Thursday, 28 January 2016

GRAUZONE - Eisbär 7'' 1981

Grauzone was a Swiss band of the early 80's. The press called them pioneers of the Neue Deutsche Welle (NDW) but that is shit in my opinion. At the end of 1979 Marco Repetto (drums) and GT (bass) left the punk band Glueams, to form together with Martin Eicher (guitar, vocals, synthesizer) a new band called Grauzone. Martin had already supported Glueams on their 7'' Mental. They gave their first concert in March 1980 at the club Spex in Berne. Martin's brother Stephan Eicher (guitar) & Claudine Chirac (saxophone) complemented the group temporarily in live performances and recordings. The group refused, however, the commercial requirements, and concentrated on film and studio work. Grauzone was known by the two pieces 'Eisbär' & 'Raum', which were used for the compilation "Swiss Wave - The Album" on Off Course Records. Eisbär hits the lifestyle of that time and got radio airplay in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. The song was released as a single and reached number six in the Austrian and place 12th in the german charts. The b-side is a minimalistic synth-pop love song and delight any woman's heart. A classic record I can listen to it everytime, brings back a lot of memories.


  1. Great memories, in fact , have a nice weekend and many thanks again and again

  2. I first heard this great song when dEUS covered it. There's a great video for the original song, and apparently an English language version was recorded which is included on a Grauzone cd retrospective:

    1. even after 30 years a very good song .... video is nice - and you wonder, maybe no polar bears here in 30 years - cheers!

  3. I don't really care for the Eisbär 7". Don't get me wrong: I love Grauzone and I have always been curious for the Swiss Swiss Wave compilation. Thanks a lot fot that one! But when it comes to Grauzone it's all about the Träume mit mir 12"! Unfortunately it was their last release...