The story behind Yelping Fraud
(Excerpt from the booklet of "Songs from his basket", 2008)
Yelping Fraud is a German band that was formed in the early 70s. Its members had played live together for approximately four years when military, civil service and vocational training put an end to their appointments to “rehearse” - as they often japed regarding their musical ambitions. Yet even when the band practically fell into paralysis because of the absence of their members, the creative hobby was saved. Manuel Munoz maintained his piano playing and invested in modern studio equipment to satisfy his needs. Reinhold Schumann did something similar and tried to preserve their songs by recording them with the occasional help of either Friedhold Fediuk or Gert Janenzky who took the part to play any instrument, sustaining the feeling of somehow still being creative in the original formation. This led to a diversity of places to do the taping, dependent on where the former members could meet. On the CD "Songs from his basket" no live recordings in the genuine formation are present. Yelping Fraud worked by consecutively recording one instrument after another on a four track tape recorder (o...