P1/E were an early Neue Deutsche Welle outfit from the heart of Berlin. Though the band has very little recorded output (a handful of songs, a few assorted remixes, and some live recordings at best), the songs they constructed were catchy, influential, and memorable in an emerging synth-scene.

Most well known of the band’s contributors is Alexander von Borsig, an avant garde musician most reknowned for his work in avant-industrial act Einsturzende Neubauten under the name Alexander Hacke. Other projects of Borsig’s include early solo cassette recordings (which will more than likely be featured here in the future), work with Crime and the City Solution, material recorded under the name Sentimentale Jugend, with famed heroin-addict cum-superstar Christine F, and most recently- a stage production with dark-humored English trio the Tiger Lillies.

P1/E were an ephemeral band…and after disbanding in 1981, many of the other members joined various other outfits, none of which managed to make as much of an impact as P1/E (Hacke excluded, naturally). Despite some deep scouring, I’ve only been able to track down three songs from this band, being their first single and a remix of their best-known track- ’49 Second Romance.’ If anyone happens to have their remaining output, most especially the collected bits and bobs lp Second Offender, I’d be tickled pink if you could pass it my way…Otherwise, here are all three tracks I’ve got, uploaded for your pleasure:

download P1/E- ’49 Second Romance’
download P1/E- ‘Dependence’
download P1/E- ’49 Second Romance (Disco Mix)’

Here’s something worth a bit of a laugh…I’m not sure precisely where this comes from (the only information on the video tag claims it was recorded on May 6th…year unknown), but here is a youtube video of a ‘reunited’ P1/E performing ’49 Second Romance/Do the Locomotion’ with Alexander Hacke on vocals. Equal parts funny and equal parts enjoyable:

…and for anyone who knows their German, here’s a main hub website for the band, featuring an in-depth discography, some press clippings, a few tracks from other post-P1/E projects, and assorted remixes and mashups of ’49 Second Romance.’


3 Responses to “P1/E”

  1. […] vast world of early 1980s synth. Michael Hirsch was previously active in Alexander Hacke’s P1/e, while Allan Rae Smith also released a record with Modern Entertainment, his previous punk […]

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