Nervous Germans

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Nervous Germans
Nervous Germans c. 1981 in Aachen, Germany
Nervous Germans c. 1981 in Aachen, Germany
Background information
GenresNew wave
Years active1980 (1980)–1984 (1984)

Nervous Germans (German: Nervösen Deutschen) was a German new wave rock band formed in 1980.[1][2]


In 1981, they released their debut album Nervösen Deutschen (English release: Desolation Zone, 1982). Their second Album Summer of Love (1983) was also their last, as they disbanded on 1 July 1984 in the aftermath of a concert in Linnich (with Mitch Ryder). The Name was suggested to Micki Meuser by Alex Londner (Aachen, Germany), possibly in view of Germany being a nuclear battlefield after the NATO Double-Track Decision.

They recorded a session with John Peel in October 1980[3] produced by Bob Sargeant (The Beat).

  • Micki Meuser (bass, vocals)
  • Manni Holländer (real name Manfred Herten; guitar, vocals)
  • Edgar Liebert (a.k.a. Edgar de Gaulle; drums, vocals)
  • Grant Stevens (lead vocals)
  • Wolfgang Gunnewig (guitar)

Udo Dahmen (Kraan) played drums on the debut album. Other former members include Steve Carroll (guitarist of Praying Mantis) Robbie Vondenhoff (Zeltinger Band, Ina Deter), Mike Rossi (Slaughter & the Dogs), Alan Darby (Cockney Rebel, Eric Clapton), Frank Jermann and Hitta Thomas.

Meuser and Stevens reformed Nervous Germans in 2012 with Gary Schmalzl on guitar & Sabine Ahlbrecht on drums. They subsequently toured twice with Billy Idol opening the shows in Germany. This experience helped spawn the single "Punk Rock Radio" which received substantial college radio airplay in the United States.


  • 1981: Nervösen Deutschen (album, Up Records)
  • 1982: Desolation Zone (album, Rondelet Music & Records)
  • 1983: Summer of Love (album, Vertigo)
  • 2013: Preloved (EP)
  • 2014: Volatile (album)
  • 2015: From Prussia with Love (album)
  • 2017: The Creeps are back in Town (EP)
  • 1982: "These Boots Are Made for Walking"
  • 1983: "Summer of Love"
  • 2012: "¡Yeah Yeah!"


  1. ^ Nervous Germans Archived 16 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine,, Retrieved 1 July 2010 (Grant Stevens was the band's singer)
  2. ^ Hilburn, Robert (29 July 1984). "American Music Uber Alles". Los Angeles Times. p. T68. The headliner's name, Nervous Germans ...
  3. ^ Nervous Germans John Peel Session, BBC, Retrieved 1 July 2010

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