Bruce and Bongo

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Bruce and Bongo were a 1980s Germany-based duo consisting of Bruce Hammond Earlam (born 13 January 1955) and Douglas Wilgrove (born 19 March 1955), both from Britain.[1] The pair are best known internationally for their 1986 hit "Geil", which was an immediate hit in Germany, and spending four weeks at No. 1 there.[2] The German word "geil" is used in this context to mean "cool" or "awesome", but translates literally as "horny".[1] The song charted in several countries around Europe. The song was released alongside their most successful album, The Geil Album. The duo also promoted a second single, "Hi Ho (Whistle While You Work)", at several events in Germany.

Internationally, Bruce and Bongo are considered to be a one-hit wonder.

In 1994, Hammond helped establish a new production company, "How's That" Music, GmbH (Germany), which assisted in the creation of several European hits, including the Mark'Oh project. Hammond has also worked on the albums Beyond the Banana Islands and Magic Tour.



Title Album details
The Geil Album
  • Released: 1986
  • Label: Rush[3]
  • Formats: CD, Cassette, LP


Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"French Foreign Legion" 1986 The Geil Album
"Geil" 1 1 16 4 15 7
"Hi Ho (Heigh Ho - Whistle While You Work)" 29
"The Best Disco (In the World)"[11] 1987 46 Non-album singles
"Holidays Are Here Again"[12]
(with Klaus & Klaus)
"We Ain't Back"[13] 1992
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.


  1. ^ a b "1985: Deutschland ist geil". Stern (magazine). 2005-12-13. Retrieved 2013-05-28. 
  2. ^ " Bruce & Bongo (Geil)". Media Control. Retrieved 2013-05-28. 
  3. ^ " Top 100 Single Official Media Control (07.04.1986)". Media Control (in German). Retrieved 2013-05-29. 
  4. ^ " Media Control: Bruce & Bongo (Singles)". Media Control (in German). Retrieved 2013-05-29. 
  5. ^ "Ultratop Vlaanderen: Bruce & Bongo (Singles)" (in German). at Hung Medien. Retrieved 2013-05-29. 
  6. ^ "Ultratop Vlaanderen: Bruce & Bongo (Singles)". Ultratop (in Dutch). Ultratop. Retrieved 2013-05-29. 
  7. ^ For Italian peaks:
  8. ^ "Media Markt Top 40: Bruce & Bongo (Singles)" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 2013-05-29. 
  9. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  10. ^ "Schweizer Hitparade: Bruce & Bongo (Singles)". Schweizer Hitparade (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2013-05-29. 
  11. ^ "Discogs: "The Best Disco (in the World)"". Discogs. Retrieved 2013-05-29. 
  12. ^ "Discogs: "Holidays Are Here Again"". Discogs. Retrieved 2013-05-29. 
  13. ^ "Discogs: "We Ain't Back"". Discogs. Retrieved 2013-05-29.