Christiane F. / Christiana* ‎– Wunderbar / Health Dub

Playhouse ‎– Playhouse 71, Playhouse ‎– Play 71
Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM

Companies, etc.



Wunderbar / Heimweh: Published by Soundchaser Music (BMI)
Suechtig / Spinnen / Health Dub: Published by Freibank

Playhouse 71 / Made in E.E.C.

1982: Christiane Felscherinow, better known as Christiane F., has just published her book »Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo«. During a stay in the US, she records vocals for a record, but has no influence on the musical and artistic result. She only hears the outcome (A. »Wunderbar«) after its release and is horrified. She has the record stopped in order to re-record the song under the name of Christiana with musicians from Berlin's New Wave scene (B. »Süchtig (Health Dub)«).

At the Robert Johnson Club in Offenbach, the original US-version turned into a significant hit, so one soon decided to feature both versions on one record.
Perfect time documents that have not lost any of their fascination since their first release and should be preserved for future generations.

»Ich Klau Dein Auto, Und Fahr Zur Disco - Ich Bin So Süchtig, Dein Lenkrand Zu Führ'n...«

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 6 61956 33711 6
  • Label Code: LC 10939
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A): Play 71 A 45 rpm SNB
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B): Play 71 B 45 rpm SNB
  • Rights Society: BMI

Other Versions (1 of 1) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
Playhouse 71, Play 71 Christiane F. / Christiana* Christiane F. / Christiana* - Wunderbar / Health Dub(12", Promo, W/Lbl) Playhouse, Playhouse Playhouse 71, Play 71 Germany 2003 Sell This Version


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October 22, 2015

At the time this was produced Alex Hacke of "Einstürzende Neubauten" was Christiane's boyfriend. FM Einheit was living together with them in Hamburg, thus the release on a label from Hamburg ("Ripoff", run by Klaus Maeck, who was the fourth member of this "Wohngemeinschaft").


June 4, 2009
Although the lyrics are both - dumb and thrilling - considering Christiane F's horrific life story, sexual innuendos over appealing avantgarde disco groove simply reflect her experience further. It's appealing but once we get into it, it's frightening (in a seductive sense of the word).

Here is a victim, a drug addict for life - like a naive siren luring us to come along but are we that brave to reach the same end?

Whether this is a considerable self-parody, or attempt at starting a pop-career (as a means of escape from constant heroin relapse), both versions - the Tom Tom Club-esque 'Wunderbar' and its sinister dub variant (delivered by members of Einstürzende Neubauten) do work perfectly in their experimental share of cheesy synths (also quite reminiscent of the early 80s' Prince), metallic percussive drum, irresistible bass lines and menacing claustrophobic reverb drone.

In that respect, it is a masterpiece.