Die Haut

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Die Haut
Years active1982 (1982)–1997 (1997)
Past members

Die Haut (German, 'the skin') were an experimental German post-punk and post-rock band in Berlin during the 1980s and 1990s, with such records as the Nick Cave collaboration Burnin' the Ice. The only constant member was Christoph Dreher.

Formed as an instrumental rock quartet, many of their recordings and live performances featured an array of international guest vocalists.

Their last full-length album was Spring (1997) followed by a remix album called Springer (1998). At the same time the band went on hiatus, Remo Park and Christoph Dreher have continued to work as separate acts,[1] and Jochen Arbeit with Rudolph Moser joined the Berlin-based underground legend Einstürzende Neubauten.


Guest vocalists live and on recordings include: Nick Cave, Kid Congo Powers, Anita Lane, Debbie Harry, Paul Outlaw, Mick Harvey, Jeffrey Lee Pierce, Blixa Bargeld, Lydia Lunch, Alexander Hacke, Arto Lindsay, Kim Gordon, Cristina Martinez, Laurie Tomin, Alan Vega, Louisa Bradshaw, Danielle de Picciotto, Gordon W.


  • Schnelles Leben mini-LP (Monogram 008, 1982)
  • "Der Karibische Western" 12" (Zensor CM2, 1982), CD (WSFA SF99, 1990)
  • Burnin' the Ice LP (Illuminated SJAMS30, 1983; Crown Records CROWN1708; Paradoxx PA5502) — vocals: Nick Cave
  • "Fandango" 12" (Megadisc MD125283, 1987)
  • Headless Body in Topless Bar LP (WSFA SF83, 1988)
  • Die Hard LP (WSFA SF91/EFA LP02691, 1989)
  • "Are You Hectic?" 12" by Alert (Die Haut and Blixa Bargeld) (Cash Beat CB17/EFA MCD02817, 1992)
  • Head On LP (WSFA SF122/Triple X 51148, 1992)
  • Sweat LP (WSFA SF140/Triple X 51184-2, 1993) — live at Berlin Metropol, August 24, 1992, and Apeldoorn August 1992
  • Sweat video (WSFA 140V/Triple X 51184-3, 1993) — live video from Tempodrom, Berlin, August 1992, 66 minutes; directed by Rolf S. Wolkenstein
  • Spring LP/CD (Our Choice/Rough Trade RTD195.1914.2, 1997) — Thomas Wydler plays only on "At First ... But Then"
  • Springer LP (Our Choice/Rough Trade RTD195.3363.2, 1998) — remixes of Spring
  • "Cinema Excessiva" (Hans Nieswandt remix) (Rough Trade, 1998)

Compilation appearances[edit]

  • "My Gift To You" on Sleep? cassette (Heiliger Strohsack Kartell, 1984)
  • "Nevada" on Berlin Now video, 1985


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