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Berne, Switzerland (1980 – 1982)

Grauzone was an 80’s Swiss band composed of 3 musicians : Marco Repetto and two brothers, Stephan Eicher and Martin Eicher. At the end of 1979 Marco Repetto (drums) and GT (bass) left the Punk band Glueams, to form together with Martin Eicher (guitar, vovals, synthesizer) a new band called Grauzone. Martin had already supported Glueams on their single mental. They gave their first concert in March 1980 at the club Spex in Berne, Switzerland. Martin’s brother Stephan Eicher (guitar, synthesizer) and Claudine Chirac (saxophone) supplemented the group temporarily in live appearances and recordings.

After ten concerts, four singles and an album the group split up at the end of 1982. GT and Marco Repetto formed together with the former Glueams guitarist Martin Pavlinec and the drummer Dominique Uldry, the band „Missing Link“, later „Eigernordwand“. GT supplemented the futurism oriented performance group „Red Catholic Orthodox Jewish Chorus “ around performance artist Edy Marconi, in which occasionally Marco Repetto also played. Later the group changed their name to „I Suonatori“. Stephan Eicher started a successful solo career. 1988 published Martin Eicher his solo-EP „Spellbound Lovers“. Marco Repetto started in 1989 a new career as Techno and Ambient DJ, musician and producer (a.o. mittageisen v2). The band is most famous for their 1981 hit “Eisbär” (“Polar Bear”), which was later covered by the French band Nouvelle Vague. The single went to #12 in Germany and #6 in Austria.

After leaving the group, Stephan Eicher embarked on a solo career in France.


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  • starbearer-

    Their self titled album just gets better and better every time I listen to it. From sound design, to just the sweetest use of vintage drum machines and synths... they just kicked ass all around.

    14 Feb 6:08pm Reply
  • matheushf

    Masss que banda do caralho!!

    31 Jan 9:19pm Reply
  • catsinspace

    fuck my alive

    6 Jan 1:25pm Reply
  • Rubvo

    Eisbär! Eisbär! Eisbär!

    22 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Violetdusk

    "I love her" what a great band

    28 Oct 2013 Reply
  • limonad_limonad

    Вообще- хорошо. Умели быть разными.

    31 Aug 2013 Reply
  • spacemangraig

    greatest swiss band of all time

    17 Aug 2013 Reply
  • theseasonisours

    ganz toll...... ich habe eine neue Lieblingsband :-) eisbarrrr

    29 Jul 2013 Reply
  • z0mbies_

    meu deus do ceu

    7 Jul 2013 Reply
  • vsmeh

    Vive La Fete made a cover on "Eisbaer"! Check this out

    19 Jan 2013 Reply
  • benberzerc

    isn't it an anachronism ? they die and who knows, if they really don't cry?

    14 Apr 2012 Reply
  • groovez0ne

    Eisbären müssen nie weinen! Amazing stuff, very good band!!!

    4 Mar 2012 Reply
  • fnordexplorer

    i discovered this band because my friend's band covered this, singing phonetically. the mules were great. so was grauzone.

    15 Jan 2012 Reply
  • starbearer-

    I was so happy the day I stumbled upon one of these songs being played at Nocturna in Chicago. What a gem!!

    7 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Dreamdiver

    Die traurigen werden geschlachtet - die Welt wird lustig

    25 Dec 2011 Reply
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    10 Dec 2011 Reply
  • ViciousW

    sehr gut :)

    23 Nov 2011 Reply
  • blutistliebe

    after hearing the 1980-1982 compilation i haven't wanted to listen to anything else.

    12 Nov 2011 Reply
  • cstettler

    marmelade und himbeereis...wir sind alle prostituiert!

    17 Oct 2011 Reply
  • GalaxyExpress99

    So glad I discovered the album The Sunrise Tapes in a music blog, although sadly, as with all the other IDM, industrial, post punk and experimental German bands in my collection, I don't understand the language.

    29 Aug 2011 Reply
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