Die Warzau

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Die Warzau
Die Warzau.jpg
Die Warzau, 1992. Jim Marcus (left) and Van Christie.
Background information
OriginChicago, Illinois
GenresNew Wave, Synthpop, Industrial, EBM
Years active1987–2011
LabelsFiction, Atlantic, Mercury, Polygram, WaxTrax!, Pulseblack
Associated actsApartment 26
Dead On TV
The Dreaming
Go Fight
Sister Machine Gun
Stabbing Westward
Past membersVan Christie
Daniel Evans
Abel Garibaldi
Christopher Hall
Jim Marcus
Chris Vrenna
Xmas Smits
Vince McAley
James Woolley
Kevin Temple
Mars Williams

Die Warzau (originally Die Warzau Synfony) was an industrial music band formed in 1987 by performance artists Jim Marcus and Van Christie.


Originally signed to Chris Parry's Fiction Records, the group released Disco Rigido in 1988.[1]

A second album, Big Electric Metal Bass Face, was released in 1991.[1] Contributors to the band at the time included Chris Vrenna and James Woolley (both members of Nine Inch Nails during the mid-1990s), and audio visual artist Burle Avant, who went on to co-create the MTV television series Amp.

Engine, a 1995 release[1] on Fiction/Wax Trax! and distributed by TVT, was the last album the group released before going on hiatus for almost a decade, and included contributions from Chris Randall of the band Sister Machine Gun (SMG). One of the songs written by Die Warzau during this time, "Hole In the Ground," ended up on the SMG album Burn.

Die Warzau as a group then went on hiatus for a number of years, with Marcus and Christie working on other projects. Jim Marcus founded the pure funk group Everplastic while Van Christie worked on another project called Eco-Hed.

In 2005, the duo re-united, together with new members Abel Garibaldi and Dan Evans, releasing Convenience on their Chicago-based label Pulseblack Records.[1]

2008 saw the release of Vinyl 88, a collection of remixes and previously unreleased tracks including "Born Again" (for which a video was released) and "Hitler's Brain", a collaboration with funk pioneer George Clinton. While some of the tracks had seen prior release, many of the remixes featured re-recorded elements.

In 2009, Die Warzau made several songs – many from the recent Convenience and Vinyl 88 releases – available for remixing at RemixGalaxy.com The different musical elements (vocals, drums, bass, etc.) of each song are available as separate tracks, which allows users the opportunity to create their own versions of the songs or incorporate the parts into their own original tracks under personal, non-commercial license.

In 2011, Die Warzau announced on their Facebook page that their performance at the WTII Minifest 2 on June 12 would be the band's last performance before breaking up. The live personnel included Jim Marcus, Dan Evans, Vince McAley, and Jay Ramirez.

In 2013, the band announced that they will reunite to play one show at the "Cold Waves II" festival held in Chicago in late September 2013.


Disco Rigido (1989)[edit]

  1. Welcome to America
  2. Man Is Meat
  3. Jack Hammer
  4. Bodybag
  5. Sexus
  6. Money After All
  7. Strike to the Body
  8. I've Got to Make Sense
  9. National Security
  10. Shake Down
  11. Tear It Down
  12. Bodybag [Edit][Dub]
  13. Free Radio Africa
  14. Y Tagata En Situ
  15. Cross Burning, Pt. 2
  16. Land of the Free

Big Electric Metal Bass Face (1991)[edit]

  1. Crack Radio
  2. Funkopolis
  3. Never Again
  4. Shock Box
  5. Brand New Convertible Car
  6. Burning
  7. All Cut Up
  8. Coming Down [Live]
  9. My Pretty Little Girlfriend
  10. Red All Over
  11. Pig City
  12. Dying in Paradise
  13. Suck It Up
  14. Head

Engine (1995)[edit]

  1. Missing It
  2. Liberated
  3. Lizardoplacentis
  4. Muck
  5. Cyberdelia Non Corborundum
  6. Grounded
  7. Heroina.d.
  8. Belly
  9. Ultraplanet
  10. Pughead (Badacidanimals)
  11. Allgoodgirls
  12. Material
  13. Shakespeare
  14. Amphibious
  15. America

Convenience (2004)[edit]

  1. Crusaders
  2. Go Going Gone
  3. Permission
  4. Radiation Babies
  5. Glare
  6. Bliss
  7. Linoleum
  8. Superbuick
  9. Terrorform
  10. Curious
  11. Gone Chemical
  12. Kleen
  13. King of Rock and Roll
  14. Come as You Are
  15. As We Are so We Are
  16. Shine

Vinyl88 – Not the Best of Die Warzau (2008)[edit]

  1. Insect (Butterfly Re Edit)
  2. Land of the Free (Red Metal Mix)
  3. Born Again (Reborn Edit)
  4. All Good Girls (Girls Redrawn KMFDM Remix)
  5. Glare (Album Edit)
  6. Funkopolis (To Le Funk Mix)
  7. Crusaders (Mission to Mars Mix)
  8. Welcome to America (Single Cell Remix)
  9. Coming Down (Black Ops Mix)
  10. Kleen (Cleaner Mix)
  11. Last Generation (Rapture Re Edit)
  12. All Cut Up (Twist and Scar Remix)
  13. Nitelight (Medicated Mix)
  14. Smacktime (With Chris Connelly)
  15. Permission (Album Edit)
  16. Hitler's Brain (With George Clinton)

Borghild (2009)[edit]

  1. Big Hit Radio (Desktop Porn Mix)
  2. We Are Electric (Tens Rod Re-Edit)
  3. Insect (Waspkiller Fetish Mix)
  4. Mona Lisa Communista (Chastity Mix)
  5. The Gun Song (Penile Extension Mix)
  6. UNS (Unnatural Selection) (Unnatural Sex Mix)


  1. ^ a b c d Huey, Steve. "Die Warzau Biography". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved July 30, 2015.

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