the day Karin Luner, art student in Berlin (Prof. Hödicke) and I decided to form a girl band. The night before we danced in the nightclubs of Düsseldorf. Florian Schneider-Esleben, Kraftwerk, the best dancer in town drove us in the Mercedes 600. Karin also lived in NYC, where she had drum lessons with Fred Maher, Lou Reed’s drummer. In May 1979 we started in Berlin with Beate Bartel, Sound technician at Radio station Free Berlin. Beate brought Gudrun Gut and Bettina Köster along, both previously played with the Berlin band DIN A Testbild. In October, Beate(Bass) SAMO© (Syntheziser) and I played on Halloween at As, the night before the Beuys Retrospective. Members of Mania D. founded the bands Malaria!, Einstürzende Neubauten, Liason Dangeraux, Blässe Düsseldorf, Die Krupps, played with LIEBESGIER and had a plethora of solo projects e.g. Gudrun Gut & Blixa Bargeld, Bettina Köster, Beate Bartel:
Samo is onto something.
Autumn nineteen hundred and seventy-nine, eighteen he is, twenty-one me, he poems, I poems, he makes noise music, fake-punk-jazz me, a blind window has our chamber in New York’s Lower East Side. He played with a synthesizer, borrowed from Michael Holman, a saxophone, not borrowed, I. We played with words and ideas and read to each other. He writes SAMO© ESTA EN ALGO in my suitcase, as a farewell. There will not be a reunion, as promised to each other. Spanish by a young New Yorker. Being from Düsseldorf I doesn’t know Spanish. Thirty-two years later I see a picture painted by him in 1980, title is his writing in my case. Years later I found out that his words with the line through ASNG is an enigma. And the reason why he smudged the two-line MAN MADE with his saliva. 2011 the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported about our past in 1979.
An explanation for Spanish is offered by Dr. Kellie Jones, Columbia University, in her essay „Lost in Translation“ Catalogue, 2005 Retrospective, Brooklyn Museum.