Friday, 22 June 2018

RHEINGOLD - s/t LP 1980

A band with I grew up is not a punk band, No! at that time NDW was hot and a lot of bands were founded and published cool records. This is one of them: Rheingold was a German New Wave group that consisted of Bodo Staiger (vocals, guitar), Lothar Manteuffel (lyrics) und Brigitte Kunze (keyboard). They sang both in German and English and released three LP’s and several singles between 1980 and 1984.Before they formed Rheingold, Bodo Steiger sang together in a band with Marius Müller-Westernhagen. Inspired through the Düsseldorf's music scene and fellow Germans Kraftwerk, Steiger formed Rheingold who was named after the opera "Ring der Nibelungen" of Richard Wagner. Lothar Manteuffel wrote the songs and Brigitte Kunze did some vocals on their first self-titled LP that was released on Weltrekord. (38 weeks in the charts). Their most successful 7'' 'Dreiklangsdimensionen' was released in 1980 as well as the singles 'Fluss' and 'Fan Fan Fanatisch'. Fan Fan Fanatisch apperaed on their second album "R" which was released in 1982 and was used for the movie Der Fan, which cast also included Bodo Staiger in the main role, short story: A young presenter (Desirée Nosbusch) adores a music star called R (B.Staiger) and eat him because he does not reciprocated her love. The media "Scandal" pushed the sales of the soundtrack at #13 in the album charts. The band also released English versions of the songs in England and USA, not with much success as they hoped though. Neither did their last album show more success and so the band split and they never released music under this name. Lothar Manteuffel teamed up with former Kraftwerk musician Karl Bartos to form Elektric Music and Bodo Staiger was working with ex Kraftwerk member Wolfgang Flür and today he’s busy as a music producer. Rheingold were always a welcome contribution on various NDW compilations.

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