• Posted:Wednesday, March 24, 2010
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Max Decharne likes to be Wild At Heart in Berlin
If I had to choose a genre, I would say - hand on heart - that rock 'n' roll is by far and away my favourite to listen to, particularly on holiday. There's nothing like a familiar tune to make you feel at home, which is why I'm definitely going to be following up on this lead I got from Max Decharne of the Flaming Stars next time I'm staying in a Berlin hostel.

The singer - who's also penned forthcoming book A Rocket in My Pocket: The Hipster's Guide to Rockabilly, which is coming out in June - has described Wild At Heart as a "whisky-soaked, no-nonsense rock 'n' roll joint in Berlin's old anarchist district, Kreuzberg" in an article for the Guardian.

I want to go, based purely on that description! However, for those that remain unconvinced, read on. You'll be able to mosh on the dance floor till you die as it's open seven nights a week and has, for the last 15 years or so, seen a great number of groups from all over the world come through its doors - "mostly punk, rockabilly, psychobilly, 60s garage and surf".

Who knows who you'll see when you go - perhaps even Decharne himself, as he and the Flaming Stars have also graced the stage in the venue, which is filled with Elvis memorabilia and "a lifetime's supply of hard liquor".

If you're hard of hearing or suffer from tinnitus, however, it could be a good idea to stay away - or stuff cotton wool in your ears - as Decharne did say that the music is definitely loud.

And if you just want food and a leisurely drink, the Tiki Cafe is owned by the same people, with a happy hour (with cocktails!) running from between 17:00 and 20:00 local time. Whoop!

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