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For the 1984 German film, see Abwärts (film).
Origin Hamburg
Genres Post-punk
Years active 1979 (1979)
Labels Zickzack
Associated acts Einstürzende Neubauten
Website abwaerts.com

Abwärts ("Downwards") is a West German post-punk group from Hamburg. Members Mark Chung and FM Einheit would leave the group in the early 1980s to join the Berlin-based band Einstürzende Neubauten.

Their best-known recordings include the single "Computerstaat" ("Computer State") (1980) and the LP's Amok Koma (1981) and Der Westen ist Einsam ("The West Is Lonely") (1982), the latter in particular being regarded as a classic of West German post-punk.

The group is profiled along with other contemporaries in Jürgen Teipel's 2001 documentary novel Verschwende Deine Jugend.[1]


  1. ^ Verschwende Deine Jugend. Ein Doku-Roman über den deutschen Punk und New Wave. Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp Verlag, 2001

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