Mania D

Mania D was a Berlin underground band at the end of the seventies and early eighties. The band initially consisted of five women. It is the predecessor group of malaria! . Their music combined with the particularly strong dominant elements of free jazz saxophone with those of the New Wave.


In May 1979 decided Beate Bartel, Gudrun Gut, Eva Gößling, Bettina Köster and Karin Luner, to establish a all-girl band Underground. The aim was to develop his own musical language, which is not based on conventions. Karin Luner studied at the Berlin University of the Arts. After the pre-apprenticeship program in 1977 she went to study abroad to New York and turned there the Super - 8 film " Bored ", the Martin Kippenberger showed in Berlin SO 36. Fred Maher, the drummer from Lou Reed, Karin Luner New York had drum lessons. On a visit to Dusseldorf in July 1978, she met Eva Gößling in Ratingen yard and made the proposal to set up an all- girl band, as soon as she was back in Berlin. Eva Gößling, who studied in Berlin, met in May 1979 on the Wittenberg Platz Beate Bartel Metro Station. The bass player and sound engineer brought Bettina Köster, a tenor saxophonist and Gudrun Gut, who owned a Mini Moog, a first joint meeting with.

In the summer of 1979, Mania D rehearsed in the practice room at the Martin- Luther-Straße. The idea for the band name " Mania D " came from Beate Bartel while Karin Luner had the idea to shoot a Super 8 film that should be shown to concerts. The styling for the Super - 8 film "Fashion Interlection " developed Karin Luner, the outfit designed iron gray, Claudia Skoda and Karin Luner. Martin Kippenberger, Volker Anding and Oswald Wiener support the band by organizing concerts in " exile ", the restaurant Oswald Wiener. The music magazine Sounds wrote in September 1979 on Girl bands like Mania D. The first concert outside of Berlin was in September 1979 in Wuppertal, North City Collective Gallery.

The early success led to an invitation to New York, where Mania D performance in Arleen Schloss on 24 October 1979 Loft, Broome Street, Downtown Manhattan played. Especially the New York audience took the "first German all-girl punk band " Band on enthusiastically. Thus Mania D played then the end of November in Tier 3 As already without Eva Gößling that Jean -Michel Basquiat at Arleen Schloss, A's, lived with SAMO alias. There, the two experimented with music, sounds and tapes. Karin Luner stayed in New York and Eva Gößling was invited by Alexander von Borsig also known as Alexander Hacke and Richard Hirsch in the Berlin band " paleness " play along. Thus came Mania D from December 1979 in smaller ensembles on before Gudrun Gut and Bettina Köster 1981 Malaria! reformed group, while Beate Bartel founded Chrislo Liaisons Dangereuses Haas. In the documentary " Woman in Rock", which aired on ARD in 1980, Mania D occur with two pieces. The band combined with the dominant saxophone elements of free jazz and experimental music. The special note Mania D received by the singing Bettina Köster, who left the New York associate the Berlin of the 1920s. Gudrun Gut and Bettina Köster developed with iron gray her own fashion label and the first concept store and they designed under that name their stage outfits. From the " fog - concert " in the SO 36 on January 18, 1980 2010 unsighted to date original video material in the archives of video artist and filmmaker Werner Schmiedel was discovered. Mania D did not belong to commercially oriented New German Wave, which started after the success of bands like DAF and Fehlfarben early 1981.

John Peel, the legendary British DJ and radio presenter called Mania D as its " Queens of Noise " and appointed, after the dissolution of the band and Umformierung to Malaria! in July 1981 Mania D ` s " track 4 " on his radio show for Single of the Year.


Double sky Mania II D Teufelsberg 1979 Gudrun Gut

False color photography Mania D Sept 1979

IronGrey Beate Bartel Eva Gossling


  • Track 4 (1980; Monogamous )
  • Live in Dusseldorf & SO36 (1980; iron gray )
  • Jürgen Teipel, Frank Fenstermacher: Take Your youth. Punk and New Wave in Germany, Track 22, 2002, Universal Music, a double CD.