"Die Ärzte" (also spelled "die ärzte"; German for "the physicians") are a German rock/punk rock band from Berlin. They call themselves "die beste Band der Welt" ("the best band in the world") as tribute to the band Kiss who call themselves "the hottest band in the world". Along with Düsseldorf outfit Die Toten Hosen, Die Ärzte are among the best-known German punk rock bands.
The band consists of guitarist Farin Urlaub, drummer Bela B. and bass player Rodrigo Gonzalez. All of them write and sing. However Farin writes most, followed by Bela and Rod. Some songs are collaborations between two or all three.
Die Ärzte were formed in 1982 by Jan Vetter (alias Farin Urlaub, a pun on the expression "Fahr in Urlaub", meaning "Go on holiday"), Dirk Felsenheimer (alias Bela B.) and bassist Hans Runge (alias Sahnie). Bela and Farin had previously played together in a band "Soilent Grün"; after that band broke up they decided to form a band playing fun songs, in contrast to the mostly political bands of the punk scene at that time. While deriving from that punk scene, their early music was heavily influenced by pop and rock'n'roll, especially The Beatles, whom Farin heard ...
|years active||1982–1988, 1993–present|
|music genre||Rock and roll|
|current members|| Farin Urlaub|
|past members|| Hans Runge (Sahnie)|
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