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This summer will see Friedrich Liechtenstein, professional flâneur, ornamental hermit and Berlin's most enigmatic entertainer, release a long gestating and highly personal opus of the heart; the prized family silver of his oeuvre: The concept album BAD GASTEIN. Jaded by Berlin's night-life, the singer and storyteller par excellence dreams his way to the heart of Europe, to a mountain spa town shrouded in legend. The Monaco of the Alps: Bad Gastein. Friedrich Liechtenstein has sought out the help of some like-minded individuals to take the album from idea to reality: prize-winning Berlin producers and sound art duo Carl Schilde and Anselm Venezian Nehls, aka HEAVYLISTENING. They tell the story of BAD GASTEIN in ten pieces of multifaceted pop music. The morbid charms of this city of stone and water are evoked via string quartets and synthesizers bolstered by manifold pop references which continuously tread the rocky path between noble and trash. Falco, Yello, Wagner. The true story behind the album begins, as related in its first single and prelude BELGIQUE, BELGIQUE, in 1958. It leads Liechtenstein's long-time alter ego – the Kinky King – not only into the warm embraces of the Blue Belle Group dancers, but also to his rebirth as Dolphin Man via a bathing accident. The tale ends at the meeting point of all pan-European eccentricities: Bad Gastein. Both kings and deer have sought the radon-rich waters of the region's hot springs to salve their wounds. Now, dozens of art nouveau hotels gradually decay. On the Goldberg – the golden mountain – tourists celebrate après-ski, and below moulders Falco's buried private cinema. It is from such fertile ground that Liechtenstein's concept album BAD GASTEIN springs to life. In the shadow of the Bad Gastein Congress Centre, a symbol of grandly failed modernity blasted into the rock, we accompany the shattered Kinky King on his final trip: from the international yet generic Eurotrash of the alpine ski cabins through the imperially hallucinogenic Badeschloss château to his final show in a deserted hotel salon. He shoots his ELEVATOR GIRL up in a lift toward the ultimate peak before failing, ever the love-stricken KOMMISSAR D'AMOUR, in one final act of seduction. Liechtenstein is made for the future, but is the future ready for him?
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