|Single by Grauzone|
|Format||vinyl 7"/12" single|
|Genre||Neue Deutsche Welle, post-punk|
|Length||4 minutes, 46 seconds|
|Producer(s)||Urs Steiger, Grauzone|
|Grauzone singles chronology|
"Eisbär" (German for polar bear) is a 1980 "cult" song composed by the Swiss Neue Deutsche Welle band Grauzone. It first appeared on the 1980 compilation album Swiss Wave - The Album. The shorter single version was later collected on the Grauzone album Die Sunrise Tapes (1998).
The song features a man singing he wants to be "a polar bear in the cold polar", because by being one he "wouldn't have to cry any longer and everything would be fine." The instrumental arrangement also evokes an Arctic atmosphere.
- 7" single (1981)
- A "Eisbär" (4:17)
- B "Ich lieb sie" (3:18)
- 12" single (1981)
- A "Eisbär" (4:17)
- B1 "Ich lieb sie" (3:18)
- B2 "Film 2" (3:35)
|Austrian Singles Chart||10|
|German Singles Chart||12|
- In 1990, Polar Pop (feat. Mc Grzimek) released a house version of the song.
- In 1993, Prisonshake released a cover version on the B-side of their "Two Sisters" single.
- In 1996, Scholle (ohne Schwester C.) produced a dance version on the compilation NDD - New German Dancefloor Stufe 3.
- In 1997, The Belgian hard house discjockey Frédéric de Backer released a cover of the song under the pseudonym GrooveZone. It was released in 24 countries and sold over 300,000 copies.
- In 2001, The Austrian Neue Deutsche Härte band Stahlhammer covered this song, it appears on the album Eisenherz (2006).
- In 2003, Knorkator feat. Holger Klein interpreted the song.
- In 2004, The German Neue Deutsche Härte band Oomph! released their version of the song as a B-side on the single "Augen Auf!", and on a limited edition version of Wahrheit oder Pflicht.
- In 2006, The French band Nouvelle Vague recorded a version of the song for their album Bande à Part
- The Dresden Dolls has covered the song in live concerts.
- In 2004, The German band Razzia covered Eisbaer on their album Relativ Sicher Am Strand (2004)
- Grauzone - Eisbär - austriancharts.at
- Swiss Kult Hits.ch
- Eisbär single (Discogs)
- Swiss Wave The Album (Discogs)
- Die Sunrise Tapes (Discogs)
- mital-U - Grauzone 1980-1982 Remastered
- Grauzone - Ich will Spass.de
- "Grauzone - Eisbär - hitparade.ch (German)". Retrieved 26 November 2009.[permanent dead link]
- Polar Pop - Eisbär (Discogs)
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2010-08-13.
- NDD - Neuer Deutscher Dancefloor 3 (Discogs)
- Groovezone - Eisbaer (Discogs)
- Stahlhammer > Eisenherz album review
- METALNEWS.DE - LIVE: Knorkator @ JUZ Klärwerk, Amberg
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