Bruce & Bongo

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Bruce & Bongo was a popular '80s Germany-based pop duo best known in Europe for the hit single "Geil." The duo consisted of musician/singer Bruce Hammond Earlam and musician/singer Douglas "Bongo" Wilgrove, both from Britain. [1]

While the act is considered to be a German-based act, Earlam and Wilgrove are in fact from the United Kingdom. The "Geil" single spent four weeks at No. 1 Germany in 1986.[2] It also became a hit in Austria, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland and the Netherlands in the '80s. The song was released alongside their most successful album, The Geil Album. In the context of the song, the German word "geil" is used to mean "cool" or "awesome", but it also means "horny".[1] The duo also promoted a second single, "Hi Ho (Whistle While You Work)", at several events in Germany.

In 1994, Hammond helped establish a new production company, "How's That" Music, 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. 13 December 2005. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Offizielle Deutsche Charts: Bruce & Bongo (Geil)". GfK Entertainment Charts. Offizielle Deutsche Charts. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  3. ^ " Top 100 Single Official Media Control (07.04.1986)". Media Control (in German). Retrieved 29 May 2013.
  4. ^ " Media Control: Bruce & Bongo (Singles)". GfK Entertainment charts (in German). Retrieved 4 August 2019.
  5. ^ "Ultratop Vlaanderen: Bruce & Bongo (Singles)" (in German). at Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 May 2013.
  6. ^ "Ultratop Vlaanderen: Bruce & Bongo (Singles)" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Retrieved 29 May 2013.
  7. ^ For Italian peaks:
  8. ^ "Media Markt Top 40: Bruce & Bongo (Singles)" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 29 May 2013.
  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 29 May 2013.
  11. ^ "Discogs: "The Best Disco (in the World)"". discogs. Retrieved 29 May 2013.
  12. ^ "Discogs: "Holidays Are Here Again"". discogs. Retrieved 29 May 2013.
  13. ^ "Discogs: "We Ain't Back"". discogs. Retrieved 29 May 2013.