Don't Give Me Names

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Don't Give Me Names
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Studio album by
Released2 May 2000
at Vox-Klangstudio, Bendestorf, Germany, Horus-Sound-Studio in Hannover, Germany and Galaxy Studios in Mol, Belgium
GenreFunk metal, nu metal, post-grunge, alternative metal, alternative rock
Length45:03 (standard edition)
57:21 (digipak version)
LabelBMG/GUN/Supersonic Records
ProducerWolfgang Stach, Fabio Trentini, Guano Apes
Guano Apes chronology
Proud Like a God
Don't Give Me Names
Walking on a Thin Line
Singles from Don't Give Me Names
  1. "Big in Japan"
    Released: April 12, 2000
  2. "No Speech"
    Released: July 24, 2000
  3. "Living in a Lie"
    Released: October 10, 2000
  4. "Dödel Up"
    Released: January 29, 2001
Professional ratings
Review scores
Rock Hard (de)9/10[1]

Don't Give Me Names is the second album by the German band Guano Apes, released in 2000. It includes the hit single "Big in Japan" (a cover of the Alphaville song), which peaked at #9 on the German charts and remains one of Guano Apes' most popular songs.

The album was certified gold in Germany[2] and in Switzerland.[3]


After the success of their debut album Proud Like a God, the members of Guano Apes felt pressed to come up with a new album that could hold its own against its predecessor, and spent a lot of time on writing and demoing new songs. According to Dennis Poschwatta in the documentary Planet of the Apes, “the way we worked […] was not tot let anybody trick us. The album had to be awesome. It had to be out of sight.”

Recording for Don’t Give Me Names began in October 1999 and was done at three different studios: Horus Studio in Hannover, Vox Klangstudio in Bendestorf, and Galaxy Studios in Mol, Belgium. Wanting to achieve maximum result, the band tried to handle as much tasks as possible themselves, with the working process soon becoming chaotic, costly and time-consuming. Henning Rümenapp related how, eventually, producers Fabio Trentini and Wolfgang Stach were instrumental in “[getting] us all into the groove, bringing four oddballs together and focusing our ideas.”

A number of songs featured on Don't Give Me Names, including “Innocent Greed”, “I Want It” and “Dödel Up”, had already been performed live by the band by the time they were recorded, with a few of them dating back to the period before the release of Proud Like a God.[4][5] "Big in Japan", the first single, was initially recorded for a compilation album called Pop 2000, released to celebrate 50 years of German pop and rock music. The band originally intended to include “Don't You Turn Your Back on Me” (released as a standalone single in March 1999) on the album as well, but eventually decided against it due to the song's low chart ratings and overall fan feedback.

Four tracks from Don’t Give Me Names were released as singles: “Big in Japan”, ”No Speech", "Living in a Lie" and "Dödel Up".

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Guano Apes, except "Big in Japan", written by Marian Gold, Bernhard Lloyd and Frank Mertens

1."Innocent Greed"3:52
2."No Speech"3:30
3."Big in Japan"" (Alphaville cover)2:49
4."Money & Milk"2:39
5."Living in a Lie"4:33
6."Dödel Up"3:38
7."I Want It"3:19
9."Mine All Mine"3:49
10."Too Close to Leave"3:33
12."Anne Claire"5:42


  • Sandra Nasić – vocals
  • Henning Rümenapp – guitars
  • Stefan Ude – bass
  • Dennis Poschwatta – drums, vocals

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Marc Steylaerts - violin
  • Veronique Gilis - violin
  • Marc Tooten - viola
  • Hans Vandaele - cello
  • Alberto Manzanedo Alvarez - flamenco guitar, palmas (on "Mine All Mine")
  • Michael Wolpers - percussion
  • Dra Diarra - percussion (on "Dodel Up")
  • Dirk Riegner - samples, programming
  • Christian Wolff - string arrangements
  • Markus Stollenwerk - string conductor

Other staff[edit]

  • Gert Jacobs – Engineer, Mixing, Mixing Assistant
  • Bob Ludwig – Mastering
  • Clemens Matznick – Engineer
  • Friedel Muders – Artwork, Mastering, Design Coordinator
  • Ronald Prent – Mixing
  • Dirk Riegner – Programming, Sampling
  • Dirk Schelpmeier – Photography
  • Wolfgang Stach – Producer, Engineer
  • Fabio Trentini – Producer


  1. ^
  2. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Guano Apes; 'Don't Give Me Names')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 2009-08-23.
  3. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Guano Apes; 'Don't Give Me Names')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2009-08-23.
  4. ^ "Guano Apes - Live at Rockpalast 1997". YouTube. 2015-03-27. Retrieved 2018-05-24.
  5. ^ "Guano Apes @ Bizarre Festival 1998". YouTube. 2012-06-29. Retrieved 2018-05-24.

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