Influenced by the Rolling Stones and Marlene Dietrich alike, Ton Steine Scherben played raw, authentic rock with a revolutionary left-wing agenda from 1970 onwards – and unlike bands such as the MC5, they didn’t use politics as a marketing ploy. Though their self-released albums and Reiser’s later solo work became increasingly introspective as time moved on, Reiser never sold out his politics.
The greatest, most credible German language rock singer of them all, Rio Reiser made an invaluable contribution to the country’s popular culture.
Happy birthday, Rio. Der Kampf geht weiter.