German percussionist Klaus Dinger
formed La Dusseldorf
following the breakup of cyber-rock band, Neu!
, in 1975. Applying a punk-inspired "less is more" drive to Neu!
's minimalist pop-meets-German experimentalism, La Dusseldorf
rose to the heights of Europe's progressive rock scene of the late 1970s. Sales of their three albums -- La Dusseldorf
in 1976, Viva
in 1978, and Individuellos
in 1981 -- totalled more than a million copies. They released a European hit single, "Silver Cloud," in 1976. In the aftermath of La Dusseldorf
's disbanding in 1981, Dinger has sporadically surfaced, releasing solo albums -- Neondian
in 1985, and Die Engel Des Herrn in 1993.