PRINT March 1997



PAINTERS MARCUS AND ALBERT OEHLEN are no strangers to the world of music. Albert, better known for his abstract canvases, has worked for years in the various incarnations of multitalent Mayo Thompson’s Red Crayola; brother Markus had a mid ’80s disco hit in Germany with his 12-inch “Beer Is Enough” and still plays in many combos. but like other former punk rockers who’ve taken their cues from a do-it-yourself aesthetic, over time they’ve professionalized their dilettantish discoveries, turning them into techniques of taste. With JAILHOUSE, the brothers Oehlen team up with Rüdiger Carl, a “real” musician who, immigrating from the analytic rigor of German free jazz to pop, came looking for trouble: while Carl imports favored sequences of Free Jazz noise and sound effects, hearing in pop tasteless but infectious melodies, the Oehlens question the cultural and historical codes imbedded in this

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