29 July 1978, Düsseldorf

the day Karin Luner, Hoedecke student at the HDK, Hochschule der Künste, Berlin and I decided to form a girl punk band. The night before we danced in the nightclubs of Düsseldorf. Florian Schneider-Esleben, Kraftwerk, the best dancer in town drove us in the Kraftwerk 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 . The Band name Mania D. was Beate`s idea. In November we were to play at TIER 3 in New York. 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© ESTA EN ALGO. Basquiat in my suitcase.

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, so that he would always be with me. 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 long after we parted. The title of the picture SAMO© ESTA EN ALGO, Jean-Michel Basquiat. Years later I found out that SAMO© ESTA EN ALGO is an enigma. And also the reason why he smudged the two-line MAN MADE with his saliva. 2011 the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported about our past in 1979, when he was not yet the painter. Photos Thomas Ruff, 2010.