|Occupation(s)||Lyricist, composer, singer, guitarist and graphic designer|
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),whose lyrics, album artwork and illustrations come almost exclusively from him.
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.
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.
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 and a son.
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.
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.
Vienna has been an important center of musical innovation. 18th- and 19th-century composers were drawn to the city due to the patronage of the Habsburgs, and made Vienna the European capital of classical music. Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert and Johann Strauss II, among others, were associated with the city, with Schubert being born in Vienna. During the Baroque period, Slavic and Hungarian folk forms influenced Austrian music. Vienna's status began its rise as a cultural center in the early 16th century, and was focused on instruments including the lute.
Karat is a German rock band, founded in 1975 in East Berlin, then part of the German Democratic Republic, or East Germany. Karat also gained a strong following in West Germany when its 1982 album Der blaue Planet was one of the year's top sellers in both East and West Germany, making Karat one of the more prominent bands in German-language rock music.
"Memories Are Made of This" is a popular song about nostalgia, written in 1955 by Terry Gilkyson, Richard Dehr, and Frank Miller. They were the members of a three-pieced group called "The Easy Riders", who served as a backing band for Dean Martin's version of this song, also released in 1955.
The EAV was an Austrian band which was formed in 1977 and disbanded in 2019.
Gernot "Notty" Pachernigg is an Austrian songwriter, pop singer, entertainer and actor. He became known for his participation in the third season of the talent show Starmania, which was broadcast on ORF television between October 2006 and January 2007.
Café Passé is the second album to be released by the Austrian group Erste Allgemeine Verunsicherung (EAV).
1. Allgemeine Verunsicherung is the first album from the Austrian band Erste Allgemeine Verunsicherung. It is actually self-titled, since cardinal numbers followed by a full stop become ordinal numbers: "1." in German translates as "first" as opposed to the number one.
Spitalo Fatalo was the third album to be released by Austrian band Erste Allgemeine Verunsicherung. It was released in 1983 in Germany and reissued a few times for a few other countries and formats.
A la Carte is the fourth album to be released by Austrian band Erste Allgemeine Verunsicherung (EAV) in 1984.
Geld oder Leben! is an album by the Austrian band Erste Allgemeine Verunsicherung.
Watumba! is an album by Austrian band Erste Allgemeine Verunsicherung. It was published in 1991.
Der Alpen-Rap is a song by Erste Allgemeine Verunsicherung.
The Austrian band Erste Allgemeine Verunsicherung released sixteen studio albums, one live album, one extended play and forty-one singles since their foundation in 1978.
"Burli" is the name of a controversial song in German by Austrian band Erste Allgemeine Verunsicherung. It is the eighth track of their album entitled Liebe, Tod & Teufel.
Klaus Eberhartinger is an Austrian singer and television presenter.
Roterfeld is a rock band from Vorarlberg, Austria, founded in 1990 by singer and front-man Aaron Roterfeld.
S.T.S. was a three-member Austropop band from Graz in Austria. Its most famous songs are "Großvater", "Irgendwann bleib i dann dort", "Gö, du bleibst heut Nacht bei mir" and "Fürstenfeld".
Liebe, Tod & Teufel is a 1987 album by the Austrian pop band Erste Allgemeine Verunsicherung.
Wilfried was an Austrian singer-songwriter and actor. He was born in Bad Goisern am Hallstättersee, Austria. He was known for representing Austria in the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest with his song "Lisa Mona Lisa". He was also an actor with his best known role was in Hilde, das Dienstmädchen (1986). From 1978 to 1979 he was a singer for the Austrian band Erste Allgemeine Verunsicherung.
Andreas "Andy" Töfferl was an Austrian multi-instrumentalist, actor and entertainer. From 1990 until 2001 he was a member of the Austrian band Erste Allgemeine Verunsicherung and amongst others was a colleague of Franz Zettl.