The new FSK longplay album has long arrived. You can order the vinyl edition here or have a listen here.



Nude Descending a Staircase

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F.S.K. Nude Descending a Staircase.

Buback / Indigo / Finetunes — 11.05.12 (via German Spex)

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Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle

Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle [Vinyl LP]


„Geniuses‟, was my dear Swabian friend’s comment, who is well versed in studying the German feuilleton and a loyal reader of Spex.

It was he, who pin pointed the strategic alliance, F.S.K. (Michaela Melián/Thomas Meinecke/Justin Hoffmann/Wilfried Petzi/Carl Oesterhelt) had with the German feuilleton.

How did F.S.K. obtain such admirable standing?

Costume design Betty Flintstone
from the Flintstones


FSK’s secret sauce

The Munich band had mastered niche marketing two decades prior to its discovery by marketing. The band had their high brow allies write their chronicle for them, thereby continuously creating new meaning for their band brand. The feuilleton got what only they can be spin doctors at, twisted associations and overly complicated stuff. Media for educated people to bang their heads at, providing delusions of higher education. Learned and accustomed to trajectories also had a place in their media mix such as by addressing the resemblance of Michaela’s voice to Niko’a from Andy Warhol’s Velvet Underground.


I like it set in stone as does Fred Flintstone

FSK thought leader Thomas Meinecke in a recommended German language interview with Maurice Summen.


Same as with the Beatles, it’s the friendship captioned in band photos, the exceptional coming together of individuals blessed with self understanding.

Much like Heimat is Germany’s only worth while ad agency, FSK are Germany’s Greatful Dead, with a long lasting loyal following. And a difference, FSK provide thought leadership in contemporary pop culture.

A must for everyone, with a desire to explore what makes the German Design Nation tick.


A video by Juno Meinecke and Jonas Spriestersbach.


F.S.K. is a product of fashion & despair


Ready Made subway billboard

New York Metro billboard for Ready Made software start-up.


Where does Marcel Duchamp come in?

Two life-time friends I hold dear, associated their work with Marcel Duchamp. Bob Crozier’s start up is named Ready Made or Ready Mades, a term coined by Marcel Duchamp, and Thomas Meinecke with F.S.K. have a reference to Duchamp’s best known cubist painting “Nude Descending a Staircase” built into the title of album No. 14. Coincidence? I think not.

Insanely great if we can get Van Dyke Parks interested in producing FSK’s next album, fly them all to New York to help with the launch party for the start up. Insanely great when Rachel Sterne Haot shows up.