Rockhaus (Rock House) was formed from two school bands in 1978 in what was East Germany (GDR, DDR). In 1981 they became part of the East German rock scene with a sound close to funk oriented New Wave. Later their sound evolved more into rock.Their music and lyrics were influenced by the feelings of the East German youth at the time. Rockhaus became very popular. In the 1980s they were one of the most successful rock bands in the GDR. Based on DDR year-end music charts going back to 1972 Rockhaus had the second most #1 hits, surpassed only by Puhdys.