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Because Bilderbuch has the perfect amount of craziness and talent they deserve to be my number one of Austria.

A lot of Austrian artists tend to be a little bit “crazy” or seem to be “different” to the norm, e.g. “Falco”, “Young Hurn”, “Seiler und Speer”, “Conchita Wurst” and many, many more… In fact, there are probably more “weird” than normal, successful artists in our country.

“Bilderbuch” originally was established in 2005, when the four members were approximately 14 and 15 years old –  but more or less became fully internationally known in 2017 with their major hit “Bungalow”. It also was at that time, that one of their other songs, “Maschin”, became really famous as well, although having had been released four years earlier.

But since 2017, “Bilderbuch” is not only extraordinary popular throughout Austria, but also, as I learned very recently, in  Germany or other European countries. One of their songs was even used in the somewhat known American movie “A cure for wellness”, despite the song being in German.

But often it doesn’t even matter too much whether one speaks German or not, because the lyrics aren’t that clear anyway. The events often don’t seem to be connected or just don’t make sense at all, so that one has to use their imagination to complete the picture. Some people even get confused or irritated by that.

But in general, it can be said, that “Bilderbuch” is a very interesting, young band, that strikes especially through their appearance and their uncommon type of music. Not seldom, they get referred to like “artsy” or “weird” (but in a good kind of way!), which also, in my opinion, perfectly mirrors the Austrian mentality.

The text was written in November 2019.

Short bio of the volunteer:

Lena is Austrian, 18 years old and has just finished school. She has decided to come to Madeira as a gap year to broaden her horizons. Also, she is always eager to experience exciting new stuff and is generally interested in languages, sports and quality time.


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