Edelweiss (band)

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Edelweiss
Origin Austria
Genres House, techno, new beat
Years active 1988-1993
1997
Past members Martin Gletschermayer
Matthias Schweger
Walter Werzowa

Edelweiss was an Austrian electronica/dance band consisting of remixers Martin Gletschermayer, Matthias Schweger and Walter Werzowa. The group is best known for their 1988 worldwide hit "Bring Me Edelweiss", and their European hit "Starship Edelweiss".

Edelweiss reached the number one position with their hit "Bring Me Edelweiss," featuring Austrian folk music vocalist Maria Mathis, who also did the live performances (and later recorded an updated version in 1999). The single was a hit in many European countries, supposedly by following the instructions given in The KLF's book The Manual. Borrowing large parts of its melody from ABBA's "SOS" and Indeep's "Last Night a DJ Saved My Life", the song humorously targeted Austrian ski resorts and yodeling and sold five million copies worldwide. Bill Drummond, one of the authors of The Manual, mentioned the group in the epilogue of the German release of the book, which was originally published in 1989 (in English).[citation needed]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
AT UK
[1]
U.S.
Dance
U.S.
Rock
GER SUI NED SWE
1988 / 89 "Bring Me Edelweiss" 1 5 7 24 2 1 2 1 Singles only
1989 "I Can't Get No... Edelweiss"
1992 "Raumschiff Edelweiss" / "Starship Edelweiss" 1 7 8 19 25 Wonderful World of Edelweiss
"Planet Edelweiss" 14
1993 "Beam Me Up"
"Ski Instructor"
1997 "Edeltaler Hochzeitsmarsch (Kein Sex vor der Ehe)" Singles only
2001 "Bring Me Edelweiss" (Remix)

Album[edit]

Year Title Chart positions
AUT GER
1992 Wonderful World of Edelweiss 11 91

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 178. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.