Thomas Spitzer

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Thomas Spitzer (front, with guitar) during a performance of EAV 2008

Thomas Spitzer (born 6 April 1953 in Graz, Styria) is an Austrian lyricist, composer, singer, guitarist and graphic designer. He is a founding member the band Erste Allgemeine Verunsicherung (EAV), [1] whose lyrics, album artwork and illustrations come almost exclusively from him. Spitzer is currently the only original member who is still with the band.

Graz Place in Styria, Austria

Graz is the capital of Styria and the second-largest city in Austria after Vienna. On 1 January 2019, it had a population of 328,276. In 2015, the population of the Graz larger urban zone who had principal residence status stood at 633,168.

Styria State of Austria

Styria is a state, or Bundesland, located in the southeast of Austria. In area it is the second largest of the nine Austrian federated states, covering 16,401 km2 (6,332 sq mi). It borders Slovenia and the Austrian states of Upper Austria, Lower Austria, Salzburg, Burgenland, and Carinthia. The capital city is Graz which had 276,526 inhabitants at the beginning of 2015.

Erste Allgemeine Verunsicherung Austrian band

The EAV is an Austrian band which was formed in 1977.

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Early life

Spitzer was born in 1953 in Graz, Austria. His music career began in the Styrian rock band "Mephisto", where he played alongside Gert Steinbäcker. In April 1977 he was guitarist of the group "Antipasta". Shortly thereafter, broke up the band and Spitzer joined with Eik Breit, Nino Holm and Anders Stenmo and formed Erste Allgemeine Verunsicherung.

Austria Federal republic in Central Europe

Austria, officially the Republic of Austria, is a country of nearly 9 million people in Central Europe. It is bordered by the Czech Republic and Germany to the north, Hungary and Slovakia to the east, Slovenia and Italy to the south, and Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the west. The territory of Austria covers 83,879 km2 (32,386 sq mi). The terrain is highly mountainous, lying within the Alps; only 32% of the country is below 500 m (1,640 ft), and its highest point is 3,798 m (12,461 ft). The majority of the population speaks local Bavarian dialects as their native language, and German in its standard form is the country's official language. Other local official languages are Hungarian, Burgenland Croatian, and Slovene.

Spitzer studied graphic design at the Art Academy in Graz and actually wanted to be a painter. As a thesis, he submitted in 1980 the album EAV Café Passé, stage and costume designs as well as recording the live show as a multimedia project and was given the graphic artist's diploma. In 2008 he first exhibited his prints of the EAV as part of an opening.

<i>Café Passé</i> album by Erste Allgemeine Verunsicherung

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Since 1992, Spitzer has been living in Kenya for several months in the year. When he is not living in Kenya, he lives in Feldbach, Austria. He has a daughter.

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As a songwriter

Thomas Spitzer is known for his satirical lyrics. In addition to his work for the Erste Allgemeine Verunsicherung, he also wrote for other Austrian artists, such as Udo Jürgens and his song "Café Größenwahn". On the occasion of the "1000 years of Austria," jubilee, he wrote "Tu Felix Austria", which was then recorded together with Wolfgang Ambros, Gert Steinbäcker, and Opus. The text of Carl Peyers's Austropop hit "Romeo and Juliet" was also from Spitzer.

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Spitzer is also known for his use of dialect words and intentionally induced grammatical inaccuracies, the lyrics give the local colour. A lot of this can be seen in his songs written for Erste Allgemeine Verunsicherung. This is sometimes done for humorous purposes.

Despite the many humorous works Spitzer has written, he is not a pure comical songwriter. Many of the EAV songs are of a corporate and anti-church nature and are directed against right-wing extremists. Some songs also contain strong language and sexual references.

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References

  1. Genzel, Christian. "Biography: Erste Allgemeine Verunsicherung". AMG . Retrieved 17 May 2010.