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Wir sind Helden

Wir sind Helden (, German for "We are heroes") was a German Alternative Rock band from Berlin, established in 2000 in Hamburg. The quartet was composed of lead singer Judith Holofernes and musicians Pola Roy, Mark Tavassol, and Jean-Michel Tourette. The group's style has often been considered similar to that of the Neue Deutsche Welle, with songs such as "Denkmal" and "Nur ein Wort" evoking New Order. The group's name is partly inspired by the German version of David Bowie's "Heroes".[1] On April 4, 2012, the band informed its fans that it was going on indefinite hiatus.[2]

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Background

In 2002, Wir sind Helden broke onto the German music scene with their first song "Guten Tag", which reached #53 on the German singles charts and got significant airplay on MTV Europe, even though the band did not have a record deal. The band's debut album Die Reklamation (2003) entered the German album charts at number six and eventually reached number two. Their popularity was significantly increased when Judith Holofernes appeared on television on the Harald Schmidt Show, which led their small club tour to sell out immediately. Their second album Von hier an blind (2005) entered at the top of German and Austrian charts and remained in the top ten for twenty weeks.

Wir sind Helden often supports other bands by giving them the opportunity to open at their concerts. In particular, Astra Kid and the two-man-band Olli Schulz und der Hund Marie had significant exposure during tours with Wir sind Helden.

In late 2006, singer Judith Holofernes and drummer Pola Roy took time off from the band to have a baby. The band returned in 2007 with the album Soundso and a series of concerts across Germany. They have since announced another break following their 2008 tour (with the opening act Tele) and the conclusion of their recording contract with EMI.[3]

Their latest album, Bring mich nach Hause, was released on 27 August 2010. The lead single for the album, Alles was released on 6 August.[4]

On April 4, 2012, the band posted on its weblog that it would take an indefinite hiatus, citing the distance between band members' home cities, the demands of their respective family lives, "signs of wear," and the feeling of an "ever-more-impossible-seeming undertaking" ("so haben wir trotz nu me ro ser ech ter Kin der, drei er Hei mat st d te und di ver ser Ab nut zungs er schei nun gen fest ge hal ten an einem immer un m g li cher wer den den Un ter fan gen").[5]

International activities

Wir sind Helden played at three sold-out concerts in London, United Kingdom in October 2006, November 2006 and September 2007.

In 2007, the iTunes Music Store released the first in a series of "iTunes Foreign Exchange" singles, in which two bands of different nationalities cover one of the other band's songs. The first single features +44 and Wir sind Helden. +44 provided an English language cover of "Guten Tag" while Wir sind Helden did a retro-sounding, German cover of the +44 single "When Your Heart Stops Beating". Also included are the original tracks done by both bands.

Also in 2007, their song "Endlich ein Grund zur Panik" was featured in the soundtrack to the EA Sports video game, FIFA 08, and another song "Guten Tag" was in "FIFA Football 2004".

Discography

Studio albums

Year Album Chart positions Certifications
GER[6] AUT[7] SUI[8] NET[9]
2003 Die Reklamation
  • Released: 7 July 2003
  • Label: EMI
  • Formats: CD
2 3 38 GER: 5 Gold[10] AUT: Platinum[11]
2005 Von Hier An Blind 1 1 5 72 GER: 2 Platinum[10] AUT: 2 Platinum[11]
2007 Soundso 2 2 11 GER: Gold[10] AUT: Gold[11]
2010 Bring mich nach Hause 1 1 13 GER: Gold[10]

Singles

Year Single Album Peak positions
GER AUT SUI NET[12] JAP[13]
2003 "Guten Tag" Die Reklamation 53
"M ssen nur wollen" 57
"Aur lie" 47
2004 "Denkmal" 26 41
2005 "Gekommen um zu bleiben" Von Hier An Blind 24 4 39
"Nur ein Wort" 28 13
"Von hier an blind" 42 57
2006 "Wenn es passiert" 41 34 24
2007 "Endlich ein Grund zur Panik" Soundso 34 32
"Soundso" 62
2008 "Kaputt" 69
"Die Konkurrenz"
"Sa Itte Miyo" Sa Itte Miyo 85
2010 "Alles" Bring mich nach Hause 36
"Bring mich nach Hause" 90
2011 "Alles auf Anfang" 63
"Die Ballade von Wolfgang und Brigitte" 99

Other releases

  • Guten Tag (2002) (5-Track EP independently released, 3000 copies produced)
  • Die Rote Reklamation (Die Reklamation + Bonus DVD) (2004)

Awards

Wir sind Helden in August 2005
Wir sind Helden in August 2005

  • ECHO
    • 2004: "Best National Newcomer", "Best Marketing" (EMI label), "Best New National Talent On Radio", "Best German Video"
    • 2006: "Best National Band"

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