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Oomph! is an Industrial Metal band (even though their first album, Oomph!, was an EBM album) founded in 1989 in Wolfsburg, Germany, consisting of Dero Goi (vocals/drums), Andreas Crap (lead guitar) and Robert Flux (rhythm guitar/bass). Their second album, Sperm, released in 1994, is widely considered the Ur-Example of Neue Deutsche Härte, a German subgenre of Industrial Metal with influences from EBM, featuring such bands as Unheilig, Eisbrecher, Megaherz, ASP and a certain little band that you may have heard of going by the name of Rammstein.


Even though they were very influential, they didn't make their big mainstream breakthrough in Germany until 2004, when "Augen auf!", the first single from their album Wahrheit oder Pflicht, was #1 on the German singles chart for 8 consecutive weeks.

The sound of their music has varied a lot over the years — just compare "Wunschkind" (Wunschkind, 1996) with "Kleinstadtboy" (Des Wahnnsinns fette Beute, 2012).

Discography as of 2012:

  • Oomph! (1992)
  • Sperm (1994)
  • Defekt (Malfunction) (1995)
  • Wunschkind (Wishchild) (1996)
  • Unrein (Unclean) (1998)
  • Plastik (1999)
  • Ego (2001)
  • Wahrheit oder Pflicht (Truth or Dare) (2004)
  • GlaubeLiebeTod (FaithLoveDeath) (2006)
  • Monster (2008)
  • Des Wahnsinns fette Beute (The Madness of Fat Prey) (2012)


This band provides examples of:

  • Armoured Closet Gay: Three protagonists of "Kleinstadtboy".
  • Artifact of Attraction: "Mein Schatz" is about the attractive power of The One Ring, told from Gollum's perspective.
  • Crapsaccharine World: The village in the music video for "Das weisse Licht".
  • Concept Album: Wunschkind is based around the theme of child abuse.
  • Creepy Child: The music video for "Augen auf!" is full of them.
  • Down the Rabbit Hole: The music video for "Labyrinth" is based on Alice in Wonderland, so naturally.
  • Gorn: The music videos for "Beim ersten Mal tut's immer weh" and "Auf Kurs".
  • Hot Teacher: Marta Jandova's character in the music video for "Träumst du".
  • Intercourse with You: "GIB MIR SEX!"
  • Lead Drummer: Dero Goi.
  • Mood Whiplash: "Seemannsrose", a bawdy accordion-filled folk music parody, is immediately followed by a doleful song about grieving for a suicide victim.
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  • Narrative Poem: "Eine Frau spricht im Schlaf" has one of these as lyrics, the text being a well-known work by a German poet Erich Kästner.
  • New Sound Album: Sperm, Plastik and Des Wahnnsinns fette Beute.
  • Religion Rant Song:
    • "Gott ist ein Popstar" is type 2 by comparing God to a popstar, who merely provides the masses with something to obsess over without giving any actual relief from worldly problems.
    • "Menschsein" is another type 2, stating that humans only use religion as an excuse to destroy each other.
  • Robot Me: Dero in "Das weisse Licht".
  • The Sandman: "Sandmann" is a song of the German group which is about the poverty and the bad situation of children. The chorus invokes The Sandman to put to sleep and end his suffering.
    Sandman, Sandman! Please put out the light, The truth is a big scam, So let me dream tonight.
  • Self-Abuse: Hilariously spoofed in "Deine Eltern".
  • Self-Demonstrating Song: The song "Defekt" (meaning "defective" or "faulty") ends with a loop which sounds like a phonograph glitch.
  • Spoof Aesop: "Deine Eltern" starts out like a song about parents always knowing better, but the advice they give their child turns out to be "don't touch yourself or you'll go blind", even though they have bad eyesight themselves.
  • Teacher/Student Romance / Too Kinky to Torture: The music video for "Träumst du" features male students misbehaving so that they can get caned by their teacher.
  • The Ludovico Technique: Happens to Dero in the "Auf Kurs" music video.
  • We All Die Someday: "Geborn zu sterben" (Born to Die) is about life's fleetingness.