BIG BALLS & THE GREAT WHITE IDIOT

AKA: BIG BALLS / THE BALLS

Formed: Hamburg, Germany

Big Balls And The Great White Idiot in 1980 Hanging from Apple Tree

One of the first, best known and most notorious German punk bands, these fellows definitely had the spirit, with a singer who impersonated Hitler on stage (sporting a swastika armband and a fake moustache). Their debut is great snotty punk.

After the second LP, Foolish Guys, they moved from a major label to their own, Balls Records. During this period they moved away from a straight punk sound and began putting on plays, including such unlikely adaptations of Medea (by Euripides) and Titus Andronikus. In 1989 they wrote the script for the musical Alec in Wonderland and went into hibernation soon after.

The late 90s' saw the band reform, record the soundtrack for The Big Waltz film, and team up with actor Jan Fedder for new records.

Big Balls 1977

Above: The band in 1977

L-R:
Alfred Grund - Bass + Vocals
Baron Adolf Kaiser - Vocals
Wolfgang Lorenz - Guitar + Vocals
Alti Grund - Guitar + Vocals
Peter Grund - Drums + Vocals

Big Balls And The Great White Idiot in 1980

Above: The band in 1980

L-R:
Peter Grund - Drums and Lead Vocals
Alti Grund - Guitar and Backing Vocals
Alfred Grund - Bass and Lead Vocals

Big Balls 1998

Above: The band in 1998

Note: Thanks to Johannes for providing me with correct band information.

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles / Albums

Big Balls And The Great White Idiot Big Balls And The Great White Idiot - Foolish Guys Big Balls - Art. 1 Die Würde Des Menschen Ist Unantastbar  Big Balls - Creepy Shades The Balls meet Les Fleurs de Mal - Je T'aime
Big Balls And The Great White Idiot
(LP, 1977)
Foolish Guys
(LP, 1978)
Art. 1 Die Würde Des Menschen Ist Unantastbar (LP, as Big Balls, 1980) Creepy Shades (LP, as Big Balls, 1982) Je T'aime (7"/12", as The Balls meet Les Fleurs de Mal, 1986)

Extraneous Releases

Big Balls - Fallen Angels Big Balls And The Great White Idiot - The Balls: 10 Years Balls      
Fallen Angels (7", gig freebie, as Die Balls, 1985) The Balls: 10 Years Balls (LP, 1987)      

Various Artists

Paranoia in der Straßenbahn Germany LP/CD 1990 (Weird System): Raver Treatment

Bloodstains Across Germany LP ???? (no label - bootleg): Kick Her In The Dirt

Links

Official site

 

You can add stuff and make comments/corrections by emailing me at:

jane@punkygibbon.co.uk

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