I'm In Love With A German Film Star (1981) - The Passions - All about the song ...

"...We rehearsed at Clink Studios in Southwark, which meant 'standing with your elbows on the instruments and sipping some really bad coffee...'

History of the song "I'm In Love With A German Film Star" (1981)

"I'm In Love With A German Film Star" (1981) / "I Love A German Film Star" is a romanticized song by the British post-punk band The Passions. It was released as a single on Polydor Records in January 1981. Reaching number 25 on the UK Top Chart, "I'm In Love With A German Film Star" became the group's only single.

The Passions
The Passions

History of the song

The German movie star that Barbara Gogan sings about is not Klaus Kinski, Rutger Hauer, or any other brutal handsome man of 1980s cinema who comes from Germany... The lyrics are addressed to Steve Connolly, a British actor who was quite popular in the late 1970s years on German television. Connolly competed in The Clash vs The Sex Pistols and also rose to fame playing the Joker in the miniseries Das Ding!

Barbara Gaugan
Barbara Gaugan

Later, The Passions bassist David Agar said:

“This song was written quickly, and, as if, was born by itself. We rehearsed at Clink Studios in Southwark, which meant “standing with your elbows on the instruments and sipping some really bad coffee…” Clive (Timperley - guitarist) and I played three chords that Barbara really liked! She took a notebook and began to write something ... An hour later she sang: "I love the German movie star ..." We liked her text! Then Richard - our drummer - took drumsticks with the words: "This is a hit single!" The song really turned out to be cool, very unusual for us ... "

By the way: with the release of the song, many listeners were delighted with the interesting sound of the bass drum. To reach it, The Passions signaled through a vocoder!


"I'm In Love With A German Film Star" was released in the winter of 1981, as a full and only single from The Passions. The B-side featured the more dynamic "(Don't Talk To Me) I'm Shy".

The song was released on vinyl under the label Polydor Records.

A little later, "I'm In Love With A German Film Star" adequately decorated the band's second album called Thirty Thousand Feet Over China (Thirty thousand feet over China).

The album cover...
The album cover...

Covers by other artists

Formed by former Nirvana member Dave Grohl, the American rock band Foo Fighters released "I'm In Love With A German Film Star" as the b-side to their single "Best of You".

 The Pet Shop Boys, with Sam Taylor-Wood on vocals, did a pretty good cover and contributed a full-length “Symphonic Mix”!

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