Malaria! were one of German’s most important alternative acts. Formed by Gudrun Gut (Einsteurzende Neubauten, Mania D) and Bettina Köster (Mania D), and drawing in such luminaries as Beate Bartel (Liaisons Dangereuses, Mania D) and Eva Gößling (Die Krupps), it was a kind of Berlin supergroup.
The band were managed by Mark Reeder, a Mancunian exile who had arranged Joy Division’s only Berlin show. They toured with The Birthday Party and appeared on CBC’s Brave New Waves.
This footage is from their performance at the Women in Rock Festival in 1981. It includes behind the scenes interview material.