Erste Allgemeine Verunsicherung
Erste Allgemeine Verunsicherung
EAV in 2008
|Genres||Pop, pop-rap, Austropop|
|Labels||EMI Austria 1983-2003|
Sony BMG Ariola since 2005
Klaus Eberhartinger (since 1981)
|Past members||Nino Holm (1977-1995)|
Eik Breit (1977-1995)
Nino Holm first established a band called "Anti-Pasta", but it was not successful and it dissolved after three years. Holm then decided together with his friend Thomas Spitzer to create a new band. While they were undecided on a name, they saw a bus stop in a branch of "Erste Allgemeine Versicherung" ("First General Insurance"), abbreviated EAV, and so they came to the name "Erste Allgemeine Verunsicherung-EAV".
They initially faced legal difficulty in Austria due to the (obviously intended) similarity of their band name to that of the corporation "Erste Allgemeine Versicherung". This was later dropped and the insurance company was even known to sponsor them on a few occasions.
The EAV often changed their members. Their members as of today are Klaus Eberhartinger (Vocals), Thomas Spitzer (Guitar, Vocals), Kurt Keinrath (Guitar, Keyboard, bass guitar), Franz Kreimer (Keyboard), Alvis Reid (Bass guitar) and Aaron Thier (Drums).
The stage shows are known for lavishness in both backdrop and costumes, the latter often selected and changed for specific songs that are then acted out by either the vocalist or other members.
Despite the band's failed attempt to gain international fame, they still remain quite popular in Germany and Austria.
Their songs are mostly anti social and weird in nature, but the lyrics contain hints of social criticism as well. For example, "Cinderella" (1994) is one of their "fun" songs, in which they tell the tale of Cinderella in a funny way: "Sie schlief im Kohlenkeller, trotzdem war sie bettelarm, weil sie von der vielen Kohle, die da lag, zu wenig nahm" ("She slept in the coal cellar, but she was dirt-poor, because she didn't take much of the plentiful coal that lay there"). The word "Kohle" ("coal") is a colloquial word for money in German.
More critical lyrics can be seen in the song "Burli" (1987), which tells the story of a boy born shortly after the Chernobyl accident in an exaggerated and humorous way: "Herr Anton hat ein Häuschen mit einem Gartenzwerg und davor, da steht ein Kernkraftwerk. Da gab es eines Tages eine kleine Havarie, die Tomaten war'n so groß wie nie…" ("Mr. Anton has a small house with a garden gnome, and nearby there's a nuclear power plant. One day there was a small accident - the tomatoes were bigger than ever before…"). Both "Burli" and the song "Afrika" led radio stations to boycott the band.
The band is known for open statements against political extremism especially on the right ("bacillus nationalis") and was sued by prominent politicians of the political right like Kurt Waldheim for drawing attention to his past in the 3rd Reich and Jörg Haider, then-head of the right-leaning FPÖ. Songs on this topic include e.g. "Eierkopf-Rudi" or "Wir marschieren".
Deaths of members
In February 1981, group member Walter Hammerl (b. 1952) committed suicide by hanging. He had attempted suicide before. He was a close friend of Klaus Eberhartinger, who took over his duties. Bandmate Thomas Spitzer commented that it was worrying how the band got on and felt so close to Walter Hammerl, but without actually knowing him. Hammerl had mainly done managing and stage directing work for the band, however he did sing on a few tracks.
In July 2017, former singer Wilfried Scheutz died after a short battle with cancer at the age of 67 years.
Timeline of members
- 1978: 1. Allgemeine Verunsicherung (1st General Uncertainty)
- 1981: Café Passé (Café Passé)
- 1983: Spitalo Fatalo (Hospitalo Fatalo)
- 1984: À la Carte (À la Carte)
- 1985: Geld oder Leben! (Your Money or Your Life!)
- 1987: Liebe, Tod & Teufel (Love, Death & Devil)
- 1990: Neppomuk's Rache (Neppomuk's Revenge)
- 1991: Watumba! (Watumba!)
- 1994: Nie wieder Kunst (Never Again Art)
- 1997: Im Himmel ist die Hölle los! (In Heaven All Hell is Breaking Loose!)
- 1998: Himbeerland (Raspberryland)
- 2000: Austropop in Tot-Weiß-Tot (Austropop in Dead-White-Dead; ['Dead-White-Dead' is a pun on the colours of the Austrian national flag: Red-White-Red, German: Rot-Weiß-Rot])
- 2003: Frauenluder (Woman Slut)
- 2007: Amore XL (Love XL)
- 2010: Neue Helden braucht das Land (The Country Needs New Heroes)
- 2015: Werwolf-Attacke! (Werewolf Attack!)
- 2016: Was haben wir Gelacht (what did we laugh at)
- 2018: Alles ist erlaubt ("Everything is allowed")
- www.eav.at: Official Homepage of Erste Allgemeinen Verunsicherung and the EAV-Fanclub (in German)
- EAV-Fanpage about the early years of the band (in German)
- Unofficial fan site (in German)
- EAV discography at MusicBrainz