Who is Otto Von Wernherr?
In 1981, when Madonna was hard-up for money she took a job singing back-up for avant garde German artist Otto Von Wernherr. She lent her vocals to three of his songs, “Wild Dancing”, “Cosmic Climb”, and “We Are The Gods”. Her actual participation on the tracks was minimal consisting of repetitive chorus lines behind Otto’s monotone, spoken, flat and German accented vocals. When Madonna hit the big time, he remixed the songs to bring Madonna’s voice out to the front of the mixes and released them on the UK label, Receiver Records which is now marketed as the package “Madonna (& Otto Von Wernherr) In The Beginning” and features extended dance mixes of the songs. The tracks and Madonna’s voice are all horrific and his countless re-releases and picture discs are a rip-off. If you’re a completist collector, you’ll probably want to have at least one version of it. Other early Madonna demos exist that are of better quality including the Emmy Demos which feature her with the band of that name,