"Eisbär" (German for polar bear) is a 1980 "cult" song[2] composed by the Swiss Neue Deutsche Welle band Grauzone.[3] It first appeared on the 1980 compilation album Swiss Wave - The Album.[4] The shorter single version was later collected on the Grauzone album Die Sunrise Tapes (1998).[5]

Grauzone recorded in 1982 an English-language version (Polar Bear) of the song, which was first released in 2010 on the double CD Grauzone 1980-1982 Remastered.[6]

The song is post-punk performed with guitar, drums and synthesizers.[7]


 [hide*1 Track listing

Track listing[edit]Edit

7" single (1981)
A "Eisbär" (4:17)
B "Ich lieb sie" (3:18)
12" single (1981)
A "Eisbär" (4:17)
B1 "Ich lieb sie" (3:18)
B2 "Film 2" (3:35)

Chart performance[edit]Edit

Chart (1980) Peak


Austrian Singles Chart[8] 10
German Singles Chart 12


  • In 1990, Polar Pop (feat. Mc Grzimek) released a house version of the song.[9]
  • In 1993, Prisonshake released a cover version on the B-side of their "Two Sisters" single.[10]
  • In 1996, Scholle (ohne Schwester C.) produced a dance version on the compilation NDD - New German Dancefloor Stufe 3.[11]
  • In 1997, The Belgian hard house discjockey Frédéric de Backer released a cover of the song under the pseudonym GrooveZone.[12] It was released in 24 countries and sold over 300,000 copies.
  • In 2001, The Austrian Neue Deutsche Härte band Stahlhammer covered this song, it appears on the album Eisenherz (2006).[13]
  • In 2003, Knorkator feat. Holger Klein interpreted the song.[14]
  • In 2004, The German Neue Deutsche Härte band Oomph! released their version of the song as a B-side on the single "Augen Auf!", and on a limited edition version of Wahrheit oder Pflicht.[15]
  • In 2006, The French band Nouvelle Vague recorded a version of the song for their album Bande à Part[16]
  • The Dresden Dolls has covered the song in live concerts.[17]
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