June 18, 2024

Rheingold’s Bodo Staiger is no more – RIP

🇺🇦 Side-Line stands with Ukraine - Show your Support

Bodo Staiger is no more, he died today from an unknown cause. Staiger became famous in the eighties with the electropop band Rheingold (together with Lothar Manteuffel and Brigitte Kunze) whose 1981 hit “Dreiklangsdimensionen” became a signature track for the complete Die Neue Deutsche Welle scene.

Staiger was 70 years old.

An actor, a music composer and producer

Staiger started as an 18-year-old in the rock’n’roll band Harakiri Whoom together with Marius Müller-Westernhagen. He then founded the jazz-rock formation Sinus together with Karl Bartos. In the mid-1970s, he recorded an album with the rock band Lilac Angels but he really became known as the singer of the NDW band Rheingold, which he founded in 1980. Influenced by bands such as Kraftwerk and La Dusseldorf Rheingold released 3 albums and several commercially successful singles between 1980 and 1984.

Besides music, Staiger was also active in the film industry as an actor (“Der Fan”), film music composer (“Jagger und Spaghetti”) and as a documentary collaborator (“Who Is Highlife?”). Staiger worked as a producer and sound engineer in Dusseldorf and also participated in the production of a solo album of the former Kraftwerk member Wolfgang Flür, released under the project name Yamo.

author avatar
Bernard - Side-Line Staff Chief editor
Bernard Van Isacker is the Chief Editor of Side-Line Magazine. With a career spanning more than two decades, Van Isacker has established himself as a respected figure in the darkwave scene.

Since you’re here …

… we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading Side-Line Magazine than ever but advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. Unlike many news organisations, we haven’t put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as open as we can - and we refuse to add annoying advertising. So you can see why we need to ask for your help.

Side-Line’s independent journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. But we do it because we want to push the artists we like and who are equally fighting to survive.

If everyone who reads our reporting, who likes it, helps fund it, our future would be much more secure. For as little as 5 US$, you can support Side-Line Magazine – and it only takes a minute. Thank you.

The donations are safely powered by Paypal.

Select a Donation Option (USD)

Enter Donation Amount (USD)

Verified by MonsterInsights