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D.A.F. is an influential German electropunk/NDW band from Düsseldorf, formed in 1978 featuring Gabriel "Gabi" Delgado-López (vocals), Robert Görl (drums, percussion, electronic instruments), Kurt "Pyrolator" Dahlke (electronic instruments), Michael Kemner (bass-guitar) and Wolfgang Spelmans (guitar). Kurt Dahlke was replaced by Christian Ludwig "Chrislo" Haas (electronic instruments, bass-guitar, saxophone) in 1979.

The name stands for Deutsch-Amerikanische Freundschaft (literally, German-American Friendship) – a satirical reference to the DSF, the East German Deutsch-Sowjetische Freundschaft (German-Soviet Friendship Organization).

D.A.F's most famous song is the grimly sarcastic "Der Mussolini" from the album "Alles ist gut", a pulsing dance song featuring the lyrics "Dance the Mussolini, move your behind, clap your hands, and now the Adolf Hitler, and now the Jesus Christ, and now the communism ...". The song caused a scandal amongst the more humorless elements of German liberal society. There have been rumours that the group's name is really a tribute to the Deutsche Arbeitsfront (a Nazi labour organization); however, D.A.F.'s style is arguably anti-political, possibly even nihilistic, and most of their lyrics concern more physical matters. At best, they are referenced as a punk band advancing into electronic music.

In interviews they claimed to not target anything or anyone specific while creating lyrics to be taken as a parody of words and phrases floating around in the public media. "Sato-Sato" and "Der Mussolini" are both examples of songs written around Delgado-López's fascination with the sound of a particular word. A few months before the 2003 invasion of Iraq D.A.F. released "The Sheriff (An Anti-American Song)" criticizing American imperialism.

The album "Alles ist gut" (Everything is fine) received the German "Schallplattenpreis" award by the "Deutsche Phono-Akademie", an association of the German recording industry.



  • 1979 Ein Produkt der Deutsch-Amerikanischen Freundschaft, LP (Ata Tak) (reissued in 2000 on The Grey Area)
  • 1980 Die Kleinen und die Bösen, LP (Mute Records) (reissued on CD and LP in 1990)
  • 1981 Alles ist gut, LP (Virgin Records (UK) + (Virgin Schallplatten GmbH) (reissued on CD in 1998 on The Grey Area)
  • 1981 Gold und Liebe, LP (Virgin Records UK) + (Virgin Schallplatten GmbH) (reissued on CD in 1998 on The Grey Area)
  • 1982 Für immer, CD (Virgin Records UK) + (Virgin Schallplatten GmbH) (reissued on CD in 1998 on The Grey Area)
  • 1986 1st Step to Heaven, CD/LP (Ariola)
  • 2003 Fünfzehn neue D.A.F-Lieder, 2x12"/CD(Superstar Recordings) (CD also issued on Subspace Communications)


  • 1980 Kebab-Träume / Gewalt, 7" (Mute Records)
  • 1981 Der Mussolini, 12" (Virgin Schallplatten GmbH)
  • 1981 Der Räuber und der Prinz / Tanz' mit Mir, 7" (Mute Records)
  • 1981 Goldenes Spielzeug, 12" (Virgin Records (UK))
  • 1981 Liebe auf den ersten Blick, 7" (Virgin Schallplatten GmbH)
  • 1981 Sex unter Wasser, 7" (Virgin Records (UK))
  • 1981 Der Mussolini, 12" (Virgin Records (UK))
  • 1982 Kebab-Träume, 12"/7" (Virgin Schallplatten GmbH)
  • 1982 Verlieb' Dich in mich / Ein bisschen Krieg, 12" (Virgin Records (UK))
  • 1985 Absolute Body Control, 12" (Illuminated Records)
  • 1985 Brothers, 7"/12" (Illuminated Records)
  • 1986 Pure Joy 7"/12" (Dean Records)
  • 1986 Voulez Vous Coucher Avec Moi Ce Soir 7"/12" (Dean Records)
  • 1987 The Gun, 12" (Dean Records)
  • 1987 Der Mussolini (Remix) / Der Räuber und der Prinz, 12" (Virgin Schallplatten GmbH)
  • 1988 Liebe auf den ersten Blick '88 Remix, 12" (Virgin Schallplatten GmbH)
  • 1989 Verschwende deine Jugend / El Que, 12" (Virgin Schallplatten GmbH)
  • 1998 Der Mussolini, 12" (The Grey Area) (5-track compilation EP)
  • 2002 Der Sheriff (Anti-Amerikanisches Lied), CD5" (Superstar Recordings) (541)

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