X Mal Deutschland

X Mal Deutschland

Xmal Deutschland formed in Hamburg, Germany in 1980, initially as an all-girl band, consisting of by Anja Huwe (Vocals), Manuela Rickers (Guitar), Fiona Sangster (Keyboards), Rita Simon (Bass) and Caro May (Drums) A year later they released their first single "Großstadtindianer" on Alfred Hilsberg’s Zickzack label. The band also contributed the to the label compilation "Lieber Zuviel Als Zuwenig". Around this time Bassist Rita Simon was replaced by Wolfgang Ellerbrock. In 1982 the band released the classic "Incubus Succubus". That same year, Drummer Caro May was replaced by Manuela Zwingmann. While German audiences were less than receptive at first, a UK tour opening for the Cocteau Twins resulted in a label deal with 4AD Records. Their debut album "Fetisch" (1983) and the singles "Qual" and "Incubus Succubus II" all made the UK Independent charts, even though the band used German lyrics. Manuela Zwingmann left the band one year later, replaced by Peter Bellendir. This lineup proved to be the longest running. 1984 saw the release of the album Tocsin, followed by a world tour through to 1985. 1986 saw the release of "Matador", produced by Hugh Cornwell of The Stranglers. Xmal Deutschland also opened for The Stranglers at a concert at Wembley Arena in London. Their follow-up album, "Viva" was recorded in Hamburg and was released in 1987, followed by the single "Sickle Moon". After the release of "Viva", Manuela Rickers, Fiona Sangster and Peter Bellendir left the group. Anja Huwe and Wolfgang Ellerbrock continued to work with Frank Z. Abwärts on Guitar. Producer Henry Staroste played Keyboards, and German studio Drummer Curt Cress completed the line-up that would record the 1989 LP "Devils" and the singles "Dreamhouse" and "I’ll Be Near You". The LP showed a change of direction towards mainstream pop and this proved to be the last release from X Mal Deutschland, 1990 saw a few scattered live appearances, though the group soon split up.

X Mal Deutschland Discography


K25P-521 XMal Deutschland* Fetisch (Album) 4AD, 4AD K25P-521 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
CAD 407 X Mal Deutschland Tocsin (Album) 4AD CAD 407 US 1984 Sell This Version
830 862-1 X Mal Deutschland Viva (Album) Xile 830 862-1 Greece 1987 Sell This Version
837 940-2 X Mal Deutschland Devils (Album) Metronome 837 940-2 Germany 1989 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

ZZ 31 X Mal Deutschland Schwarze Welt(7", Single) Zickzack ZZ 31 Germany 1981 Sell This Version
ZZ 110 X Mal Deutschland Incubus Succubus Zickzack ZZ 110 Germany 1982 Sell This Version
AD 311 X Mal Deutschland Incubus Succubus II (Single) 4AD AD 311 UK 1983 Sell This Version
BAD 305 X Mal Deutschland Qual (Single) 4AD BAD 305 UK 1983 Sell This Version
DRO-094 X Mal Deutschland Reigen / Eiland(7", Promo) DRO, 4AD DRO-094 Spain 1984 Sell This Version
2D-157 X Mal Deutschland Sequenz (Single) Red Rhino Europe 2D-157 Spain 1985 Sell This Version
888 019-1 X Mal Deutschland Matador (Single) Xile 888 019-1 France 1986 Sell This Version
SFPSC 017 X Mal Deutschland The Peel Sessions (Maxi) Strange Fruit SFPSC 017 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
XMAL DJ212 Xmal Deutschland* Sickle Moon (Single, EP, Maxi) Xile XMAL DJ212 UK 1987 Sell This Version
none Curiosity Killed The Cat, X Mal Deutschland Curiosity Killed The Cat, X Mal Deutschland - Ordinary Day(Acetate, 12") Not On Label none UK 1987 Sell This Version
889 709-2 X Mal Deutschland I'll Be Near You (Maxi) Metronome 889 709-2 Germany 1989 Sell This Version
871 720-7, 871720-7 X Mal Deutschland Dreamhouse (Single, Maxi) Metronome 871 720-7, 871720-7 Germany 1989 Sell This Version