SAMO© ESTA EN ALGO. Basquiat in my suitcase.

Autumn nineteen hundred and seventy-nine, eighteen he is, twenty-one
me, he poems, I poems, he makes noise music, fake-punk-jazz me, a blind window has our chamber in New York’s Lower East Side. He played with a synthesizer, borrowed from Michael Holman, a saxophone, not borrowed, I. We played with words and ideas and read to each other. He writes SAMO© ESTA EN ALGO in my suitcase, as a farewell, so that he would always be with me. There will not be a reunion, as promised to each other. Spanish by a young New Yorker. Being from Düsseldorf I doesn’t know Spanish. Thirty-two years later I see a picture painted by him long after we parted. The title of the picture SAMO© ESTA EN ALGO, Jean-Michel Basquiat. Years later I found out that SAMO© ESTA EN ALGO is an enigma. And also the reason why he smudged the two-line MAN MADE with his saliva. 2011 the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported about our past in 1979, when he was not yet the painter. Photos Thomas Ruff, 2010.

he detected Basquiat`s code

by recognising the sense of the misspelling Basquiat left in my diary in 1979 as key . Basquiat quotes “Gods, Graves and Scholars”, C. W. Ceram, who
quotes Arthur Schopenhauer in his chapter on Schliemann, the discoverer of Troya, who was not spared scorn by experts: “Dilettantes, Dilletantes!” – that is how those who pursue a science or art, out of love for it and pleasure in it, per il loro diletto, are called with contempt by those who have taken to it for the sake of profit; because they only delectate the money that can be earned with it. This contempt is based on their base conviction that no one will seriously attack a thing unless necessity, hunger, or some other greed spurs him on to it.”

DIE KRUPPS / 6. 6. 1981 The Big Industrial Bang – The Yuzuru Agi Tapes 1981.6.6(DVD+CD) SSZ3069 貴重なデビュー・ライヴを収めた映像を世界初DVD化!初回特典:同内容のCD。近日ご予約受付開始。

1980 in Düsseldorf

1981 live in Krefeld:

Yuzuru Agi (Camera), Frank Köllges (Drums), Bernward Malaka (Bass), Eva Gossling (Saxophone) Jürgen Engler (Guitar, Stahlofone) missing: Ralf Dörper, synthesizer, he stood behind the speakers.

organized by Carmen Knoebel, Fotos: Achim Duchow.

2021 Japan

by Jürgen Engler
S. Alexander Reed: Assimilate. A Critical History of Industrial Music. Oxford University Press, 2013,

Florian †


Berlin 1979 when I went to study in Berlin, I painted the best dancer in Dusseldorf and took him with me against homesickness, Florian from Kraftwerk. Photo: Karin Luner.

Paul McCartney to Jim Capaldi: Now they can sue us. (Nun können sie uns verklagen.)

Jim Capaldi and Rene Tinner visited Paul McCartney. Jim wants to know how Paul got all the Beatles recordings for the Anthology, because some of them were never officially available as records before. Pirated copies. Paul explains, “from the internet”. Laughing. “Now they can sue us” – the nice idea that the thieves can now sue those who took back their property makes for quite a refreshing serenity.

Jim Capaldi? Wonderful songwriter, unfortunately deceased. He wrote for Traffic The low spark of high heeled boys – Reebop Kwaku Baah plays here. In 1983 he recorded the beautiful Masimba bele with Stefan Krachten and Helmut Zerlett at CAN Studio. Reebop, who by the way could cook real soul food, died in the same year at Christmas in a Stockholm studio.

Say it in broken pieces

Feedback to  “This is SAMO©..”: less cryptic, I should report, the request  embarrass me. The story behind the Spanish words is complex. Over the years I always thought less of the then 18 -year-old boy who read to me when I was 21 and had very, very short hair. We played “if I had a flying carpet , I would fly to… Called him SAMO©, the name he let himself be introduced to me by his friends. Jean I spoke incorrectly, like jeans without s, never learned french in school. That SAMO with his real name, and long hair surprised the art world, I did not notice. My inner picture of him looked like Gerard Pas photographed, almost a boy.

SAM0 1979 Foto: Gerard Pas

Traveled with the suitcase. 1982/83 worked  in London, lived in Dave Stewarts home, in Crouch End, which is a strange coincidence. Dave later bought Basquiat paintings.  I guess Dave does not know, that SAMO© stayed in his living room. Renè Tinner, carried the case in Paris and St.Gallen. A list of persons who did it too, I guess would name the German “Geniale Dilletanten” scene and Swiss Art-Director`s, gentlemen, a dying race I guess. Nobody knew then, that SAMO was Jean-Michel Basquiat.

sept. 1986 leaving with bike to JFK

 1986 back in NYC for 3 weeks, with Tita Giese, to present the plantation project “Wild Park Avenue” I stayed at Arleen`s Place, Broomestreet, SAMO lived around the corner, I did`nt knew.

1979 SAMO© is a writer and musician.

We performed  at A`s, wasp syntheziser, rhythm machine, Sax, voice and tape recorder. 1986-88,I worked in Switzerland, multiplied as a Copywriter the fame of Swiss cheese and Banks etc… he was a few 100 meters away in the Bischofberger Gallery.  Became a Mom traveling with my son and the suitcase, which later landed in an attic of a far distant aunt, filled with baby clothes that my son had outgrown. The suitcase vanished from my life. About fifteen years later, I was asked to donate to a children’s clothing collection, remembered, there were some in the attic of my Aunt Eva, who I met briefly 23 years after the death of my parents fot the first time. I discovered the clothes and the spanish words. Called  Arleen Schloss  in NYC, she enlightening me. I discovered the Diptic with ” SAMO© ESTA EN ALGO “and everything was back in my brain, my promise to return within two years to New York, that would have been 1980, date of the ” SAMO© ESTA EN ALGO ” diptic. Surreal and somehow a kind of tragic-comedy like much else in the encounter with him. Should summarize it once, can do it, in broken pieces, memory fragments. 


The house where SAMO “stayed” was build together with more then 100 others of the same type, after a political concept my  grandfather August was involved in 1931/32. For and by unemployed craftsman. He worked with Dagobert Lubinski, Journalist and Head of the KPO, Kommunistische Partei Opposition, underground since the “Machtergreifung” 1933.  An illegal Party, even more feared by the Nazis then the KPD the Moskau bondage Party. Opposition: because they were Anti-Moskau,  Anti-Stalin. Both and more then 50 others betrayed and arrested at the 3th  Nov. 1936 by the GESTAPO for Treason and heavily tortured.  Dagobert Lubinski died 1942 in Auschwitz. My grandfather went to jail, Pauline, his jewish wife took too many pills against her “heart pain”. She was alone with 3 little kids, and neighbours, members of the NSDAP cut the water suply and shout at her boys “Judenbengel”. No support, and rejected from her mothers family, the Gross (Breslau) and the Matzners (Auschwitz), because of a marriage to a Protestant. Georg (6), my dad came to an orphanage. There badly treated by the fans of this Austrian Guy with the little black mustache, who declared kids like him are “Rassenschande”. Faszinated by the cruelties of the dogmatic, SAMO, pushed me to tell.  Fortunately, he was not one of those who thought that misfortune was contagious. In fact, we also laughed about all that shit.