Quadruple Gold for Camouflage in Berlin
Photo (from left to right):
Heiko Maile (Camouflage), Asterix Westphal (Camouflage attorney), Stefanie Zoll (Senior Product Manager Catalogue, Universal Music), Oliver Kreyssig (Camouflage), Marcus Meyn (Camouflage), Thomas Thyssen (Director Catalogue Domestic, Universal Music), Tom Bohne (President Music, Universal Music), Lutz Stoever (Management Camouflage), Gunther Buskies (Bureau B, Management Camouflage)
Credits: © Universal Music
Berlin/Germany, 2023/11/02. Over 35 years after its initial release, Camouflage's debut album "Voices & Images" - which has sold over 500,000 copies worldwide - together with the band's second album "Methods Of Silence", which sold over 250,000 units in Germany, have now both been honored with a Gold Award. These are the first officially verifiable album awards in the band's career.
In September 1987, the German electro-pop band Camouflage released their debut single "The Great Commandment", which made the trio Heiko Maile, Marcus Meyn and Oliver Kreyssig famous across all national borders.
Due to the modern sound, characterized by electronic elements, the hype ultimately outgrew the German homeland. The single reached the top 10 in more than 20 countries, and "The Great Commandment" even became a number 1 hit in US dance club songs, resulting in fans around the globe.
In March 1988, "Voices & Images" was released, the band's debut album, which immediately made it to number 16 in the German charts. The album entered the US Billboard 200 for the first time on January 14, 1989, where it recorded its best placement at number 100.
This momentum led to the next international hit a short time later. With the single "Love Is A Shield" from the follow-up album "Methods Of Silence", which was released in June 1989, Camouflage finally achieved another major success. The single remained in the German charts for over 6 months and climbed to number 9. The album also made it into the top 20 and reached number 13 in the German charts, where it remained for over 24 weeks.
The coveted Gold Awards for all four releases were presented at the Universal Music headquarters in Berlin in the presence of the band and management.
But that wasn't the only pleasant topic at the meeting: next year, the successful trio have another big celebration coming up, as Camouflage will be celebrating their 40th anniversary as a band in 2024 and will finally be performing live again in eleven German cities in October of that year.
This big anniversary will be celebrated and honored in cooperation with the Catalogue Domestic division of Universal Music Germany with further extensive catalogue promotions. Fans worldwide can therefore look forward to seeing what else can be expected from Camouflage!
Camouflage: "The albums and singles that have now gone gold are the cornerstone of our 40-year band history. It's great to see that our music is not only appreciated by our loyal fans around the world, but now also officially by BVMI/IFPI. A large part of our repertoire is in the hands of Universal Music Germany and we are therefore particularly looking forward to the newly focused collaboration with the Catalogue Domestic division. Moments like this point to the future as well as to the past. It was a matter close to our hearts to thank our former manager Karin Wirthmann and the producers of the albums, Axel Henninger and Dan Lacksman, with an award. Many thanks also go to our partners Lutz Stoever, Asterix Westphal and above all Gunther Buskies, who accompanied us for many months and advised us on the repositioning of our back catalog."
Tom Bohne (President Music, Universal Music): "I am delighted to be able to celebrate this long overdue milestone together with the band. Camouflage have helped shape electro and pop culture in Germany for decades and we will be celebrating this exceptional status again next year on the band's 40th anniversary. But first: congratulations on quadruple gold!"
Thomas Thyssen (Director Catalogue Domestic, Universal Music): "It's a full circle moment: quadruple gold, the band's 40th anniversary next year and an extensive live tour! Since their debut in the 80s, Camouflage have created songs that are timeless and yet capture the zeitgeist of this formative decade for pop culture, while also mastering the transition into the streaming age with flying colors. We look forward to a fitting anniversary year together in 2024."
Camouflage @ Night Of The Proms 2023
(2023/09/04) After we unfortunately had to postpone our own tour by one year to 2024, we were asked for this great event. To perform some of our most famous songs together with the "Antwerp Philharmonic Orchestra" and choir under the direction of Alexandra Arrieche? To perform next to artists like Toto, Anastacia, Aura Dione and James Morrison and to present ourselves with our plans for 2024 in front of many spectators and media? This answer was easy for us!
We are looking forward to the NOTP dates in December (Germany only) and will thus pick up even more momentum for all activities of the next year.
23-12-01 Mannheim, SAP Arena
23-12-02 Dortmund, Westfalenhalle
23-12-03 Oberhausen, Rudolf Weber-Arena
23-12-05 Erfurt, Messehalle
23-12-06 Hanover, ZAG Arena
23-12-08 Hamburg, Barclays Arena
23-12-09 Hamburg, Barclays Arena
23-12-10 Bremen, ÖVB-Arena
23-12-15 Munich, Olympiahalle
23-12-16 Munich, Olympiahalle
23-12-17 Munich, Olympiahalle
23-12-19 Stuttgart, Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle
23-12-20 Frankfurt, Festhalle
23-12-21 Frankfurt, Festhalle
23-12-22 Cologne, LANXESSarena
23-12-23 Cologne, LANXESSarena
Planned Tour postponed to 2024
(2023/03/17) Dear Camouflage fans,
the new year begins with mixed feelings.
After intensive discussions among ourselves and an in-depth analysis of the post-pandemic live market, we have decided to postpone our planned tour to autumn 2024.
Our long band break since 2016 had originally led us to want to celebrate 40 years of Camouflage, 40 years of music, videos, pictures and memories with you and our whole crew.
But while we were talking about it in detail, we realised that for a tour that is not only beautiful, but also successful and exciting, it definitely needs some new songs and new content of all kinds, and not exclusively memories and archive material. And we wouldn't be Camouflage if we didn't accept this challenge.
So we're actually going to go into the studio together in a couple of weeks and with a bit of inspiration and a modicum of luck, we'll have the makings of a reboot of Camouflage together by the end of this year.
And only then does it really make sense from our point of view to play a tour, because only then can the past, the present and the future blend into a homogenous concept and give you and us the fun we all expect from this tour.
Please be patient with us, we are now working on new material.
Tickets that have already been purchased remain valid, of course, or can be returned to the ticket office where they were purchased if necessary.
Below you will find the new dates for the Germany tour.
We are looking forward to autumn 2024,
12.10.24 Dresden - Stromwerk
15.10.24 Frankfurt - Batschkapp
16.10.24 Erfurt - Central
17.10.24 Magdeburg - AMO
18.10.24 Leipzig - Haus Auensee
19.10.24 Hamburg - Große Freiheit 36
20.10.24 Oberhausen - Turbinenhalle 2
21.10.24 Hannover - Pavillon
22.10.24 Stuttgart - Im Wizemann
23.10.24 München - Backstage (Werk)
25.10.24 Berlin – Columbiahalle
22.11.24 Tallinn [Estonia] - Alexela Kontserdimaja
X-Mas Download 2022
(2022/12/24) A remix demo of "Shine" from 2015 awaits you as this year's X-mas download. The remix was made by Marcus Meyn and it is his first remix ever.
Camouflage and the Info-Team wish you a peaceful and healthy Christmas and a happy new year 2023. We are looking forward to seeing you again next year on our tour.
Areu Areu Re-Release
(2022/11/01) In 1991, photographer Reiner Pfisterer, a friend and companion since Camouflage was founded, celebrated his 24th birthday. Heiko and Marcus played a surprise concert as "Areu Areu" for him with cover versions and 2 very early Camouflage songs. A few weeks after the party, Heiko and Marcus told their A&R manager at the time about the project, and in 1992 a small edition was released on CD.
On the occasion of the 30th anniversary, the Areu Areu EP will be re-released as an extended edition on the Bureau B label on November 18th, 2022. In addition to the original tracks, this also contains the instrumental versions of all songs. For the first time Areu Areu will also be available on vinyl. There is also an edition of 300 copies in red vinyl available exclusively in the tapeterecords shop.
Streaming or buying Areu Areu
The Great Commandment - XXXV Edition
(2022/09/17) On September 23, 2022, Universal Music will release a 10inch of "The Great Commandment" on Crystal Clear Vinyl, limited to 1000 copies worldwide, to mark the 35th anniversary. In addition to the two German maxi versions, the vinyl also contains the original US 12" version and the original single versions of The Great Commandment and Pompeji.
1. The Great Commandment - Extended Dance Mix
2. The Great Commandment - Extended Radio Mix
1.The Great Commandment - 7" Version
3.The Great Commandment - US 12" Mix
Available here, among others:
The vinyl tracks are also available as digital single on the streaming portals, e.g. at:
Camouflage Live Tour 2023 - Rewind to the future and goodbye
(2022/07/04) REWIND TO THE FUTURE AND GOODBYE
A band interview with more information about the Camouflage Live Tour 2023 can be found here: camouflage-music.com band interview >>>>>>
October: THE GREAT COMMANDMENT, 35th Anniversary Limited Edition, 10“ crystal clear vinyl
November: AREU AREU, 30th Anniversary Edition, CD, vinyl & digital
t.b.a. BODEGA BOHEMIA, 30th Anniversary Limited Edition, CD & vinyl
2023 LIVE DATES:
13.10. BERLIN, COLUMBIAHALLE
14.10. HAMBURG, GROSSE FREIHEIT 36
15.10. HANNOVER, PAVILLON
17.10. OBERHAUSEN, TURBINENHALLE 2
18.10. ERFURT, CENTRAL
19.10. MAGDEBURG, AMO
20.10. LEIPZIG, HAUS AUENSEE
21.10. DRESDEN, STROMWERK
22.10. MÜNCHEN, BACKSTAGE [WERK]
24.10. STUTTGART, IM WIZEMANN
25.10. FRANKFURT, BATSCHKAPP
27.10. TALLINN [ESTONIA], ALEXELA KONTSERDIMAJA
29.10. DIEST [BELGIUM], SINNER'S DAY FESTIVAL
2024 DATES: t.b.a.
We're thinking of our Ukrainian friends
(2022/03/03) Camouflage have spoken out on Facebook about the situation in Ukraine:
Camouflage sends solidarity and hope to the people of Ukraine and everyone else affected by this attack, including those with the courage to protest against tyranny on the streets in Russia and Belarus. We stand right beside you. We hope that Putin and his clique will be held accountable for these inhuman acts. For many years a photo of the newspaper „Правда“ has been on the cover of our debut album. Правда = PRAVDA = TRUTH. We ask all our friends in Russia to help spread this TRUTH about the WAR in Ukraine and put an end to it all. Only you can really do this!
M.I.N.E - Empires
(2022/02/24) Marcus Meyn has posted a previously unreleased song by M.I.N.E on Facebook that is appropriate to the situation in Ukraine:
I was thinking about, what can I do to show my protest and my support… I can’t tell if it’s naive or whatever, but I’m an artist and my creativity is my possibility to spread my thoughts around the world! I wrote a song when this problems started after the last election in Belarus but it’s also a song for the situation we have in the Ukraine now…
…keep in mind,
this world will change.
As you behave,
is coming back again…
We raise our voices and take control.
This is the way, this world should be,
Come on, there’s so much more,
Let’s talk about it…!
X-Mas Download 2021
(2021/12/24) At the end of the "Meanwhile" anniversary year, Camouflage have chosen one more song from this album as a download for 2021> "These Eyes". It's a version from the rehearsal room in Neuffen during practicing for the "Meanwhile" tour 1991 - including a few minor mistakes, but with a rarity ;-)
Title: These Eyes
Version: Band Rehearsal Version 1991
Keyboards + Violin: Julian Boyd
Guitar + Backing Vocals: Ingo Ito
Drums: Thomas "Stibbich" Dörr
Bass: Klaus Heitzenröder
Cover Photo: Wolfgang Wilde
Recorded on a cassette recorder for practice purposes during band rehearsals in the small town of Neuffen for the "Meanwhile" tour in 1991.
Camouflage and the info team wish you a healthy and peaceful Christmas and a happy new year.