Bernd Begemann

Bernd Begemann (born 1962) is a contemporary German alt/pop singer-songwriter linked to the Hamburger Schule.

Bernd Begemann
Bernd Begemann Live am Teich 1.jpg
Bernd Begemann, 2010
Background information
Born1962 (age 57–58)
Braunschweig, Germany
Years active1980s–present
LabelsGrand Hotel van Cleef
Associated actsDie Antwort, Die Befreiung
WebsiteBernd-Begemann.de
Bernd Begemann (far right) and band Die Befreiung, Oct. 2007
Bernd Begemann (second from left) and band Die Befreiung, 2005

BiographyEdit

Begemann's biological parents were a man from Turkey and a woman from Germany, although Begemann admits he does not know. In 1963, he was adopted by Margot and Bernhard Begemann at the age of six months. By the end of the 1970s, in his hometown of Bad Salzuflen (Germany) he had become a 15-year-oldmath? punk. His first band, founded in 1979, was a punk rock band with the "real rebel name", "Vatikan". The members of this band were Bernd Begemann, Frank Jacobs (later in the band "Out of Order" and "Time Twisters") and Martin Stammeier (later, the drummer of many heavy metal bands[citation needed]).

From the middle to the end of the 1980s he was part of the Pop-music label "Fast Weltweit" (almost worldwide). It was found by Michael Girke, Achim Knorr, Andreas Henning, Frank Spilker (Die Sterne) and Frank Werner. They released singles and cassette tape samplers, such as Jochen Distelmeyer's (later in the band Blumfeld) "Bienenjäger" with Thomas Wenzel (now in Die Goldenen Zitronen and Die Sterne) and the very first Die Sterne single. Even with his connection to "Fast Weltweit", Bernd never released any records with them.

When he was 20, Begemann moved to Hamburg to later create the band known as Die Antwort[1] (engl.: The Answer). With Die Antwort, Begemann would finally be able to do the music he's always desired. This made the "Hamburg-Ostwestfalen-Verbindung" (the Hamburg-East-Westphalian Connection).

1988 was the year that it finally happened: Die Antwort released its first CD. Produced for 150,000 german marks (by RCA), the (untitled) CD flopped because, according to some people, the band's "image was too hard for their soft sound". Eventually, Die Antwort broke up as a band.

With respect to his musical attitude, Begemann said: "I only make music because nobody can speak for me. I'm the only one who can. That's why being punk doesn't just mean drinking cheap beer and puking on the sidewalk." [1]

DiscographyEdit

Bernd Begemann and Die BefreiungEdit

Albums

  • Unsere Liebe ist ein Aufstand (2004)
  • Glanz (2008)
  • Ich erkläre diese Krise für beendet (2009)

Singles

  • Ich habe nichts erreicht außer dir (2004)

Bernd Begemann and Dirk DarmstaedterEdit

Albums

  • This Road Doesn't Lead to My House Anymore (2003)
  • So geht das jede Nacht (2010)

Bernd BegemannEdit

Albums

  • Rezession, Baby! (1993)
  • Solange die Rasenmäher singen (1994)
  • Sexy Sadie (1996)
  • Jetzt bist du in Talkshows (1996)
  • Sag Hallo zur Hölle (2000)
  • Live (2001)
  • Endlich (2003)
  • Ich werde sie finden (2006)
  • Ich erkläre diese Krise für beendet (2009)
  • Wilde Brombeeren (2011)
  • Eine kurze Liste mit Forderungen (2015)

Singles

  • Rezession, Baby! (1993, vinyl only)
  • Viel zu glücklich (um es lange zu bleiben) (1994)
  • Zweimal zweite Wahl (1996)
  • Bis Du den richtigen triffst – nimm mich (2003)

Die AntwortEdit

Albums

  • Die Antwort (1987)
  • # 1 (1991)
  • Hier (1992)
  • Eine einfache Lösung (1997)
  • Die Antwort (1998)

Singles

  • Unten wann wann (1987)
  • Sie haben alles verkauft (1990)
  • Morgen tut es Dir leid (1990)
  • Meine Jahre mit Elisabeth Taylor (1990)
  • Oh ja / Oh Nein (1992)
  • Was macht Miss Juni im Dezember (1992)
  • Ich habe mich rasiert (1998)
  • Ein Abschied zuviel (1998)

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Leggett, Steve. "Biography: Bernd Begemann". Allmusic. Retrieved 26 April 2010.
  1. ^ BB: "Ich mache nur Musik, weil niemand für mich sprechen kann. Das kann nur ich selbst tun! Punk heißt nämlich gar nicht Dosenbier trinken und in die Fußgängerzone kotzen." (PlayGirl 2/97)

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