Berlin / Fresenhagen (dpa) – “Socks and cars shouldn’t stink anymore, I would drink a glass of champagne first thing in the morning” – These are the text lines of Rio Reiser’s song “King of Germany”, the refrain of which is burnt.
“All this and more – I would if I was King of Germany.”
25 years after the death of Reiser (20.8), who is now 71 years old, his last home in Berlin-Schöneberg will now be a tomb of honor. The renaming of a square in the center of Berlin-Kreuzberg to Rio-Reiser-Platz has pushed back the contradictions of the inhabitants. According to the district office, Heinrichplatz could become Rio-Reiser-Platz in early 2022. In any case, the signs are long over.
A crown for the “king
Rio Reiser’s grave with a heart-shaped stone and a crown for the “King of Germany” can be found in the old St. Matthew’s Cemetery in Berlin. Celebrities like the Brothers Grimm, pop singer Chris Roberts and musician Françoise Cactus from Stereo Total are also buried there.
For example, the allocation of an honorary grave means that the responsible district office can cover the costs of maintaining and maintaining the grave as well as the extension of the right of use.
His music: “timeless and precious”
A quarter of a century ago, the death of Rio Reiser at the age of just 46 left a hole in the German musical landscape that hardly anyone has been able to close. The man with the smoky voice, at the head of the group Ton Steine Scherben, delivered the slogans of the left scene (“No power for anyone”, “Brise what breaks you”), and as a A solo artist he has also inspired and shaped the masses of many other artists.
Many musicians and groups such as Jan Delay, Echt, Fettes Brot, Herbert Grönemeyer, Nena, Annett Louisan were inspired by him and took up his songs (“Junimond”, “Hold on to your love”, “Alles lie”) . “His music is timeless and precious,” said former Schherd director and current Bundestag vice president green politician Claudia Roth.
Ralph Möbius, the native name of Rio Reiser, was born in Berlin in 1950. 20 years later he founded Ton Steine Scherben with three musicians, and they recorded their first songs in a backyard in Kreuzberg. With the “Rauch-Haus-Song” a left-wing hymn was created. After the band’s concerts, houses were often squatted, politics and police on the lookout when the “broken pieces” arrived.
In the mid-1970s, the musicians retired to a farm in Schleswig-Holstein. “The house was also an escape for everyone, an oasis, a way out of the madness of street fights, drugs, police repression,” recalls Claudia Roth.
Soloist after the end of the clay stone shards
Although connoisseurs count the records broken among the most influential albums of the 70s, the group had money problems. In 1985, the group broke up. Annette Humpe (Ideal, Ich + Ich) produced Rio Reiser’s debut solo album “Rio I.”. Instead of leaving bookstores, a major record company should now sell its titles. The scene screamed, but Reiser’s compositions such as “König von Deutschland” became hits.
The openly gay Reiser first got involved politically for the Greens, then he moved on to the PDS (today: Die Linke).
He also made a name for himself as an actor. In 1977, Reiser made his film debut “Johnny West” and received the Federal Golden Film Prize. A year before his death, he played the main role in a Munich “Tatort”. In the thriller “In the Heart of the Ice Age”, he played an ex-convict. It was about a murder among the suspects of a former robbery in a shop belonging to Rudolph Moshammer. The fashion designer who was murdered in 2005 made an appearance in the crime thriller ARD.
On August 20, 1996, Rio Reiser’s wildlife came to an end on the farm in Fresenhagen, North Frisia. He died of cardiovascular failure when he was only 46 years old. Every year, on the anniversary of his death, fans made a pilgrimage to the secluded property where the musician was buried under an apple tree. In early 2011, the farm was sold and Reiser was re-buried in his native Berlin.