Wir sind Helden

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Wir sind Helden
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Wir sind Helden, left to right:
Mark Tavassol, Jean-Michel Tourette, Pola Roy, and Judith Holofernes.
Background information
Origin Berlin, Germany
Genres Pop
Pop rock
Alternative rock
Years active 2000–2012
Labels EMI
Website Official site
Members Judith Holofernes
Pola Roy
Mark Tavassol
Jean-Michel Tourette

Wir sind Helden (German pronunciation: [viːɐ̯ zɪnd̥ ˈhɛldn̩], German for "We are heroes") was a German pop 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]

Background[edit]

In 2002, Wir sind Helden broke onto the German music scene with their first song "Guten Tag", which reached No. 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.[citation needed]

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 nu­me­ro­ser ech­ter Kin­der, drei­er Hei­mat­städ­te und di­ver­ser Ab­nut­zungs­er­schei­nun­gen fest­ge­hal­ten an einem immer un­mög­li­cher wer­den­den Un­ter­fan­gen").[2]

International activities[edit]

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 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[edit]

Wir sind Helden discography
Releases
Studio albums 4
Compilation albums 2
Singles 13
Music videos 12

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Chart positions Certifications
GER[5] AUT[6] SUI[7] NET[8]
2003 Die Reklamation
  • Released: 7 July 2003
  • Label: EMI
  • Formats: CD
2 3 38 GER: 5× Gold[9]

AUT: Platinum[10]

2005 Von hier an blind 1 1 5 72 GER: 2× Platinum[9]

AUT: 2× Platinum[10]

2007 Soundso 2 2 11 GER: Gold[9]

AUT: Gold[10]

2010 Bring mich nach Hause 1 1 13 GER: Gold[9]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Album Peak positions
GER AUT SUI NET[11] JAP[12]
2003 "Guten Tag" Die Reklamation 53
"Müssen nur wollen" 57
"Aurélie" 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[edit]

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

Awards[edit]

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"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nadine Emmerich: "Bandnamen". Die Rheinpfalz 48/2006, November 2006, Seite "Rock & Pop"
  2. ^ a b Wir sind Helden website, "Was heißt das, 'Wir sind erst mal raus?,' April 4, 2012.
  3. ^ 20 February 2008 issue of "WELT Online"
  4. ^ Wirsindhelden.de
  5. ^ German Charts
  6. ^ Austrian Charts
  7. ^ Swiss Charts
  8. ^ Dutch Charts
  9. ^ a b c d "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Wir sind Helden)" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 2010-08-29. 
  10. ^ a b c "Gold&Platin". International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (in German). Retrieved 2010-08-31. 
  11. ^ Wenn Es Passiert in Charts
  12. ^ Sa Itte Miyo in Charts

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