1985 first tour abroad led them to Italy with Hamburg's Torpedo
Moskau. A couple of other 7"-es followed before in early
1986 their no-more-available-debut-album "Letzte Bestellung"
(Last Call) was issued on Hardway Records, CA, supporting their first
US-tour from coast to coast, playing with bands such as Circle Jerks,
Zero Boys, Rhythm Pigs, Goo Goo Dolls and Bad Brains. In Germany shows
followed with D.O.A., Abwärts, Toxoplasma, The Toten Hosen and even
1987 brought the so-called "Red Album" before this early
line-up reached its peak with
1990's CD/LP "Einmal rund um die Sonne" (One Time around
the Sun is a german saying for life-penalty). Two video-productions and
a couple of TV-appearances, more shows in Spain, Italy, Scandinavia, England
and Holland, a showcase as the first german band on the WDR-Rock-Night
with Stiff Little Fingers, tours with The Toy Dolls, Depraved, Rubbermaids,
Dimple Minds and another US-tour followed. Shows with Greg Sage, T.S.O.L.,
Bad Religion, Bollock Brothers, EA 80 and Rausch before the band split
in early 1991.
After a 12"-single in 1992, going along with the 1995-album "Restmuell" and a
video-clip Hannes lined up another European-tour together with Toxic Reasons
through seven countries.
1997-album "KRAUT GRINGO BLITZKRIEG" includes 14 tracks
recorded with our friends in Indianapolis, J.J. (drums), Tufty (bass)
and Bruce (guitar) from "T.R.", Mark Cutzinger (drums) and Vezz
(guitar) from the Zero Boys and Big Danny Thompson (guitar), ex-Sloppy
Seconds. Before this line-up went on tour in Germany with the Vibrators
a spontaneous quicky MCD/7" called "DIE LADY DI" was released
together with studio-mate Roman Schoensee (The Bloodline, ex-"Pyogenesis")
who is kind of a K.G.B.-member in the background. The same year ten of
Hannes' song-lyrics are published by Karin Fischer in a poetry anthology.
1999 the side project "Die Drei Röhren" (DDR) comes
out with a cover-album: 14 early German New Wave songs interpreted by
K.G.B.. Totally Eighties, anyone remembers "99 Red Balloons"
or "Ja Ja Ja"? The title is an allusion to The 3 Tenors, and
the other two vocalists are Pedder from Daily Terror (Braunschweig) and
Tek from The Herbärds (Stuttgart) doing the Lemmy-thing.
The new Millenium saw a totally renewed K.G.B. rising from the perils
of rock ´n roll decadence.
2005 CD+DVD / LP "Fiesta Fiasko". 25 years
K.G.B.'s headquarter and practice-room still is in a former police-station
in South-Germany's Tuebingen, squatted once in 1978 A.D.. More than 20
people still live there on 4 floors and over the 20 years numerous bands
had a place to stay there on their way through. Kind of independant against
the tides. They never disavowed punk but never let themselves reduce to
it. Political cynicism as well as loads of fun and pure filthy Rawk `n
Roll is it, they say
Check also About the band... by Middle Class Pig Recs. Erik