From her years with the experimental post-punk band Malaria!, to her many collaborations, to solo electronic work, Gudrun Gut has been a pioneering force in German underground music. Gut was a student at Berlin's Hochschule der Kunste in the late '70s and early '80s, and became a part of the "ingenious dilettantes" art and music scene. She performed in Din a Testbild in 1977 and 1978, then formed Mania D with Beate Bartel and Bettina Köster. Gut and Bartel were also percussionists in an early lineup of Einstürzende Neubauten circa 1980. Early in 1981, Gut and Köster formed Malaria!, which blended their experimental background with slightly more structured song forms. The group was best known for "Kaltes Klares Wasser," which resurfaced as a club hit in the 2000s thanks to remixes by artists including Chicks on Speed, the Modernist, and Wasserman.