Frl. Menke Biography
Frl. Menke (Franziska Menke) is a German early 1980s musician born on 4th November 1960 in Germany. Menke is best known for her hit single “Hohe Berge” (High Mountains), which was a Top 10 hit in the German single charts in 1982.
Frl. Menke Age
- She was born on 4th November 1960 ( 57 years as at 2017)
Frl. Menke Family
Her parents are Karin Menke (mother) and Joe Menke (father), a German songwriter, producer and publisher. She has two siblings Alexander Menke and Thomas Menke .
Frl. Menke Children
- She has two children; a daughter Alice and a son Ivo.
Frl. Menke Career
Franziska Menke is the daughter of the German songwriter, producer and publisher Joe Menke. Her debut single “Hohe Berge” became an instant success in 1982 and was one of the first songs of the Neue Deutsche Welle (NDW) popular music movement that became hugely popular in Germany in the early 1980s. Menke was one of very few female artists to succeed in the genre.
Menke’s career peaked from 1982-1984 along with Neue Deutsche Welle, when she had three hit singles and released a self-titled album. She sold more than three million records during 1982 and 1983. Menke gave birth to two children at the end of the 1980s and composed various jingles for radio stations and advertisement campaigns. In 1992 she released her second album “Ich Will’s Gefährlich” with limited success.
She has re-recorded or remixed her most successful singles. In 1990 she was remixed by the German band Masterboy and in 1994 she recorded two techno music versions of “Hohe Berge” and “Tretboot in Seenot.” She did another version of “Hohe Berge” for her 2005 album “Einwandfrei” and recorded an industrial version with German band “The Seven Seals” in 2007.
Frl. Menke Albums
- 1982 Frl. Menke
- 1992 Ich Will’s Gefährlich
- 2005 Einwandfrei
Frl. Menke Songs
- Hohe Berge
- Tretboot in Seenot
- Ich hol’ doch keine Brötchen
- Komm Computer
- Ich sitz immer am Fenster
- Die ganze Nacht
- Frau neben mir
- Sascha, der Kosak
- Wie Du bist
- Ich will’s gefährlich
- Tag des Herrn
- Du musst mein Zufall sein
- Du sagst-Ich sag
- Fürstenhochzeit im Exil
- Alles umsonst!
- Messeglück in Düsseldorf
- Alles was Du magst
- Singen üben
- Tretboot-Teil II
- Ich schau’ nur zu
- Schicksal oder Planung
- Ich und Du und Ich
- Klaus hat so viel Geld
- So wie Du
- Liebe, die Wunder schafft
- Die alten Griechen
- Hohe Berge ’95
- Jeden Tag
Frl. Menke Interview
Interviewer: Miss Menke, please explain again to all the ignorant: What was the New German Wave?
Frl. Menke: Twenty years ago, we tried to make the zeitgeist oriented music. With german texts. Just as there is German hip-hop today, there were German punk and new wave at the beginning of the eighties – the Neue Deutsche Welle .
Interviewer: They were one of their figureheads.
Frl. Menke: At that time, there was a spirit of optimism, and I was glad to be there. Actually, I did not just love Nina Hagen and Udo Lindenberg, but also Roxy Music and Stevie Wonder .
Interviewer: A strange mix.
Frl. Menke: I quickly realized that I did not have the soul to sing something like Stevie Wonder or Marvin Gaye . I am just a child from the North Heath. That’s why I thought: Do something German that suits you.
Interviewer: When Miss Menke wore a kind of dirndl dress with a considerable neckline ?, and her first big hit was called “Hohe Berge”. Did you like the picture of this Alpine Lolita?
Frl. Menke: No, but I wanted to satirise the German cliché of the pop star. I liked these Uschi-Glas films, these homeschinkers in Technicolor. That had something reassuring. But of course I meant it all ironic.
Interviewer: Did people understand that?
Frl. Menke: Not at all. Some sent me letters and wrote: Oh, Miss Menke , we love the mountains as much as you do!
Interviewer: You were a role model for the philistines?
Frl. Menke: I wanted the exact opposite: “High Mountains” was a kind of liberation for me. At that time, I worked as a publishing house employee with my father in the company and typed letters. I was 22 and just wanted to get out.
Interviewer: The Neue Deutsche Welle was over by 1984 at the latest. How did you continue?
Frl. Menke: I raised two children. My daughter Alice is 14 today, my son Ivo is 12. In addition, I have been quite successful in making music for television advertising.
Interviewer: And now ?
Frl. Menke: … I work at UPS and drive out packages.
Interviewer: I beg your pardon? Miss Menke scurries through Hamburg in the Sauseschritt and carries boxes and boxes?
Frl. Menke: Yes, for four years. Every morning from seven to one. I use this as paid strength training. I have to be fit on the stage. Why should I spend a lot of money on the fitness center if I can even make money with this strength training?
Interviewer: How often are you still on stage?
Frl. Menke: I have two or three gigs a month – usually NDW parties, where all the old colleagues are together again: Markus, Geier Dive, Peter Schilling …
Interviewer: Do you find it a blemish to work hard as a former pop star today for a living?
Frl. Menke: I see this quite pragmatically: I have to be fit for the stage, and I have to earn money. Granted: someone like Nena can live without parcel service.
Interviewer: You not?
Frl. Menke: Years ago I bought a house that had to be paid off. I manage, but I live from hand to mouth.
Interviewer: Are you recognized by your customers at the wheel of a van?
Frl. Menke: Rare. And if someone recognizes me, then I laugh and say: Take care, tomorrow is Tony Marshall.
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