|Birth name||Éric Greff|
|Labels||Sony Music Entertainment|
Helmut Fritz is the stage name of French singer Éric Greff, who was born in 1975 in Forbach, France and who grew up in Béning-lès-Saint-Avold in the Moselle département. Greff is known for his 2009 single "Ça m'énerve" ("It Bugs Me"), in which he portrays a German dandy living in Paris. The single, produced by Laurent Konrad, was released on March 2009 and rapidly reached number one in France.
To reinforce his identification with the song "Ça m'énerve", Eric Greff wrote a fictional biography for Helmut Fritz.
Fictional Biography of Helmut Fritz Character
Helmut Günter von Fritz was born in Reinbek, Germany, the only child of Rudy von Fritz and Annegret Spiegeln, who ran a small factory manufacturing knitted sweaters which earned them a modest but happy living.
In 1998, Helmut's great grand-uncle, Baron Titten von Fritz, died gored and trampled by wild boar while game hunting. Helmut became the only heir to a 300-million Deutsche mark fortune. Rich but stingy, he bought a second-hand Vespa, gave his parents some money, and left Germany.
He settled in Paris and began leading the high life with his newly acquired fortune. However, his lifestyle weighed more and more heavily on him.
Suffering from profound boredom, Helmut broke down: parties, gallery openings, haute couture, etc. were all getting on his nerves. Wishing to share his woes with someone, he met DJ Laurent Konrad, who suggested writing a song about his experiences.
His first album En Observation was released on 22 June 2009, available digitally since 15 June.
- En Observation – #32 in France, #63 in Belgium (Wallonia), #92 in Switzerland
- "Ça m'énerve" – #1 in France, #21 in Belgium (Flanders), #3 in Belgium (Wallonia), #8 in Switzerland
- "Miss France" – #7 in France, #15 in Belgium (Wallonia), #55 in Switzerland
- "Ça Gère" – #14 in France
- "L'ami Fritz", Le Républicain Lorrain, Catherine Pilet, 25 March 2009 Republicain-lorrain.fr Retrieved 4 June 2009
- "Je n'ai pas peur de la polémique", Paris Match, 17 April 2009 Parismatch.com Retrieved 4 June 2009
- "Ça m'énerve", in various singles charts Lescharts.com Retrieved 4 June 2009
- ""Tops : "Urgence Haïti" prend la tête des ventes"". Chartsinfrance. Retrieved 9 February 2010.