August 20 marks the 20th anniversary of the death of Rio Reiser: When the singer of the band Ton Steine Scherben died on this day in 1996 at the age of only 46 from circulatory failure, German rock music lost one their main pioneers. To commemorate the 20th anniversary of his death, Sony Music is releasing the album "Rio Reiser - Alles und much more" on August 19th: With his greatest hits, the reissued single "Wann?" and cover versions of Nena, Johannes Oerding, Gregor Meyle, Annett Louisan, Namika, Söhne Mannheims, Echt and Fettes Brot. They all honor Reiser and his pioneering work as the forefather of their genre.
Everything and much more
Today's German stars honor their pioneer
Because Reiser was a revolutionary artist in his time: Today it may sound obvious, but singing in German apart from the Schlager was a novelty in the eighties. He criticized society and the system through his music and wrote hits like "König von Deutschland", "Junimond", "Hold on to your love" and "Alles Lüge".
Ten out of ten albums in German
While such songs are covered for the first time on the new album by Johannes Oerding, Namika, Gregor Meyle and Annett Louisan, the Söhne Mannheims, Nena, Fettes Brot and Echt have already reinterpreted his songs in recent years, to commemorate him. Because if there hadn't been singers like Reiser, in June 2015, for the first time in the history of the German album charts, ten out of ten albums would not have been in German.