Palais Schaumburg

Profile:
Influential underground NDW (Neue Deutsche Welle) band from Hamburg, Germany, founded in 1979, dissolved 1984.
This band (especially with the early singles and first album) proved to be a creative melting pot which can be seen by the careers of the band members after Palais Schaumburg:
Holger Hiller became a highly acclaimed pioneer in avantgarde electronics with intensive use of sampling techniques
Thomas Fehlmann became an early techno pioneer, a resident DJ in the legendary Berlin techno club 'Tresor' and a member of the influential ambient project The Orb
F.M. Einheit pioneered in avantgarde industrial music with Einstürzende Neubauten and solo projects
Moritz von Oswald 'invented' minimal / dub techno in the early 1990s with his projects and label Djax-Up-Beats & Chain Reaction

Influenced by the US avantgarde cult band The Residents, founding members Holger Hiller and Thomas Fehlmann joined by Timo Blunck and F.M. Einheit (who was also playing in the punk band Abwärts) tried to produce a new style of avantgarde dance music, mixing hard beats and funky riffs with dadaist lyrics.
They named themselves after the German chancellor's residence 'Palais Schaumburg' in Bonn.
Their debut release 'Rote Lichter' on the independent Zickzack label in 1980 was followed by 'Telephon / Kinder Der Tod' which became a small underground success. Mid 1981 F.M. Einheit left to join the industrial avantgarde band Einstürzende Neubauten. He was replaced by Ralf Hertwig.
Their first full-length album, the self-titled 'Palais Schaumburg' saw the release on a major label. After its release, Holger Hiller defected for a solo career.
The following LP Lupa, which was released later in 1982, brought a surprising change of style, the album added horns and a slight jazz fusion influence to their sound. Their third and final album 1984's 'Parlez-Vous Schaumburg?' was produced by singer Inga Humpe of Neonbabies/DÖF fame. It threw in some Latin and big band touches into the mix. Yet it failed to attract commercial success and shortly after release the band dissolved.

Band members:
Holger Hiller (founder), Guitar, Vocals: 1980 - 1981
Thomas Fehlmann (founder), Synthesizer, Trumpet: 1980 - 1984
FM Einheit, Drums: 1980 - 1981
Chris Lunch, Bass: 1980
Timo Blunck, Bass: 1981 - 1983
Ralf Hertwig, Drums: 1981 - 1984; Vocals: 1983 - 1984
Walter Thielsch, Vocals: 1982 - 1983
Stefan Bauer, Vibraphone, Piano, Trumpet: 1982 - 1983
Moritz von Oswald, Drums & Percussion: 1983 - 1984
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Albums

6435 139 Palais Schaumburg - Palais Schaumburg album art Palais Schaumburg Palais Schaumburg (Album, Comp) Palais Schaumburg 6435 139 Germany 1981 Sell This Version
6435 182 Palais Schaumburg - Lupa album art Palais Schaumburg Lupa (Album) Palais Schaumburg 6435 182 Europe 1982 Sell This Version
822 415-2 Q Palais Schaumburg - Parlez-Vous Schaumburg ? album art Palais Schaumburg Parlez-Vous Schaumburg ? (Album) Palais Schaumburg, Palais Schaumburg 822 415-2 Q Germany 1984 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

ZZ 23, Zick Zack 23 Palais Schaumburg - Rote Lichter / Macht Mich Glücklich Wie Nie album art Palais Schaumburg Rote Lichter / Macht Mich Glücklich Wie Nie(7") Zickzack Platten, Zickzack Platten ZZ 23, Zick Zack 23 Germany 1980 Sell This Version
ZZ 33 Palais Schaumburg - Telephon / Kinder Der Tod album art Palais Schaumburg Telephon / Kinder Der Tod Zickzack ZZ 33 Germany 1981 Sell This Version
SH-1346-1 Palais Schaumburg - Grünes Winkelkanu album art Palais Schaumburg Grünes Winkelkanu(Flexi, 7", S/Sided) Not On Label SH-1346-1 Germany 1981 Sell This Version
ERA 005 Palais Schaumburg - Wir Bauen Eine Neue Stadt album art Palais Schaumburg Wir Bauen Eine Neue Stadt (Single, Maxi) Phonogram ERA 005 UK 1982 Sell This Version
6435 182 Palais Schaumburg - Lupa album art Palais Schaumburg Lupa Phonogram 6435 182 Germany 1982 Sell This Version
none Palais Schaumburg - Hockey / My Heart album art Palais Schaumburg / The Danse Society Palais Schaumburg / The Danse Society - Hockey / My Heart(Flexi, 7") Vinyl Magazine none Netherlands 1982 Sell This Version
811 331-1 Palais Schaumburg - Hockey album art Palais Schaumburg Hockey (Maxi, Single) Phonogram 811 331-1 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
880 350-7 Q, 880 350-7 Palais Schaumburg - Easy Go album art Palais Schaumburg Easy Go Palais Schaumburg, Palais Schaumburg 880 350-7 Q, 880 350-7 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
MERX 158 Palais Schaumburg - Beat Of 2 album art Palais Schaumburg Beat Of 2 (Maxi, Single) Phonogram, Phonogram MERX 158 UK 1984 Sell This Version

Compilations

ZZ 145 Palais Schaumburg - Das Single Kabinett album art Palais Schaumburg Das Single Kabinett(12", MiniAlbum, Comp) Zickzack ZZ 145 Germany 1982 Sell This Version