** 500 copies** Die Tödliche Doris was born out of West Berlin’s lively post-punk community in the early ‘80s. Along with Einstürzende Neubauten, Malaria, Sprung Aus Den Wolken and Frieder Butzmann, Die Tödliche Doris ranks amongst the Geniale Dilletanten – which roughly translates as “ingenious dilettantes” – who sought to democratize cultural productions beyond the grip of both Western capitalism and GDR socialism. The Geniale Dilletanten became synonymous with a free-for-all approach to music, film, painting and performance where participants encouraged raw expression through provocation and experimentation. Wolfgang Müller and Nikolaus Utermöhlen founded Die Tödliche Doris in 1980, presenting the public persona of Doris as a constantly shifting entity that deliberately engaged the contradictions of the human condition. The band often referenced themselves in the third person singular, alluding to Doris as a fully-formed female character with explosive, colorful emotions.
As part of the celebrations for the group's 40th anniversary, here is the fifth title in Suezan Studio's bunch of Die Tödliche Doris releases. "Sechs" was originally released in 1986 on Ata Tak. The title - 'six' or 6 in German - refers to a continuation of numbers hidden on earlier vinyl releases of the group. This is actually the second part of "Die 5. Unsichtbare LP", the first part is the LP "Unser Debut", which is also re-released separately. On both LPs the individual tracks feature the exact same length. Both albums (well, all three to be exact) were conceptualized at the same time, but recorded at different locations and at different times. All compositions, lyrics, titles complement each other, but can also be listened to and enjoyed on their own. If you play both records at the same time you will hear "Die 5. Unsichtbare LP" ("The 5. Invisible LP").