Mania D.

Beate Bartel, Bettina Köster und Gudrun Gut, aufgenommen in der damaligen Wohnung von Beate Bartel, Berlin 1980 (Ausschnitt)

Foto: © Anja Freyja

Back then everybody kind of knew each other. In West Berlin everything happened at the same couple of places between Kreuzberg, Schöneberg and Charlottenburg, so you were bound to run into each other. Eva Gößling and I found Gudrun so interesting that one night at the SO36 we asked her if she would like to join our new band Mania D. Bettina Köster: Gudrun and I had played in male-dominated bands and we could never hear ourselves because the guys turned up their amplifiers way up. So we decided to form an all-girl band. Women also have a different kind of rhythm, which you could hear clearly in Gudrun’s drumming. We wanted to explore the female aspect, free from preconceptions about established rules and ways. Beate Bartel: At our first show Gudrun and Bettina performed as Eisengrau, Karin Luner was Johnny Bass, and Eva Gößling and I were Mania D. To simplify matters for the poster we put everyone under Mania D. Our music was done in a personal way and we mainly did what we wanted to, not paying too much attention to what others said. Generally we did well in Berlin - there was quite a demand for us. There were plenty of facilities for performances and we mainly organised them ourselves. We played one of our first gigs in the old “Esso” (SO36 club). We had one experience where we played for an audience, mainly women, and they did not know what we were going to do. I think they came expecting some nice, entertaining music and they were not happy. Eventually, it culminated in a small fight. The women who liked us felt really threatened. One side was very much for us and they poured beer over the opponents. One half turned on the mixing desk, the other half turned it off. So, there was nothing in between, either for us or against us. I thought that was great. I was surprised too because I thought that women would have more understanding for the music we play. They swore at us, like “lesbian c*nts” which was not the case at all. The guys did too – they had lots of phrases about what they would like to do with us to make us “normal” again! In 1979 I went with Karin Luner to New York when Gudrun had just returned from a trip to New York. Eva Gößling stayed there as well. So we did a performance with Jean Michel Basquiat at Arleen Schloss. Bettina followed us and with New Yorkers Lisa Rosen and Anna Domino we played one gig at the Tier 3. Karin stayed in New York and Eva went her own way so it became Bettina, Gudrun, and me. We rehearsed in the basement of Blixa Bargeld’s storefront apartment. He wanted to start a band, too and asked us if we were interested in joining, which was the start of Einstürzende Neubauten. As spontaneously The Birthday Party in Berlin Mania D. ExKurs Lydia Lunch as we had come together, we went our separate ways as quickly. Eventually, Bettina and Gudrun regrouped to form Malaria! in 1981 while I started Liaisons Dangereuses with Chrislo Haas.

Anmerkung: Der Text wurde für den von JD Twitch zusammengestellten Sampler "Kreaturen der Nacht" (2018) verfasst.

© Beate Bartel, 2021

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Flyer-Druckvorlage für ein Konzert von Mania D., P1/E, Blässe, Unlimited Systems und Aroma Plus im S.O.36, Berlin 1980

© Gudrun Gut

Plakat-Druckvorlage für ein Konzert von Mania D. im Moon, Berlin 1980

© artwork by Gudrun Gut / courtesy of Beate Bartel

Plakat für ein Konzert von DAF und Mania D. in der Werkstatt Odem, Hannover 1980

© Emilio Winschetti

Bettina Köster, Beate Bartel und Gudrun Gut, Berlin 1980

© Jutta Henglein

Promoposter für die Single von Mania D., Berlin 1980

© Mania D.

Gudrun Gut, Beate Bartel, Bettina Köster und Tina Schnekenburger nach dem Konzert von Mania D. in der Scala, Herford 1980

© William Röttger

Siebdruck-Plakat für einen Auftritt von Mania D., P1/E, Liebesgier und Übergangslösung im S.O.36, Berlin 1979

© artwork by Gudrun Gut / courtesy of Beate Bartel

Kohlezeichnung von Gudrun Gut, die für das Cover der Single von Mania D. verwendet wurde, Berlin 1980

© Mania D. / courtesy of Gudrun Gut

Plakat-Druckvorlage für ein Konzert von Mania D. im Moon, Berlin 1980

© artwork by Gudrun Gut / courtesy of Beate Bartel

Text für das Stück "Track 4" von Mania D., Berlin 1980

© Mania D. / courtesy of Gudrun Gut

Plakat für ein Festival mit Abwärts, Aheads, KFC, Mania D., Razors und Vorgruppe, Herford 1980

© Scala Herford

Setliste für ein Konzert von Mania D. im S.O.36, Berlin 1980

© Mania D. / courtesy of Gudrun Gut

Brief von Ziggy XY (Der moderne Man) an Gudrun Gut, Hannover 1980

© Ziggy XY / courtesy of Gudrun Gut

Entwurf eines Vertrages zwischen Michael Voigt (Monogam Records) und Mania D., Berlin 1980

© Mania D.

Von Gudrun Gut gestalteter Werbeflyer für die "Live in Düsseldorf & so"-Kassette von Mania D., Berlin 1980

© Mania D.

Zeichnung für den Mania-D.-Kassettencover-Wettbewerb, Berlin 1980

© Beate Bartel

Eintrittskarte für die von Martin Kippenberger organisierte Veranstaltung "Elend", Berlin 1979

© Estate of Martin Kippenberger, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne

Druckvorlage für ein Plakat von Mania D. anlässlich der Veröffentlichung der Single von Mania D. auf Monogam Records, Berlin 1980

© photo: Jutta Henglein / artwork: Gudrun Gut