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Die Ärzte (lit. The Doctors) 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 beste Band der Welt; "the best band in the world."

For most of their career they have consisted of:

  • Farin Urlaub (Vox, Guitar) [1]
  • Bela B. (Vox, drums)
  • Rodrigo Gonzalez (Vox, Bass)

Formed in 1982, they broke up briefly in 1989, reuniting in 1993. They have released 11 studio albums with a twelfth planned for release in 2012. 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, "The Hairstyle" 1996)
  • 13 (1998)
  • Runter mit den Spendierhosen, Unsichtbarer! ("Enough with the generosity, Mr. Invisible!" 2000)
  • Geräusch ("Noise,"2003)
  • Jazz ist anders ("Jazz is Different," 2007)
  • Auch ("As well," 2012)

Die Ärzte and their songs provide examples of:


  1. His stage name is a pun on the German phrase fahr' in Urlaub, meaning "go on vacation."
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