BIO January 1981 found Gudrun Gut and Bettina Koster in Christopher Franke’s Berlin-Spandau Studio recording their first Malaria! EP (Zensor Records). Christine Hahn of The Static with Glenn Branca and Barbara Ess, joined in from New York, and Manon P. Duursma fresh from Nina Hagen with O.U.T. and Susanne Kuhnke completed the Line-Up. Malaria! started touring intensively soon after the release of their 12”, commencing with a concert with New Order at Brussel’s Ancienne Belgique, and going on from there to concerts with Birthday Party, The Slits, The AuPairs, Raincoats, Nina Hagen, John Cale, Einstuerzende Neubauten, and the Singing Nun. They played venues as diverse as the Mudd Club in New York, the Documenta in Kassel, Studio 54, the Bat Cave in London, Les Bains Douche in Paris, Milky Way and Paradiso in Amsterdam, ICA in London and Markthalle in Hamburg and naturally, again and again, at the SO36 in Berlin, and the Piazza Santa Maria Novella in Florence. While touring, Malaria! used their time off to record in Studios in New York, London, Brussels, New Orleans, and in Berlin (How Do You Like My New Dog? 7”, Weisses Wasser 12”, New York Passage 12”, Revisited MC, Emotion Album). At the BBC studios in London Maida Vale Malaria recorded an Kit Jensen and a John Peel Session.
Malaria! took a break in 1984 - Bettina and Christine re-located to New York, and Gudrun and Manon stayed in Berlin to form, with Beate Bartel, Matador, but not before they recorded their Mini-Album, Beat the Distance. 1992 Gudrun, Bettina, Christine, and Manon met up in New Orleans with Jim Thirlwell (Foetus) to record Elation 12”. Elation was followed by Cheerio, Album, which again was recorded in Berlin. Chicks on Speed did a remix of Malaria’s Kaltes Klares Wasser in 2001, and it went into the Top 10. Malaria! has been an instrumental part of Berlin Music History, as recently presented at the Zurueck zum Beton at Duesseldorf’s Kunstakademie, Kunsthalle Wien - Punk!, Geniale Dilletanten - Goetheinstitut, and also in the fantasy-doc, B-Movie. 2019 the rerelease of the original recording remastered on double vinyl.
Several Compilations, including the following:
|VENUS WELTKLANG||1981 LP, Flame Rec Germany|
|A DAY IN OCTOBER||LP, Les Disques de Crepuscule Belgium|
|TRA SPEZIAL BERLIN||MC plus magazine, TRA Japan|
|DEUTSCHLAND||LP, AtaTak/Jem Rec USA|
|GIRLISM||1991 CD, Ausfahrt Rec Germany|
|TWILIGHT NOTES||CD, Notes/Indigo Germany|
|SUPER 80||2005, DVD + LP + CD, Monitorpop|
|GIRL MONSTER||2006, 3CD`s, Chicks on Speed Rec|
PICS Malaria! Gut+Köster 1981 by Jutta Henglein Malaria! Turm 1982 by Peter Gruchot Malaria! B.Köster Geld VideoStill Malaria! NYC Studio54 1982