Anyone's Daughter was a late-'70s, early-'80s symphonic prog rock band heavily influenced by Genesis as well as by German bands such as Elroy and Grobschnitt. After breaking up in the mid-'80s, the group reformed in 2000.
Consisting of Uwe Karpa (guitars), Matthias Ulmer (keyboards, vocals), Harald Bareth (bass, lead vocals), and Kono Konopik (drums), Anyone's Daughter was formed in 1978. Their first record, Adonis (1979), featured English vocals, epic tracks with reflective and aggressive moments, and a prominent keyboard sound with heavy use of Moogs in particular. Anyone's Daughter (1980) found the band moving towards shorter material, but 1981's Piktors Verwandlungen, on which the band first sang in German, was their most experimental work. Recorded live, it is a concept album based around Hermann Hesse's novel Pictor's Metamorphoses and Other Fantasies and featured several sections with spoken word. Although it contained some references to past glories, In Blau (1982) reversed course once again, with the band moving towards a more straightforward approach that would be fully realized on Neue Sterne (1983). At this point, Konopik left and was replaced by Peter Schmidt who was featured on the next album, Live (1984). The band briefly reformed in 1986 with several new members. Then, after over a decade of silence, Anyone's Daughter reformed around Karpa and Ulmer, with three new members for the 2001 CD, Danger World. ~ Geoff Orens