Accompanied by the release of his first album in 1975 Daniel Balavoine The following year, his then girlfriend, the singer Catherine Ferry, on the other side of the Iron Curtain. She is invited to perform on stage in Poland. The two young people then discover the standard of living of the population, the lack of freedom … A shock that causes awareness of the songwriter disappeared in 1986 at the age of 33 years in an accident by helicopters in Africa.
In April 1977, Daniel Balavoine released the concept album The Adventures of Simon and Gunther. It is about two brothers living on either side of the Berlin Wall, who will fall twelve years later, on November 9, 1989: "Little Gunther / Naquit in 41 / And his brother Simon / Eight years ago in June / In the heart of Berlin / In forty-two / One made his first steps / The other unhappy / Enrolled in boarding school " … His former companion remembers on Saturday at the magazine" 20:30 clock "(Replay): "They were people who tried to move from east to west, and who were shot dead trying to cross the wall …"
At last, the radios start for to interest this artist
"Lady Marlène / You fall asleep on the other side / Lady Marlène / In Berlin you know nothing has changed / It's hard to escape / The men in the open have shot " … The L ied Lady Marlene is the chronicle of Simon trying to reach this woman on the other side of the Berlin Wall before being shot by the soldiers. Finally, the radios are starting to get interested in this songwriter with a certain tone that has received quite positive reviews, especially for the music magazine Rock & Folk.
"I chose the Berlin Wall because it's the only thing you can touch in the world … Daniel Balavoine said in a television interview. When we talk about Chile saying that writers have their hands cut off or language so that they can not write or speak, it's abstract, we do not really realize what it means while the Berlin Wall anyone can see it To touch it, it is a concrete disappointment, that's why I chose it and not for political issues. "