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ALPENROCK

Miscellaneous: 2003

Alpenrock

BR Online 15th July 2003 | Photos: BR

Bayerischer Rundfunk presents a four part series, Alpenrock, about the development of the alpine rock genre, from the 70s to present day, or, to put it another way, from Ambros to Zabine.

Dialect "on the rocks" - the alpine rock story

Pop culture is youth culture - as a rule. Alpine rock is not a part of some youth movement, no provocative flirt with traditional folk music. Alpine rock is much more the fairly adult answer to punk, funk, rock and soul. Adult sometimes also means: business-minded.

Hubert von GoisernMunich in the 70s: The Swabian in-crowd dance to the same rhythms as the London club-goers and the New York night owls. The pop heroes are at home beyond the Channel or overseas. But the native Munich musicians do not stand and watch. Willy Michl, the Biermösl Blosn and Georg Ringsgwandl appear in the clubs, the Spider Murphy Gang in front of American GIs - like many other bands in English too. But it is soon clear: dialect is the gap in the market.

Konstantin Wecker, Wolfgang Ambros, Haindling - almost everybody can sing along to their lyrics. But the star of the scene first made a big impact in the 90s - and with him, what is known as the suitable for marketing "New Folk Music" pigeonhole: Hubert von Goisern. Koa Hiatamadl is an enormous hit, not just at Wiesn times in Wiesn tents. It seems to be the breakthrough for alpine rock. But when the hype around his song about the "girl from the city" became too big for Hubert von Goisern and he retired, the scene was missing its advertisement. But alpine rock lives - even though small and fine. A time travel through the alpine rock story.

The 80s

[...] The dialect duo Alpinkatzen from the Salzburg province tour untiringly through small clubs. A true slog. The singer calls himself Hubert von Goisern - after his hometown.

Alpinkatzen 1988: Hubert von Goisern lets the Alpine Lawine (Alpine Avalanche) loose. Without great success: the attempt to pair pop and folk music barely finds attention.

Traditional melodies in disco style from the synthesizer. Hubert von Goisern and Wolfgang Staribacher do something new. They never run out of steam. They potter about for years. The dialect duo from the Salzburg province appear in small clubs.

Hage Hein, their manager, offers them like sharp beer. They desperately try to leave their recording with a record company. In 1988 the album Alpine Lawine is released. In 1991, the duo separate due to differences of opinion. A year later, Hubert von Goisern is the star of alpine rock.

The 90s

In the 90s, it could scarcely go any better. Hubert von Goisern delivered a Wiesn hit with Koa Hiatamadl, which was then yodelled up and down in the Fasching carnival [...] "Schräg dahoam" is hip, which is not least proved by the Munich festival of the same name.

Hubert von Goisern swims right at the top of the alpine rock wave. The others reckon to sink in the media. But without the great Goisern, the general public would possibly have taken no notice of them at all. When the hurly-burly of in the pop business became too much for Hubert von Goisern and he retired, it became quiet around all alpine rock [...] Alpine rock in the 90s - it is above all the story of Hubert von Goisern. Many others only dreamt of being a star.

Alpine rock star 1992

Hubert von GoisernA star overnight - Hubert von Goisern experienced what many dream of. He soon noticed that being a star is quite beautifully tiring.

"It is quite unique: Many people would bet the roof over their head that they have seen me in lederhosen," says Hubert von Goisern. Most people see him for the first time at his concert in the BR broadcast Live aus dem Alabama - as usual in linen trousers. The morning after he is a pop star: "It went crazily fast at that time. Zap, zap, zap. It's like the domino effect." Sabine Kapfinger, who is currently performing a solo career as Zabine, chucks in her hairdressing training at 15. She yodels and sings at Goisern's side and becomes the only sex symbol of the New Folk Music scene.

Hubert von Goisern is constantly present in the media. He is the star, not the Alpinkatzen band. That provides for conflicts. The colleagues demand that he should hold back more. In 1994 von Goisern announces the end of the band, because he "has no time for anything else".

Alpine rock now

ZabineIn the 90s it was too much for them, now they return: Hubert von Goisern as an alpine world musicians, his one-time singing partner, Zabine, as a pop musician.

[...] The "New Folk Music" achieved a lot in the German-speaking area. The "Alpine World Music" has the global demand to be world music from the alpine area. Also international somehow: Florian Ast, the young man from the Swiss mountains and his alpine rap. Alpine rock now - lots of comebacks, lots of new ideas. But for a long time not as successful as in the 80s and 90s.