Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft or D.A.F. is an influential German electropunk/NDW band from Düsseldorf, which primarily featured Gabriel “Gabi” Delgado-López (vocals) and Robert Görl (drums, percussion, electronic instruments).
The band split during the recording of their fifth album Für immer in 1982 and each member released solo albums: Delgado Mistress (on Virgin), and Görl Night Full Of Tension (on Mute).
Delgado and Görl reunited in 1985 to record 1st Step to Heaven, their only album in English, which achieved one week in the Swedish album chart at no. 46. Delgado later noted: “So we wanted to break our own rules and said: OK, so now we sing in English, now we don’t wear black. (laughing) With purpose. Because we wanted to break our own rules.”
In the US, the album was repackaged as “Hitz Blitz” and released in 1989 with a number of different tracks and mixes, one of the most prominent of these tracks was “The Gun”, released as a single in 1987 with a number of different mixes being releases in the US and Germany.
“The Gun” features samples from ZZ Top and Yello, although neither are credited on the 12″ single.
During this extensive period their historical importance began to become clearer. Legendary radio DJ John Peel went as far as to call them the Grandfathers of Techno.
The Gun 8:19
Program It (Instrumental) 8:36