About Die Warzau
Los Angeles, CA
Die Warzau was born in the late eighties, when Van Christie and Jim Marcus were working as individual performance artists in Chicago, Illinois. After deciding to join creative forces, their early shows became less about music than destruction and visual mayhem, garnering attention from fans, members of the press, and police officers alike. Fiction Records, distributed in the United States by Polygram and at the time serving as home to bands like The Cure, quickly added Die Warzau to its artist roster. This proved to be a wise move when in 1988 the band's first single, “I've Got to Make Sense,” reached number twenty-three on the Billboard Dance Chart and topped college club charts across the country. Their next effort would prove to be an even bigger hit, as “Land of the Free” climbed to the top spot on the Billboard Dance Charts while simultaneously maintaining a position on the import charts for a record thirty-six weeks. Despite a racy video that was banned on major media outlets and played only in clubs after midnight, the next single, “Welcome to America,” reached the number twelve spot on the Billboard Dance Chart.
Riding a wave of success that kept getting bigger and more powerful with every single, Die Warzau released its debut full-length, Disco Rigido, in 1989. The album spawned two more top club singles, including 1990's “Strike to the Body,” which reached the number five spot on the Billboard Dance Chart, and seven other songs that charted on various radio stations play lists across the globe. Aside from the success of its individual singles, the album as a whole helped prove that Die Warzau was not just a band that released songs made for the dance floor, but rather one that was capable of creating an eclectic collection of songs that refused to fit within the confines of any single category.
The band soon moved its United States distribution base to Atlantic records, under the A&R reins of Ivan Ivan, the producer responsible for “The Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight.” But distribution wasn't a major concern, because the band had already been wholly embraced by the industrial music community, despite the fact that the music of Die Warzau did its best to destroy genre boundaries and really didn't sound anything like what the industrial music people were accustomed to.
The band's next single, “Funkopolis,” was still in the number one spot on the Billboard Dance Chart when its sophomore full-length Big Electric Metal Bass Face started receiving the sort of reviews that began to cement Die Warzau as one of the leaders in electronic innovation. With such prominence came production work with acts like Sister Machine Gun, Machines of Loving Grace, Pigface, Lil Louis, Björk, Revenge, Final Cut, Gravity Killz, and KMFDM. Meanwhile, “Never Again,” one of the singles from Big Electric Metal Bass Face, was climbing its way to the number eight spot on the Billboard Dance Chart, and proving to anyone who cared to listen that, despite all of its recent success, the band was as political and uncompromising as ever.
Although it has been three years since you last heard Die Warzau, the wait will be well worth it with the release of a new Greatest Hits album, “Vinyl 88” containing ten previously released tracks as well as six never before released tracks.