The Year 1984
After the surprising success of "Opel Gang", the Hosen were regarded as "Germany's Number One Punk Band" and they struck whilst the iron was still hot. Although Breiti and Campino were hamstrung performing their obligatory alternative service in the state psychiatric hospital in Duesseldorf, the band still found time to record the single "Kriminaltango". Once again in conjunction with the actor Kurt Raab, the Hosen were able to display for the first time their marked appreciation of classical music.
The true Heino
Shortly before that the Hosen had descended upon their gallic neighbours in the form of a "Cooltural " tour to France sponsored by, of all people, the Goethe Institute! In April the home crowds were unsettled by the spectacle of the so-called "true Heino". Norbert Haehnel did a fast and furious playback number by the "genuine Heino". Biff Bang Wallop Kerpow!
Recognition from abroad wasn't long in coming. The legendary BBC radio presenter John Peel invited the Hosen to London and they subsequently released the "John Peel Session" on the B side of their "Liebesspieler" single. And because everything seemed to be ticking over famously, they gave inspiration free rein, culminating in "Unter falschen Flagge", the second Hosen LP. This time the Pop-Punks received good reviews in the press from the word go. Progress!