Cinema Bizarre

Cinema Bizarre

Cinema Bizarre during a concert in Hamburg
Background information
Origin Berlin, Germany
Genres Glam rock,[1] indie rock,[2] synthpop,[2] alternative rock[2]
Years active 2005–2010 (hiatus)
Labels MCA Music, Inc.
Cherrytree US
Past members Strify

Cinema Bizarre was a German glam rock band from Berlin. They released their debut album in 2007. Their manager was Lacrimosa singer and songwriter Tilo Wolff. In January 2010, the band announced that they were taking a break.[3]

Cinema Bizarre has sold more than 1.5 million records worldwide.


Cinema Bizarre, from left: Yu, Kiro, Luminor, Shin, Strify.


Their first single CD "Lovesongs (They Kill Me)" was released on 14 September 2007, two weeks after their first live performance in the German music show The Dome.[4] The Norddeutscher Rundfunk (North German television broadcast) nominated the band for the national final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2008. No Angels and Carolin Fortenbacher, made it into the second election round of the final, leaving Cinema Bizarre behind.

They released their first studio album, Final Attraction, in 2007. This is the only album to feature keyboardist and backing vocalist Luminor. Three singles were released from the album: Lovesongs (They Kill Me), Escape To The Stars, and Forever Or Never. The album was released in several European countries.

On 28 March 2008, they began their first tour throughout Europe. In September 2008 Luminor took a break from going on tour with the band. It was announced that his health was poor and he needed time off in order to get better. While he was on break, Yu's close friend traveled and played with the band.

On 1 November 2008, a trailer was released which stated the name of Cinema Bizarre's second album to be Toyz.

On 27 November 2008, Luminor announced that he was leaving the band. Romeo, a friend of Yu, eventually took his place as keyboardist for the band.

In 2009, Cinema Bizarre toured through North America as opening act for Lady GaGa[5] on her The Fame Ball Tour.

Initially, the first single from their new album was to be "My Obsession", a song Strify described to be a 'powerful ballad'. However, the single was leaked, and thus was pulled off the Internet. The album release date was also pushed back from May to 21 August. "My Obsession", although it already had cover art, was not released. The band released a message on their official YouTube account expressing their disappointment, and that they would change the single. On their official website, they announced that their American album was going to be titled "Bang!". The first single from the albums "ToyZ" and "BANG!" was "I Came 2 Party", a duet with Space Cowboy (musician).

"My Obsession" was chosen to be the second single from "Toyz" and "BANG!" and was accompanied by two different versions of the music video. Due to the lack of further promotion, the song failed entering the German music charts.

In 2009 Cinema Bizarre won an EBBA Award. Every year the European Border Breakers Awards (EBBA) recognize the success of ten emerging artists or groups who reached audiences outside their own countries with their first internationally released album in the past year.

On 21 January 2010 the band announced via MySpace that they were taking a break, as they felt that it was "time to start something new."[3]

Post Cinema Bizarre

Strify started going by his full name, Jack Strify, and released a new version of their song "Blasphemy" as a featured artist with French DJ Junior Caldera in June 2011. He later announced that he would be releasing a solo album. In 2012, three music videos have been published on his YouTube channel as a trilogy entitled "GLITTER + DIRT", including the songs "Brave New World", "Sanctuary" and "HALO (We're The Only One)" which were eventually released on his first EP Glitter + Dirt in August 2013.[6] On August 1, 2014 he announced the name of his first album to be called ILLUSION and launched a crowdfunding campaign to finish the album. Teasers were posted throughout the campaign and on November 30, 2014 his album was released through the crowdfunding partner PledgeMusic. The album was released through Membran Music worldwide on April 24, 2015,[7] proceeded by the digital single release "Burn/Fear" and "Lovers When It's Cold" on April 2, 2015.[8]

On 11 November 2011, Yu Phoenix (guitarist) released a new single on iTunes named "Moonflower" which features J'Lostein. Later on, in January 2012 he announced a new band project with Sebastiano Serafini called "Monochrome Hearts". A preview for the first single has been released on their YouTube Channel.[9] In January 2013, Monochrome Hearts debuted their first full single, Your Knight, on iTunes and amazon. The second single, When the Night Kills the Day was released on Amazon and iTunes on July 13, 2013. In October, 2013, Yu Phoenix also joined the band "Dreams not Reality" as the new guitarist.

Luminor's departure

From September onwards, Luminor had been absent at a few concerts and Yu's closest friend, Romeo, temporarily helped out in Luminor's place. On 27 November 2008 Luminor announced on his MySpace profile that he had to leave Cinema Bizarre. He said this departure was due to health issues and unresolvable inner conflicts. In his statement, he briefly said that his condition had worsened, he was not able to continue participating in the band, and it was a private issue. Eventually, Romeo permanently took over for Luminor as keyboardist.

Luminor came back to the stage in 2010 with the Italian band DNR (Dreams Not Reality) for a featuring during their European tour, and again in 2013 together with the Italian singer Roberto Romagnoli[10]



Year Title Chart position Certifications
(sales thresholds)
2007 Final Attraction 9 28 24 48 - -
  • RUS certification: Gold
  • Sales: 100,000
2009 ToyZ 24 44 54 31 - 94
2009 BANG!1 - - - - - -

1: released only in Canada and the U.S.


Year Title Chart position[11][12][13] Album
2007 "Lovesongs (They Kill Me)"
Final Attraction
"Escape to the Stars"
2008 "Forever or Never"
2009 "I Came 2 Party"
ToyZ and BANG!
My Obsession


  1. Myspace
  2. 1 2 3 Jeffries, David. "((( Cinema Bizarre - Overview )))". allmusic. Retrieved 2010-05-03.
  3. 1 2
  4. "THE DOME - Die Chartparty der Megastars bei RTL 2". Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  5. "Cinema Bizarre Joins Lady Gaga On Tour". Crushable. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  6. "Jack Strify". YouTube. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  7. "ILLUSION". Amazon. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  8. "Jack Strify Facebook Announcement". Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  9. "YouTube". Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  10. Roberto Romagnoli. "Roberto Romagnoli Official Site: LUMINOR & ROBERTO & ELECTRO REVERSE live a Roma!". Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  11. "Cinema Bizarre". Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  12. "Cinema Bizarre Biography, Discography, Chart History". Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  13. "Cinema Bizarre and Space Cowboy - I Came 2 Party - Music Charts". Retrieved 2010-05-03.

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