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la! NEU? is a loose collective of Klaus Dinger and (mostly) younger musicians. Their records were recorded quite quickly and spontaneously, with a total of 7 (including 3 double-disc live albums) released in the two and a half years of the band’s existence (December 1995-June 1998).

The la! NEU? name was also used by on releases by several associated artists (such as pianist Rembrandt Lensink’s solo album ‘God Strikes Back’, Bluepoint Underground’s album ‘Bluepoint Underground in New York City’ and Die With Dignity’s album ‘Kraut?’. Dinger also attached the band-name to some of his own archival releases, such as ‘Blue’, recorded in 1987 but released in 1999. After the 2001 release of ‘Live at Kunsthalle Dusseldorf’ (a recording of la! NEU?’s final concert in 1998) the name has fallen out of use.

The band grew out of jamming sessions in late 1995 between Dinger’s previous band Die Engel des Herrn and Dusseldorf group Kreidler, and was originally concieved as a supergroup. However, Dinger’s bandmates Gerhard Michel and Klaus Immig soon dropped out, along with several members of Kreidler. Vocalist Vickoria Wehrmeister was brought in from another Dusseldorf group Superbilk and Dinger’s friend Rembrandt Lensink completed the core membership. Various shifting line-ups performed on releases, at times including Dinger’s mother and brother as well as Spinello Elze.

Below is a chronology of recording dates, with the release dates in brackets:

*1995-6 - Düsseldorf (1996)
*1996 - Live In Tokyo 1996 Vol. 2 (1999)
*1996 - Cha Cha 2000 - Live In Tokyo 1996 Vol I (1998)

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  • helloimjoshua

    hm interesting

    28 Jun 2012 Reply
  • quinteroax

    Year Of The Tiger (1998) is my favourite album of La! Neu?

    3 Sep 2010 Reply
  • 24db

    If you like Neu! then don't forget BBC Four on Oct 23rd, 2009 (at 9.00pm) and the documentary Krautrock: The Rebirth Of Germany

    5 Oct 2009 Reply
  • yodro241

    Just bought Cha Cha 2000 live. Only listened to it once and must admit it is AWESOME. Can't believe how much it develops on the original. Didn't get bored at all when listening to it :D

    5 Feb 2009 Reply
  • GizmoLico

    Anyone that likes la! NEU?: Vote my picture up, since it is a picture of the band, not the Gold Regen album cover that is there now.

    21 Jan 2009 Reply
  • yodro241

    I absolutely adore Neu! and La Dusseldorf, could anyone reccomend any albums by La! Neu?

    7 Dec 2008 Reply
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  • BigBlock454

    Apparently, Big Block 454 are like La! Neu?, so have a listen here:

    9 Sep 2008 Reply
  • Jarry

    coLa! Neu..

    13 Nov 2007 Reply

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