One and One, 1984, with Markus Oehlen (voc., guit., b., perc. sax., synth.), 3:17 min.
Film: Ute Kampmann
A production team in Hamburg (Ute Kampmann, Thomas Meins, Tim Renner) created the video magazine Für eine Handvoll D-Mark (For a Fistful of Deutschmarks), with four music clips they produced in 1984. In the Hungarian part moderated by Markus Oehlen, one sees the cover of »One & One is One,« originally a big hit by the English band Medicine Head in 1973. The cover version, which is also included in the artist record project Die Rache der Erinnerung (1984), is impressive with its persistently elaborate solo principle. Oehlen plays all instruments himself, with the different sounds faded into the psychedelic hatching of the constantly changing color settings. As if taking the song title literally, the solitarily strumming and rumbling musician doubles and triples and is, in the process, never quite »one« with himself, even though Oehlen’s outfit is in the same fabric pattern as the wallpaper-like background. Just as the instrumental tracks of the weird cover version seem to run asynchronously, the counterparts created with the video technology never quite line up. In short: a self-deconstructing, melting fantasy.