Erste Allgemeine Verunsicherung

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Erste Allgemeine Verunsicherung
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EAV in 2008
Background information
Origin Austria
Genres Pop, pop-rap, Austropop
Years active 1977–present
Labels

EMI Austria 1983-2003

Sony BMG Ariola since 2005
Website eav.at
Members

Thomas Spitzer
Klaus Eberhartinger (since 1981)
Kurt Keinrath (since 1996)
Franz Kreimer (since 2001)
Alvis Reid (since 2015)

Aaron Thier (since 2015)
Past members

Nino Holm (1977-1995)
Eik Breit (1977-1995)
Anders Stenmo (1977-1998)
Wilfried Schheutz (1978-1979)
Walter Hammerl (deceased)(1978-1981)
Günter Schönberger (1978-1996)
Gert Steinbäcker (1979-1983)
Mario Bottazzi (1983-1990)
Andy Töfferl (deceased) (1990-2001)
David Bronner (1995-1998)
Leo Bei (1997-2014)
Alex Deutsch (1998)
Franz Zettl (1998-2001)

Robert Baumgartner (1998-2014)

The EAV (Erste Allgemeine Verunsicherung, German for "First General Confusion/Uncertainty/'Uninsurance'") is an Austrian band that was formed in 1977.

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.

Style[edit]

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".

Members[edit]

Suicide of Walter Hammerl[edit]

In February 1981, group member Walter Hammerl committed suicide after attempting once 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.

Heart attack of Andy Töfferl[edit]

In May 2012, former group member Andy Töfferl died of a heart attack at the age of 56 years.

Timeline of members[edit]

Line-ups[edit]

1977
  • Thomas Spitzer – guitar, vocals
  • Nino Holm – keyboards, vocals
  • Eik Breit – bass guitar, vocals
  • Anders Stenmo – drums
1978-1979
  • Wilfried Scheutz  – vocals
  • Thomas Spitzer – guitar, vocals
  • Nino Holm – keyboards, vocals
  • Eik Breit – bass guitar, vocals
  • Anders Stenmo – drums
  • Walter Hammerl – stage direction, management
  • Günther Schönberger – stage direction, sax
1979-1981
  • Gert Steinbäcker  – vocals
  • Thomas Spitzer – guitar, vocals
  • Nino Holm – keyboards, vocals
  • Eik Breit – bass guitar, vocals
  • Anders Stenmo – drums
  • Walter Hammerl – stage direction, vocals, management
  • Günther Schönberger – stage direction, sax
1981-1983
  • Gert Steinbäcker  – vocals
  • Klaus Eberhartinger – vocals
  • Thomas Spitzer – guitar, vocals
  • Nino Holm – keyboards, vocals
  • Eik Breit – bass guitar, vocals
  • Anders Stenmo – drums
  • Günther Schönberger – stage direction, sax, management
1983-1990
  • Klaus Eberhartinger – vocals
  • Thomas Spitzer – guitar, vocals
  • Nino Holm – keyboards, vocals
  • Eik Breit – bass guitar, vocals
  • Mario Bottazzi – keyboards, vocals
  • Anders Stenmo – drums
  • Günther Schönberger – stage direction, sax, management
1990-1995
  • Klaus Eberhartinger – vocals
  • Thomas Spitzer – guitar, vocals
  • Nino Holm – keyboards, vocals
  • Eik Breit – bass guitar, vocals
  • Andy Töfferl – keyboards, accordion, vocals
  • Anders Stenmo – drums
  • Günther Schönberger – stage direction, sax, management
1995
  • Klaus Eberhartinger – vocals
  • Thomas Spitzer – guitar, vocals
  • Eik Breit – bass guitar, vocals
  • Andy Töfferl – keyboards, accordion, vocals
  • David Bronner – keyboards
  • Anders Stenmo – drums
  • Günther Schönberger – stage direction, sax, management
1995-1996
  • Klaus Eberhartinger – vocals
  • Thomas Spitzer – guitar, vocals
  • Andy Töfferl – keyboards, accordion, vocals
  • David Bronner – keyboards
  • Anders Stenmo – drums
  • Günther Schönberger – stage direction, sax, management
1996
  • Klaus Eberhartinger – vocals
  • Thomas Spitzer – guitar, vocals
  • Andy Töfferl – keyboards, accordion, vocals
  • David Bronner – keyboards
  • Kurt Keinrath – guitar, keyboards, vocals
  • Anders Stenmo – drums
1997
  • Klaus Eberhartinger – vocals
  • Thomas Spitzer – guitar, vocals
  • Andy Töfferl – keyboards, accordion, vocals
  • David Bronner – keyboards
  • Kurt Keinrath – guitar, keyboards, vocals
  • Leo Bei – bass, vocals
  • Anders Stenmo – drums
1998
  • Klaus Eberhartinger – vocals
  • Thomas Spitzer – guitar, vocals
  • Andy Töfferl – keyboards, accordion, vocals
  • Kurt Keinrath – guitar, keyboards, vocals
  • Leo Bei – bass, vocals
  • Franz Zettl – keyboards, vocals
  • Alex Deutsch – drums
1998-2001
  • Klaus Eberhartinger – vocals
  • Thomas Spitzer – guitar, vocals
  • Andy Töfferl – keyboards, accordion, vocals
  • Kurt Keinrath – guitar, keyboards, vocals
  • Leo Bei – bass, vocals
  • Franz Zettl – keyboards, sax, vocals
  • Robert Baumgartner – drums
2001-2014
  • Klaus Eberhartinger – vocals
  • Thomas Spitzer – guitar, vocals
  • Kurt Keinrath – guitar, keyboards, vocals
  • Leo Bei – bass, vocals
  • Franz Kreimer – keyboards, sax, accordion, vocals
  • Robert Baumgartner – drums
2015-present
  • Klaus Eberhartinger – vocals
  • Thomas Spitzer – guitar, vocals
  • Kurt Keinrath – guitar, keyboards, vocals
  • Franz Kreimer – keyboards, sax, accordion, vocals
  • Alvis Reid – bass, vocals
  • Aaron Thier – drums
guest musicians
  • Reinhard Stranzinger - guitar, vocals (since 2010)

Discography[edit]

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