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OriginWest Berlin, Germany
GenresNeue Deutsche Welle, industrial, electronic, experimental
Years active1981–1993
LabelsMoabit Musik
Past membersGudrun Gut
Bettina Köster
Beate Bartel
Manon P. Duursma
Christine Hahn
Susanne Kuhnke

Malaria! was a German experimental electronic band from West Berlin, formed in 1981 by Gudrun Gut[1] and Bettina Köster following the dissolution of Mania D with Karin Luner, Eva Gossling later Die Krupps and Beate Bartel (of Liaisons Dangereuses). Other members included Manon P. Duursma, Christine Hahn, and Susanne Kuhnke (also a member of Die Haut).[2] They are most often associated with Neue Deutsche Welle and post-punk.

Malaria!'s most popular record was New York Passage (produced by Eric Dufaure for Cachalot Records), which was top 10 in both U.S. and European independent charts and led to a tour with The Birthday Party, John Cale, and Nina Hagen.

There are videos for the songs "Geld/Money", "Your Turn to Run", and "You, You" (directed by Anne Carlisle) along with a live video for "Thrash Me" featured in a German documentary called Super 80.

In 2001, an EP of Malaria! covers entitled Versus was released and included a popular cover of "Kaltes Klares Wasser" by Chicks on Speed.[3]


  • 1981: Malaria (12")
  • 1981: How Do You Like My New Dog? (7")
  • 1982: Emotion (LP)
  • 1982: New York Passage (12")
  • 1982: White Water (12")
  • 1983: Revisited – Live (Kassette)
  • 1984: Beat the Distance (12")
  • 1991: Compiled (CD)
  • 1991: Kaltes Klares Wasser (CDM)
  • 1992: Elation (CDM)
  • 1993: Cheerio (CD)
  • 2001: Compiled 1981–1984 (CD)


  1. ^ Currie, Nick (30 May 2008). "The Post-Materialist | Punk-Rock Shock Officially Gone". The New York Times. Retrieved 11 December 2011.
  2. ^ Gut, Gudrun. "Gudrun Gut Podcast". Issue #290 (Apr 08). The Wire: Adventures In Sound And Music. Retrieved 11 December 2011.
  3. ^ Dalton, Stephen (12 September 2005). "Malaria! Vs Chicks On Speed : Kaltes Klares Wasser". NME Reviews. NME. Retrieved 11 December 2011.

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