Stephan Eicher is a Swiss singer-songwriter who started his artistic career by taking video lessons at an art school.
He started his musical career at the age of 17 playing in his first group "The Noise Boys", a short-lived group that would give up after a few months.
It was in 1979 that he began to compose his first songs after a friend lent him a computer.
A year later, in 1980, he formed with his brother Martin a group called “Grauzone”, in an “electro-industrial” style, which produced a single album “Eisbar”, the success of which greatly exceeded their expectations.
At the same time, Eicher lays the foundations for his future solo career by releasing his album “Stephan Eicher spielt the Noise boys”, an album that will go completely unnoticed.
Things took off in 1983 when he released the album "Les chansons bleues", an album that would have the merit of making him known to the general public.
It was 1985 and the release of the album "I tell this night" that changed everything and raised him to star status when the single "Two people in a room" was released. Single which will be a real worldwide hit and be one of the biggest hits of that year.
He did it again two years later in 1987 with the release of another major hit, "Combien de temps" from the album "Silence". The singer is then at the height of his popularity.
But the real year of the consecration will be 1991 with the release of the album "Engelberg" from which will be extracted "Pas d'ami (comme toi)" but also and above all the enormous "Déjeuner en paix", which will be also will be a real hit, especially in France. The album will sell more than 600,000 copies in France.
Other titles will be released later because the career of this talented singer does not end there. But we'll talk about it another time. To be continued….
To discover or rediscover.
Discography (among others ...) :
Noise boys song 1980
Les filles du Limmatquai 1984
La chanson bleue 1985
Two people in a room 1985
I tell this night 1986
Combien de temps 1987
Tomorrow will be the day 1988
Sois patiente avec moi 1989
My heart on your back 1989
Rien à voir 1990
Dejeuner en paix 1991
Pas d’ami (comme toi) 1991
Tu ne me dois rien 1992
Des hauts, des bas 1993
Ni remords ni regrets 1993
Rien à voir 1994
Manteau de gloire 1994
Ce qui me peine 1995
Oh ironie 1996
1000 vies 1997
Le même nez 1999
Venez danser 1999
Sans vouloir te commander 1999
Ce peu d'amour 2000
Elle vient me voir 2001
On nous a donné 2003
Cendrillon après minuit 2003
Tant et tant 2004
Dimanche en Décembre 2007
Dans ton dos 2012
Si tu veux (Que je chante) 2019
1980 ... the first very promising steps of a little Swiss who will soon be talked about. In good, of course !
1983...three years have passed and the sound has structured itself just like the style. Obviously a good omen for the rest of the events...
1984...a totally overexcited title that comes close to leaving the road. But we feel a more than obvious talent dawning which will inevitably end up expressing itself...
1984 ... the artist rediscovers a sonority and above all a much more adequate tempo. On the other hand, it's not easy to get people talking internationally by singing in your mother tongue ...
1985...then the singer finally seems to have found the right recipe. It is therefore easy to deduce that the best is yet to come, that's obvious !
1985 ... THE title that will change everything. THE HUGE transgalactic hit that explodes its notoriety overnight and changes its fate irreparably. MAS-TER-FUL !
1986 ... the notoriety and the success bring the means ... Clips worthy of the name, a sound even more worked ... The singer now plays in the big leagues !
1987 ... which will surely remain as his most emblematic title. A HUGE dance hit that definitely established him as one of the best singers of the decade. The TOP !
1988 ... a quality sequel but going from a mega-hit Dance to a folko-rock ballad can slightly disconcert the public ...
1989 ... he signs here one of his most beautiful ballads. The amplitude of its possibilities is impressive : he is good almost in all registers !
1989 ... we go back to the folk side, an area he particularly appreciates. Commercially speaking, it's not what we do best ... But hey, it's him who sees !
1990 ... a change of decade that rhymes with evolution. A necessary and beneficial adaptation to avoid disappearing altogether like other little friends ...
1991 ... his biggest commercial success. A top inspiration that revives the artist in a spectacular way. It was time. HU-GE !
1991 ... an exceptional year which saw him produce 2 exceptional hits. Like what it is never too late to do well. The proof !
1992 ... in the series "Ballads of very large caliber", here is a new one of XXL quality. A very versatile talent who will have been able to explore all the possibilities open to him ...
1993 ... he will have recorded more mega hits in the 90s than in the 80s. As paradoxical as it may seem ...
1993 ... another great year with no less than 3 top class titles. A constantly renewed inspiration that works wonders !
1993 ... once again in Intimist mode. We will have known him more in this mode than in any other. When we love we don't count as we say ...
1994...we're not going to lie to each other, the best years are now behind him but what he continue to offer us largely holds up. Isn't that the main thing...?
1994... in a totally atypical style for the time, he continues his adventure in his own way and above all outside of all the dictates of the star system. Rightly or wrongly, that's something else...
1995...a style that is really his own and that he is the only one to decline in this way. Be careful all the same not to lock yourself in a universe that is more and more hermetic to the general public...
1996 ... his last notorious hit of the decade. Another excellent track this time in Euro-Beat mode, a tempo that is not really his cup of tea. Very surprisingly, he will have recorded his biggest hits on Dance tempos ...
1997...the art of going from one extreme to another. We can't really say that this title plays in the same category as its predecessor in terms of sound, that's clear...
1999... it is clear that he will never do anything like the others but that we will not remake him again. He will have led his career from start to finish as he saw fit with very high but also 'through'...
1999 ... a second decade which ends in style for the singer with a masterful title with Folko-Celtic influences. 2 decades at the top, that inevitably commands respect !
1999... what better way to bring this 90s to a definitive close than to play it in shock but above all charm duo mode. All on a fine title that works very well...
2000...already 20 years of career behind him and a most flattering prize list of which he can be proud. It now remains to be seen how he intends to play it in future years : renewal or continuity ? Only he can answer this question...
2001...for the moment little evolution as much style side as sonority side. Not sure that this refusal to evolve in depth is the most profitable for him in the long term...
2003...we would rather go in the right direction with this title. It's up to him to persevere on this path in order to find the ideal balance between old and new trends...
2003...another title of which he has the secret and outside of all the standards of the moment. There is nothing to do, as soon as he advances a little towards modernity, he goes straight back to his fundamentals...
2003...he is not unworthy, far from it, but he still does not manage to find this level of inspiration which will have made him one of the most gifted singers of his generation. Too bad because there is not much missing...
2004...little chance that things will change in the years to come in terms of style and sound. We will therefore have to be satisfied with what he offers us but on the other hand we are satisfied with it without problem...
2007...in music you still have to know that everything is always possible in terms of sound evolutions. Who can know what he can possibly pull us out of his hat in the years to come...
2007...there won't be any noticeable changes during this decade, but who knows for the next one. Because it is almost certain that we will find him the following decade...
2007...there something is happening, it is clear. We will therefore hope that he will continue on the same path in the years to come...
2012... well, unfortunately, we changed the decade and nothing has changed concerning him. Really a shame because we had every reason to hope...
2019... he will disappear from the radar for almost 7 years and here he is again at the very end of the decade in finesse and lightness mode. Good job once again but not enough to put him back on the front of the stage. See him next decade ?
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