The first track Bring Me Edelweiss was produced in 1988 by Martin Gletschermeyer and Walter Werzowa and sung by Maria Mathis . The chorus of the song consisted of a cover version of ABBA's S.OS with new lyrics. The track has sold over three million times, was number 1 on the charts in several countries and received a World Music Award .
It is interesting that "Edelweiss" apparently proceeded from the book "The Manual - How to make a number 1 hit" by KLF from 1988, in which Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty described how their hit "Doctorin 'the tardis" came about and all of them Calling for them to do the same (sample, steal, hit the road). In the afterword of the revised new edition from 1998, Drummond and Cauty mention a corresponding request from "Edelweiss" from 1988. "We said 'We don't need to [produce your concept], you can do it yourself,' handed them a copy of The Manual and sent them packing back to Austria. " (P. 151 of the 3rd edition of the new edition 1998). If you listen to the first Edelweiss hit Bring Me Edelweiss from this point of view , this analogy is also obvious.
An album with eight versions of Bring Me Edelweiss under different names followed. The successor I Can't Get No ... (Edelweiss) could not place itself in the charts, however, and the band was quiet again.
The stylistically similar 1988 single Christkind Is In the House , which reached number 28 in Austria, is also attributed to Walter Werzowa.
In 1992 Edelweiss made a comeback with the title Raumschiff Edelweiss , in which yodel music was mixed with the title theme of the TV series Raumschiff Enterprise . This time Martin Gletschermeyer worked with Klaus Biedermann and Paul Pfab, the producers of the bingo boys . The equipment was by Markus Kuscher . The title made it to number 1 in Austria and at least to number 7 in Germany. A promo maxi CD was also released for radio stations that contains additional versions that cannot be found on the normal maxi and the album (including a German-language intro). Christian Clerici also belonged to the band (can also be seen in the video for Raumschiff Edelweiss ), who later became known through various TV shows.
This was followed by the album Wonderful World of Edelweiss , from which the tracks Planet Edelweiss (number 14 in Austria, not represented in the German charts) and Ski Instructor were decoupled. Shortly before the first single was released, band member Thomas Schlögl committed suicide . All promotional activities were then discontinued and the video for the single was taken off the market.
In 1997 there was another comeback attempt with the title Edeltaler Hochzeitmarsch , a dance version of the Zillertal Wedding March . However, the title was unsuccessful.
Singles / Maxis
- Bring Me Edelweiss (Single / Maxi / Remix-Maxi / Maxi-CD, 1988)
- I Can't Get No (Edelweiss) (Single / Maxi / Maxi-CD, 1989)
- Raumschiff Edelweiss (Single / Maxi / Maxi-CD / Promo-Maxi-CD, 1992)
- Planet Edelweiss (Single / Maxi / Maxi-CD, 1992)
- Beam Me Up (Single / Maxi / Maxi-CD, 1993)
- Ski Instructor (Maxi-CD, 1993)
- Edeltaler Wedding March (Maxi-CD, 1997)
- Bring me Edelweiss (Maxi-CD, 2001, remake for the Edelweiss beer brand )
- Mariah M. - (Bring Me) Edelweiss 2000 (Maxi-CD, 1999, remake of the original singer Maria Mathis )
The promo maxi CD for Raumschiff Edelweiss was released, together with a video cassette (with the accompanying video clip) as a limited box in a film can and contained other versions of the song and a radio play in several parts (with the Star Trek dubbing speakers) .
- Edelweiss (1988)
- Wonderful World of Edelweiss (1992)
- The Return Flight of Raumschiff Edelweiss (1996, published on the sampler 30 Years Star Trek - A Tribute )