO MY FACE BRANT /jk
You also might think it’d be nicer to point out a perceived mistake in a polite way instead of being a dick, but hey, internet I guess.
Internet indeed. Hell, I thought it was “The mainstream 92%” instead of the “The mainstream antidepressant” on Pore for an embarrassing amount of time. That’s why I asked for a source; a lot of people strive to piece together Ogre’s lyrics but most seem to be over-enthusiastic fans whose eagerness to “get in on” his lyrics exceeds their reliability as auditory parsers.
Man, I just cannot stay out of discussions today. Must be the coffee.
On a more positive note, great episode. To add to your discussion of ‘Cracker’, I’ll throw in that I think ‘Pore’ is dealing with some similar themes (and was the B-side on the Cracker single according to wikipedia). I’ve always seen Pore aas kind of being about Ogre having conflicting desires to stay away from the mainstream and to still have his work recognized/appreciated. “The laughing dying culture pop / The famous moldy party hop … The grazing herd the lemming goat / The move toward the moving from … The psychotronic talking box / The mainstream antidepressant”… it’s like a desperate rant against popular culture. But the refrain expresses mixed feelings: “Ultra, ultra, get me in there / Ultra, ultra, get me out.” It’s like he wants to break through to a larger audience but at the same time he wants nothing to do with the bullshit politics of more popular music.
Mmm, Gohgrt. I always loved it when my mom packed it into my lunch box with a side of Skinny Pupchips.
unDeveloped was really my first taste of ohGr, but I enjoyed it enough to explore the band’s previous discography and I’m glad I did. Welt for me was a really good listen, although I think I would say Devils in my Details would be my favorite album of theirs. It is kind of difficult to say that, however, when I have enjoyed all four of the albums that I have listened to.
I remember receiving this CD and listening to it and digging it hard and thinking I was going to get to witness Ogre becoming a huge pop star on the back of it and how weird that was going to be. Which didn’t happen, but listening to this podcast and the talk about how weird this album apparently is was weird for me, but that apparent weirdness would certainly explain why I was so wrong about his eminent pop stardom. I guess I really don’t have a good barometer for what weird is – but then it’s all relative and subjective anyway isn’t it?
Anyway, excellent choice of album for this series.