Which German bands/singers are known in the US?
My guess would be:
Falco (Austrian, but I'll include him here, cause he'll get mentioned anyway)
Snap! ("The Power")
Plus, among the hipster crowd: Faust, Can, Neu!, Cluster, Einstuerzende Neubauten, The Notwist
(Are Trio with "Da Da Da" still remembered? Nina Hagen?)
|by Curious German||reply 108||05/30/2015|
Rammstein is the only one on your list I've heard of (and Marlene of course).
|by Curious German||reply 3||10/08/2010|
No particular reason, r2, I'd just like to know.
|by Curious German||reply 6||10/08/2010|
Really, Udo Juergens, r5? Now that one surprises me. Which songs of him do you know?
|by Curious German||reply 7||10/08/2010|
Along with Snap!, the Real McCoy and La Bouche, back during the eurodance years.
|by Curious German||reply 8||10/08/2010|
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 German||reply 10||10/08/2010|
Sandra should be, but the American taste in music is very poor.
|by Curious German||reply 11||10/08/2010|
Sorry, I should have included an example of Snadra's music.
|by Curious German||reply 12||10/08/2010|
Die Prinzen. I guess they're not well known, but some of my friends like them.
|by Curious German||reply 13||10/08/2010|
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 German||reply 15||10/08/2010|
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 German||reply 16||10/08/2010|
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 German||reply 17||10/08/2010|
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 German||reply 18||10/08/2010|
[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 German||reply 19||10/08/2010|
What about Mannheim Steamroller?
|by Curious German||reply 20||10/08/2010|
I don't think they're actually German R20.
|by Curious German||reply 22||10/08/2010|
Do you mean DAF, r18?
Aren't Right Said Fred German?
|by Curious German||reply 23||10/08/2010|
I did mean DAF, thanks. Right Said Fred are English.
|by Curious German||reply 24||10/08/2010|
I wish Modern Talking were known in the US. They're my favorite eurodisco band.
|by Curious German||reply 25||10/08/2010|
If I married him I'd be Nomi Nomi.
|by Curious German||reply 29||10/09/2010|
Does the Austrian group, Edelweiss, fit in this thread?
|by Curious German||reply 30||10/09/2010|
Oh, Falco's known on DL, all right.
In the Biblical sense.
|by Curious German||reply 31||10/09/2010|
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 German||reply 32||10/09/2010|
oh the punk generation would know Kraftwork and Einserbaten N, too. And Marlene Dietrich.%0D
|by Curious German||reply 33||10/09/2010|
Kraftwerk, Nina Hagen and Rammstein are obviously the big 3.
I can't believe nobody mentioned VNV Nation, Covenant or Das Ich ????
|by Curious German||reply 35||10/09/2010|
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 German||reply 38||10/09/2010|
Peter Maffay was so hot back in the '80s, R18.
|by Curious German||reply 39||10/09/2010|
I used to love Humpe Humpe.
|by Curious German||reply 40||10/09/2010|
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 German||reply 41||10/09/2010|
Oh - although not a hit in the US - a very lesbionic video with Nena and Kim Wilde.
Nena looks fucking awesome.
|by Curious German||reply 42||10/09/2010|
2009 Das Ich Video: Destillat
|by Curious German||reply 43||10/09/2010|
Jennifer Rush, who sang the original "Power of Love":
|by Curious German||reply 45||10/09/2010|
Nobody has mentioned Rosenstolz? Geschwister Phister? Max Raabe?
|by Curious German||reply 47||10/09/2010|
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|by Curious German||reply 48||10/09/2010|
Max Raabe & Palast Orchester
|by Curious German||reply 49||10/09/2010|
Triumvirat %0D %0D Stormwitch%0D %0D Riot%0D %0D Inga Rumpf
|by Curious German||reply 53||10/09/2010|
Kraftwerk is easily the most important German music in the last 50 years.
|by Curious German||reply 54||05/27/2011|
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 German||reply 55||05/27/2011|
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 German||reply 56||05/28/2011|
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 German||reply 59||05/28/2011|
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 German||reply 60||05/28/2011|
Inga (Humpe) with a Pet Shop Boys cover
|by Curious German||reply 61||05/28/2011|
An Austrian friend introduced me to the German band Element of Crime. Are they popular in Germany?
|by Curious German||reply 62||05/28/2011|
Punk group Die Toten Hosen and fun punk group Die Ärzte.
|by Curious German||reply 63||05/28/2011|
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 German||reply 64||05/28/2011|
(both offshoots of Kraftwerk)
|by Curious German||reply 65||05/28/2011|
Years ago I confused that 99 balloons person with Nina Hagen and couldn't figure out what the big deal was.
|by Curious German||reply 66||05/28/2011|
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 German||reply 68||07/10/2013|
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 German||reply 69||07/10/2013|
Love MIA, especially her re-working of the East German National Anthem !
|by Curious German||reply 70||07/10/2013|
A friend is into Blind Guardian, but I can't tell how well known it actually is.
|by Curious German||reply 71||07/10/2013|
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 German||reply 72||07/10/2013|
Nina Hagen released a gospel record (Personal Jesus) a few years ago which is brilliant.
|by Curious German||reply 73||07/11/2013|
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 German||reply 74||07/11/2013|
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 German||reply 75||10/21/2014|
Bandits - Don't Forget To Catch Me
|by Curious German||reply 76||10/21/2014|
Wolfsheim--great 'darkwave' synth-pop.
Love this song.
|by Curious German||reply 77||10/21/2014|
Thank you, R55! I was wondering how long it would be before someone mentioned the Techno Garbo!
|by Curious German||reply 79||10/21/2014|
Die Warsaw - Strike to the Body was popular with the industrial crowd
|by Curious German||reply 81||10/22/2014|
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 German||reply 82||11/26/2014|
Peter Fox and Seeed - I'm addicted to them.
|by Curious German||reply 84||11/26/2014|
Peter Fox - Schwarz zu Blau
|by Curious German||reply 86||11/26/2014|
They released one album in the late seventies.
Their music is a sort of, ugh, technopop.
|by Curious German||reply 88||11/26/2014|
I don't know if he's well know, but I LOVE this song by German Peter Fox.
|by Curious German||reply 90||11/26/2014|
R90? See R85 - and ja, I love his stuff, too.
|by Curious German||reply 92||11/26/2014|
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 German||reply 93||11/26/2014|
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 German||reply 94||11/26/2014|
"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 German||reply 95||01/30/2015|
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 German||reply 96||01/30/2015|
I'm not American but Modern Talking?
|by Curious German||reply 99||01/30/2015|
Nina Hagen's operatic training shines through much of her work. Powerful.
|by Curious German||reply 100||01/30/2015|
Schiller, in certain circles.
|by Curious German||reply 101||01/30/2015|
Stefan Dettl has , erm ,interesting album cover choices...
|by Curious German||reply 104||01/30/2015|
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 German||reply 105||05/29/2015|
These wouldn't exactly be household names, but those who are/were into their respective musical genres should know them.
Chicks on Speed
Mouse on Mars
Bohren & Der Club of Gore
Lots of house/techno/trance/EDM djs: DJ Hell, Sven Vath, Paul van Dyk...seriously too many to mention.
|by Curious German||reply 106||05/29/2015|
106 comments and nobody has mentioned Silver Convention! They had a US number one single in 1975 with 'Fly, Robin, Fly.'
|by Curious German||reply 107||05/30/2015|