DISCOGRAPHY J

Artists starting with "J"

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Artist: Jack
Title: Armee And Fuck-Off Tout Le Monde
Songs: Armee And Fuck-Off Tout Le Monde // Théologiquement
Media: 7″
Released: 1981/82
Label & Cat.#:
Style: Punk
Members: All instruments Jack
Add. Info: Arranged, recorded, mixed and artwork by Jack. Edition 500 copies.
City / State: Genèva / GE
See also:

JACK
1. When did you start the project Jack?
Once I had heard the Metal Box by PIL (Public Image Limited), around 1980.

2. On the back of your record sleeve it simply states text and music by Jack.

Yes, I wrote the songs, played the guitar, bass, synthesizer and also sang. I did pay for a drummer, but the rest was all me. I also designed the sleeve and was in charge of the entire production.

3. What was the name of the drummer and what happened to him afterwards?

I honestly can’t remember his name or what became of him.

4. When did you release your 7″ single and how many copies were pressed?

It was a run of 500, released sometime in late 1981 or early 1982. I don’t know the exact date.

5. Did you record in a studio and, if so, which one?

It was a cheap studio in Geneva. I remember, because it just had an 8-Track tape machine.

6. You mentioned that the music of PIL’s Metal Box (1979) inspired you, in what way?

The sound, the attitude, the non-conformism of the music. It was like “anti music” and, at the time, absolutely new and radical. The Sex Pistols were more Rock, while PIL was entirely different… for me, like something from outer space.

7. The songs on the record, “Armee And Fuck-off Tout Le Monde” and “Théologiquement,” deal with issues that greatly concerned young people in Switzerland during the early 1980s. Can you explain your focus on these specific topics?

At that time, I was a rebel. I never liked the army. I was about 20 years old and scheduled to do my military service, just like everybody else at my age. Luckily, I failed the physical exam due to a congenital eye disease. Yet, I had to pay hefty military taxes because I didn’t serve. Unbelievable! I have a health problem since I was born and then was punished for something that is not even my fault? For that reason I wrote the song “Armee And Fuck-off Tout Le Monde.” The second track, “Théologiquement,” deals with my dislike for priests and religion in general. I think that any religion divides, manipulates, and brutalizes people… it also creates terrorism.

8. Did Jack ever play live? If so, where and with other bands?

No, it was just a studio project. But, I did play in some other bands that did live gigs in Geneva. For example, Tribunal, a local Post-Punk band that was heavily influenced by The Stranglers.

9. How long did Jack exist? Why did you end it?

Jack is actually still alive because it is my nickname. However, the music has changed since then. At the time of the 7″ record, I was all about rebellion and attitude. Although, my feelings are actually still the same nowadays with regard to military and religion.

10. I’m not sure if you are aware that your single is one of the most sought-after Swiss Post-Punk records. Yet, the search for you took more than five years! Especially, because the many musicians and sources in the French part of Switzerland knew nothing about Jack. Considering that it is your nickname you surely must also be known as such?

Probably not. Because, as a musician I have always been something of a chameleon. Right now, for example, I’m doing more 1960s Rock and 1970s Hard Rock music. As for my nickname, it is what it is… I reckon, kind of discreet!

11. What bands did you know during the early 1980s Geneva Post-Punk scene?

Tribunal, of course. Also, The Yodler Killers and Technycolor.

12. Unfortunately, I don’t know Tribunal. The Yodler Killers and Technycolor were two Punk bands from the late 1970s and barely existed in the early 1980s. May I suggest some other acts that were concurrent at the time of the Jack release and that you might have known. Film de Guerre or Boulevard Helvetique, both with former members of Technycolor. Then, also Discolokosst, The Teenage Girls From Auschwitz, The Xerxes Von Munsrhein, The Indian Feast, Copulation, Electric Toys, Code or The Zero Heroes.

I definitely knew Discolokosst and The Zero Heroes since these were some of Geneva’s finest bands!!!

13. Did you also have a job at that time? What else did you do?

I was a salesman in a TV-shop and really liked to play those first arcade video games that were just coming up in the early 1980s.

14. What about any further music projects after you had released the Jack record…

In 1988, I decided to enrol in a music school by the name of “Rock Musician Institute” in Hollywood, CA (www.mi.edu). I stayed for one year and returned to Geneva, where I gave guitar lessons until 1999; both, private lessons and professionally at the music school ETM (www.etm.ch). I still make music and have bands in the French part of Switzerland and neighbouring France.
© 2016, Interview with Jack by Lurker Grand / Translation: André P. Tschan& Colleen Duran

Artist: Jack & the Rippers
Title: S/T
Songs: No Desire / I Feel Like A Tram
Media: 7”
Released: November 26 1979
Label & Cat.#: Another Swiss Label ASL-4
Style: Melodic Punk / Power Pop
Members: John Seilern voc, Francis Seilern voc-guit, Babine bass, P. Turian drums
Add. Info: Recorded in April 1978, the band had long seized to exist by the time the single came out.
City / State: Geneve / GE
See also: Zero Heroes

The original 7” single is now very hard to find. However, there was a re-release in 2005 by the German Label Dirty Faces as well as a complete LP of the 1978 recordings – currently available as Vinyl and CD through the Shop at www.swisspunk.ch

Jack & The Rippers – a brief history lesson
After hearing the Sex Pistols, the brothers John (voc) and Francis Seilern (guitar / voc) decided to start a Punk Rock band. They were still living in Vienna at the time. They then returned to Geneva in October 1977 and formed the Jack & The Rippers, together with André Tieche on drums and Babine on bass. They had all previously played together in a Rock ‘n’ Roll band called The Thunderbirds. The Rippers had their first show about two months later in a cellar at the Rue de Monthoux. They played almost exclusively songs by the Sex Pistols: including “Anarchy in the UK”, “God Save The Queen” and “Holidays In The Sun.” Most likely, also “Automobile” (a favourite tune of the Rippers) by the little known British punk band The Rings and, of course, “Sheena Is A Punk Rocker” by the Ramones. In January 1978 André left the band to become an aid worker in Africa and he was replaced by Philip Turrian on drums. A few months later Francis, John and Babine heard that André had been shot by rebels in Angola.
Against all odds, the band continued playing gigs in every club in town: at the Midnight Rambler, Backstage, New Morning, Grütli, and on March 2 at the opening of the Back to Mono record shop. In April 1978 they recorded ten tracks with Michel Engeli at the THC Studio. All but two songs were own compositions. “Cold Turkey” by John Lennon and “Automobile” by Alan Lee Shaw of The Rings were cover versions. A demo tape of these recordings was then released, which additionally included the song “Endless Peace”, in memory of André. On June 7, 1978, they played their last gig – a tribute concert for André – at the Midnight Rambler. Over a year later, on November 26, 1979, Urs Steiger released the first (and only) Jack & The Rippers 7″ single on “Another Swiss Label”, featuring the two songs “No Desire” and “I Feel Like A Tram.” A second one, with the tracks “Safe And Secure” and “Don’t Pretend”, was planned for Christmas of that year. To-date, this 7″ has been never officially released. Shortly thereafter, John, Francis and Babine formed a new band called The Zero Heroes; together with Sandro Sursock from the prior Thunderbirds and Bastards.
In response to the question whether or not the Rippers would ever perform live again, John has a clear answer: Do I think it’s over?… No, I know it’s over!
© 2016 Lurker Grand / Translation: André P. Tschan& Colleen Duran

Artist: Jack Rabitt Band
Title: The Sprayer
Songs: The Sprayer / Kathy / Revenge
Media: 7“
Released: 1979
Label & Cat.#:
Style: New Wave
Members: Jack Zweifel guit-voc, Peter Zweifel guit-voc, Stephan Brun bass, Peter Berger drums, Eliane Annen backvoc
Add. Info:
City / State: Zürich / ZH
See also: Peter Berger

Artist: Jack Rabitt Band
Title: Balla Balla
Songs: Balla Balla / Stupid Lies
Media: 7“
Released: 1981
Label & Cat.#: EMI Records C 006-76179
Style: New Wave
Members: Jack Zweifel guit-voc, Peter Zweifel guit-voc, Stephan Brun bass, Peter Berger drums, Eliane Annen backvoc
Add. Info: Coverphoto by ART
City / State: Zürich / ZH
See also: Peter Berger

Artist: Jack Rabitt Band
Title: A Girl For Murder
Songs: A Girl For Murder / I waste My Time / I’m Going My Way / Boaring Time / Stupid Lies //
Balla Balla / Hanging Around / You Take Me, You Break Me / I Won’t Belive / Sex
Media: LP
Released: 1982
Label & Cat.#: EMI Records C 064-76196
Style: New Wave
Members: Jack Zweifel guit-voc, Peter Zweifel guit-voc, Stephan Brun bass, Peter Berger drums, Eliane Annen backvoc
Add. Info: Cover art by Rollo & Bertschi, cover photos by M.Lieb
City / State: Zürich / ZH
See also: Peter Berger

The Story of THE JACK RABBIT BAND

Die Anfänge der Band reichen bis ins Jahr 1969 zurück, als sich Urs Bachmann (Gitarre, Piano, Gesang) und Ede Brügger (Bass) für die Vertonung eines Theaterstückes zusammen fanden. Mit von der Partie waren auch Andy Fürer (Gitarre, Gesang) beim Theater, sowie Paul Canessa (Schlagzeug, R.I.P) und Felix Bachmann (Gitarre, Gesang) bei der Band. Nannte sich die Band am Anfang noch „The Three“ wurde dann im Jahre 1974 „The Jack Rabbit Band“ aus der Taufe gehoben. Die Besetzung bestand aus den bereits erwähnten Urs Bachmann, Ede Brügger, Andy Fürer und neu Beat Ruckstuhl am Schlagzeug. Die Band konnte sich schon damals in der blühenden Wetzikoner-Musikscene mit über 100 Gruppen einen soliden Namen erspielen. Die Zürcher Oberländer Scene hatte bis anfangs der 80er Jahre den Ruf, die wohl grösste Banddichte im Verhältnis zur Bevölkerung schweizerischer Orte zu haben.
1979 kam es zum grossen Personal- und Stil-Wechsel. Peter Berger kam neu ans Schlagzeug und Jack Zweifel (Gitarre, Gesang) von den„Freezing Point“ ersetzte Andy Fürer. Dies war zur gleichen Zeit als die „neue Welle“, einmal mehr aus England kommend, mit ihren alternativen Labels und sich selbst organisierenden Bands auch in der Schweiz Fuss fasste. Die „Jack Rabbit Band“ war sich klar, dass sie auch in diese Richtung arbeiten wollte. Man liess sich auch musikalisch vom New-Wave inspirieren und war sich nach ein paar erfolgreichen Konzerten einig, etwas auf Vinyl pressen zu lassen. Im August 1979 wurde in den Rockstar Studios in London die Single „The Sprayer“ aufgenommen. Als Produzent amtete John Springate und die Woche mit ihm erwies sich als die bis anhin kreativste Zeit der neuen Bandformation. Mehr als zufrieden und mit der Gewissheit ein gutes Tape zu besitzen, verliess man das Studio. Nach kurzer Zeit fand sich dann auch ein Label, Musk Project, das bereit war die Single mit 3 Stücken Anfang 1980 zu veröffentlichen. Die Band gehörte damit zur ersten Band der Region die mit Vinyl aufwarten konnte. Dazu kam noch der Aufnahmeort London, das Mekka der Rock-Szene, was zu jener Zeit durchaus als eine handfeste Sensation bezeichnet werden konnte. Die Single mauserte sich vor allem in der Deutschschweiz zu einem beachtlichen Erfolg. Francois Mürner (FM) auf Sounds DRS2 und die im ganzen Land verbreiteten Fanzine bescherten der Band gute Kritiken und daraus resultierende Konzerte. Kurz nach der Veröffentlichung der Single verliess Urs Bachmann „seine“ Band und wurde durch Adi Aerne ersetzt. Mit ihm spielte man auch am Fest vom 9. März 1980 in der Roten Fabrik in Zürich, dessen Video unter dem Titel „In der Roten Fabrik war der Teufel los“seinen Weg ins Schweizerische Sozialarchiv fand.
1980 kam es noch zu weiteren Wechseln im Line-Up. Adi Aerne wurde an der Gitarre durch Peter Zweifel (Bruder von Jack) abgelöst und für die Aufnahmen 1981 im New Sound Studio für den ersten Longplayer kam Stephan Brun für das Urmitglied Ede Brügger an den Bass dazu. Unter der Regie von Martin Pearson wurde für EMI das zum Teil kommerziell ausgerichtet Album „A Girl For Murder“ aufgenommen. Die LP hätte zur grossen CH-Tour im Herbst 1981 erscheinen sollen , die man als Vorgrupppe der sich damals gerade in der Hitparade befindenden Ustermer Gruppe „Trampolin“ bestreiten konnte. Immerhinwar die Single Auskoppelung „Balla Balla“ bereits in den Radios zu hören und im Fernsehen in der Sendung „Karusell“ (Jürg Maag, Untrue am Bass) die Band auch optisch zu sehen. Die Tour und ein Auftritt im Volkshaus in Zürich vom 2. Oktober 1981 liessen die „Jack Rabbit Band“ national zu einem Begriff werden. Die LP „ A Girl for Murder“ erschien schlussendlich im Frühling 1982.
2016 © Peter Berger aka Bergi

Artist: Jaywalker
Title: Oben Und Unten
Songs: Homo Sap / From Seattle To Vihara / Naked Lunch / Liberation Act //
Really Mad / Big Depression / Remember Nothing / Eat My Shit
Media: MC
Released: 1988
Label & Cat.#: Eigenproduktion
Style: Punk Rock
Members : „Dee Dee“ Dietmar Gallhammer voc-guit, Domenique Mollet drums, Joke bass-voc
Urs Schwaller effects-bass
Add. Info:
City / State: Aarau /AG
See also: Mauerblümchen, Miscast

Artist: Jaywalker
Title: Free Energy Through Unconnected Coils Like Tesla & Reich Generators
Songs: Free Energy / Calzado Parra Guerra / USSA / Homo Sap / Aural Exciter //
Sacco E Vanzetti / Joy Of Grief / In Satan… / Daily Reflexions
Media: LP
Released: 1989
Label & Cat.#: Aural Exciter Records 13389
Style: Alternative Rock, Hardcore, Experimental
Members : Dietmar Gallhammer voc-guit, Domenique Mollet drums, Urs Schwaller bass
Add. Info: Cover Artwork by Dietmar Gallhammer, includes lyricsheet
City / State: Aarau /AG
See also: Mauerblümchen, Miscast

Artist: Jaywalker
Title: i told them my dreams…
Songs: Question Of Power / Identic Disc / Dark Forces //
Major 3rd / Size Of The Flow / Killing Time
Media: LP
Released: Spring 91 (recorded november 90)
Label & Cat.#: Aural Exciter Records 91105
Style: Alternative Rock, Hardcore, Experimental
Members : Dietmar Gallhammer voc-guit, Domenique Mollet drums
Add. Info: Cover Artwork by Dietmar Gallhammer, includes poster and ???
City / State: Aarau /AG
See also: mauerblümchen, Miscast

Artist: Jeannie Bordelli & Co
Title: You’re Right
Songs: You’re Right // Oh, My Baby
Media: 7“
Released: 1988
Label & Cat. #: Eigenprodutkion JBC 001
Style: New Wave
Members: Gèrard Perrin bass-voc / Christoph Helmlin guitar-voc / Rudy Schenker keyb, Lex Gertschen drums ans Gianni Di Gallo drums
Add. Info: Produced by Rolf Schmid & Stöf. Recorded january 26,27,28. 1988 by T. Cutugno & H. Munster at Schweinsesound Studios, Luzern. Cover art & photos by Irène, Julie, Johnny Bordelli & Christoph Helmlin.
City / State: Luzern / LU
See also: Mad

Artist: Jeannie Bordelli & Co
Title: Evergreens
Songs: Like A Rainbow / Wisdom / Why / There Will Be A Light / It’s Not Heaven // It’s Gonna last / Wonderland / In The Street / I L’ll Never Know / Transpiration
Media: LP
Released: 1990/91
Label & Cat. #: Eigenproduktion JBC 002
Style: New Wave
Members: Gèrard Perrin bass-voc / Christoph Helmlin guitar-voc / Rudy Schenker keyb, Lex Gertschen drums ans Gianni Di Gallo drums
Add. Info: Some live recordings from the Openair Biel in 1989
See also: Mad

Jeannie Bordelli & Co

Jeannie Bordelli & Co ist eine Band die ihren Ursprung und Namen aus der Punkzeit der 70er Jahre hat du war die erste Punkband überhaupt aus Luzern. Damals hiess die Band aus 15 Jährigen noch Johnny Bordelli & Co. Die Rythmen waren hart und die Klänge laut. Ferdi und Jamie waren bis Ende 1978 mit dabei und gründeten später Mad. Christoph Helmin und Dieter Bernet machten mit Rudolf Suter (neu am Bass) noch bis Juli 1980 weiter und lössten sich sich dann auf. Christoph Helmin gründete in der zweiten Hälfte der 80er Jahre mit den neuen Mitmusikern Gérard Perrin: Bass, Gesang, Rudolf Schenker: Keyboards, und Alex Gertschen: Schlagzeug Jeannie Bordelli & Co. Zwischen 1988 bis 92 fanden etliche Konzerte statt und neben einer Single aus dem Jahre 88 wurde auch 1990 noch eine LP eingespielt. Jeannie Bordelli & Co gibt es bis heute in wechselnden Formationen. http://www.jeanniebordelliundco.ch/
© Christoph Helmin & Lurker

Artist: Jenseits Der Ordnung
Title: Ein neuer Anfang / Stühle / Tschernodebil / Ich erwarte den Tag / Der wahre Grund (Die Täler),
Blindschleichen / Allnacht / Stille 2 / Verunsicherung / Frühling // Konsequez / Peitschenhiebe / Nazipunk / Arschlöcher / Hornhaut / Frost / Aufenthalt / Stille / Entenhausen / Tanz des Bösen
Songs: Ein neuer Anfang / Stühle / Tschernodebil / Ich erwarte den Tag / Der wahre Grund (Die Täler), Blindschleichen / Allnacht / Stille 2 / Verunsicherung / Frühling // Konsequez / Peitschenhiebe / Nazipunk / Arschlöcher / Hornhaut / Frost / Aufenthalt / Stille / Entenhausen / Tanz des Bösen
Media: LP
Released: 1990
Label & Cat.#: Eigenproduktion Recycling Records
Style: Lyric & Hardcore, Punk
Members: Bruno Schlatter guit-voc, Micheal Zingg guit, Reto Gloor bass, Daniele Contessott drums
Beno Kissling perc, René von Grünig sax-synth plus spezial guest Dieter Amann bass-tromp-synth
& Andi Hug drum
Add. Info: Includes all lyrics in form af a fanzine and infosheet. Recorded at Dionysos Studio.
20 vertonte deutsche Gedichte von Bruno Schlatter (dem Sony Rollings der Schweiz) durch die Hardcore-Punkband Jenseits der Ordnung.
City / State: Zoffingen / AG
See also:

More infos: http://nosenoise.ch/

Artist: Jellyfish Kiss, the
Title: Micky Mosquito
Songs: Micky Mosquito // Targets In Motion
Media: 7“
Released: 1989
Label & Cat.#: BOY 003
Style: Chanson
Members: Gaudenz Jehli & Thomas Bächli accordion, Anna Maria Meier bass, Olivier Monney drums, Andrea Caprez voc-guit
Add. Info: Words by Christoph Schuler
City / State: Zürich / ZH
See also: W84, The Screaming Beats, Complete Enchanter

Artist: Jellyfish Kiss, the
Title: Sounds Session
Songs: Marie, Marie / The Monster / Bricklayer In The Snow // This Is The Night / Honeymoon Hotel
/ A Song About Nothing
Media: 12“
Released: 1989
Label & Cat.#: Sounds SoSo 005
Style: Chanson
Members: Gaudenz Jehli & Thomas Bächli accordion, Anna Maria Meier bass, Olivier Monney drums, Andrea Caprez voc-guit
Add. Info: Words by Christoph Schuler, cover art by Roli Fischbacher, cover foto by Jul Keyser.
City / State: Zürich / ZH
See also: W84, The Screaming Beats, Complete Enchanter,

Artist: Jellyfish Kiss, the
Title: Meana Me
Songs: Meana Me // Grey Disease
Media: 7“
Released: 1990
Label & Cat.#:
Style: Chanson
Members: Gaudenz Jehli & Thomas Bächli accordion, Anna Maria Meier bass, Olivier Monney drums, Andrea Caprez voc-guit
Add. Info: Words by Christoph Schuler
City / State: Zürich / ZH
See also: W84, The Screaming Beats, Complete Enchanter,

Artist: Jellyfish Kiss, the
Title: Same (Live)
Songs: Bricklayers / Nothing / The Fat Lady Of Limbourg / Honeymoon Hotel / Menna Me /
Grey Deaense / Mind On The Run / Micky Mosquito / Targets In Motion
Media: MC
Released: 1990
Label & Cat.#: Eigenproduktion
Style: Chanson
Members: Gaudenz Jehli accordion, Anna Maria Meier bass-voc, Olivier Monney drums-voc, Andrea Caprez voc-guit
Add. Info: Recorded live at the Betonbunker
City / State: Zürich / ZH
See also: W84, The Screaming Beats, Complete Enchanter,

Artist: Jellyfish Kiss, the
Title: Same
Songs: Avenida Meridiana / I Need An Enemy / Marie, Marie / The Monster / Bricklayer In The Snow
/ This Is The Night / Honeymoon Hotel / A Song About Nothing / Meana Me / Grey Disease / Mickey Mosquito / Targets In Motion
Media: CD
Released: 1991
Label & Cat.#: BOY 008
Style: Chanson
Members: Gaudenz Jehli accordion, Anna Maria Meier bass, Olivier Monney drums, Andrea Caprez voc-guit
Add. Info: Words by Christoph Schuler, cover art by Roli Fischbacher, cover foto by Alfred R. Matthias. This are all songs, that where released already in 1989/90.
City / State: Zürich / ZH
See also: W84, The Screaming Beats, Complete Enchanter,

The Jellyfish Kiss

Mit den Wurzeln zwischen Chur und den Doors lag die Band W 84 von 1980-82 völlig quer zu ihrer Zeit. Damals wurde in Zürich im Haus der WG Wibi geprobt.
Die zürcherisch-bündnerische Gruppe Jellyfish Kiss wurde 1989 von Andrea Caprez (geboren 1954 in Chur; Stimme, Gitarre), Gaudenz Jehli (Akkordeon), Anna-Maria Meier (Bass) und Olivier Monney (Schlagzeug) gegründet. Für die Texte war Christoph Schuler (geboren 1954) zuständig (bekannt als Mitherausgeber von Strapazin und für seine “Retuschen” im Magazin). Einen ersten coolen Radiohit hatte die Gruppe bereits 1989 mit Micky Mosquito. Nach endlosen Tingeln durch verrauchte Kellerbars und schummrige Kneipen folgten weitere Singles, die von Presse und Publikum mit grossem Interesse aufgenommen wurden. Die Gruppe reiste damals mit der Bahn an ihre Konzerte, da keiner der Beteiligten autofahren konnte. Andrea Caprez’ Stimme wurde schon bald mit der von Bob Dylan, Mink de Ville oder Tom Rapp (Pearls Before Swine) verglichen.

Artist: Jim Knopf Und Lukas Der Lokomotivführer
Title: TV – Time
Songs: TV – Time // Je T’aime
Media: 7″
Released: 1982
Label & Cat.#: Eigenproduktion – 1282
Style: Punk, Power Pop
Members: Lukas B. aka the train engine driver vocals-guitar, Urs K. bass aka Jim Knopf, Peter Berger drums
Add. Info: Includes insert
City / State: Baden/AG & Zürich/ZH
See also: Jack Rabbit Band

Jim Knopf und Lukas der Lokomotivführer
[The band used the name in reference to a famous German children’s book by Michael Ende, published in 1960. It tells of the adventures of an orphaned black child Jim Knopf – mailed by post to a place called Lummerland – his friend Lukas the engine driver, and a locomotive called Emma.]
Pre-Christmas Zurich-East 1981: Lukas B. aka the train engine driver (vocals, guitar), Urs K. (bass, ex-Liars) aka Jim Knopf, and a drummer from Lukas’ circle of acquaintances (his nickname was something like “Jackson” or “Jason”) meet each other in a fashion that, in all truth, remains complete speculation. Whether it was an ad, through mediation of a colleague, or sheer coincidence, is not known. Nevertheless, the three of them work themselves through the songs written by Lukas B. and soon achieve a considerable repertoire of punky power-pop numbers.
Peter B. (drums, ex-Liars, The Jack Rabbit Band), a friend to Jim Knopf, then replaces the first drummer prior to the studio sessions and joins in as the locomotive.
That was the birth of Jim Knopf und Lukas der Lokomotivführer. A trio, of whom no one knows much of anything, despite “immortalizing” two tracks on vinyl in Spring of 1982. The recordings in the Platinum Studio in Oberehrendingen were done on tape and a cool cover was made by the, at the time, aspiring graphic artist Markus Thommen (who later worked with music magazines such as Pop, Musik Express and Bravo). The 7″ single was pressed but the planned promotion tour fell through. As a result, only a handful of the singles were given away to friends and acquaintances.
A few copies also reached various radio stations and according to rumours, at least the listeners of the show Sounds! on DRS3 were able to hear “TV-Time” and “Je t’aime.”
Lukas B. thereafter emigrated to New Zealand and absconded to a farm. He remained musically active-creative and nowadays lives partially back in the home country of Switzerland. With old friends from his very first youth band, he creates new singer-songwriter-pop-rock-songs, along with a variety of live gigs and CD productions in the studio.
Jim Knopf, attended the Swiss Jazz School in Berne; at the time, the first jazz school on a academy of music (Konservatorium) level, finishing the programme as a professional musician and music teacher. Thereon followed 23 years in IT as a software developer and, additionally, by the age of 53 the successful completion of an apprenticeship as a motorbike mechanic. Nowadays, he works independently and lovingly on old bikes and those that remain young. For sure, he would not be averse to any new punky musical activity. Punk rules!
Peter B., continued to work the drumheads in two dozen different groups. In Cyprus, where he emigrated first, he gained the title of “loudest drummer on the island!” In Thailand, the second station of his hike and where he intermittently is considered missing, he operates as a farang drummer within the realm of illegality and, therefore, occasionally hides in the jungle. One of his last signs of life was his book published in 2012.
© 2015, Lukas Brunner, Urs Kälin, Peter Berger

Artist: Jenseits der Ordnung
Title: Jenseits Der Ordnung
Songs: Ein Neuer Anfang / Stühle/ Tschernodebil / Ich Erwarte Den Tag / Der Wahre Grund (Die Täler) / Blindschleichen / Allnacht / Stille II / Verunsicherung / Frühling // Konsequez / Peitschenhiebe / Marzipank / Arschlöcher / Hornhaut / Frost / Aufenthalt / Stille / Entenhausen / Tanz Des Bösen
Media: LP
Released: 1990
Label& Cat.#: Recycling Records – RER 01
Style: Postpunk, Experimental, Avantgarde
Members: Bass – Reto Gloor, Congas – Beno Kissling, Drums – Daniele Contessotto, Guitar – Michael Zingg, Keyboards – René Von Grünig, Vocals – Bruno Schlatter
Add. Info: Recorded August 1990 at Dionysos Recording Studio. Includes lyric booklet and insert with tracklist/more lyrix. Words/Vocals by Bruno Schlatter. The booklet has the sub-title “Musikalisch-Literarische Attentate”.
City / State: Zofingen / Aargau
See also: Well What

JENSEITS DER ORDNUNG
Anarchist musical/performance group, m usically hard to categorise (a little bit of everything?), live they were just unique!

Artist: Jivaros (Quartet)
Title: Cette lumière grise
Songs: Cette Lumière Grise / Entre Nos Ombres
Media: 7“
Released: 1983
Label & Cat.#: CP 11 002
Style: Alternative Rock
Members: Jérome Ballmer voc-guit, Miguel Morales guit, Vincent Schneider bass,
Patrick Dubois drums
Add. Info: Coverart by Hervé Graber
City / State: La Chaux-De-Fonds / NE
See also:

Artist: Jivaros Quartet
Title: Isolated Songs And Mud Sculptures
Songs: Lifeless Memories / Empty Land / Something Frail // Deception / Postcards / Another Lost Birthday
Media: Mini LP
Released: 1988
Label & Cat.#: Organik ORG 88-12
Style: Alternative Rock
Members: Jérome Ballmer voc-guit, Miguel Morales guit, Vincent Schneider bass, Patrick Dubois drums
Add. Info: Recorded as Demo-Tapes in the fall of 1986. Mixed at Magnetix/sunrise studio Zürich by Hairi Vogel in january 1988. Coverart by Stéphane Ballmer & Jivaros Quartet
City / State: La Chaux-De-Fonds / NE
See also:

Artist: Jivaros Quartet
Title: Wrong
Songs: Wrong / Bottomless Drawer // Driving Toys / The River In My Mind
Media: 12“
Released: 1989
Label & Cat.#: Loom Records Loon 890.8101
Style: Alternative Rock
Members: Jérome Ballmer voc-guit, Miguel Morales guit, Vincent Schneider bass, Patrick Dubois drums
Add. Info: Produced by Jivaros Quartet & Jo De Krume. Recorded in May 1989 at SDH. by J.-L. Morgere. Coverart by Stéphane Ballmer & Jivaros Quartet
City / State: La Chaux-De-Fonds / NE
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Artist: Jivaros Quartet
Title: Near The Noise
Songs: Two Years / Wrong / A Song For Her / Scribbled Messages / Absent When You Came //
Thousand Miles From Dover / Pebbles Down The Precipice / The Strangest Words / Gone Astray
/ Noah’s Ark
Media: LP / CD / MC
Released: 1989
Label & Cat.#: Loon Records/Danceteria 890.9201 / Loon 890. 9301 Belgium
Style: Alternative Rock
Members: Jérome Ballmer voc-guit, Miguel Morales guit, Vincent Schneider bass, Patrick Dubois drums
Add. Info: Coverart by Stéphane Ballmer. Produced by Jivaros Quartet & Jo De Krume. Recorded in May 1989 at SDH. by J.-L. Morgere. Coverart by Stéphane Ballmer & Jivaros Quartet. J.Q. Lettering by Cédric Magnin
City / State: La Chaux-De-Fonds / NE
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Artist: Jivaros Quartet
Title: Implosion
Songs: Implosion // Underneath Paradise
Media: 7“
Released: 1990
Label & Cat.#: Danceteria 7 Dano 57 (France)
Style: Alternative Rock
Members: Jérome Ballmer voc-guit, Miguel Morales guit, Vincent Schneider bass, Patrick Dubois drums
Add. Info: Recorded at Mix-It, Paris. Produced by Philip Simpkin Ames. Sound engineer Charles Hurbier. Coverart by Stéphane Ballmer & Jivaros Quartet and Cover Photo by Patrick Dubois.
City / State: La Chaux-De-Fonds / NE
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Artist: Jivaros Quartet
Title: Goodbye Vincent
Songs: Round Glasses Man / Loneliness Pours Out Of Our Heads / Life Is A Ghost / The Motel Song / My Dysneyworld Girl / Implosion / Thunderbolt / Parallel Worlds / Little Fear / Backseat Driver
Media: LP / CD / MC
Released: 1990
Label & Cat.#: Danceteria DAN LP 063 France
Style: Alternative Rock
Members: Jérome Ballmer voc-guit, Miguel Morales guit, Stéphane Ballmer bass, Patrick Dubois drums
Add. Info: Coverart by Christophe Parel & Jivaros Quartet. Cover Photos by Stéphane Ballmer, Christophe Parel & Patrick Dubois. J.Q. lettering by Alain Straubhaar. Produced by Philip Simpkin Ames. Sound engineer Charles Hurbier. Recorded at Mix.It, Paris, December 1990. Foldoutcover includes all songlyrics.
City / State: La Chaux-De-Fonds / NE
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Jivaros Quartet

1979, La préhistoire, premier concert avec the Lunatic Devils. Hervé Graber à la basse, Renzo Sciurpi à la guitare et les fondateurs du futur Jivaros Quartet Patrick Dubois à la batterie et Jérôme Ballmer à la guitare et au chant. 1980-1985 Formation des Jivaros. Miguel Morales intègre le groupe, Hervé continue quelques temps. Premiers concerts à la Chaux-de-Fonds et répétitions pour quelques années..
1986, Enregistrement du premier 7″ : Cette lumière grise / entre nos ombres. Hervé quitte le groupe et Vincent Schneider le remplace. Premiers concerts dans des contrées lointaines, tel que Bienne ou Genève. Enregistrement d’une demo qui donnera le premier album 6 titres quelques temps plus tard.
1987, Sortie de deux titre sur la compilation cassette This Is Guitar Town sur le Label Calypso Now, concerts un peu partout en suisse souvent en première partie, notamment de Jesus and Mary Chain à la Rote Fabrik ou ils rencontre Markus May du label Organik qui sortira le premier mini LP l’année suivante. Le groupe ajoute Quartet à son nom car un groupe français s’appelait également Jivaros.
1988, Sortie du LP 6 titres Isolated songs and mud sculptures sur le label de Zürich Organik. Premiers concerts à l’étranger. Katja Alves-Martin devient leur manger.
1989, Contrat avec le label français Danceteria par l’intermédiaire du producteur Joe De Krume enregistrement en France au studio SDH par Jean-Louis Morgere et sortie du premier album Near the noise précédé du maxi single Wrong. Concerts en France et en Allemagne.
1990, Enregistrement à Paris au studio Mix-it par Charles Hurbier du maxi single Implosion et du LP Goodbye Vincent produit par Philip Simpkin Ames pour Danceteria. Vincent enregistre encore le maxi et arrête, d’où le titre de l’album, remplacé à la basse par Stéphane Ballmer, le frère de Jérôme qui a débuter la guitare dès 1983 avec le groupe de rock garage de la Chaux-de-Fonds les Bad Detectives et qui s’était occupé jusque là des photos de presse et collaboré aux différentes pochettes du Jivaros Quartet. Pas-mal de concerts dans divers pays européens.
1991, sortie du EP Lonelyness pours out of our heads enregistré au studio Mix-it à Paris et remixé au studio Artag à Zürich par Voco Fauxpas. Ce sera le dernier disque sur le label français Danceteria qui fera faillite quelques temps plus tard entraînant dans sa chute tout le stock de disques qui sont maintenant totalement introuvables.
1992-1993, Période trouble, recherche de solutions après la faillite de Danceteria. Katja arrête le management, Alain Meyer reprend le flambeau. Miguel arrête lui aussi mais le Quartet continue à trois. Quelques concerts, mise au point de morceaux, enregistrement d’une demo au studio des Forces Motrices à Genève par David Weber, un morceau de cette session figure sur leur dernier album. Le groupe est invité à jouer au “New Music Seminar” à New-York, ils jouent à 3h du matin dans une salle vide mais le voyage était sympa, Coney island plein de charme et la vue depuis le World Trade Centre était très belle !
1994, Enregistrement d’une dizaine de titres à Zürich au studio Artag avec Voco fauxpas
1995, Sortie du -last but not least- dernier album du Jivaros Quartet Fever led us there sur Little records, le label “maison” créé pour l’occasion. Miguel réintègre le groupe pour les concerts qui suivent. Fin du Jivaros Quartet après un dernier concert aux Anciennes Prisons à Moudon le 29 décembre 1995.
1996, Jérôme se met aux percussions Stéphane passe à la guitare et ils continuent avec Miguel toujours à la guitare dans une formation plus minimaliste nommée Sunday Ada. Alain Meyer les accompagne toujours dans l’aventure. Ils commencent également à s’enregistrer eux-même, tout d’abord sur un 4 pistes à cassette avec lequel ils produiront le 7″ Hesitating / This fascination sorti cette même année sur Overdose records. 1997, Enregistrements au local (adaland), quelques concerts. 1998, Sortie du premier album de Sunday Ada Ada’s Heartbeat sur leur label Little records.
1999-2001, Concerts, enregistrement toujours au local mais sur un multi-pistes digital, participation au “Cirque électrique”, décision est prise avec Alain de sortir d’autre disques sur le label. Miguel arrête et collabore quelques temps avec les éditions Plonk&replonk, Guy Schneider le remplace à la guitare mais doit arrêter à son tour pour des ennuis de santé. Jérôme reprend alors la guitare, Roudy aka Daniel Staufacher le remplace à la batterie. 2002, Sortie du 2ème album de Sunday Ada Amazing Springtime sur Little records ainsi que des disques de Guitar Fucker, Bebe&Serge, Dead Brothers et Elenie Mandel. Tournée européenne avec Guitar Fucker et Bebe&Serge. Début d’un projet alternatif et très sporadique nommé Avant-Garde Rock’n’Roll Soundsystem par les deux frères Ballmer. 2003, Roudy quitte le groupe et Jean-Pierre Vaufrey le remplace à la batterie.
2004, Petite tournée en Angleterre. Jérôme en a raz-le-bol des concerts, il continuera à faire de la musique mais se retire dans son salon. Stéphane et Alain commencent à collaborer sur un spectacle mélangeant ombres chinoises musique et textes appelé “Lost Songs”, résurrection “live on stage” d’une émission animée par Alain mais passée à la trappe sur couleur 3. Patrick participe au disque Soon d’Arabelle sorti sur Little records.

2005-2006, Quelques représentations du spectacle “Lost Songs” par Alain et Stéphane. Miguel se produit et sort un DVD sous le nom de George Calgon.
2007-2009, Stéphane commence à faire des reprises acoustiques et des petites vidéos dans sa cuisine qu’il met en ligne sur youtube sous le nom de Mr Wonkeyman. Alain publie le premier tome de son livre “La Piqûre du Scorpion” chez Little records et se met au chant et à la guitare sous le nom de “Gonzo”. 2010, Sortie du CD de Gonzo & Mr Wonkeyman “Fuck the Peace / Life Kills sur Little records
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Jivaros Quartet

Leurs débuts remonten à 1980. Jérome Ballmer, Patrick Dubois, Miguel Morales et Vincent Schneider ont patiemment élaboré leur propre style: Aprés 6 ans de travail et de recherches, ils produissent n premier 45 tours aux deux titres évocatuers, Cette lumière grise et Entre nos ombres.
En 1987, les quatre Jivaros présentent deux titres sur une compilation de rock romand en cassette, This Is Guitar Town sur le Label Calypso Now, et se créent une réputation nationale. Ils jouent notamment avec les Fortunate Sons, les Mircale Workers et Jesus and Mary Chain. Suit une collaboration avec le Label Organik (ZH). On en veut pour preuve le Mini-LP Isolated Songs And Mud Sculpture. Le matériel nécessaire à la productiobn d’un véeritable LP a été entretemps réuni.

Artist: Jof & The Ram
Title:
Songs: Vie Belle / Berufsverbot / 3°Guerre / Aux Chiottes
Media: 12“
Released: 1981
Label & Cat.#: General Mix-Up 01
Style: Punk
Members:
Add. Info: Bubblewrap cover
City / State: Fribourg / FR
See also: Young Gods

Artist: Johnny Bauchweh And The Broken Hearts
Title: Vielleicht Das Feuer
Songs: Schnee / Sie Werfen Blumen / An deiner Haut / Anrufung / Ode An Johnny Walöker // Bilder aus England / Bewegung Eingefroren / Brennende Palmen / Nackter Kuss / Vielleicht Das Feuer
Media: MC
Released: 1998
Label & Cat.#: Winterschatten 009
Style:
Members: Frances Z(binden) drums, Martin Y bass, Johnny B guit-voc
Add. Info:.Recorded at Fidos 8 track cave in Basel by Stefan Hugye. Includes lyric infos.
City / State: Basel / BS
See also: The Crow