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niedeckenSinger and songwriter Wolfgang Niedecken is best known as the founder and leader of the popular German rock group BAP, and in his homeland, he's a well-respected figure on a par with Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan, performing passionate songs about both personal and global issues.

Born in Cologne, Germany on March 30, 1951, Niedecken formed his first band in 1966 while attending boarding school, and played with several local combos before receiving a degree in art from the Cologne University of Applied Sciences in 1974.

Niedecken formed BAP in 1976, and the band slowly built a reputation among critics and fans until they scored a breakthrough in 1981 with the hit single "Verdamp Lang Her," a powerful song about strained family relationships from BAP's album Für Usszeschnigge! BAP grew into one of Germany's most successful bands, releasing 19 albums between 1983 and 2011, and Niedecken, who combined music with activism by supporting a variety of political and social causes (including anti-racism groups and relief for Africa), launched a low-key solo career in 1987 with a collection of topical songs, Schlagzeiten.

Niedecken paid homage to one of his key influences with his second solo effort, 1995's Leopardefell, in which he performed translated interpretations of 17 Bob Dylan songs. Niedecken had matured into an elder statesman of German rock, often invited to join his friend Bruce Springsteen on-stage when the American star toured in Europe, when his life and career took a dramatic turn in November 2011: Niedecken suffered a severe stroke, and BAP were forced to cancel all future concert dates.

In 2013, Niedecken made a dramatic return to the music scene with a solo album, Zosamme Alt, that celebrated his wife and family as well as his own survival. The album was a commercial success, and Niedecken took a long look at his past and present with the publication of a two-volume autobiography, Für'ne Moment (2012) and Zugabe (2013).

 

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Dylan-related discography

BAP - Vün Drinne Noh Drüsse

BAP - Vün Drinne Noh Drüsse

Wie 'Ne Stein (Like A Rolling Stone)

2006 remaster bonus disc:

Su'ne Morje (One Too Many Mornings)

From "Bess Demnähx"


BAP - Bess Demnähx

BAP - Bess Demnähx

Su'ne Morje (One Too Many Mornings)

1995


Niedecken - Leopardefell

Niedecken - Leopardefell

17 Dylan covers
(see here and Spotify player above)

1995


Niedecken - Ich will Dich

Niedecken - Ich will Dich

Ich will Dich (I Want You) (edited version)
Wo Bess Du Hück Naach, Marie? (Absolutely Sweet Marie)
Komisch (Simple Twist Of Fate) (not on album)

1995 Single from Leopardefell


Niedecken - Jeder's Manchmohl Einsam

Niedecken - Jeder's Manchmohl Einsam

Jeder's Manchmohl Einsam, nit nur Du (It's All Over Now, Baby Blue) (edited version)
Dä Joker Danz (Jokerman) (edited version)
Bovven Huh, Om Wachturm (All Along The Watchtower) (not on album

1995 Single from Leopardefell


BAP - Övverrall

BAP - Övverrall

Leopardenfellhut (Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat)
Vill passiert sickher (My Back Pages)

2002 (Live)


BAP - Schluss, aus, okay

BAP - Schluss, aus, okay

Vill passiert sickher (My Back Pages)

2002 (Live)


Wolfgang Niedecken's BAP - Rockt andere Kölsche Leeder

Wolfgang Niedecken's BAP - Rockt andere Kölsche Leeder

Hurricane

2006 (Live)

On the original 1979 LP:
Alptraum eines Opportunisten (Motorsycho Nitemare)


Wolfgang Niedecken's BAP - Ahl Männer, aalglatt

Wolfgang Niedecken's BAP - Ahl Männer, aalglatt

Like A Rolling Stone (from WAAhnsinn with Wolfgang Ambros, Anne Haigis & Kevin Coyne;  sung in Austrian/Kölsch/English)
Vatter (Father of Night) .(1988 Live - previously unreleased)
see note below

2006 remaster (Live)


BAP - Tonfilm

BAP - Tonfilm

Leopardenfellhut (Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat)

(WDR Soundfiles - 1/16/01 - radio performance)
2007 remaster bonus disc (Live)


BAP - Sonx

BAP - Sonx

Isis  (2004 Live - Hachenburg - in English - prev. unreleased)
Wo bess du hück Naach, Marie? (Absolutely Sweet Marie) (2004 Live - same as on Für Maria single above)

2006 remaster bonus disc (Live)


BAP - Radio Pandora (plugged)

BAP - Radio Pandora (plugged)

Für immer jung (Forever Young)

2008 amazon.de


BAP - Radio Pandora (unplugged)

BAP - Radio Pandora (unplugged)

Señor
Every Grain Of Sand (Jed Körnche Sand)

2008 amazon.de


BAP - Live und in Farbe

BAP - Live und in Farbe

Für immer jung (Forever Young)

Live - 12/1/08, amazon.de


BAP - Rockpalast: 28-11-1981, Markthalle Hamburg

BAP - Rockpalast: 28-11-1981, Markthalle Hamburg

Wie 'Ne Stein (Like A Rolling Stone)
Dat bin ich nit (It Ain't Me Babe)

DVD


BAP - Rockpalast: 28-08-1982, Loreley

BAP - Rockpalast: 28-08-1982, Loreley

Wie 'Ne Stein (Like A Rolling Stone)

DVD


BAP - Rockpalast: 5-06-2001, Euskirchen

BAP - Rockpalast: 5-06-2001, Euskirchen

Leopardenfellhut (Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat)

DVD


BAP - Rockpalast: 14/15-01-2006, Kölnarena

BAP - Rockpalast: 14/15-01-2006, Kölnarena

Hurricane

Sascha Gutzeit - duet with Wolfgang Niedecken (English: see Rockt andere kölsche Leeder above).
DVD


BAP - Trassenfieber

BAP - Trassenfieber

Heut Nacht bleib ich hier bei dir (Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You)

2009


bap usbConcert Sticks ans Downloads

30 concerts of BAP's 2008-2009 Radio Pandora Tour were available on USB "Concert Stick" format or as downloads.
Für immer jung (Forever Young) was performed on all 30 shows
Nix anderes em Kopp (License To Kill) was performed in Lüneburg 03-11-2009 and in Koblenz 03-13-2009

Doubtfull

Although these three are sometimes listed as Dylan covers, they are not translations of the Dylan lyrics and so are not true covers.
In the albums' liner notes Niedecken writes he was "inspired by Dylan" to write them. Dylan is not co-credited.

Wolfgang Niedecken's BAP - Rockt andere kölsche Leeder .(1979)

Alptraum eines Opportunisten (Motorsycho Nitemare)
see entry above for 2006 remaster bonus disc

BAP - Zwesche Salzjebäck un Bier (1984)

Zofall un e janz klei‘ bessje Glöck (Simple Twist Of Fate)

Wolfgang Niedecken & Complizen - Schlagzeiten (1987)

Vatter (Father of Night)

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