Matador was founded in 1982 by BEATE
BARTEL, MANON P. DUURSMA and GUDRUN GUT for experimenting in
sound and visual arts. Their first performance was in june 1982 at the Documenta
in Kassel at which time Beate was still busy with LIAISONS
DANGEREUSES and Gudrun and Manon with MALARIA. This was followed by performances
in women centers and artschools, releases on cassette-labels in England, Japan
and Germany and involvement in experimental movies.
After the 1987 release of their first
album A TOUCH BEYOND CANNED LOVE on WHATS SO FUNNY ABOUT they began to
explore the unlimited worlds of MIDI and sampling. The cover version single
STOP IN THE NAME OF LOVE and their second album SUN were released
1989/90 by NORMAL Records and although recieving consistantly good reviews i.e."
most intelligent pop heard for a long time...", they continued to remain
outside the established music mafia.
In 1991 their 3rd Album ECOUTE which was released on MOABIT Records.
Produced by themselves it is a sum total of the Matador experiments to that
This is music that dares to experiment on the one hand, while brandishing commercial
cliches on the other. It drives by shooting arrows of melancholy or flowers
of love. Baring the souls of three women, their eyes, the tears, scars layed
out, the feast, the fury, yours to listen to and dream along.
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