Birth Control (band)

Birth Control (band)

Birth Control is a German Krautrock band known for their progressive hard-rock sound and provocative album covers.

Birth Control formed in the middle of 1968 in Berlin from two other bands, the Earls and the Gents. The initial members were: Bernd Koschmidder (bass), Reinhold Sobotta (organ), Rolf Gurra (saxophone and vocals), Fritz Groeger (vocals), Klaus Orso (guitar), Reiner Borchert (guitar), and Hugo Egon Balder (percussion).

The name of the band was a response to Pope Paul VI's declaration that contraceptives were sinful.

Their 9'47" lasting single "Gamma Ray" (1975) is still an international discotheque hit.

After a series of disappointing albums in the early 1980s, the group disbanded, but reunited in 1993 with new members. The band continues to tour in Germany and release new albums periodically.


*"Birth Control" (1970)
*"Operation" (1971)
*"Believe in the Pill (Best of…)" (1972)
*"Hoodoo Man" (1972)
*"Knock Knock. Who’s There" (1973)
*"Rebirth" (1973)
*"Goldrock" (1973)
*"Live" (1974)
*"Plastic People" (1975)
*"Backdoor Possibilities" (1976)
*"Live" (1977)
*"The Best Of" (1977)
*"Increase" (1977)
*"The Best Of (Vol. 2)" (1978)
*"Titanic" (1978)
*"Rock on Brain" (1978)
*"Live 79" (1979)
*"Count on Dracula" (1980)
*"Deal Done at Night" (1981)
*"Bäng" (1982)
*"Gamma Ray (Special Mix)" (1989)
*"The Very Best Of" (1990)
*"Condomium" (1994)
*"Two Worlds" (1995)
*"Jungle Life" (1996)
*"Definitive Collection" (1996)
*"Getting There" (1998)
*"Crazy Nights (Studio Session)" (1998)
*"Live Abortion" (2000)
*"Live in Lachendorf" (2000)
*"Alsatian" (2003)
*"Live in Fulda" (2004)
*"35th Anniversary - Live At Rockpalast" (2005)

External links

* [ Birth Control official website]

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