Punk rockers Die Ärzte have been known to call themselves the best band in Berlin and the best band in the world. While they might not be as well known internationally as their peers Die Toten Hosen, Die Ärzte have played an important part in the German punk scene. Regardless of whether you’re a fan of punk rock or not, check out Die Ärzte — this month’s music recommendation for German language learners.
About Die Ärzte
Die Ärzte was formed in 1982 by Farin Urlaub, Bela B. and Sahnie. It is with this line-up that they released their first two full-length albums, 1984’s Debil and 1985’s Im Schatten der Ärzte. After releasing two more albums (Die Ärzte and Das ist nicht die ganze Wahrheit…), Farin Urlaub and Bela B. decided to call it a day. However, the split proved to only be temporary.
In 1993, the two reformed the band. They were joined by Rodrigo González on bass. It is with this line-up that the trio have released nine further studio albums. The most recent was Auch in 2012. Since their reformation in the ’90s, the band have seen success in the music charts. Since 1998, they have seen five of their albums go to the top of the German charts. Two of those albums even went double platinum. Suffice it to say Die Ärzte are a beloved German band.
The band aren’t without controversy. Their 1986 self-titled album was put on the German index (more formally known as the German List of Media Harmful to Young People), meaning it can’t be sold to minors. Debil was also indexed, however, the album was subsequently removed from the index in 2004 and the album was rereleased. They’ve also had other work indexed, including tracks from their debut album. The band push the limits with lyrics and images. They’ve hit out against right-wing extremism in “Schrei nach Liebe” but also provoked with lyrics about incest (“Geschwisterliebe”).
As a German language learner do yourself a favor and get to know Die Ärzte. Check out the videos below!
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