OOMPH!

Profile:
German Neue Deutsche Härte/Alternative rock group founded in Wolfsburg in 1989.
Members:
Dero Goi: vocals, drums
Andreas Crap: guitar, keyboards
Robert Flux: guitar, sampling
Hailed as pioneers of the German "tanz metal" (dance metal) scene and heavily influencing late-'90s acts like Rammstein, Oomph! were arguably one of the most controversial, influential, and popular German goth-industrial bands to emerge in the early '90s. In spite of their importance to the German industrial scene, however, Oomph! didn't break into the mainstream until the early 2000s. Frontman Dero Goi and guitarist Andreas Crap were born in Wolfsburg, Lower Saxony. The two grew up in the same tenement housing unit, and started playing music together when they were in grade school. Dero and Crap were playing in a new wave band by the time they met Robert Flux at a music festival in 1989. The three hit it off, and Oomph! were born. The band traveled to Spain that year and recorded a 500-copy demo. They managed to obtain a contract with Machinery once they returned to Germany; their first single on that label, a KMFDM-esque track called "Ich Bin Du," was released in 1991, and the following year found Oomph! with their self-titled debut. Oomph! had yet to develop their guitar-driven metal sound -- they were more or less considered part of the electro scene -- but things changed on the band's next release, 1994's Sperm. It was aggressive, it was metal, and it was highly controversial; the video for the first single, "Sex," was banned from MTV Germany due to its graphic content. Oomph!'s third album, Defekt, was released the following year, and the band embarked on an exhaustive touring schedule. Two new members, Leo and Tobi, were added to round out the band's live sound, and a new music video, "Ice Coffin," made the rounds on MTV Germany. Oomph!'s profile had heightened to the point that they were offered a spot on Virgin Schallplatten's roster, but Dynamica (a subsidiary of Machinery) refused to let them go until they'd completed their fourth album. Grudgingly, the band fulfilled its contract with Wunschkind in 1996. Oomph! signed with Virgin the following year, and their fifth album, 1998's Unrein, peaked in the Top 50 on the German charts. The band's second Virgin release, Plastik, hit stores the following year. One of the album's singles, "Das Weisse Licht," peaked at number 46 on the German charts, and the video for this song, which depicted Dero tearing open his abdomen, was banned from MTV Germany due to its graphic nature. The album also featured Evanescence-style appearances by Nina Hagen. The band's final album on Virgin, Ego, was released in 2001. Critics gave the album lukewarm reviews, but Ego did well nonetheless, peaking in the German Top 20 and earning the band a tour with HIM. It wasn't good enough for Virgin, though, and they opted to drop Oomph! once their contract expired. Undaunted, Oomph! went on to play Ozzfest the following year and continued to write new material. Gun/Supersonic signed Oomph! in late 2003, and the band's first single from 2004's Wahrheit Oder Pflicht, "Augen Auf!," hit stores and MTV Germany a few months later. It was a huge success, earning Oomph! their first number one hit and launching the band into the mainstream. "Augen Auf" was the number one song on the German charts for eight weeks, and its first printing nearly sold out within the first 12 hours of its release. The track eventually went on to be included on the FIFA 2005 soundtrack. Oomph!'s winning streak continued with their ninth studio release, 2006's GlaubeLiebeTod (FaithLoveDeath), which peaked in the German Top Ten. The first single from that album, "Gott Ist ein Popstar" (God is a Popstar), sparked considerable controversy when it was released; the band's performance at the ECHO Awards was canceled due to the questionable nature of the song, and many radio stations throughout Germany boycotted the track. A couple best-of comps emerged in the wake of Oomph!'s mainstream success. Virgin Schallplatten released Best of Virgin Years: 1998-2001 in 2006. Oomph! urged their fans to refrain from purchasing that disc in lieu of Gun's "official" best-of, Delikatessen, which went on to be released in December of that year. Their 2008 album, Monster!, featured the single "Labyrinth," while 2009 found them releasing the non-album single "Sandmann," although a new edition of Monster! was issued that same year with the track included. They moved to the Sony BMG label for their 2012 album, Des Wahnsinns Fette Beute, and its lead single, "Zwei Schritte Vor."
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Albums

MA 8-1 OOMPH! - OOMPH! album art OOMPH! OOMPH! (Album) Machinery Records MA 8-1 Germany 1992 Sell This Version
DY 6-2 OOMPH! - Sperm album art OOMPH! Sperm (Album) Dynamica DY 6-2 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
DY 15-2 OOMPH! - Defekt album art OOMPH! Defekt (Album) Dynamica DY 15-2 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
DY 21-2 OOMPH! - Wunschkind album art OOMPH! Wunschkind (Album) Dynamica DY 21-2 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
VGP 000191 OOMPH! - Unrein album art OOMPH! Unrein (Album) Virgin VGP 000191 Europe 1998 Sell This Version
8480902, 7243 8 48090 2 7, 7243 848090 2 7 OOMPH! - Plastik album art OOMPH! Plastik (Album) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin 8480902, 7243 8 48090 2 7, 7243 848090 2 7 Europe 1999 Sell This Version
8106374 OOMPH! - Ego album art OOMPH! Ego (Album) Virgin, Virgin 8106374 Russia 2001 Sell This Version
82876620652 OOMPH! - Wahrheit Oder Pflicht album art OOMPH! Wahrheit Oder Pflicht (Album) Supersonic Records (2), GUN, BMG 82876620652 Germany 2004 Sell This Version
82876 83534 2 OOMPH! - GlaubeLiebeTod album art OOMPH! GlaubeLiebeTod (Album) GUN, GUN 82876 83534 2 Russia 2006 Sell This Version
88697 39980 2 OOMPH! - Monster album art OOMPH! Monster (Album) GUN 88697 39980 2 Russia 2008 Sell This Version
88697662002 OOMPH! - Truth Or Dare album art OOMPH! Truth Or Dare (Album) Contra Promotion, Columbia, Dragnet Records, Sony Music 88697662002 Russia 2010 Sell This Version
8 86976 36612, 88697636612 OOMPH! - Des Wahnsinns Fette Beute album art OOMPH! Des Wahnsinns Fette Beute (Album) Columbia 8 86976 36612, 88697636612 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
none OOMPH! - XXV album art OOMPH! XXV (Album) Airforce1 Records none Europe 2015 Sell This Version
NPR 809 DB OOMPH! - Ritual album art OOMPH! Ritual (Album) Napalm Records NPR 809 DB Europe 2019 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

MA 8-6 OOMPH! - Ich Bin Du album art OOMPH! Ich Bin Du (Maxi) Machinery Records MA 8-6 Germany 1991 Sell This Version
MA 15-6 OOMPH! - Der Neue Gott album art OOMPH! Der Neue Gott (Maxi) Machinery Records MA 15-6 Germany 1992 Sell This Version
MA 31-6 OOMPH! - Breathtaker album art OOMPH! Breathtaker (Maxi) Machinery Records MA 31-6 Germany 1993 Sell This Version
DY 08-8 OOMPH! - Sex album art OOMPH! Sex (Maxi, Single) Dynamica DY 08-8 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
DY 13-3, DY 0013-3 OOMPH! - 3 + 1 album art OOMPH! 3 + 1 (Maxi) Dynamica, Dynamica DY 13-3, DY 0013-3 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
DY 15-3 OOMPH! - Ice-Coffin album art OOMPH! Ice-Coffin(CD, Maxi) Dynamica DY 15-3 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
7243 8 94825 2 2 OOMPH! - Gekreuzigt album art OOMPH! Gekreuzigt (Maxi) Virgin 7243 8 94825 2 2 Germany 1998 Sell This Version
7243 8 95090 2 1, 7243 8950902 1 OOMPH! - Unsere Rettung album art OOMPH! Unsere Rettung(CD, Maxi) Virgin, Virgin 7243 8 95090 2 1, 7243 8950902 1 Germany 1998 Sell This Version
7243 896169 2 7, 8961692, 724389616927 OOMPH! - Das Weisse Licht album art OOMPH! Das Weisse Licht (Maxi) Virgin, Virgin 7243 896169 2 7, 8961692, 724389616927 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
7243 8 96424 2 1, 8964242 OOMPH! - Fieber album art OOMPH! featuring Nina Hagen OOMPH! featuring Nina Hagen - Fieber(CD, Maxi) Virgin, Virgin 7243 8 96424 2 1, 8964242 Europe 1999 Sell This Version
7243 897883 03, 8978830 OOMPH! - Niemand album art OOMPH! Niemand (Maxi, Single) Virgin, Virgin 7243 897883 03, 8978830 Germany 2001 Sell This Version