Blumfeld (ˈbluːmfɛlt) was an indie-pop band from Hamburg
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, Germany, formed by singer and songwriter Jochen Distelmeyer. The name of the band was coined by the main character of the short story "Blumfeld, ein älterer Junggeselle"
Blumfeld, an Elderly Bachelor
Blumfeld, an Elderly Bachelor is an incomplete story by Franz Kafka. Probably written in the beginning of 1915, it first appeared in Beschreibung eines Kampfes . It relates part of the life of Blumfeld, an elderly bachelor, who upon arriving home finds two balls bouncing off the ground of their...

 by Franz Kafka
Franz Kafka
Franz Kafka was a culturally influential German-language author of short stories and novels. Contemporary critics and academics, including Vladimir Nabokov, regard Kafka as one of the best writers of the 20th century...

. Blumfeld are counted among the most significant representatives of the Hamburger Schule
Hamburger Schule
The Hamburger Schule is a musical current in Germany during the 1980s and early 1990s. With some active bands and artists it is still present. It is encompassing elements from punk, grunge and experimental pop, and featuring intelligent lyrics...

 (School of Hamburg) and are considered to be one of the most successful combos of the German indie scene.

Blumfeld's music is characterized by a distinctive dispute of human life in the context of modern consumer society. Fears, depressions, uncertainty, lack of orientation and love as main motive are the most important items, which are made a subject of discussion. The mainly melancholic music is seen as having a pessimistic tone.

On January 22 of 2007, the band announced their split-up on their homepage. A fare-well tour was held in April 2007.

Blumfeld members

  • Jochen Distelmeyer - vocals, guitar (1990–2007)
  • André Rattay - drums, vibraphone (1990–2007)
  • Lars Precht - bass guitar (2005–2007)
  • Vredeber Albrecht - keyboard (2003–2007)

Former members

  • Eike Bohlken - bass guitar (1990–1996)
  • Peter Thiessen - bass guitar (1996–2002)
  • Michael Mühlhaus - keyboard, vibraphone, synthesizer, bass guitar (1998–2005)


  • "Ich-Maschine" (Ego-Machine) (1992)
  • "L'Etat Et Moi
    L'Etat Et Moi
    L'Etat Et Moi is Blumfeld's second album, released in 1994 .The cover is a parody of Elvis Presley's 1959 album 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong.-Track listing:...

    " (The State and Me) (1994)
  • "Old Nobody" (1999)
  • "Testament der Angst" (Testament of Fear) (2001)
  • "Jenseits von Jedem" (Beyond Everyone) (2003)
  • "Verbotene Früchte" (Forbidden Fruits) (2006)


  • "Ghettowelt" (Ghetto World) (1991)
  • "Zeitlupe" (Slow Motion) (1992)
  • "Traum:2" (Dream:2) (1992)
  • "Draußen auf Kaution" (Out On Bail) (1994)
  • "Verstärker" (Amplifier) (1995)
  • "Tausend Tränen tief" (Thousand Tears Deep) (1999)
  • "Status: Quo Vadis" (1999)
  • "Graue Wolken" (Grey Clouds) (2001)
  • "Die Diktatur der Angepassten" (The Dictatorship Of The Conformists) (2001)
  • "Wellen der Liebe" (Waves Of Love) (2001)
  • "Wir sind frei" (We Are Free) (2003)
  • "Neuer Morgen" (New Morning) (2003)
  • "Tics" (2006)

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