My Introduction to The Searchers
When I was 12 years old, I was a dyed-in-the-wool Beatles fan. Growing up in the former GDR, animated footage from the beat era was rare and hard to find.
It was either 1988 or 1989 that TV station ARD (which is a German public TV station, similiar to BBC) broadcasted an edition of "Formal Eins" (a TV format which showed clips currently up in the charts.)They had a section in the program, where they looked back onto pop history. In this edition a clip of The Searchers was shown. The band was promoting the Hungry Hearts Album back then. It was the first time I was able to witness a short live clip of a Sixties band. I can't remember which b/w clip - out of the archives- has been featured in that edition of the show.. Anyway - that was the Searchers moment for me.....
About two weeks after that "Formel Eins" TV show, I taped the song "Hungry For Love" from East German radio station "Stimme der DDR" (I can't remember how the show was called, it was on each Tuesday before noon.) Some weeks later I taped "Farmer John" off DT64, programme called "Oldies Party". This show was on each Saturday between 8 and 10 p.m. I still have lots of admiration for this programme and its presenters.
The main reason, I listened to this radio show, was that they were doing broadcasts of all the Rolling Stones albums, featuring two songs in chronological order in each show. I tuned into that programme and started taping (using ORWO's Ferro 60 min cassettes available) when they were just through with "Aftermath" and just started with "Got Live If You Want It." One of the presenters also featured one song by Eric Burdon during his editions of the show. Most welcome.
During the next year, I borrowed 2 Sixties compilation albums from my uncle. The records featured two songs by the Searchers - "Needles And Pins" and "Sweets For My Sweet." I loved these songs but couldn't get hold of any other recordings. In 1993 I bought "The Ultimate Collection" CD (Castle Communications Label) which featured more than just the 4 songs I knew up until then.