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Tocotronic is a German rock band founded in 1993 (see 1993 in music). Similar to Blumfeld or Die Sterne they are considered a part of the Hamburger Schule (School of Hamburg) movement. They are influential for bands such as Wir sind Helden.

Tocotronic got signed to L' Age D' Or, a German independent record label situated in Hamburg, in 1994 after quickly gaining popularity in the local scene. Their early style consists of ironic sloganeering ("I want to be part of a youth movement") and almost diary-like songwriting, paired with a lo-fi rock sound with elements punk rock and grunge. In 1995 they released their debut-album "Digital ist besser" (Digital is better) followed by their second album "Nach der verlorenen Zeit" (After the Lost Time) only a few months later. Their third album, released in 1996, was the first to hit the German charts. The music got more complex over time, their lyrics less direct, resulting in a sound that was compared to that of Pavement on Tocotronic's 1999 album "K.O.O.K". The self-titled "White Album", released in 2002, features dreamlike songs; metaphoric, heavily produced, highly polished, it completes a slow but steady course away from their early works ("eins zu eins ist jetzt vorbei" - "one-to-one is over now").

Despite never being overly commercially successful, Tocotronic have a steady fanbase in Germany and their records are regularly reviewed and acclaimed in mainstream newspapers and music magazines alike.

In July 2007, Tocotronic released their eighth studio album, "Kapitulation". Also, around this time, the band announced the end of their working relationship with long-time label "L'age D'or", and consequently, "Kapitulation" was released by Vertigo Berlin, a sublabel of Universal music. Their ninth studio album, "Schall & Wahn", was released in January 2010 and became their first number-one record. "Wie Wir Leben Wollen", was released on 25th of January 2013 and "Tocotronic" (commonly known as "Das Rote Album", or "The Red Album") was released on the 1st of May 2015, currently the band's most recent album.

The current band members and positions are Jan Müller (bass), Arne Zank (drums), Dirk von Lowtzow (rhythm guitar, vocals), and, since 2004, Rick McPhail (lead guitar, keyboard).

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Top release Digital ist besser

Albums

  1. 5.0
    Digital ist besser
    1995
  2. Nach der verlorenen Zeit
    1995
  3. Wir kommen um uns zu beschweren
    1996
  4. Es ist egal, aber
    1997
  5. K.O.O.K.
    1999
  6. Tocotronic
    2002
  7. Pure Vernunft darf niemals siegen
    2005
  8. Kapitulation
    2007
  9. Schall & Wahn
    2010
  10. Wie wir leben wollen
    2013
  11. Tocotronic (Das rote Album)
    2015

Other releases

  1. Meine Freundin und ihr Freund
    1994
  2. Freiburg
    1995
  3. Ich möchte Teil einer Jugendbewegung sein
    1995
  4. Die Welt kann mich nicht mehr verstehen
    1996
  5. Dieses Jahr
    1997
  6. Sie wollen uns erzählen
    1997
  7. Live in Roskilde
    1998
  8. The Hamburg Years
    1998
  9. Live auf dem Petersberg
    1999
  10. Let There Be Rock
    1999
  11. Jackpot
    1999
  12. Tomorrow Will Be Like Today
    2000
  13. Freiburg V3.0
    2000
  14. KOOK Variationen
    2000
  15. This Boy Is Tocotronic
    2002
  16. Hi Freaks
    2002
  17. 10th Anniversary
    2003
  18. Aber hier leben, nein danke
    2005
  19. Gegen den Strich
    2005
  20. Pure Vernunft darf niemals siegen
    2005
  21. The Best of Tocotronic
    2005
  22. Sag alles ab
    2007
  23. Kapitulation
    2007
  24. Imitationen
    2007
  25. Kapitulation Live
    2008
  26. Mein Ruin
    2008
  27. Macht es nicht selbst
    2010
  28. Macht es nicht selbst / Schall und Wahn
    2010
  29. Live 1993-2012
    2012
  30. Auf dem Pfad der Dämmerung
    2013
  31. Abschaffen
    2013
  32. Ich will für dich nüchtern bleiben
    2013
  33. Nüchtern bleiben / Abschaffen
    2013
  34. >20<
    2013
  35. Remixes
    2014