They did not release any records, but won several international contests for young musicians. In 1986, when Tibor, Monique and Nin’s definitely left the band, Philippe and Christoph changed their name again… from then on they were “touch el arab”, a band that is still known today, after having a huge European top-ten hit with “muhammar” in 1987. In 1988, Philippe could not stand it anymore to be “famous”; he left the band and founded “SPARTAK”, while Christoph and the new guitar-player Stefan Hopmann released one more “touch el arab” single (civil war). SPARTAK, a quite known electro-hardcore-industrial band with some kind of a stalinist-far-out background (true or just provocation?), released 4 albums from 1990 to 1996 (“golem”, “survival of the fittest”, “omagiu” and “blond mao”, all on darkstar/strangeways). SPARTAK were, besides Philippe, Helene Marchand (vocals) and Matthias Josch (synths, programming)… Philippe and Matthias are, by the way, both quite often in contact, speaking about making a new SPARTAK album. Between 1993 and 1999, Philippe also produced other stuff; several “LACRIMOSA”-albums with Tilo Wolf, “blondes in space”, or several albums with Carlos Peron (Yello). Since 1994 he has been working mainly with Alex Friedrich, a true computer- and music-genious; they are running a studio together, the “fort vox” in Switzerland, and they have founded “sonic content”, a leading swiss electro label. Today, both Philippe and Alex are working on several projects which you can find in every good record store: -“alioth & friedrich” , an ambient-newjazz-lounge project (www.aliothfriedrich.com) - POP-3 , a 80s-electro-pop-disco-project (release november 2004), already getting massive radio-airplay in france (www.pop-3.org); - H.M.S., a retro-electro-bossanova project, top-ten in many independent- and DJ-charts (www.h-m-s.org) Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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