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General information
Genre (s) pop
founding 1986, 2014
resolution 1999
Website http://www.rainbirds.com/
Founding members
Katharina Franck
Michael Beckmann (until 1990)
Wolfgang Glum (until 1990)
Current occupation
Katharina Franck
Bela Brauckmann (since 2014)
Gunter Papperitz (since 2014)
former members
Rodrigo González (1988–1990)
Ulrike Haage (1990–1999)
Tim Lorenz (1994-1999)

Rainbirds are a German pop / rock band around the singer Katharina Franck .

Band history

Founded in 1986 and named after an instrumental title by Tom Waits , the Rainbirds won the Berlin Senate Rock Competition and were then signed to the Mercury record company . The first album Rainbirds , produced by Udo Arndt in the Berlin audio recording studio , was a resounding success, and the single Blueprint became a European hit in early 1988. The first line-up of the band included Katharina Franck (guitar, vocals), Michael Beckmann (bass) and Wolfgang Glum (drums). On the occasion of a tour, the guitarist Rodrigo González , later a member of the bands Die Ärzte , Abwärts and ¡Más Shake! , as a permanent member of the band.

The Rainbirds in the 1990s

In the spring of 1989 the second album Call Me Easy, Say I'm Strong, Love Me My Way, It Ain't Wrong was released , for which the photographer and video director Anton Corbijn made a music clip. Corbijn - known for his Depeche Mode and U2 photos - became the band's in-house photographer in the years that followed.

After this album, due to musical differences - Beckmann, Glum and González wanted to push through a rockier sound - they split up, and Katharina Franck formed the band into a duo. The pianist Ulrike Haage became partner . With this line-up, two albums were released: Two Faces (1991) and In a Different Light (1993), which, however, could not build on the success of the first two albums.

In 1994 the drummer Tim Lorenz joined the band as a third member. With this line-up, the albums Making Memory (1996) and Forever (1997) were released, followed by the live album 3000.live (1999), the Rainbirds' last release for the time being.

After Katharina Franck in 1997 her spoken-word -Soloalbum hunger had published, followed in 2002 the CD Zeitlupenkino ( Mute Records ) with "spoken pop songs." Also Ulrike Haage presented meanwhile - after numerous radio play publications and various commissioned works for the theater - a solo album titled Sélavy (2004). Tim Lorenz runs a recording studio in Berlin.

In October 2013 the label Vertigo / Universal Germany released the Rainbirds - 25th Anniversary Deluxe CD / DVD Edition on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the debut LP. In addition to the remastered versions of the songs, there is also a concert recording of the Rainbirds performance on June 16, 1988 in East Berlin - Weissensee in the GDR .

The Rainbirds' new album Yonder was released in early May 2014 . The newly formed group consists of Katharina Franck, the Cultured Pearls drummer Bela Brauckmann and the electronics musician Gunter Papperitz. The album mainly contains reinterpretations of old Rainbirds songs. The newly formed group has been performing live again since 2015.


Chart positions
Explanation of the data
  DE 2 
01/11/1988 (33 weeks)
  CH 21st 04/03/1988 (2 weeks)
Call Me Easy, Say I'm Strong, Love Me My Way, It Ain't Wrong
  DE 4th 
04/03/1989 (29 weeks)
  AT 28 06/01/1989 (4 weeks)
  CH 18th 04/23/1989 (4 weeks)
Two faces
  DE 68 06/03/1991 (4 weeks)
In a Different Light
  DE 89 08/02/1993 (4 weeks)
  DE 7th 01/25/1988 (20 weeks)
Boy on the Beach
  DE 57 06/27/1988 (5 weeks)
Sea of ​​Time
  DE 39 04/24/1989 (9 weeks)
Not exactly
  DE 58 08/14/1989 (12 weeks)


  • 1987 - Blueprint
  • 1988 - Boy on the Beach
  • 1989 - Sea of ​​Time
  • 1989 - Not Exactly
  • 1989 - Love Is a Better Word (White City of Light)
  • 1991 - Two Faces
  • 1993 - Devils Dance
  • 1993 - Jamais Jamais
  • 1995 - Blueprint (New Mix)
  • 1996 - Absolutely Free
  • 1996 - Give Me a Kiss
  • 1997 - Don't Cry a River for Me (Be Cool)
  • 1997 - Shoot from the Hip


  • 1987 - Rainbirds
  • 1989 - Call Me Easy, Say I'm Strong, Love Me My Way, It Ain't Wrong
  • 1991 - Two Faces
  • 1993 - In a Different Light
  • 1995 - The Mercury Years (Compilation)
  • 1996 - Making Memory
  • 1997 - Forever
  • 1999 - rainbirds3000.live
  • 2014 - Yonder

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. From retrospective project to compact band at rockszene.de
  2. The Berlin band Rainbirds goes on tour again at universal-music.de
  3. Chart sources: chartsurfer.de / officialcharts.de
  4. Awards: DE