In the 80s Matterhorn Project was conceived by Stella & PJ Wassermann. They made their living from the early 80s by producing radio jingles and movie and video soundtracks in order to finance their artistic projects, mainly Schaltkreis Wassermann. In the mid eighties Stella and PJ leased a Fairlight IIx, the world’s first sampling computer and it was ridiculously expensive. They boasted to clients that they now could make cows sing. One client wanted a demo, in the end it wasn’t used but through a series of incidents ‘MUH!’ turned out to be a number 2 hit in Switzerland, a number 5 in South Africa and it was released all over Europe and in Japan. With a proper management the two young musicians would quickly have become millionaires.

‘MUH!’ was one of the first Swiss ethno-pop songs and definitely the first one with a technoid touch. In the meantime this has become a genre of its own. After the big success of ‘MUH!’ in 1985 Matterhorn Project created the follow-up single ‘Yo-lollo-diuh’ that concentrated on yodeling by Heidi Blum. This proficient singer had already contributed a short but much loved yodel to ‘MUH!’. Stella also did some singing on this track and the interplay between her voice and the yodel is very nice. It also became a top ten hit in Switzerland. The following album ‘Matterhorn Project’ made it only to number 26 in the Swiss charts due to a lack of promotion from the record company (Depeche Mode released an album at the same time, the promoter of the label was a big fan of these Brits and so our album kind of got lost…typically music business).

The success of Matterhorn Project was a two-sided sword for Stella & PJ Wassermann. Their fan base with Schaltkreis Wassermann didn’t like the much more commercial character of Matterhorn Project. The artists themselves of course enjoyed the success of MattPro and the rewards that came with it but basically they wanted to move into a different artistic direction, more into serious pop music and they wanted to put their vocal talents to use. They produced a quite interesting follow-up album “Dancing to the Beat of Life” and wanted to release it under the name of “Stella & the Chips” but the record company insisted on the name of Matterhorn Project which of course was a big mistake. The MattPro fans wanted more cows and funny stuff and not songs like “30’000 Dollars”, a song about worldwide military spending per second.

Anyway, here’s a list of the Matterhorn Project releases in the 80s.

The original hit-single of 1985 and also the first release from Matterhorn Project. The single was was a hit straight away and stayed at number two in the Swiss charts for three weeks.
Matterhorn Project founded swiss ethno-pop with “Muh!”, which later inspired other artists.

The South African version also hit the top ten charts, reaching the number 5 spot.

The South African version also hit the top ten charts, reaching the number 5 spot.

And this is how it looked in the UK.

The second hit single from Matterhorn Project called “Yo-Lollo-Diuh” made it to number 8 spot in the Swiss charts. It combined traditional yodelling with Stella’s unmistakeable singing and mattPro-like Electro-Pop. Releases in Germany and Austria, too.

Also in 1985: The first album from MattPro – full of twisted humour, electronic effects and swiss artefacts.
– MUH!
– Yo-Lollo-Diuh
– Tell
– The Ballad of the Alpine Horns
– The Gnomes of Zurich
– I Know I’m Crazy
– Animal Farm
– High in the Mountains

This album also reached the Swiss charts (26) and was released in different countries.

Later the first album got released as a CD with this cover. It’s not available anymore.

In 1986 Stella und PJ attempt a stylistic expansion in the Space-Pop genre. “Love in Space” is a  beautiful song but the Matterhorn Project audience would prefer to have more cows and funny stuff.

Actually Stella & PJ intended to release the song under the band name of “Stella & the Chips” but the record company insists on Matterhorn Project which clearly was a completely wrong decision.

The single “Trigger U” is dance and electronic pop. The audience would still prefer more cows….

In addition the album “Dancing to the Beat of Life” with more or less the same cover is released.

Stella and PJ continue to provoke with their single “Sex”. Stella makes a pregnant apperance in the music video, which results in a broadcasting ban on Swiss television.

The third album “Tek*Novelty” is a wild rollercoaster ride with technoid elements, the usual Mattpro silliness and real pop and dance.

The album seems to have been a hit on the russian black market as a pirated copy.

The first single taken from the “Tek*Novelty” album. “Chilbi-Time” is the Matterhorn version of the swiss folk song “Steiner Chilbi”.

Comedy-Pop yet again. This time it’s Prince Charles’ turn, making fun of his unfortunate telephone conversation with Camilla.

Several English labels showed interest in the track but refused after consulting their lawyers. The problem wasn’t only the respectless treatment of the royal family but the use of the brand name Tampax…

The “Alti Bäbeli Tekno” was produced only for the world famous Basel carneval called “Fasnacht”. This maxi CD has a technoid potpourri of the most popular Fasnacht melodies and was blasted from the Alti Bäbeli-Clique waggon during the three day event.

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