BAP (German band)

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BAP
BAP Rheinau Freistett 2005-07-02.JPG
BAP concert (2005)
Background information
Origin Cologne, Germany
Genres Rock
Years active 1976–present
Labels EMI, Capitol
Website www.bap.de
Members Wolfgang "Maitre" Niedecken
Werner Kopal
Michael Nass
Past members Hans "Honçe" Heres (1976-1979)
Wolfgang "Gröön" Klever (1976-1979)
Bernd Odenthal (1976-1979)
Klaus "Major" Heuser (1980-1999)
Axel "Effendi" Büchel (1981-1999)
Stephan "Steve Borg" Kriegeskorte (1980-1996)
Manfred "Schmal" Boecker (1976-1996)
Wolfgang "Wolli" Boecker (1976-1982)
Hans "Fonz" Wollrath (1980-1999)
Jan Dix (1982-1986)
Pete King † (1986-1987)
Jürgen Zöller (de) (1987-2014)
Mario Argandoña (1996)
Jens Streifling (de) (1996-2003)
Sheryll Hackett † (1999-2003)
Helmut Krumminga (de) (1999-2014)

BAP Colognian pronunciation: [/bap/] is a German rock group. With ten albums reaching the number one in the German record charts, BAP is one of the most successful rock acts in their home country.

Nearly all of BAP's lyrics are written in Kölsch, the dialect of Cologne, or more precisely in a Kölsch-influenced derivation of Eifelplatt, a regional variant of the Ripuarian language spoken in the nearby rural Eifel. Niedecken's most prominent musical influences, especially early in his career, were Bob Dylan, the Kinks, Bruce Springsteen, the Rolling Stones, and Wolfgang Ambros.

History[edit]

The group was founded in 1976 under the name Wolfgang Niedecken's BAP in Cologne, Germany by Wolfgang Niedecken and Hans Heres. In 1981, they released their most famous song "Verdamp lang her" (English: Damn long time ago), in which Niedecken describes regrets he has about his relationship with his then recently deceased father. The band's name "BAP" derived from "BAPP", both, a play-on-words on the Kölsch word "Papp" (related to the German word dad), but pronounced differently, and Niedecken's then-times nickname.

Niedecken translated a collection of Bob Dylan's lyrics to German for his 1995 solo albu Leopardefell.[1]

Albums[edit]

The "Boss", Wolfgang Niedecken, in 1984
BAP (1980)

Singles[edit]

  • 1980: "Chauvi Rock" [Chauvinist rock] / "Wahnsinn" [Frenzy]
  • 1981: "Jupp" [Joe] / "Frau, ich freu mich" [Woman, I'm glad]
  • 1981: "Verdamp lang her" [Damn long time ago] / "Waschsalon" [Laundromat cafe]
  • 1982: "Kristallnaach" [Kristallnacht] / "Wellenreiter" [Fashion surfer]
  • 1982: "Do kanns zaubre" [You can charm]
  • 1983: "Nemm mich met" [Take me with you] / "Ahn' ner Leitplank" [Alongside a guardrail]
  • 1984: "Drei Wünsch frei" [Three wishes free] / "Sendeschluss" [Sign-off]
  • 1984: "Alexandra, nit nur do" [Alexandra, not only you] / "Zofall un e janz klei bessje Glöck" [By accident with a little bit of luck]
  • 1985: "Bunte Trümmer" [Coloured ruins] / "Lisa"
  • 1986: "Endlich allein" [Alone at last] / "Almanya" [Almanya = Germany in Turkish]
  • 1986: "Time Is Cash, Time Is Money" / "Vun mir uss Kitsch (live)" [Sob stuff, if you want (live)]
  • 1988: "Fortsetzung folgt" [To be continued] / "Sandino"
  • 1988: "Saison der Container" [Container season]
  • 1988: "Dat däät joot" [This felt good] / "Op dä Deckel vum Clown" [Taking it on the clown's credit]
  • 1989: "Shanghai" / "Rääts un links vum Bahndamm" [To the right and left of the railway embankment]
  • 1990: "Alles em Lot" [Everything's alright] / "Domohls" [Back then]
  • 1991: "Vis à Vis" [Face to Face] / "Griefbar noh" [In close reach]
  • 1991: "Sie määt süchtig" [She's addictive] / "Happy End"
  • 1991: "Verdamp lang her (Live)" [Damn long time ago] / "Ne schöne Jrooß (Live)" [Best regards (Live)]
  • 1993: "Widderlich" [Disgusting] / "Blonde Mohikaner" [Blond Mohikans]
  • 1993: "Wie die Sichel vum Mohnd" [Like the moon's crescent]
  • 1993: "Paar Daach fröher" [A few days earlier]
  • 1995: "Ich danz met dir" [I dance with you]
  • 1996: "Lass se doch reden" [Let them talk]
  • 1996: "Nix wie bessher" [Nothing as it was before]
  • 1996: "Weihnachtnaach (feat. Nina Hagen)" [Christmas night] (This is a German-language version of Fairytale of New York by The Pogues)
  • 1998: "Lena"
  • 1999: "Ahnunfürsich" [In and for itself]
  • 1999: "Rita"
  • 1999: "Mayday"
  • 2000: "FC, jeff Jas! (Aufstiegsversion)" [FC, step on it! (Promotion version)]
  • 2001: "Aff un zo" [Every now and then]
  • 2001: "Shoeshine"
  • 2002: "Schluss, aus, okay" [End, over, okay]
  • 2003: "FC, jeff Jas! (Die dritte Version)" [FC, step on it! (the third version)]
  • 2004: "Wann immer du nit wiggerweiss" [Whenever you don't know what to do]
  • 2004: "Für Maria" [For Maria]
  • 2005: "Frau, ich freu mich" [Woman, I'm glad]
  • 2006: "Verdamp lang her (Die verdammt lange Single)" [A damn long time ago (The damn long single)]
  • 2006: "Time Is Cash, Time Is Money (feat. Culcha Candela)"
  • 2008: "Morje fröh doheim" [Home tomorrow morning]
  • 2011: "Halv su wild" [Half as wild]
  • 2012: "All die Augenblicke [feat. Clueso]" [All the moments]

Band members[edit]

Former members[edit]

  • "Afro" Bauermann - percussion (1976–1977)
  • Rainer Gulich - saxophone (1976−1977)
  • Hans Heres - guitar (1976-1980)
  • Klaus Hogrefe - bass (1976–1978)
  • Wolfgang Boecker - drums (1976–1983)
  • Manfred Boecker - percussion (1976–1995)
  • Wolfgang Klever - bass (1978-1980)
  • Bernd Odenthal - keyboards (1978-1980)
  • Fritz Kullmann - saxophone (1980)
  • "Steve Borg" (Stephan Kriegeskorte) - bass (1980–1995)
  • Klaus Heuser - guitar (1980–1999)
  • Hans Wollrath - sounds (1980–1999)
  • Alexander Büchel - keyboards (1981–1999)
  • Jan Dix - drums (1983–1985)
  • Pete King - drums (1986)
  • Jürgen Zöller (de) - drums (1987–2014)
  • Mario Argandoña - percussion (1996-1997)
  • Jens Streifling (de) - saxophone (1996–2002)
  • Sheryl Hackett - percussion (1999–2003)
  • Helmut Krumminga (de) - guitar (1999–2014)

Current members[edit]

(Information valid for 2014)

  • Wolfgang Niedecken - singer (1976–present)
  • Werner Kopal - bass (1996–present)
  • Michael Nass - keyboards (1999–present)

Related projects[edit]

  • 1983 : Book BAP övver BAP [BAP about BAP]
  • 1987 : Album Schlagzeiten [Hit Times] Wolfgang Niedecken solo-album)
  • 1989 : Book BAP övver China (about their Chinese tour)
  • 1992 : Album Arsch huh, Zäng ussenander [Get up and speak out] (distinct bands from Cologne, live concert against racism and neo-fascism)
  • 1995 : Album Leopardefell [Leopard's Skin] Wolfgang Niedecken solo-album with translated Dylan lyrics)
  • 2002 : Film Vill passiert [A lot has happened] (film by Wim Wenders about Bap)
  • 2011 : Book Für 'ne Moment [For a moment] (autobiography by Wolfgang Niedecken & Oliver Kobold)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Duffy, Thom (24 May 1997). "BMG Ariola Documents Dylan's Int'l Presence". Billboard. 

External links[edit]