Zu spät

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"Zu spät (Special Version)"
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Single by Die Ärzte
from the album Debil
Released 1985
Genre Punk rock
Length 3:20/7:05 (Maxi)
Label CBS Schallplatten GmbH
Writer(s) Farin Urlaub
Producer(s) Die Ärzte
Die Ärzte singles chronology
"Zu spät"
Original Ärztesoundtrack zum Film "Richy Guitar"
"Zu spät (Special Maxi)"
"Zu spät (Special Maxi)"

"Zu spät" (German for too late) is a punk song by Die Ärzte. It was the eleventh track and the second single from their 1984 album Debil.

It's a humorous song about jealousy and revenge. The narrator is devastated over his love interest's preference of a wealthier rival and compares their capabilities of entertaining the girl throughout the song, while fantasizing that he will be a star someday and will then reject her, when she'll come crawling back.


1. Seite (1st side)

  1. "Zu spät" (Urlaub) - 3:20

2. Seite (2nd side)

  1. "Mädchen" (Urlaub) - 2:55


Rote Seite (red side)

  1. "Zu spät" (Urlaub) - 7:05

weiße Seite (white side)

  1. "Ärzte-Theme (Instrumental)" (Felsenheimer/Runge/Urlaub) – 2:00
  2. "Mädchen" (Urlaub) - 2:55
"Live - Zu spät..."
Single by Die Ärzte
from the album Live - Nach uns die Sintflut
Released 1988
Genre Punk rock
Length 6:01
Label CBS Schallplatten GmbH
Writer(s) The Brothers, E. Gold, Stock-Aitken-Waterman, Dieter Bohlen, Melloni-Turratti-Ghieregato-Beecher, Prince, Farin Urlaub, K. Franck
Producer(s) Uwe Hoffmann & Die Ärzte
Die Ärzte singles chronology
"Der Ritt auf dem Schmetterling (Instrumental)"
"Live - Zu spät..."
"Teenager Liebe (unecht)/Gute Nacht"

The live medley[edit]

"Live - Zu spät..." (1988) is a single for the medley "Zu spät (Hit Summer Mix '88)" (on the album just "Medley") from their 1988 album Live - Nach uns die Sintflut. The medley is composed of many covers, but most of it is the song "Zu spät", which actually ends the medley too (after "Blueprint").

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Zu spät (Hit Summer Mix '88)"
  2. "Zu spät (Single-Remix '85)" (Urlaub) - 3:20
  3. "Sie tun es" (Urlaub, Felsenheimer) 3:08


  1. "Zu spät (Hit Summer Mix '88)"
    • > "When Will I Be Famous" (The Brothers) - 0:39
    • > "Tell It to My Heart" (Seth Swirsky, Ernie Gold) - 0:17
    • > "Whenever You Need..." (Stock, Aitken and Waterman) - 0:09
    • > "I Should Be So Lucky" (Stock, Aitken and Waterman) - 0:07
    • > "My Bed Is Too Big" (Dieter Bohlen) - 0:10
    • > "Born to Love" (Melloni, Turratti, Chieregato, Beecher) - 0:06
    • > "Kiss" (Prince) - 0:15
    • > "Zu spät" (Farin Urlaub) - 3:55
    • > "Blueprint" (K. Franck) - 0:23
  2. "Zu spät (Single-Version '85)" (Urlaub) - 3:12
  3. "Zu spät (Maxi-Version '85)" (Urlaub) - 6:43
  4. "Sie tun es" (Urlaub, Felsenheimer) 3:05



Year Country Position
1989 Germany 25