top row: Gudrun Gut, Karin Luner / middle row: Bettina Köster, Gudrun Gut, Karin Luner (l-r) / bottom row: Eva Gössling
Mania D. was a short-lived band, formed in West Berlin in 1979 when Beate Bartel and Eva Gössling came together with Karin Luner (a.k.a. Johnny Bass) and Bettina Köster and Gudrun Gut, owners of the clothing store Eisengrau. The women started playing together and had their first public appearance at the “Wuppertal-Total” exhibition at the Nordstadt Galerie Kollektiv in September 1979 under the moniker Johnny Bass-Eisengrau-Mania D. The film”Fashion Interlection” was created for this event and although the film itself has been lost, the pictures shown here are stills from the shooting.
They released one 7″ single, Herzschlag, on Monogam Records with Lisa Rosen (the band’s New York singer) before breaking up in December 1980.
I offer you today a clip of live performances and interviews from the 1980 documentary film Girls Bite Back by Wolfgang Büld. The film, which also features footage from Nina Hagen, The Slits, Girlschool, and Siouxsie & Banshees, was released on video in 1992, no word of a DVD release any time soon…
UPDATE: this blog entry was updated in February 201o with images submitted by Eva Gössling and corrections from Beate Bartel. The pictures above were taken in September 1979, during the filming of Karin Luner’s Super 8 film “Fashion Intellection”.