L - R: Farin Urlaub, Bela B, Rodrigo Gonzalez.
Die Ärzte (lit. The Doctorsnote
) 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 The Nineties
they made a music video starring Lara Croft
. They modestly
refer to themselves as die bäste Band der Welt
; "the bäst band in the world."
For most of their career they have consisted of:
Formed in 1982
- Farin Urlaub (Vox, Guitar)note
- Bela B. (Vox, Drums)note
- Rodrigo Gonzalez (Vox, Bass)
, 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)
- 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 (Gratuitous French, "Le Hairstyle" 1996)
- 13 (1998)
- Runter mit den Spendierhosen, Unsichtbarer! ("Stop being so generous, Mr. Invisible!"note 2000)
- Geräusch ("Noise" 2003)
- Jazz ist anders ("Jazz is Different" 2007)
- Auch ("As well" 2012)
Die Ärzte and their songs provide examples of:
- All Men Are Perverts: 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."
- An Aesop: Quite a few especially on their recent album "Jazz ist anders" note
- Audience Participation Song: They will turn any song into this.
- Their third album is still banned in Germany, because of the song "Geschwisterliebe", that's about incest.
- Bestiality Is Depraved: Once again played for laughs in "Claudia hat 'nen Schäferhund" ("Claudia has got an Alsatian").
- Blasphemous Boast: "There is only one god: Bela Farin Rod"
- Be Yourself: The message of "Lied vom Scheitern" ("Song about failure").
- Break Up Song : "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
- Brother-Sister Incest: Their song "Geschwisterliebe" (Siblings' Love) is the Trope Namer for the German page.
- The Cameo: 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
- Concept Album: Le Frisur (Le Hairstyle) is all about hair.
- Death Song: "Buddy Hollys Brille" (Buddy Holly's glasses) about, duh, the tragic death of Buddy Holly. Bonus Driven to Suicide as they claim the fact that Buddy Holly will sing in heaven for us is a great reason for suicide. note
- Everything's Deader with Zombies: Farin and especially Bela are quite fond of the horror genre. Cue the "Pro Zombie Song", the "Anti Zombie Song" and "Junge" ("Boy")
- Filk Song: The "Grotesksong", a parody (or is it?) of filk protest songs.
- Freudian Excuse: Subverted in "Schrei nach Liebe" ("Cry for love"), about a 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!
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: How in the name of all Palatinate Saumagen did they get away with a song about how the federal chancellor Helmut Kohl hits his wife?! Germany has laws against libel, too!
- Heävy Mëtal Ümlaut: 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).
- I Am A Humanitarian: The song "Gebt Schweinen eine Chance" (lit. "Give pigs a chance") jokingly advices cannibalism against hunger and for a better world.
- In the Style of...: Something they like to do.
- 'Leichenhalle' spoofs Rammstein.
- 'Vermissen Baby' moves towards Type 0 Negative.
- The Warumska is... 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
- Killed Mid-Sentence: The last verse of 'Fafafa' is ended mid-sentence by the singer being shot
- Ironic Nursery Rhyme: Played for Laughs. Their song "Schlaflied" ("Lullaby") is a lullaby about... stuff that lullabies normally aren't about.
- Jerk Ass: "Scheißtyp" note , "Paul"
- Long Runner: They have been around (with one short break) for now 30 years. They just released the album Auch.
- Monster Mash: 'Monsterparty' has the protagonist attending a party at Dracula's castle where he meets The Invisible Man, King Kong, Frankenstein's Monster, The Wolfman, a skeleton, the Great White Shark, The Mummy and E.T.
- Obligatory Bondage Song:
- Parodied in "Bitte, Bitte" ("Please, Please")
- Likewise in "Sweet Sweet Gwendoline"
- Sampling: The opening riff from "Master Of Puppets" was sampled in 'Fafafa'
- Self-Parody: 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. 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.
- Sequel Song: "Claudia hat nen Schäferhund" (Claudia has a German shepherd) has three, titled "Claudia II", "Claudia III" and "Claudia (Teil 95)" (Claudia (Part 95)). About the topic, have a look at Bestiality Is Depraved above.
- "Monsterparty" mentioned a lot movie monsters
- "Lied vom Scheitern" ("Song about failure") has a video which is very sawesque
- Their MTV-Unplugged-release was recorded in a school and called "Rock'n'roll-Realschule" ("Rock'n'roll-middleschool") as a tribute to Rock'n'roll-highschool
- "Micha" is a song about a lonely cowboy and mentioned Lucky Luke's catchphrase.
- "Schrei nach Liebe" begins with a musical shout-out.
- Take That: "Lied über Zensur" ("Song about censorship"), as well as the video to "Bitte, Bitte"
- Three Chords and the Truth: Often a bit more than three chords, but often true to their punk roots.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: The former bass player Sahnie reportedly considered himself to be The Face Of The Band. The response of Bela and Farin was to kick him out, without any backlash.