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About Pankow

Part of the Wax Trax! stable of industrial artists, Pankow is a European duo based in Florence, Italy whose core consists of multi-instrumentalist/sample manipulator Maurizio Fasolo and German vocalist Alex Spalck. Dark and nihilistic in the extreme, as well as intermittently scatological, Pankow saw their first domestic release in 1988 with an EP called Freedom for the Slaves. 1989's Gisela, the band's first full-length album, contained a cover of the Normal's "Warm Leatherette," as well as the notorious "Me and My Ding Dong," which musically updated the sensibility of Chuck Berry's "My Ding-a-Ling." "Me and My Ding Dong" was remixed and issued as the centerpiece of an EP entitled Pankow Show You Their Dongs, upon which point the band parted ways with Wax Trax! Pankow resurfaced in 1991 with a live compilation on ROIR, Omne Anima Triste Post Coitum (which translates as "All Animals Are Sad After Coitus"). ~ Steve Huey


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