Chris Harrison is the Official Biographer of Toten Herzen. He is also a songwriter, producer and Alien Noise Corporation's in-house liar. Based in Lancashire, England, he can often be found wandering the fells of the Lake District or the country lanes around Pendle, scene of the 17th Century witch trials.
Toten Herzen. Are they a real band?
They have their own website, so they must be real. If it's on the internet it's real right?
So how did you get mixed up with Toten Herzen?
In 2012 I read an article in the Guardian newspaper about 10CC and the hits they had in the seventies. As I read it I thought 'hang on, that's not how I remember them.' I went on Youtube and checked out a few of these old songs and ended up 'videohopping' through the suggested videos. I came across one of Sweet performing Hellraiser live and something just clicked. I started to get ideas for rock songs (I do a bit of songwriting and music production), but didn't want to record them under my own name. After a while the name Toten Herzen (Dead Hearts) sounded quite good, so I went with it.
The real sinister bit started the following Sunday when the idea for Toten Herzen's backstory came out virtually complete as if someone had transplanted it overnight. I told a friend, my friend told me to write it as a novel and here we are. . . .
In 1977 all four members of the rock band Toten Herzen were murdered. Thirty five years later an investigation by British music journalist Rob Wallet led him to discover the band still alive in a remote village in southern Germany. He persuaded them to make a comeback. Hoax or strange reality? Find out in the only official account of Toten Herzen's long awaited reappearance.