The BossHoss

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This article is about a German rock band. For the motorcycle company, see Boss Hoss.
The BossHoss
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The Boss Hoss in concert in Germany on 31 October 2013
Background information
Origin Berlin, Germany
Genres Country rock, punk rock
Years active 2004–present
Website http://www.thebosshoss.com/
Members Alec "Boss Burns" Völkel, Sascha "Hoss Power" Vollmer, Ansgar "Sir Frank Doe" Freyberg, André Neumann, Tobias "Ernesto Escobar de Tijuana" Fischer
Past members Michael Frick, Mathias "Hank Doodle" Fauvet, Dean "Russ T. Nail" Micetech

The BossHoss is a band from Berlin which started in 2004 with Country & Western style cover versions of famous pop, rock and hip hop songs, for example "Hot in Herre" by Nelly, "Toxic" by Britney Spears and "Hey Ya!" by Outkast. They incorporate stereotypical American cowboy behavior into their act; they wear Stetson hats, tank tops and large sunglasses, display whiskey bottles, and yell "yeehaw". The band refers to their music style as "Country Trash Punk Rock."[citation needed]

Band members[edit]

  • Boss Burns (Alec Völkel) does vocals and plays the washboard
  • Hoss Power (Sascha Vollmer) does vocals, plays acoustic guitar and e-guitar
  • Sir Frank Doe (Ansgar Freyberg) plays drums
  • Hank Williamson (Malcolm Arison / previously Hank Doodle, Mathias Fauvet) plays mandoline, washboard, stylophone and harp
  • Guss Brooks (André Neumann) plays acoustic bass and e-bass
  • Russ T. Rocket (Stefan Buehler / previously Russ T. Nail, Dean Micetech) plays electric guitar
  • Ernesto Escobar de Tijuana (Tobias Fischer) does percussion, plays keytar and melodica

Band history[edit]

The Boss Hoss in concert in Germany on 16 June 2007

The band was formed in 2004 in Berlin by Alec "Boss“ Völkel, Sascha "Hoss“ Vollmer and Michel Frick[1][2] and named after the eponymous song by The Sonics. They were featured in the trendsetting music show Tracks (on the French/German TV channel ARTE) and played live during the Kiel Week. In late 2004 they signed a record deal with Universal Music Domestic Division.

In 2005 they released their debut album "Internashville Urban Hymns" and a promotional contract with the ice cream producer Langnese, for which they covered "Like Ice in the Sunshine", the theme song from a Langnese's TV spot. The band played about 180 concerts that year. In 2005 they adapted "Ca plane pour moi" from the Belgian artist Plastic Bertrand.

In 2006 BossHoss provided the soundtrack for the football movie "FC Venus".[3] Release of the first single "I Say A Little Prayer" on April 28 and the second album "Rodeo Radio" on May 19. Half of that second album were their own songs, the other half cover versions. After they had released that second album, their first album rose into the charts again, sold 100,000 copies by the end of May 2006, and became a gold record in Germany. BossHoss played a lot of concerts[quantify] in Germany and at summer festivals all over Europe.[dubious ]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Peak positions[4] Release date and sales
DE AT CH
2005 Internashville Urban Hymns 11
(29 We.)
Released: 6 June 2005
Sales: + 200,000
2006 Rodeo Radio 6
(32 We.)
40
(5 We.)
83
(2 We.)
Released: 2 June 2006
Sales: + 200,000
2007 Stallion Battalion 8
(43 We.)
56
(5 We.)
Released: 9. November 2007
Sales: + 100,000
2009 Do or Die 4
(16 We.)
38
(6 We.)
32
(10 We.)
Released: 3 July 2009
Sales: + 100.000
2010 Low Voltage 7
(5 We.)
49
(1 We.)
64
(1 We.)
Released: 30 April 2010
2011 Liberty of Action 4
(… We.)
3
(55 We.)
26
(… We.)
Released: 9 December 2011
Sales: + 200.000
2013 Flames of Fame 2
(… We.)
5
(… We.)
8
(… We.)
Released: 11 October 2013
Others
  • Stallion Battalion live from Cologne (Released March 7, 2008) (Double-CD plus DVD)

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak positions[4] Release dates
DE AT CH
2005 Hey Ya!
Internashville Urban Hymns
41
(9 We.)
Released: 9 May 2005
Hot in Herre / Like Ice in the Sunshine
Internashville Urban Hymns
83
(3 We.)
Released: 25 July 2005
2006 I Say a Little Prayer
Rodeo Radio / Low Voltage
66
(9 We.)
Released: 12 May 2006
Ring Ring Ring
Rodeo Radio
99
(2 We.)
Released: 1 September 2006
Rodeo Radio
Rodeo Radio / Low Voltage
93
(2 We.)
Released: 29 December 2006
2007 Everything Counts / Truck ’n’ Roll Rules
Stallion Battalion
67
(4 We.)
Released: 15 June 2007
2009 Last Day (Do or Die) 78
(1 We.)
Released: 19 June 2009
2011 Heroes/Helden
Die Highlights
28
(9 We.)
50
(3 We.)
Released: 24 November 2011
(with Nena, Xavier Naidoo and Rea Garvey)
Don't Gimme That
Liberty of Action
8
(54 We.)
(40 We.) 49
(8 We.)
Released: 25 November 2011
Sales: + 150,000
L.O.V.E.
Liberty of Action
74
(… We.)
Released: 20 December 2011
(feat. Nena)
2011 My Country
Rammstein
- - - Released: 11 November 2011
2012 Live It Up
Liberty of Action
98
(1 We.)
52
(1 We.)
Released: 8 August 2012
2013 Do It
Flames of Fame
31
(… We.)
40
(… We.)
36
(… We.)
Released: 16 September 2013
Notes

DVDs[edit]

  • Internashville Urban Hymns, die DVDs (2005) (Available only in Germany)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oliver Wagner: "Micha Frick - Das wahre Leben", Dynamits! Magazin The World Of Rock´n´Roll Nr. 1/2011
  2. ^ Christiane Schliekmann: "Der richtige Klang-Der Braunschweiger Michael Frick fertigt Kontrabässe für Musiker aus aller Welt" "Norddeutsches Handwerk Niedersachsen" 31.03. 2011
  3. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0487027/
  4. ^ a b Chartquellen: DeutschlandÖsterreichSchweiz

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