In the early 80′s West Germany, mirroring the New Wave in the United States, Neue Deutsche Welle became a wave all its own. German bands took the sounds punk and new wave into strange new directions with combinations of electronic dance music, industrial music, and synth punk. The world ‘s ears were itching for what would be the largest export of German music ever. Artists like Joachim Witt, Falco, Ideal, Der Plan, Trio, and of course Nena were all products of the movement.
Falco had several international hits including Der Kommissar, Vienna Calling, and Jeanny. Falco’s biggest hit was the song “Rock Me Amadeus” which reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts for many consecutive weeks. He is still the best selling Austrian singer of all time, and the only German-speaking singer to score a number-one hit in the United States.
D.A.F. – Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft was formed by Gabriel “Gabi” Delgado-López, Kurt “Pyrolator” Dahlke, Michael Kemner, Wolfgang Spelmans and Robert Robert Görl in 1978. D.A.F.’s most famous songs are “Kebab-Träume” and also “Der Mussolini” from the album “Alles its gut,” which featured lyrics that said “Dance the Mussolini, move your behind, clap your hands, and now the Adolf Hitler, and now the Jesus Christ.” This song caused a huge scandal.
Joachim Witt became a major star of the German pop scene during the 1980s with huge hits such as “Der Goldene Reiter,” and his music also made a huge comeback in the 90’s with yet another hit, “Die Flut“.
Trio is famous for the song “Da Da Da.” You remember that one right? It means “Da da da, ich lieb dich nicht du liebst mich nicht aha aha aha!”
Trio also preferred the name Neue Deutsche Fröhlichkeit, which means “New German Cheerfulness” as opposed to NDW, the New German Wave.
Ideal was one of the more successful German Neue Deutsche Welle music groups. It is best known for the songs “Blaue Augen” (Blue Eyes), “Berlin”, and “Monotonie” (Monotony).
From its beginnings in 1981 to now, Neue Deutsche Welle continues to be its own wave of music that the world can’t get enough of.