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THE WORLD2HOT MUSIC PROJECT - Cliff Barnes and the Fear of Winning, have a long history. Back in the eighties and the nineties, they were stars. On tour and on record they used their own brand of alternative country to question the politics of the world. Reagan was the target for the legendary “Fucking in the White House” Era, when he deployed the Pershing missiles in West Germany. Later the band played in East Germany a few days before the Wall came tumbling down. Some say the band had nothing to do with it, while others……

Between these political highlights there were a lot of love songs. The band toured extensively in Europe and in the USA. The band imploded in the late nineties only to return in 2003 with a new album, mixed in Malta called Godsatwork.

The band has been quiet for many years now. The two main protagonists, Bob and Henry, worked on a side project called the Artland Country Club. They developed a pedal power system with friends in the USA, using four bikes to power a very efficient PA system. This makes concerts in remote areas possible. The guys have done shows for the World Wildlife Fund and various charities, but mostly to promote the idea of a better world with bicycles. The title the new album, WORLD2HOT was a logical result.

Getting together again with Marcus, they recorded a record with a very low carbon footprint. Using photovoltaic, pedal power and even a water mill to produce electricity. WORLD2HOT is a cry of hope and a sign that to change things we need to find our voice again. Politicians have been replaced by bankers and multinational companies as the villains that control the way we use resources and our greed life philosophy.

Tough words, but the band is older and has no reason to not tell the truth. Tell it like it is, is the message. Stand up and be counted. The time is ripe for a consensus for change, for tolerance and for love. In a world of suffering and bad political leaders we deserve more, for ourselves and for our children.

Enjoy, think and help. WORLD2HOT is a cry of the helpless, the frustrated and the weak. We have to make a difference.

Almost all photos by Manfred Pollert, except those not by Manfred Pollert. Band photo in the Lagerhalle Osnabrück from Angela von Brill.

  • Follow the red flag, follow the blue flag. Don't stop to ask yourself why.
    I've got a gun - Bob T
  • Let's kill each other...
    Bob G.
  • It's easy to see that the boat is going to sink, but my tolerance is starting to shrink!
    Bob G.


WHAT IS THE PHILOSOPHY BEHIND WORLD2HOT? The idea is simple. We live in a society that has been built on growth as opposed to need. We buy things because we are conditioned to buy things. We are taught to generate revenue because that keeps our economic house of cards from collapsing. The loser is the beautiful and very unique planet on which we live.

We have been working with a bikes for a while now and more bike riding means less car use. The equation is simple, we are trying to make people understand that the only good product is a product being USED (or in use) and not the tons of stuff we buy and don’t use. We are against wasting time, energy, money and resources and we support happiness, change and responsibility.

It may sound like a hippie mantra, but that seems to be what we need right now. Read the various aspects of this philosophy below:


BERLIN COUNTRY CLUB - Was it 1983 or later? Anyway Reagan was President and the only way to stop the fall of the American Empire was a masterplan "Made in Heaven". No one knows if it was the CIA or the FBI, in those days it could have been the KGB as well.

But the answer to this was 5 musicians - handpicked for a dangerous mission, in the face of the enemy. And the enemy was very clearly out in force at the Berlin Country Club. Lorry drivers and bank managers in lumberjack shirts with girlfriends in petticoats and lace panties dreaming of Johnny Cash before Rick Rubin. And then live on stage the battle begins.

The band jabs with a quick "Fucking in the White House" and parried a return punch with a short, sharp "Crazy about Kinski" and going into the last round the fight is even on points. But a draw is not a win and only the brave know how to swing with the champions. The band lets loose with a well timed "No one has an asshole like a Cowboy" and the game is won. Now get out of there fast and don't look back.

The band left for East Berlin and with a suitcase full of Ost-Marks they did what Pink Floyd only talked about and really brought down the wall. The mission was accomplished.

Now 25 years later, like a Hollywood blockbuster the band is being asked to save the world again. This time the codename is "World2Hot".

01. Mr. Rodriguez

This is one is those “Nothing compares to you?” songs. A guy who goes through life searching for the next real love. He will have breakfast with thieves and with villains, and convince them with …

02. God and Grumpy

God and Grumpy – that could describe us, sitting on the veranda, drinking beer and complaining about God and the world. But what we are really saying is that the modern world has reached the …

03. I’ve got a gun

This one is about death as well. It’s about dying for a cause that is debatable, it’s about being fanatic about anything, but it’s also respectful of the right to be just that. The picture …

04. Cold Outside

Dark, dark world of death and the devil. And “it’s oh so cold outside”. The sun goes down on the dreams of the lonely. Starts with that old joke of “Well if Jesus is my saviour, …

05. Cardboard Moon

“All the lights are out tonight, we’re dancing slow we don’t need no lights” – I see a film in front of me. Kids dancing in the moonlight. Lovers grooving to the sound of the …

06. Deadly Sin

I am your poet, your cowboy, your lover, your clown. But trapped in a love gone wrong. it’s a song about loving someone without realizing that the love is over and there is someone else.

And …

07. I let her down

New song. I actually know where i had the first idea for this song. It was in Cologne and i had a long walk from my hotel to a meeting at a local bicycle company. …

08. Tie me Down

Sometimes it’s hard to know where songs come from. Sometimes the writer seems to be just an antenna receiving information from another level. And sometimes you may miss the broadcast and the song is gone …

09. The Crossing

In Greek mythology, Charon or Kharon (Greek Χάρων) is the ferryman of Hades who carries souls of the newly deceased across the rivers Styx and Acheron that divided the world of the living from the …

10. Ride my bike

The song “Ride My Bike” is a song for all bike riders but it goes further than that. We have recorded two versions: An acoustic and an electric version. But we also are asking other …

11. Blue Skies

Full title is – “I wonder if the blue skies are hanging over you, because the grey skies are hanging over me”. I know it sounds like a Grand Ole Opry song and i guess …

12. Voodoo

What you do is Voodoo! i can only describe what women do to us as Voodoo! We are drawn to them like moths around an open flame. We know we will be hurt, but we …

  • Follow the red flag, follow the blue flag. Don't stop to ask yourself why.
    I've got a gun - Bob T
  • Let's kill each other...
    Bob G.
  • It's easy to see that the boat is going to sink, but my tolerance is starting to shrink!
    Bob G.


It is the job of art to fight the ugliness of the world. We use love and the fascination of beauty to do this. Beauty can be a kiss, a statement, a helping hand, a smile to uplift, a pat on the back, the knowledge that someone is with you in your quest. The world is a sad place when we thrive to make more and end up seeing less.

But let it be said, in the end we are not experts, we have no surefire solution, we're just a bunch of idiots searching for the holy grail, like ships lost in a sea of indecision, we go where the wind blows. We eat and drink with thieves and kings, with punks and priests. We think and we progress, sometimes moving a step back, but never a step that was not necessary, never a step that could not have been a leap, because then we leap.

We find ourselves singing about love a lot. What gives us the right to do this? Is it the words we find or the words we search for in desperation? Is love the question or the answer? The journey or the destination? The hope or the hopelessness?

The answer of course is that loves moves the world, unrequited and sublime. And we are the storytellers that touch your soul, the missionaries that spread the word, love is great, love is good, love is omnipotent and also the bricks we use to build our songs.

  • Follow the red flag, follow the blue flag. Don't stop to ask yourself why.
    I've got a gun - Bob T
  • Let's kill each other...
    Bob G.
  • It's easy to see that the boat is going to sink, but my tolerance is starting to shrink!
    Bob G.


Lots of new and older stories about your favorite band, about the songs and about the new record.

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