ACCEPT’S WOLF HOFFMAN on ‘Fast as a Shark’: ‘I Thought Everybody Who Buys the Record [Would Think] That They Might Have Bought the Wrong Record’

‘Fast as a Shark’ is a classic and a breakthrough song in many aspects. One of them that people don’t talk much is the weird intro of it – I call it deceptive into. Here we have Wolf Hoffman explaining to “Talk Is Jericho” podcast  what was his mindset when they were in the cretive process of the song. Take a look:

“I clearly remember how we wrote the song and how it all came about. It was really the drummer, Stefan [Kaufmann], who came up with the crazy idea of playing double bass, double kick, all the way through. And we had never done that [before]. So he came up with that basic idea, the concept, and we sort of had the riff — that was fairly easy — and then I wrote that weird middle section for it. But then, at the very end, we wanted to have an intro for it, or something. And I thought about it, and I came up with the idea to put on a record that’s completely the opposite of what’s about to happen, just to fool people into thinking something else… I thought everybody who buys the record [would think] that they might have bought the wrong record. That was the idea — you go to the store, you buy the new Accept record, you put it on and say, ‘What the hell? Somebody put the wrong record in the sleeve.’ That was the idea. And I thought, ‘Maybe we’ll use an opera part,’ or something. And then we already had recorded the basic tracks and we were looking for any intro to use, and we went, actually, through the record collection of the studio owner’s mother. We recorded at Dierks Studios, where the Scorpions used to record and all that, and there was [Dieter Dierks’s] mother; she had a record collection. And we [asked her], ‘What kind of records do you have that we can possibly steal and abuse, scratch out?’ Because we wanted to rip the needle off. And she had some children’s records that Dieter Dierks, as a kid, actually sang on. So there was all these German traditional folk songs that everybody heard as a kid. And there was the one song — it’s called ‘Ein Heller Und Ein Batzen’ — that had this middle section where there’s no lyrics. Because we thought, ‘German lyrics? Nah.’ We don’t want that. Because we didn’t really wanna sound too German; we wanted it to be international. And that little segment is ‘Hi De Hi Do Hi Da,’ which… that’s what we used. So we borrowed that album and put it on and ripped the needle off and kind of destroyed the record for Mama Dierks.”

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