La Düsseldorf

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La Düsseldorf was a German rock band that was formed in 1975 from the group Neu! emerged.


Members were the former Kraftwerk drummer Klaus Dinger (vocals, guitar, keyboard ), Thomas Dinger (vocals, percussion ) and Hans Lampe (percussion, electronics). Typical for the music of La Düsseldorf are long, over long stretches of instrumental pieces, which are supplemented with sound collages and sparse singing, which often only contains fragments of German, English or sometimes French.

The music of Neu! and La Düsseldorf was a major influence on the music of Brian Eno and David Bowie . Bowie called La Düsseldorf “the soundtrack of the eighties”.

The songs Düsseldorf and Time, released in 1976, are considered milestones . In 1978 they had a great success with the title Rheinita from the album Viva , among other things in the radio hit parades Schlagerrallye and Disco in the WDR of WDR 2 . After years of legal disputes between band members and record companies, the band's albums were re-released in Germany in September 2005 or released for the first time on CD, but after a short time they were taken off the market.

In 2006 the album Mon Amour was released , which was originally supposed to appear in 1983 as La Düsseldorf 4 . Legal disputes were responsible for the late release date. This work was already released on LP / CD in 1985 - at that time under the name Néondian .

On September 23, 2006, La Düsseldorf's last line- up came together for a relaxed photo session on Düsseldorf's Königsallee. Klaus Dinger intended to re-record all of La Düsseldorf's works with the Japanese musicians Masaki Nakao, Miki Yui, Kazuyuki Onouchi and Satoshi Okamoto under the working title Japandorf .

A solo LP by Thomas Dinger entitled For Me was released in 1982. Both this and the 1-A Düsseldorf albums by Klaus Dinger's brother were only granted a modest commercial success. The studio project 1-A Düsseldorf, launched in 1986 together with Damo Suzuki and Nils Kristiansen, suffered for many years from a lack of usable output. Damo Suzuki blocked the publication of all recordings made with him. The first publicly visible signs of life from 1-A Düsseldorf were the bonus samples on the LP Für mich, which was only re-released on CD in 1998 . Thomas Dinger died on April 9, 2002, his brother Klaus on March 21, 2008.


  • La Düsseldorf (1976) - 1st Düsseldorf (13:17 min.), 2nd La Düsseldorf (4:28 min.), 3rd Silver Cloud (8:01 min.), 4th Time (9:24 min.) )
  • Viva (1978) - 1. Viva (2:35 min.), 2. White Overalls (2:07 min.), 3. Rheinita (7:40 min.), 4. Birds (1:30 min.), 5. Money (6:23 min.), 6. Cha Cha 2000 (20:01 min.)
  • Individualless (1980)
  • Blue (1989/1999)
  • Neondian (Mon Amour) (2006)


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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Biography of La Düsseldorf on , accessed on November 16, 2013