Udo Lindenberg

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Udo Lindenberg (2014)
Udo Lindenberg (1987)
A square dedicated to Udo Lindenberg, home of the Rock & Pop Museum Gronau.

Udo Lindenberg (born 17 May 1946 in Gronau) is a German drummer, rock musician and composer.


Lindenberg started his musical career as a drummer. In 1969 Lindenberg founded his first band Free Orbit and also appeared as a studio and guest musician (with Michael Naura, Knut Kiesewetter). In 1970 he collaborated as a drummer with jazz-saxophonist Klaus Doldinger in Munich. In 1971, a band founded by Doldinger, Passport put out its first album, with Lindenberg on drums. He also played drums for the theme music for the German TV series Tatort.[1] The first LP of the Jazz rock group Emergency was released in 1971 but met with little commercial success.

The LP Lindenberg (also 1971, and sung in English, already with Steffi Stephan on bass) was likewise unsuccessful. In the following year, the first LP in German was released: Daumen im Wind (produced by Lindenberg and Thomas Kukuck, who also produced the next five albums together), from which the single "Hoch im Norden" became a radio hit in northern Germany. The year 1973 brought a breakthrough with the album Andrea Doria and its catchy "Alles klar auf der Andrea Doria" and "Cello". Over 100,000 copies sold, and Lindenberg quickly received the largest record deal of any German-language musician up to that time. Lindenberg was earning a special place in the new German-language music of the 70s: Between internationally oriented Krautrock and pop music, he found his niche. German-language rock had previously been confined to predominantly political message bands whose music was directed at a narrow audience.

Lindenberg's brash style, everyday subject matter ("Bei Onkel Pö…") and his feel for language were an unprecedented combination in German-language music. His pioneering work helped other artists such as Stefan Waggershausen and Marius Müller-Westernhagen get record deals of their own. In 1973 Lindenberg first went on tour with his Panikorchester (Panic Orchestra).

1976 was one of Udo Lindenberg's most productive years. Besides the LP Galaxo Gang he also published under the name Das Waldemar Wunderbar Syndicat I make you feel good, a first Best of Panik Udo and the first in a series of foreign-language publications No Panic, on which Lindenberg translated his songs to English. In the same year (and on another LP: Sister King Kong) with the song "Rock ’n’ Roll Arena in Jena", Lindenberg first mentioned a Panic Orchestra tour in the GDR. In 1976, Lindenberg discovered Ulla Meinecke and produced her first two albums. She was a guest artist and co-author of the 1977 LP Panische Nächte (Panic Nights) and the 1978 Dröhnland Symphonie. On Lindenbergs Rock Revue (1978) Lindenberg and Horst Königstein "Germanized" rock classics from Little Richard to The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, and went on a big tour. The Nr.-1-Hit "We Gotta Get out of This Place" was also published with German lyrics.

The subsequent Dröhnland-Symphonie-Tour was staged by Peter Zadek as a big multimedia stage show with a plethora of costumed extras. The result was Lindenbergs first live album Livehaftig. In 1979, Der Detektiv was the second Rock Revue, in which more international hits such as "Candle in the Wind" by Elton John, "Born to Be Wild" by Steppenwolf, "My Little Town" and "As Time Goes By" (from the film Casablanca) were "Germanized". Also 1997 was published "Belcanto - Udo Lindenberg & das Deutsche Filmorchester Babelsberg" which included hits like "Horizont", "Bis ans Ende der Welt" along with a song by Bertold Brecht and Udo's own interpretation of The Windmills of Your Mind - "Under the drunkard moon" ("Unterm Säufermond")[2] (Lyrics: Udo Lindenberg, Horst Königstein).

One of his most famous songs is Sonderzug nach Pankow (Special train service to Pankow), an adaptation of Chattanooga Choo Choo, released as a single on 2 February 1983. It originated from the refusal of eastern German authorities to allow Lindenberg a concert in the German Democratic Republic (GDR).

On 3 June 2011, Lindenberg performed at Kampnagel unplugged. The recording was later released as an album within the MTV unplugged series. Lindenberg was the 8th German artist in that series. The album became the second No.1 album for Lindenberg declared Platin status for 200,000 sold units after two weeks.[3] The second single from the album "Cello" (feat. Clueso) wentNo.4 giving Lindenberg the highest chart position in German singles charts ever reached.[4]

Lindenberg has worked collaboratively with various local and international recording artists (Eric Burdon, Helen Schneider, David Bowie, Tom Robinson, Keith Forsey, Gianna Nannini, Ellen ten Damme and Nena) on a number of projects. He currently lives in Hamburg in the Hotel Atlantic (for several years now). His somewhat hoarse voice is the result of too much liquor and cigarettes. In 1989, he survived a heart attack. In 2010, he designed two stamps, themed on his songs "Andrea Doria" and "Sonderzug nach Pankow", for the Deutsche Post.

For 2014 he announced his first Stadium Tour[5] in Germany.

From the 1st February to the 2nd April 2015 an exhibition called "Porsche.Panic.Power" took place in [Porsche Museum] in Zuffenhausen (Germany) and showed numerous exhibits from Lindenbergs private collection. Lindenberg highlighted the opening with a concert in the museum. [6]


An excerpt from the 1984 single: "Germans"

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Year Single D A CH
1981 "Wozu sind Kriege da?"1 18
1983 "Sonderzug nach Pankow" 5 3
1987 "Horizont" 18
"Der Generalsekretär" 60
1988 "Ich lieb' dich überhaupt nicht mehr" 33 3
1989 "Airport (Dich wiederseh'n ...)" 49
1991 "Ein Herz kann man nicht reparieren" 29
"Geh nicht weg" 90
"Club der Millionäre" 39
1992 "Panik-Panther" 84
1999 "You Can't Run Away"2 74
2003 "Wunder geschehen"3 9
2005 "Hallo Angie, das merkel ich mir" 100
2008 "Wenn du durchhängst" 10 41 67
"Ganz anders" 28
"Was hat die Zeit mit uns gemacht?" 52
2011 "Ein Herz kann man nicht reparieren (unplugged)"4 11 65
"Cello"5 4 52 53

D: Germany, A: Austria, CH: Switzerland

1Udo Lindenberg & Pascal
2Freundeskreis feat. Udo Lindenberg
3Nena & Friends (Udo Lindenberg, Sasha, Ben, ...)
4Udo Lindenberg feat. Inga Humpe
5Udo Lindenberg feat. Clueso


Year Album D A CH
1971 Lindenberg
1972 Daumen im Wind
1973 Alles klar auf der Andrea Doria1 23
1974 Ball Pompös1 3
1975 Votan Wahnwitz1 3
1976 Galaxo Gang1 4
Sister King Kong1 8
Panik Udo1 34
1977 Panische Nächte1 31
1978 Lindenbergs Rock-Revue1 15
Dröhnland-Symphonie1 15
1979 Livehaftig1 15
Der Detektiv1 22
1980 Panische Zeiten1 12
Meine Panik1 17
1981 Udopia1 5
1982 Keule1 9
Intensivstationen1 16
1983 Odyssee1 3 8
Lindstärke 101 21
1984 Götterhämmerung1 3 10
1985 Sündenknall1 11 22
Radio Eriwahn präsentiert1 17
1987 Feuerland1 16
Phönix 26
1988 Gänsehaut 5 7
Hermine 26
Casa Nova 32
1991 Ich will dich haben 23
1992 Gustav 69
Unter die Haut 41
Panik-Panther 24
1993 Benjamin 49
1995 Kosmos 44
1996 Und ewig rauscht die Linde 39
1997 Belcanto2 29
1998 Zeitmaschine 49
2000 Der Exzessor 40
2001 Ich schwöre – Das volle Programm 80
Balladen 91
2002 Atlantic Affairs 76
2003 Der Panikpräsident 18
2004 Absolut 65
2008 Stark wie zwei 1 12 10
2011 MTV unplugged – Live aus dem Hotel Atlantic 1 6 6

D: Germany, A: Austria, CH: Switzerland

1 Udo Lindenberg & Panikorchester
2 Udo Lindenberg & Das Deutsche Filmorchester Babelsberg


  • "Udo Lindenberg". Who's Who. The People-Lexicon (in German). rasscass Medien Content Verlag. 
  1. ^ "Krautrock's Godfather". atlantic-times.com. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Discografie". Udo-Lindenberg.de. Retrieved 27 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "News". Udo-Lindenberg.de. 13 October 2011. Retrieved 27 June 2014. 
  4. ^ German Chart Blog on 20 November 2011
  5. ^ Udo Lindenberg Tourdates on 14 October 2013
  6. ^ Porsche. Panic. Power

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