On Second Thought
Baader Meinhof - Baader Meinhof

By: Peter Parrish

Posted 09/24/2007 - 10:36:38 AM by cwperry:
 I'm thrilled to see this album here. So thrilled that, even though I haven't had time to read this article, I had to chime in to say thanks for covering it.
Posted 09/25/2007 - 10:19:34 AM by boilingboy:
 I second that. In fact, for years I thought I was the only person who even knew about this album. Good to see someone giving it its props.
Posted 09/25/2007 - 03:05:24 PM by cwperry:
 Having read the article now, I can't think of anything to add about the album itself. Haines, however, first mentioned Baader Meinhof in the Auteurs song "Tombstone" on After Murder Park, revealing his interest prior to the recording of the side project. The Baader Meinhof group also got a hefty amount of attention from Chumbawamba on their 1991 LP Slap, which is bookended by tracks "Ulrike" and "Meinhof," named for faction member Ulrike Meinhof herself. Haines is a notorious pot-stirrer; perhaps he just wanted to be outrageous. That's usually a lazy claim, but here I think it might well just be the reason. That said, Haines is a longtime favorite of mine and I'm always excited to see his work appraised in print.
Posted 09/26/2007 - 08:13:51 AM by P_Parrish:
 I agree there's a definite pot-stirring aspect to this (as there is in much of his stuff!) - the reason I tend to feel there's something deeper is the care and research which has gone into the whole project. At the very least, I think Haines has an interest in Baader-Meinhof beyond "using" them to shake people up. Thanks for the comments; I'm also pleased to find other people who love this record!
Posted 09/26/2007 - 12:35:49 PM by cwperry:
 Mr. Parrish: I agree that Haines has something deeper in mind, to be sure. He does love to stir the pot; but, you are right, Haines doesn't simply stir to be stirring. Thanks again!