Carsten Mainz (guitar, synthesizer) and Olaf Wollschläger (synthesizer, drum machine) formed The Merry Thoughts in 1983 in Neuss, Germany. Marvin Arkham first joined on the synthesizer, later moving to vocals. Sonja Jordan also joined in late 1983 to play synthesizer before taking over guitar duties later. For their second album The Merry Thoughts moved to SPV, one of the largest independent record companies in the world. In 1996, SPV released 'Psychocult' on their Oblivion imprint. The album entered the German Alternative Charts Top Twenty where it would stay for more than two months.

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  • The Merry Thoughts ist eine deutsche Gothic Rock-Band. (de)
  • Carsten Mainz (guitar, synthesizer) and Olaf Wollschläger (synthesizer, drum machine) formed The Merry Thoughts in 1983 in Neuss, Germany. Marvin Arkham first joined on the synthesizer, later moving to vocals. Sonja Jordan also joined in late 1983 to play synthesizer before taking over guitar duties later. By the early 90s, Olaf Wollschläger had left to pursue electronic music and Carsten Mainz left to form Behind the Scenes. Sonja Jordan and Marvin Arkham recorded a demo of 'Second Generation', one of the band's first songs which helped them land a label deal with Big Noise Records, a German independent label. Big Noise released 'Second Generation' in 1993 as The Merry Thoughts' first single. The band moved to Big Noise's subsidiary for gothic and darkwave music, Dion Fortune Records, where they released their second single, 'Pale Empress', and their debut album 'Millennium Done I: Empire Songs' (both released in 1993). For their second album The Merry Thoughts moved to SPV, one of the largest independent record companies in the world. In 1996, SPV released 'Psychocult' on their Oblivion imprint. The album entered the German Alternative Charts Top Twenty where it would stay for more than two months. Due to problems with their record company and the long process of recording, the band was basically destroyed after finishing 'Psychocult'. Up until 2000 Sonja and Marvin still played live and continued to record and write new material. Sonja Jordan left the group in 2000 after their last concert at Albion New York City. The band played a number of high-profile shows throughout Europe during their career, including an appearance at the Wave Gotik Treffen in Leipzig in 1995, and the Whitby Gothic Weekend in 1997. Referring to Marvin Arkham, the influences of The Merry Thoughts are such as David Bowie, Queen and Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft.The Merry Thoughts are often considered to be a gothic-rock band because of their great success in the 90s gothic-rock scene, the band describes their music as 'counterpop'. (en)
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  • 1983-01-01 (xsd:date)
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  • The Merry Thoughts
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  • Aldi Althaus - Guitar
  • Marvin Arkham - Voice
  • The Thoughtmachine - Drums, Strings, Bass, Synthesizers
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  • Dion Fortune, SPV Oblivion
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  • Carsten Mainz - Guitar, Synthesizer
  • Olaf Wollschläger - Synthesizer, Drum Machine
  • Pino Eichhorn - Guitar
  • Sonja Jordan - Guitar, Bass
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  • The Merry Thoughts ist eine deutsche Gothic Rock-Band. (de)
  • Carsten Mainz (guitar, synthesizer) and Olaf Wollschläger (synthesizer, drum machine) formed The Merry Thoughts in 1983 in Neuss, Germany. Marvin Arkham first joined on the synthesizer, later moving to vocals. Sonja Jordan also joined in late 1983 to play synthesizer before taking over guitar duties later. For their second album The Merry Thoughts moved to SPV, one of the largest independent record companies in the world. In 1996, SPV released 'Psychocult' on their Oblivion imprint. The album entered the German Alternative Charts Top Twenty where it would stay for more than two months. (en)
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  • The Merry Thoughts (de)
  • The Merry Thoughts (en)
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