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Which German bands/singers are known in the US?

My guess would be:




Tokio Hotel


Falco (Austrian, but I'll include him here, cause he'll get mentioned anyway)

Tangerine Dream

Marlene Dietrich

Snap! ("The Power")

Plus, among the hipster crowd: Faust, Can, Neu!, Cluster, Einstuerzende Neubauten, The Notwist

Any others?

(Are Trio with "Da Da Da" still remembered? Nina Hagen?)

by Curious Germanreply 10805/30/2015

Alec Empire

by Curious Germanreply 110/08/2010

Why the question, OP?

by Curious Germanreply 210/08/2010

Rammstein is the only one on your list I've heard of (and Marlene of course).

by Curious Germanreply 310/08/2010

David Hasselhoff

by Curious Germanreply 410/08/2010

Peter Schilling

Udo Juergens

by Curious Germanreply 510/08/2010

No particular reason, r2, I'd just like to know.

by Curious Germanreply 610/08/2010

Really, Udo Juergens, r5? Now that one surprises me. Which songs of him do you know?

by Curious Germanreply 710/08/2010

Along with Snap!, the Real McCoy and La Bouche, back during the eurodance years.

by Curious Germanreply 810/08/2010

Nina Hagen


by Curious Germanreply 910/08/2010

OP: Through a friend from college, I became friends with a group of Germans; one of whom is an amateur DJ. My network of German friends has increased over the years, and while I'm familiar with many bands (old and new), I really like German music from the 70s and 80s--which is kind of weird for a guy in his late 20s. My favorite Udo Juergens song is "Griescher Wein." I also like Klause Lage Band (1000 und 1 Nacht).

by Curious Germanreply 1010/08/2010

Sandra should be, but the American taste in music is very poor.

by Curious Germanreply 1110/08/2010

Sorry, I should have included an example of Snadra's music.

by Curious Germanreply 1210/08/2010

Die Prinzen. I guess they're not well known, but some of my friends like them.

by Curious Germanreply 1310/08/2010

Sandra, that is.

by Curious Germanreply 1410/08/2010

Have heard of Tangerine Dream, though I can't remember from where, and of course Trio and Falco.

Wasn't there a German vocal group that was popular back in the 80s? And no, I don't mean Milli Vanilli. I looked through Wikipedia's list but didn't see anything that looked right. I'm likely misremembering.

by Curious Germanreply 1510/08/2010

80's duo Modern Talking which features German's answer to Simon Cowell called Dieter Bohlen.

Is Milli Vanilli considered German? They were produced by Frank Farian (who also create Boney M.) after all.

Enigma (the guy behind Enigma was also Sandra's husband and producer but I believe they broke up).

by Curious Germanreply 1610/08/2010

No, I just saw Milli Vanilli on the list of German artists, and thought it was funny. I guess they're on there because Farian is German, and he put the group together in Germany.

I looked through my albums. I think I was remembering "Double," who are Swiss rather than German.

by Curious Germanreply 1710/08/2010

Doro, Accept, Helloween, KMFDM, Klaus Nomi, Can, Popol Vuh, Xmal Deutschland, Propaganda, Alphaville, D.E.F., Die Krupps, Peter Maffay, Die Toten Hosen, Camouflage

by Curious Germanreply 1810/08/2010

[quote]Have heard of Tangerine Dream, though I can't remember from where,

They showed up on a lot of 80s soundtracks, [italic]Risky Business[/italic] for one.

by Curious Germanreply 1910/08/2010

What about Mannheim Steamroller?

by Curious Germanreply 2010/08/2010

(keeping it real)

by Curious Germanreply 2110/08/2010

I don't think they're actually German R20.

by Curious Germanreply 2210/08/2010

Do you mean DAF, r18?

Aren't Right Said Fred German?

by Curious Germanreply 2310/08/2010

I did mean DAF, thanks. Right Said Fred are English.

by Curious Germanreply 2410/08/2010

I wish Modern Talking were known in the US. They're my favorite eurodisco band.

by Curious Germanreply 2510/08/2010

Amon Duul II

by Curious Germanreply 2610/08/2010

Hildegard von Bingen

by Curious Germanreply 2710/08/2010


by Curious Germanreply 2810/08/2010

[quote]Klaus Nomi

If I married him I'd be Nomi Nomi.

by Curious Germanreply 2910/09/2010

Does the Austrian group, Edelweiss, fit in this thread?

by Curious Germanreply 3010/09/2010

Oh, Falco's known on DL, all right.

In the Biblical sense.

by Curious Germanreply 3110/09/2010

the punk-new wave generation knows Nina Hagen, Klaus Nomi and Trio. Also remember a bit one hit wonders Falco and that "red ballons/luftballons" song. And the Scorpions.%0D %0D The younger generation knows Rammstein%0D

by Curious Germanreply 3210/09/2010

oh the punk generation would know Kraftwork and Einserbaten N, too. And Marlene Dietrich.%0D

by Curious Germanreply 3310/09/2010

Rammstein turns me on.

by Curious Germanreply 3410/09/2010

Kraftwerk, Nina Hagen and Rammstein are obviously the big 3.

I can't believe nobody mentioned VNV Nation, Covenant or Das Ich ????

by Curious Germanreply 3510/09/2010


by Curious Germanreply 3610/09/2010

Hildegard Knef

by Curious Germanreply 3710/09/2010

The deluxe version of Rammstein's 2009 CD is packaged with lube and six didos. "What's more, the six dildos are shaped to reflect the size of each band member's schlong."%0D %0D Why didn't Maroon 5 think of that?

by Curious Germanreply 3810/09/2010

Peter Maffay was so hot back in the '80s, R18.

by Curious Germanreply 3910/09/2010

I used to love Humpe Humpe.

by Curious Germanreply 4010/09/2010

I used to be a fool for Liquido back in the day.

Can't get the melody out of your head.

And DoubleDecker was great too.

by Curious Germanreply 4110/09/2010

Oh - although not a hit in the US - a very lesbionic video with Nena and Kim Wilde.

Nena looks fucking awesome.

by Curious Germanreply 4210/09/2010

2009 Das Ich Video: Destillat

by Curious Germanreply 4310/09/2010

Nitzer Ebb

by Curious Germanreply 4410/09/2010

Jennifer Rush, who sang the original "Power of Love":

by Curious Germanreply 4510/09/2010

Klaus Voorman

by Curious Germanreply 4610/09/2010

Nobody has mentioned Rosenstolz? Geschwister Phister? Max Raabe?

by Curious Germanreply 4710/09/2010

Johann Gambolputty de von Ausfern -schplenden -schlitter -crasscrenbon -fried -digger -dangle -dungle -burstein -von -knacker -thrasher -apple -banger -horowitz -ticolensic -grander -knotty -spelltinkle -grandlich -grumblemeyer -spelterwasser -k%C3%BCrstlich -himbleeisen -bahnwagen -gutenabend -bitte -eine -n%C3%BCrnburger -bratwustle -gerspurten -mit -zweimache -luber -hundsfut -gumberaber -sh%C3%B6nendanker -kalbsfleisch -mittler -raucher von Hautkopft of Ulm.

by Curious Germanreply 4810/09/2010

Max Raabe & Palast Orchester

by Curious Germanreply 4910/09/2010

Lili Von Shtupp

by Curious Germanreply 5010/09/2010

BlutEngel: EngelBlut

by Curious Germanreply 5110/09/2010

lucky twice

by Curious Germanreply 5210/09/2010

Triumvirat %0D %0D Stormwitch%0D %0D Riot%0D %0D Inga Rumpf

by Curious Germanreply 5310/09/2010

Kraftwerk is easily the most important German music in the last 50 years.

by Curious Germanreply 5405/27/2011

I was surprised how many people in North America I've talked to about music mentioned Propaganda's "A Secret Wish" as one of their favorite 80's albums.

Also, Billie Ray Martin is reasonably well known in the dance music circles.

Tokio Hotel, on the other hand, are probably only known among the people who read Dlisted and are aware of Michael K's slightly bizzare obsession with Billy Kaulitz and his luscious mane.

by Curious Germanreply 5505/27/2011

Does anyone have the link to Rammstein's "Du Hast" video where the lead singer has the fake penis and is pissing on the other dude? youtube has removed it.

by Curious Germanreply 5605/28/2011

Blind Guardian

by Curious Germanreply 5705/28/2011

Rex Gildo!


Dean Reed!

by Curious Germanreply 5805/28/2011

George Kranz' "Din Daa Daa" got a lot of airplay where I live.

I love Nina Hagen. I saw her in Detroit in the mid-Eighties. She's very beautiful and healthy-looking and had the onstage manner of a friendly gym teacher.

How dare you call Falco a one-hit wonder. "Der Kommissar" and "Rock Me Amadeus" were both huge U.S. hits, and he did pretty well in Austria and environs with tunes like "Junge Roehmer," "Jenny," and "Ganz Wien."

I had sex with him last night btw.

by Curious Germanreply 5905/28/2011

Grand Prix winner Nicole "Ein bißchen Frieden" (a bit of peace) and whacky Grand Prix contestants like Stefan Raab (a popular TV host, music producer and singer) and Guildo Horn.

by Curious Germanreply 6005/28/2011

Inga (Humpe) with a Pet Shop Boys cover

by Curious Germanreply 6105/28/2011

An Austrian friend introduced me to the German band Element of Crime. Are they popular in Germany?

by Curious Germanreply 6205/28/2011

Punk group Die Toten Hosen and fun punk group Die Ärzte.

by Curious Germanreply 6305/28/2011

New York City is my favorite place for a honeymoon in a hotel room. I love you very much, this much is true. I have the best time when you are there too.%0D %0D thanks, I'd forgotten her.

by Curious Germanreply 6405/28/2011

La Dusseldorf


(both offshoots of Kraftwerk)

by Curious Germanreply 6505/28/2011

Years ago I confused that 99 balloons person with Nina Hagen and couldn't figure out what the big deal was.

by Curious Germanreply 6605/28/2011


by Curious Germanreply 6705/28/2011

She isn't German but Trijntje Oosterheuis has such a beautiful voice. Just discovered her singing Burt Bacharach songs, an entire concert, no wardrobe changes, no smokes and mirrors, just her, her mic, her orchestra and her back-up singers, just delivering those songs!

by Curious Germanreply 6807/10/2013

Alphaville, Nena, Nina Hagen, Peter Schilling, Robert Goerl....

and by virtue of their creator, Boney M, No Mercy, Real McCoy, Milli Vanilli (all conjured from the evil genius known as Frank Farian, who also unleashed the hideous 'Stairway To Heaven' cover in the '80's).....

by Curious Germanreply 6907/10/2013

Love MIA, especially her re-working of the East German National Anthem !

by Curious Germanreply 7007/10/2013

A friend is into Blind Guardian, but I can't tell how well known it actually is.

by Curious Germanreply 7107/10/2013

That's so weird, r69/OneCharmingBastard. I was just thinking of that "Stairway" cover out of the blue yesterday and looked it up on youtube. Didn't realize it was a Frank Farian production.

by Curious Germanreply 7207/10/2013

Nina Hagen released a gospel record (Personal Jesus) a few years ago which is brilliant.

by Curious Germanreply 7307/11/2013

I'm sorta surprised that NOBODY has mentioned Helloween (They've been around since 1981 and ARE still going strong, although they're biggest eras were probably 1987-1990 than again after some member changes from 1993-2000!), or Gammaray (Started in 1990 and still going strong!), which were BOTH created in Germany by Kai Hansen of Gammaray, Kai is a very under rated guitarist/singer who's written many awesome songs/albums, not to mention he's a really great very down to earth guy to friends, family and fans! Isn't Axel Rudy Pell also German? And nobody said Accept either, they were HUGE in the early to mid 1980's metal scene, c'mon doesn't anyone remember Udo Dirkschnider (Accepts lead singer/growler?) They were REAL German metal! And what about Primal Fear with Matt Sinner formerly of the metal band Sinner? They were also German and Metal and kick-ass good, especially when they had former Gammaray singer Ralph Scheepers in there for a while!!

by Curious Germanreply 7407/11/2013

Are Tokio Hotel big in the States? They've just released a new album and Bill Kaulitz is still looking pretty gay. I thought he would eventually come out when the band went on hiatus. Guess not.

What do you think of this new video?

by Curious Germanreply 7510/21/2014

Bandits - Don't Forget To Catch Me

by Curious Germanreply 7610/21/2014

Wolfsheim--great 'darkwave' synth-pop.

Love this song.

by Curious Germanreply 7710/21/2014


by Curious Germanreply 7810/21/2014

Thank you, R55! I was wondering how long it would be before someone mentioned the Techno Garbo!

by Curious Germanreply 7910/21/2014

Marlene Dietrich

Patrick Linder


Lotte Lehmann

by Curious Germanreply 8010/22/2014

Die Warsaw - Strike to the Body was popular with the industrial crowd

by Curious Germanreply 8110/22/2014

R75, just saw this! I was into TH as a teenager, and I really thought they'd ended for good after that whole DS/DS-German Idol! stint. Good to see they kept making music. They are talented men who started as mere boys in a cutthroat industry. They must have some cajones and versatility if they're still thriving and surviving in the business.

I love this track, I think its dreamy. Way more textured and rhythmically enticing than their entire last album (which was not well received). Tom's chiming, grinding riffs have always slammed, and this one did not get buried by Bill's vocals as it often does. I love that Gustav is on a drum machine, as well--it gives the track a funky, kicky edge so it doesn't spin into orbit. Sexy, sultry track.

I'm even into this VIDEO, and I haven't been excited about their videos since 'Rette Mich'. That dusty, skanky underground LA vibe is so cool, very 90's alternative, but not in an annoying 'soft-grunge' way. It's about that craving for dirty, hot, anonymous sex, that's sort of pure in intention but driven underground. I also like that they make conscious reference to Bill's nameless sexuality--not only is he part of an orgy, he's also interested and full engaged at points, while disdaining and dispassionately observing at others. I couldn't figure out from this video if he's skewing gay, bi, str8 or asexual at this point in his life.

I may get a copy of Kings of Suburbia, which surprises me as I vowed to never listen to nor speak of Tokio Hotel again post 'Automatisch'.

I'd like to know if they ever broke the US. I can tell you that in non-American pop-rock (and to a lesser extent, the emo/scene/visual-kei scenes in Europe and Asia), they were a big, big deal in the 2000's, and by the looks of it, could be again someday...

by Curious Germanreply 8211/26/2014

Zyklon B Good

by Curious Germanreply 8311/26/2014

Peter Fox and Seeed - I'm addicted to them.

by Curious Germanreply 8411/26/2014

Peter Fox - Alles Neu

by Curious Germanreply 8511/26/2014

Peter Fox - Schwarz zu Blau

by Curious Germanreply 8611/26/2014

Peter Fox - Haus am See

by Curious Germanreply 8711/26/2014


They released one album in the late seventies.

Their music is a sort of, ugh, technopop.

by Curious Germanreply 8811/26/2014

Helen Schneider.

by Curious Germanreply 8911/26/2014

I don't know if he's well know, but I LOVE this song by German Peter Fox.

by Curious Germanreply 9011/26/2014

The Wehrmacht Warblers

by Curious Germanreply 9111/26/2014

R90? See R85 - and ja, I love his stuff, too.

by Curious Germanreply 9211/26/2014

Michael Schenker. Scorpions have been mentioned but he was also in UFO, and had his own band MSG (Michael Schenker Group).

He was also instrumental in making that weird covers-band/supergroup Contraband in like 1990, that featured, alongside man himself, the Bizarre-If-Awesome lineup of Share Pedersen (bass, Vixen), Bobby Blotzer (drums, Ratt), Tracii Guns (lead, LA Guns, horribly underrated), and Richard Black (vocals, Shark Island, also horribly underrated).

Shame they did so little original material and writing together, and never clicked properly.

by Curious Germanreply 9311/26/2014

Cascada, Fragma, ATB, Zedd (not sure if DJ's count but if they do then loads more) are well known to anyone into EDM

by Curious Germanreply 9411/26/2014

"Kraftwerk, Nina Hagen and Rammstein are obviously the big 3." Well, dear friends, I'd like to add Scorpions. They are from Schwarmstedt, (which is the smal village where I work), its 70 km north of Hannover in Lower Saxony. I have the honor to know Rudolph Schenker- and that is serious.

by Curious Germanreply 9501/30/2015

My Favorite German acts that are/were known in the U.S. would be Scorpions, Accept, and Rammstein. I'm a big fan of all three.

by Curious Germanreply 9601/30/2015

Elsa Mars

by Curious Germanreply 9701/30/2015

Ute Lemper

by Curious Germanreply 9801/30/2015

I'm not American but Modern Talking?

by Curious Germanreply 9901/30/2015

Nina Hagen's operatic training shines through much of her work. Powerful.

by Curious Germanreply 10001/30/2015

Schiller, in certain circles.

by Curious Germanreply 10101/30/2015

An obsession

by Curious Germanreply 10201/30/2015


by Curious Germanreply 10301/30/2015

Stefan Dettl has , erm ,interesting album cover choices...

by Curious Germanreply 10401/30/2015

Can we have Tom on our team, R75? He's the funny, sharp, rugged twin, and more suspect.

Everyone thinks Bill is gay, on account of the highly feminine and glam persona...but nary a word about Tom. Makeup and high heels have been traditionally 'rock' for aeons, there's nothing that scandalous about Bill's gender appearance. He's talked about how it's just a 'costume' for him at length.

Tom hides his body and face under beards (yes really), dreadlocks, and baggy 'gangsta' clothes, is quieter and more passive than his incredibly loud twin, and brings up female anatomy in conversation to an alarmingly suspicious degree. He also can't keep a girlfriend, seemingly, and writes lyrics that describe sex with men. Hiding in plain sight?

by Curious Germanreply 10505/29/2015

These wouldn't exactly be household names, but those who are/were into their respective musical genres should know them.

Ulrich Schnauss

Chicks on Speed


Mouse on Mars


Bohren & Der Club of Gore


The Notwist


Lots of house/techno/trance/EDM djs: DJ Hell, Sven Vath, Paul van Dyk...seriously too many to mention.

by Curious Germanreply 10605/29/2015

106 comments and nobody has mentioned Silver Convention! They had a US number one single in 1975 with 'Fly, Robin, Fly.'

by Curious Germanreply 10705/30/2015

Faust are hipster???

by Curious Germanreply 10805/30/2015
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