Rheingold was a German New Wave group that consisted of Bodo Staiger (vocals, guitar), Lothar Manteuffel (lyrics) und Brigitte Kunze (keyboard). They sang both in German and English and released three LP’s and several singles between 1980 and 1984.
Before they formed Rheingold, Bodo Staiger sang together in a band with Marius Müller-Westernhagen. Inspired through the Düsseldorf’s music scene and fellow Germans Kraftwerk, Staiger formed Rheingold who was named after the opera of Richard Wagner.
Lothar Manteuffel wrote the songs and Brigitte Kunze did some vocals on their first self-titled LP that was released on Weltrekord.
Their most successful single “Dreiklangsdimensionen” was released in 1980 as well as the singles “Fluss” and “Fan Fan Fanatisch”. “Fan Fan Fanatisch” apperaed on their second album “R”, which was released in 1982. This song was also on a soundtrack to the film “The Fan”, which cast also included Bodo Staiger in the main role.
Rheingold also released English versions of the songs in England and USA, not with much success as they hoped though. Neither did their last album show more success and so the band split and they never released music under this name.
Lothar Manteuffel teamed up with former Kraftwerk musician Karl Bartos to form Elektric Music and Bodo Staiger was working with ex Kraftwerk member Wolfgang Flür and today he’s busy as a music producer.
1. ‘Rein – 1:08 (Bass [Baß] – Thomas)
2. Fluß – 4:48 (Lyrics By [Texte] – Lothar Manteuffel)
3. Graffitis – 3:41 (Lyrics By [Texte] – Staiger, Schneider-M.)
4. Himmelgeist – 5:00
5 Dreiklangsdimensionen – 5:54 (Lyrics By [Texte] – Staiger, Manteuffel)
6. Pirata – 4:19
7. International – 3:51 (Lyrics By [Texte] – Manteuffel)
8. Rendezvous – 4:00 (Lyrics By [Texte] – Schult, Manteuffel/Vocals [Stimme] – Brigitte Kunze)
9. Rheingold Extra – 4:20
10. ‘Raus – 1:27
- Performer(s) – Bodo Staiger, Brigitte Kunze, Lothar Manteuffel
- Artwork [Logo Von] – Christoph, Lothar
- Cover – Bodo Staiger, Dieter Eikelpoth
- Mixed By [Mix Von] – Conny Plank
- Music By [Musik Von] – Bodo Staiger
- Photography By [Fotos Von] – Dieter Eikelpoth
- Producer [Produziert Von] – Bodo Staiger, Conny Plank
- Recorded By [Aufgenommen Von] – Rainer Assmann
- Vocals [Gesungen Von], Performer [Gespielt Von] – Bodo Staiger
Genre: Neue Deutsche Welle
Label – Welt-Rekord