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In 1978, during one of her brief stints in London, French-American model Nicolle Meyer (famous for her collaboration with photographer Guy Bourdin in the late 70s and early 80s) came across musician Gottfried Tollmann who was in the middle of finishing his first record with the Fred Banana Combo. The band soon came to the attention of production luminary Conny Plank (Kraftwerk, Ultravox, Eurythmics, DAF etc.) who went on to produce four of their albums for different major labels. When, in 1980, Nicolle and Gottfried decided to marry, Nicolle was already playing drums on one of the tracks on the the first LP (Disco Dreams) and singing along. During these recording sessions the ardent autodidact continued to hone her skills and became a fully-fledged singer and drummer on the following albums. Early live performances (of which the band played up to 200 a year) were attended by Gottfried’s teacher Joseph Beuys, who in turn agreed to be photographed by Nicolle Meyer over the following of years. This close connection between art and music became the focus of their Paris years, and by the end of 1989 Tollmann had opened an art gallery cum recording studio in the Bastille district.

By 1990, the band decided to go separate ways – as did Gottfried and Nicolle. The latter now works as an author and designer and travels between her homes in New York and Mexico.

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