The World on Hold
German pop music has no political message. This was the lament heard from Udo Lindenberg in 2016 - before he promptly went on himself to record a sentimental, apolitical contribution to his repertoire of late work. The Böhsen Onkelz sounded like a soundtrack for the populist AfD party and right-wing Pegida movement, while the young indie guitar rockers sought refuge in the realm of Neo-Biedermeier and the typically German Schlager hits resurrected the image of women from the fifties. This year artistic and political utopias were only to be found in club music and electronic pop.