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Donots at a concert in June 2008
Background information
Origin Ibbenbüren, Germany
Genres Pop punk
Hardcore punk
Pop rock
Years active 1993–present
Labels Solitary Man Records
Lockjaw Records
Chorus of one Records
Website Official website
Members Ingo Knollmann
Guido Knollman
Jan Dirk Poggemann
Alex Siedenbiedel
Eike Herwig

The Donots are a rock band from Germany, formed in 1993 in Ibbenbüren.

Band history[edit]

The Donots were founded in 1993 by Ingo, Guido, Jan-Dirk, Stone, and Jens Trippner. The name stands for the philosophy of the band to do nothing, which was linked with a wink. On 16 April 1994 the Donots celebrated their stage debut in the Scheune (German word for barn) in their hometown Ibbenbueren. In their early years they played a lot of concerts together with bands like Blink-182, Propagandhi, No Fun at All and No Use for a Name.

The Donots released their second album Tonight's Karaoke Contest Winners in spring of 1998. At the same time they played on their first tour with Samiam and ErrorType:11. In 1999 their third album Better Days Not Included was released through the major label Supersonic Records (Sony BMG).

The breakthrough in Germany was in 2001 with the album Pocketrock, mainly through the single release "Whatever Happened to the 80s". In fall 2001 they were on tour with the American band 'Midtown' which led through Germany, Austria and Switzerland. A year later Pocketrock was released all over Europe via the record label Burning Heart Records.

The Donots released their fourth album Amplify the Good Times on June 17, 2002. End of 2002 the Donots were on European tour with the Swedish band Millencolin and on their own Amplify The Good tour through Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain and France. In 2003, the album Amplify the Good Times became a huge success in Japan, which included their first Japan tour. Together with the band Anti-Flag they recorded the protest song "You've Been to Our Shows, You've Sung Our Songs, Now Go to a Fucking Protest!" against the Iraq War. It was released for free via the internet. In August 2004, as the first European band, Donots contributed the song "Time's Up" to the compilation Rock Against Bush Vol 2, which was released through Fat Wreck Chords.

Ingo Knollmann at Southside Festival 2014

Also in 2004, their song "We Got The Noise" was featured in the soundtrack for MVP Baseball 2005. And their song "Saccharine Smile" was featured in the soundtrack for Burnout 3: Takedown.

On November 14, 2006 the best of compilation album The Story So Far – Ibbtown Chronicles was released, which includes all singles, B-sides and two new songs called "Duck and Cover" and "Play Dead". This publication sealed their termination at GUN Records, from which the band separated for personal reasons. "Over time we fought each other more and more, rather than looking for solutions together. We simply did not understand each other anymore. The last record was actually just damage control. Even during promotional activities, we were absolutely not on the same wavelength. Especially with video clips, selection of singles and the entire image of the band, "says Guido, guitarist of the Donots. In 2007 they played at the 25th Rheinkultur (a German open-air music festival), which was their biggest concert with over 200,000 visitors.

On March 28, 2008, they released the album Coma Chameleon through their own record label Solitary Man Records. The single "Stop the Clocks" was nominated for an important German music award called '1 Live Krone'. On September 22, 2009, the EP To Hell with Love was released in the UK.

"Calling", the first single from the eighth studio album The Long Way Home was digitally released on March 12, 2010. The album was released as a limited edition and as a normal version through Solitary Man Records on March 26, 2010, in Germany. On May 28, 2010, they released the second single "Forever Ends Today". In May, June and July the Donots were invited by Green Day to play with them on all German dates of the Green Day Tour 2010. A special edition of The Long Way Home including songs from the album Coma Chameleon was released on September 21, 2010, in UK through the label Lockjaw Records and then in the US on November 23, 2010 through the label OK!Good Records.

Band members[edit]


The official discography consists of nine studio albums, two compilation albums, thirteen singles and nineteen music videos.

Donots discography
Studio albums 9
Compilation albums 2
Singles 13
Music videos 19


Year Album details Chart peaks Certifications
(sales thresholds)
1996 Pedigree Punk
  • Released: 1994
  • Label: n/a
  • Format: CD
1998 Tonight's Karaoke Contest Winners
  • Released: 1998
  • Label: Headshock
  • Format: CD
1999 Better Days Not Included
2001 Pocketrock
  • Released: January 8, 2001
  • Label: GUN Records / Burning Heart
  • Format: CD, digital download
2002 Amplify the Good Times 18 45 51
2004 Got the Noise 17 39 42
2008 Coma Chameleon 41 135
2010 The Long Way Home 24
2012 Wake The Dogs 6 32
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album details Chart peaks
2006 The Story So Far: Ibbtown Chronicles 276
2009 To Hell with Love
  • Released: September 14, 2009 (only UK)
  • Label: Solitary Man Records
  • Format: CD, digital download
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

Split albums[edit]

Year Album details
  • Released: 2001
  • Label: Bushido Records

Exclusive compilation tracks[edit]

Year Track Album details
2001 "Ausgebombt" Aggropop Now!
  • Released: April 4, 2003
  • Label: Destiny Records
2004 "Time's Up" Rock Against Bush, Vol. 2
  • Released: August 9, 2004
  • Label: Fat Wreck Chords
2004 "Ich töte meinen Nachbarn und verprügel seine Leiche" Kunst! 20 Jahre die Kassierer
  • Released: November 15, 2005
  • Label: Teenage Rebel


Year Title Album chart peaks
1999 "Outshine the World"
  • Released: March 1, 1999
Better Days Not Included
2000 "Whatever Happened to the 80's"
  • Released: September 25, 2000
Pocketrock 67
2001 "Superhero"
  • Released: 2001
  • Released: 2001
"Room with a View"
  • Released: September 17, 2001
Pocketrock 93
2002 "Saccharine Smile"
  • Released: May 21, 2002
Amplify the Good Times 77
"Big Mouth"
  • Released: July 15, 2002
Amplify the Good Times
"We're Not Gonna Take It"
  • Released: September 30, 2002
Amplify the Good Times 33
2004 "We Got the Noise"
  • Released: June 1, 2004
Got the Noise 33
"Good-Bye Routine"
  • Released: September 13, 2004
Got the Noise 92
2008 "Stop the Clocks"
  • Released: June 13, 2008
Coma Chameleon 50
2010 "Calling"
  • Released: March 12, 2010
The Long Way Home 75
"Forever Ends Today"
  • Released: May 28, 2010
The Long Way Home


Year Album details Certifications
(sales thresholds)
2005 Ten Years of Noise
  • Released: January 31, 2005
  • Label: Gun Records / Sony BMG
2009 To Hell with Live
  • Released: December 18, 2009
  • Label: Solitary Man Records

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Director Song from Video appears on
1999 "Outshine the World" Better Days Not Included Ten Years of Noise
2000 "Whatever Happened to the 80s" Pocketrock
2001 "Superhero"
"Room with a View (Give Me Shelter...)"
2002 "Saccharine Smile" Amplify the Good Times
"Big Mouth"
"We're Not Gonna Take It"
2004 "We Got the Noise" Got the Noise
"Good-Bye Routine"
2008 "Pick Up the Pieces" Coma Chameleon
"Break My Stride" Magnus Härdner To Hell with Love
"Stop the Clocks"
"The Right Kind of Wrong"
"New Hope for the Dead"
2010 "Calling" Magnus Härdner The Long Way Home
"Forever Ends Today" Johannes Timpernagel, Robert Pohle
"Dead Man Walking" Magnus Härdner
"Let It Go"


  1. ^ a b "Chartverfolgung / Donots / Longplay". Retrieved 2010-06-12. 
  2. ^ a b "Discographie Donots". Austriancharts. Retrieved 2010-06-12. 
  3. ^ a b "Oricon Profile - Donots". Oricon. Retrieved 2010-06-12. 
  4. ^ "Chart Stats". Archived from the original on 2013-01-19. Retrieved 2010-06-12. 
  5. ^ Media Control Charts Stand 22. November 2009.

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