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->''[[MemeticMutation Es gibt nur einen Gott: [=BelaFarinRod=]!]]''

Die Ärzte (lit. The Doctors[[note]][[NotThatKindOfDoctor As in medical doctor/physician]].[[/note]]) are a punk rock/pop-punk band from Berlin, Germany. Along with "Die Toten Hosen" (lit. "The Dead Pants") they are the most successful German punk act. In TheNineties they made a music video starring [[Franchise/TombRaider Lara Croft]]. They [[SarcasmMode modestly]] refer to themselves as ''die b[[HeavyMetalUmlaut ä]]ste Band der Welt''; "the bäst band in the world."

For most of their career they have consisted of:
* [[PunnyName Farin Urlaub]] (Vox, Guitar)[[note]]His stage name is a pun on the German phrase ''fahr' in Urlaub'', meaning "go on vacation."[[/note]]
* Bela B. (Vox, Drums)[[note]] His stage name is a tribute to Creator/BelaLugosi[[/note]]
* Rodrigo Gonzalez (Vox, Bass)

[[LongRunners Formed in 1982]], they broke up briefly in 1989, reuniting in 1993. They have released 12 studio albums until now. Their discography:
* ''Debil'' ("Moronic" 1984)
* ''Im Schatten der Ärzte'' ("In the Shadow of Die Ärzte" 1985)
* ''[[SelfTitledAlbum Die Ärzte]]'' (1986)
* ''Das ist nicht die ganze Wahrheit...'' ("That is not the whole truth..." 1988)
* ''Die Bestie in Menschengestalt'' ("The beast in human form" 1993)
* ''Planet Punk'' (1995)
* ''Le Frisur'' (GratuitousFrench, "Le Hairstyle" 1996)
* ''13'' (1998)
* ''Runter mit den Spendierhosen, Unsichtbarer!'' ("Stop being so generous, Mr. Invisible!"[[note]] literally "Take off your spending pants, Mr. Invisible"[[/note]] 2000)
* ''Geräusch'' ("[[TakeThatMe Noise]]" 2003)
* ''Jazz ist anders'' ("Jazz is Different" 2007)
* ''Auch'' ("As well" 2012)

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!! ''Die Ärzte'' and their songs provide examples of:

* AllMenArePerverts: Parodied in "Männer sind Schweine". The song starts with calling them the "usual" pejorative terms; pigs, rats, etc., but by the end it's the nonsensical "men are cars."
* AnAesop: Quite a few especially on their recent album "Jazz ist anders"
* AudienceParticipationSong: They will turn any song into this.
* BannedInChina: For some time, their first album was banned in Germany because of the themes of bestiality and gruesomely dying children.
** Their third album is still banned in Germany, because of the song "Geschwisterliebe", that's about incest.
* BestialityIsDepraved: Once again played for laughs in "Claudia hat 'nen Schäferhund" ("Claudia has got an Alsatian").
* BlasphemousBoast: [[MemeticMutation "There is only one god: Bela Farin Rod"]]
* BeYourself: The message of "Lied vom Scheitern" ("Song about failure").
* BlackSheepHit: "Nur einen Kuss" ("Just One Kiss")[[note]]For those who don't speak German, this guy is in love with a girl, who in turn falls in love with a traveler. The traveler leaves, promising to return, but he never does, and she eventually dies of heartbreak. The protagonist goes searching for the traveler, and when he finally finds him, he kills him by cutting out his heart. Yeah.[[/note]] is a surprisingly depressing ballad, especially coming from the band that brought us "Lasse redn".[[note]]Again, for those who don't speak German, the lyrics are about gossipy neighbours in their usual style, but the instrumental is more polished than most of their stuff[[/note]]
** Lampshaded on their [[SelfParody spoof album]] "We don't want the song, Farin. (...) I've talked to Rod and he doesn't think it's funny either"
* * BreakUpSong : "1/2 Lovesong" of the "Please don't go"- and "Mach die Augen zu" ("Close your eyes") of the "Teetering at the brink of a breakup"-variety
* BrotherSisterIncest: Their song "Geschwisterliebe" (Siblings' Love) is the TropeNamer for the German page.
* TheCameo: Bela appears as an usher near the end of {{Inglourious Basterds}}
* The Casanova: "Paul der Bademeister" ("Paul the pool attendant") is considered one by the band
* EverythingsDeaderWithZombies: Farin and especially Bela are quite fond of the horror genre. Cue the "Pro Zombie Song", the "Anti Zombie Song" and "Junge" ("Boy")
* FilkSong: The "Grotesksong", a parody (or is it?) of filk protest songs.
* FreudianExcuse: Subverted in "Schrei nach Liebe" ("Cry for love"), about a [[ThoseWackyNazis neo-nazi]] skinhead.
-->Your violence is just a silent cry for love
-->Your jackboots long for tenderness
-->You never learned to articulate properly
-->And your parents never had any time for you... ASSHOLE!
* HeavyMetalUmlaut: Their logo is a parody of this; it's an A with ''three'' dots on top of it. (Their name actually ''needs'' an standard two-dot umlaut above the A to be proper German).
* IAmAHumanitarian: The song "Gebt Schweinen eine Chance" (lit. "Give pigs a chance") jokingly advices cannibalism against hunger and for a better world.
* InTheStyleOf: Something they like to do.
** 'Leichenhalle' spoofs {{Rammstein}}.
** 'Vermissen Baby' moves towards Type 0 Negative.
** The Warum{{ska}} is... [[{{ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin}} ska]].
** They video to '3 Tage Bart' is in the style of boy bands like Take That.
** The best-of album 'bäst of' contains more than a dozen bonus tracks moving through maaaany genres.
** 'Fafafa' was done in style of Die Fantastischen Vier, the biggest German Hiphop-act at that time
* KilledMidSentence: The last verse of 'Fafafa' is ended mid-sentence by the singer being shot
* IronicNurseryRhyme: PlayedForLaughs. Their song "Schlaflied" ("Lullaby") is a [[{{ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin}} lullaby]] about... stuff that lullabies normally aren't about.
* LongRunner: They have been around (with one short break) for now 30 years. They just released the album ''Auch.''
* MonsterMash: 'Monsterparty' has the protagonist attending a party at [[{{Dracula}} Dracula's castle]] where he meets {{The Invisible Man}}, {{King Kong}}, {{Frankensteins Monster}}, {{The Wolfman}}, [[{{DemBones}} a skeleton]], [[{{Jaws}} the Great White Shark]], {{The Mummy}} and {{ET}}
* ObligatoryBondageSong:
** Parodied in "Bitte, Bitte" ("Please, Please")
** Likewise in "Sweet Sweet Gwendoline"
* {{Sampling}}: The opening riff from [[{{Metallica}} Master Of Puppets]] was sampled in 'Fafafa'
* SelfParody: Their spoof album "Jazz ist anders - Economy Version". It contains all the songs from the original album "Jazz ist anders" but in amateurish and unfinished versions, altering the texts, singing with modified voices, playing 20 seconds of the song and then discussing why they don't want to play the song anymore, resulting in one member shooting the other two, killing them on record. [[spoiler:He sings the rest of the songs alone and cries over his actions.]]
** The song 'richtig schön evil' has Bela (and Rod, but mainly Bela) trying to frame Farin as a terrorist to stop his solo album from being a success.
* ShoutOut:
** "Monsterparty" mentioned a lot movie monsters
** "Lied vom Scheitern" ("Song about failure") has a video which is very [[{{Saw}} sawesque]]
** Their MTV-Unplugged-release was recorded in a school and called "Rock'n'roll-Realschule" ("Rock'n'roll-middleschool") as a tribute to [[{{TheRamones}} Rock'n'roll-highschool]]
* TakeThat: "Lied über Zensur" ("Song about censorship"), as well as the video to "Bitte, Bitte"
* ThePeteBest: Their first bass player Sahnie. To an extend his temporary replacement, The Incredible Hagen.
* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth: Often a bit more than three chords, but often true to their punk roots.
* WrongGenreSavvy: The former bass player Sahnie reportedly considered himself to be TheFaceOfTheBand. The response of Bela and Farin was to kick him out, without any backlash.

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