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Hamburg, Germany (1987 – 2008)

“Wolfsheim” (pronounced [ˈvɔlfshaɪm]) is a German band from Hamburg. Their musical style takes cues from the New Romantics, New Wave and Synthpop; the lyrics tend to be melancholic, but at the same time modernist. They were inspired by the name of a fictional character from Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.

The band was founded in 1987 by Markus Reinhardt and Pompejo Ricciardi. Reinhardt’s brother Oliver Reinhardt joined the band sometime afterward. After producing a demo tape, co-founder Ricciardi left the band and was replaced by Peter Heppner. Heppner had known the band from mutual friends and from growing up in the same neighborhood in Hamburg. Oliver Reinhardt departed the band, leaving the current lineup as Peter Heppner (vocals) and Markus Reinhardt (electronics).

After producing two new demo tapes, Wolfsheim applied at various labels, until they caught the attention of Strange Ways Records, which has since published all their records.

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In 1991, the single “The Sparrows and the Nightingales” was released, followed by the single “It’s Not Too Late (Don’t Sorrow)” and their first album “No Happy View” in 1992. While No Happy View was recorded in two weeks, the sophomore “Popkiller” (1993) was given more time to be produced. This allowed Wolfsheim to incorporate more classical elements.

In 1995, Wolfsheim released a compilation, “55578”, which stayed on the German Media Control Charts for five weeks. Its name is the postal code for Wolfsheim, Germany.

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