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The German pop, a cappella singing group known as the Wise Guys began as an amateur school band at the Hildegard-von-Bingen-Gymnasium (secondary school) in Cologne. Out of that, the professional recording group was established in 1994/1995. Although some of the group once sang barbershop quartet, even winning contests in that genre, it is not a part of the group's repertoire today. Currently there are five Wise Guys: Daniel Dickopf, Edzard Hüneke, Marc Sahr, Ferenc Husta and Nils Olfert.
The Wise Guys perform at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany on June 5, 2010.
PHOTO: Michael Koschinski (Wikipedia Creative Commons)
The first Wise Guys album ("Dut-Dut-Duah!") was released in 1994, but the group didn't gain true Germany-wide recognition until the release of the song (and video) "Jetzt ist Sommer" ("Now it's summer") and the album "Ganz weit vorne" ("Way out in front") in 2001. Their 2008 album "frei!" ("free!" - with 21 tracks) went gold in Germany and reached the number two position on the German charts. Most of the group's songs are sung without instrumental accompaniment, although they have recorded and performed some songs with the Bremen Philharmonic Orchestra ("Paris") and other groups. Their latest album, "Klassenfahrt" ("Class trip"), also reached second position on the German pop charts in 2010.
Although the Wise Guys' first albums featured songs in English, today the group sings mostly in German, and is thus best known in the German-speaking countries of Austria, Germany and Switzerland. They have also performed small concerts in the US and Canada, as guests of the Goethe Institute, a German cultural organization. The Wise Guys' annual open-air concert at the Tanzbrunnen in Cologne has drawn as many as 13,300 fans.
See the links below for more about the Wise Guys and their music.
Wise Guys: “Meine Deutschlehrerin”
From the "frei!" album. Song lyrics in German and English - with video.
Wise Guys: “Schiller”
A spoof of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" from the "frei!" album. Song lyrics in German and English - with video.
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