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Rough cut
Stage show by the band
Stage show by the band
General information
Genre (s) Rock , Krautrock , Progressive Rock , German Rock
founding 1970, 2006
resolution 1989
Founding members
Eroc (Joachim H. Ehrig) (until 1983)
Felix (Axel Harlos) (until 1972)
Lupo (Gerd Otto Kühn) (until 1989)
Singing , guitar , and later also saxophone
Willi Wildschwein (Stefan Danielak)
Baer (Bernhard Uhlemann) (until 1972, 1973–1975)
Mercury (Hermann Quetting) (until 1972)
Toni Moff Mollo (Rainer Loskand)
Current occupation
Nuki (Stefan Danielak jr.) (Since 2006)
Vocals, acoustic guitar
Willi Wildschwein (Stefan Danielak)
Admiral Top Sahne (Rolf Möller) (since 1985)
Guitar, background vocals
Manu Kapolke (since 2006)
Bass, vocals
Milla Kapolke (Michael Kapolke) (1979–1989, since 2006)
Song, light
Toni Moff Mollo (Rainer Loskand)
Tatti (Deva Tattva) (since 2006)
Percussion, drums
Demian Hache (since 2006)
former members
Mist ( Volker Kahrs †) (1972–1982)
Popo / Hunter (Wolfgang Jäger †) (1975–1979)
JR (Jürgen Cramer) (1982–1985)
Peter Jureit (1983–1985)
Tarzan (Thomas Waßkönig) (1985–1989)
Commodore Stulle ( Harald Eller ) (1989)
Sugar Zuckermann (Dirk Lindemann) (1989)

Grobschnitt is a German rock band that existed between 1970 and 1989. Since 2006 she has been active again in a new formation.


In 1970 several school bands merged into Grobschnitt in Hagen . It was named after the Elias Grobschnitt chapel , which was formed in the First World War from soldiers with self-made musical instruments .

Many musicians and roadies gave themselves stage names ; the founding members called themselves Eroc (drums), Felix (also drums), Lupo (solo guitar), Wildschwein (rhythm guitar, vocals, saxophone), Baer (bass), Mercury (keyboard instruments), Toni Moff Mollo (lighting system, later also singing).

Music and performances by the band

The band Grobschnitt was considered an innovative group that presented itself with a mixture of theater, optical effects, slapstick and long musical improvisations. The improvisations Solar Music or Powerplay could last over an hour.

The band's lyrics were initially in English, later German-language lyrics were added. In both cases, the band commented on socially controversial topics such as the peace movement , the belief in progress and technology, or the protest against the expansion of atomic energy . An example of this is the text from Father Schmidt's Wandering Day on the album Jumbo . But musical fairy tales such as on the concept album Rockpommel’s Land were also played. The pyrotechnic parts of the stage show were groundbreaking. In 1975 the album Jumbo was released first with English lyrics and then a year later in German.

In 1989 the band broke up after 19 years with their Last Party Tour . In 2006 there was a reunion in which some old members as well as their sons participated. After a test appearance in front of invited fans in May 2007, the first two public appearances took place in Aschaffenburg in October of the same year. Since then the band has performed regularly again.

In 2012 the rock fairy tale Rockpommel's Land was performed in the theater of the city of Hagen with a symphony orchestra on four sold-out evenings.

Band members

Over the years, Grobschnitt's line-up changed frequently:

  • 1970–1972 Eroc (dr), Felix (dr), Lupo (lg), Wildschwein (rg, voc, sax), Baer (b), Mercury (k), Toni Moff Mollo (voc, light)
  • 1972–1974 Eroc (dr), Lupo (lg), Wildschwein (rg, voc, sax), Mist (k), Baer (b), Toni Moff Mollo (voc, light)
  • 1974–1980 Eroc (dr), Lupo (lg), Wildschwein (rg, voc, sax), Mist (k), Popo aka Hunter (b), Toni Moff Mollo (voc, light)
  • 1980–1982 Eroc (dr), Lupo (lg), Wildschwein (rg, voc, sax), Mist (k), Milla Kapolke (b), Toni Moff Mollo (voc, light)
  • 1982–1983 Eroc (dr), Lupo (lg), Wildschwein (rg, voc, sax), Cramer (k), Milla Kapolke (b), Toni Moff Mollo (voc, light)
  • 1983–1984 P. Jureit (dr), Lupo (lg), Wildschwein (rg, voc, sax), J. Cramer (k), Milla Kapolke (b), Toni Moff Mollo (voc, light)
  • 1985 P. Jureit (dr), Lupo (lg), Wildschwein (rg, voc, sax), Tarzan (k), Milla Kapolke (b), Toni Moff Mollo (voc, light)
  • 1985–1988 Admiral Top Sahne (dr), Lupo (lg), Wildschwein (rg, voc, sax), Tarzan (k), Milla Kapolke (b), Toni Moff Mollo (voc, light)
  • 1988–1989 Admiral Top Sahne (dr), Lupo (lg), Wildschwein (rg, voc, sax), Sugar (k), Commodore Stulle (b), Toni Moff Mollo (voc, light)
  • 2007-today Admiral Top Sahne (dr), Stefan Danielak jr. (lg, rg), Wildschwein (rg, voc), Deva Tattva (k), Milla Kapolke (b), Toni Moff Mollo (voc, light), Manu Kapolke (lg, rg), Demian Hache (perc)

Explanation of the abbreviations , also: lg = solo guitar, rg = rhythm guitar.

In addition, the band's roadies also appeared as actors. The best known were McPorneaux , Ballermann , Detlev Rohr , Privy Councilor , El Blindo .

Despite the change of individual members, the solidarity was decisive for the development of the band. Until the end of the group's active time, the founding members Gerd Otto Kühn (Lupo) , Stefan Danielak (Willi Wildschwein) and Rainer Loskand (Toni Moff Mollo) were there. With Joachim H. Ehrig (Eroc) and Volker Kahrs (Mist) two other leading people were at Grobschnitt for more than ten years.

Rough cut in the media

The media coverage was relatively low in the beginning. There were various reasons for this: On the one hand, the media at the time, such as radio and television, could not do anything concrete with the group's unusual live concept. Furthermore, there were misunderstandings with the moderators of live appearances on the radio, who could not incorporate the musical concept of Grobschnitt into their programs. The situation then changed from the beginning of the 1980s. Popular music-themed TV magazines such as Rockpalast , Aspects, Musikladen and others approached the group. The band also had some appearances on the radio, for example at WDR between 1975 and 1980 in the radio library . During these performances, the band had their say for over an hour up to twice a year and played acoustic parts of their own live show from the band's typical mix of music, fun and comedy. In 2009, Grobschnitt surprisingly came 32nd in the WDR 200 campaign and was therefore more successful than many bands that are played significantly more often on WDR 2 . Grobschnitt took first place in the 1982 annual evaluation of the hit rally with the title "We want to live" . In March 2011 Grobschnitt took first place in the readers poll of the music magazine " Eclipsed " in the categories "best band 2010" and "best live gig 2010" as well as 6th place in the category "best album 2010"

Further aspects of the history of rough cut

One of the musical heads of the band was Joachim H. Ehrig , nicknamed Eroc. Parallel to his work as a drummer, singer and electronic tinkerer at Grobschnitt, he brought out several solo albums. On the LP Eroc 3 (1979) you can find the track Wolkenreise , which developed into a hit and is still played on the radio today. Eroc left the band in 1983 to devote himself exclusively to his solo productions; so he played "The Return of Onkel Boskopp" together with Hans Reichel . Today he runs a studio near Hagen for the restoration and digitization of analog recorded music tracks. After Grobschnitt broke up in 1989, Eroc is the editor responsible for the band's other productions from their active days.


Chart positions
Explanation of the data
  DE 25th 05/22/2015 (1 week)
Solar Movie - Rockpalast & Berlin 1978
  DE 80 12/09/2016 (1 week)


  • 1972: rough cut
  • 1974: Ballermann
  • 1975: Jumbo (English)
  • 1976: Jumbo (German)
  • 1977: Rockpommel's Land
  • 1978: Solar Music - Live
  • 1979: Merry-Go-Round
  • 1980: Volle Molle - Live
  • 1981: Illegal
  • 1982: raid
  • 1984: children and fools
  • 1985: Sun Dance - Live
  • 1987: Fantast
  • 1990: Last Party - Live
  • 1994: The rough cut story 1
  • 1998: The rough cut story 2
  • 2001: The rough cut Story 3 "The History of Solar Music" Vol. 1
  • 2002: The rough cut Story 3 "The History of Solar Music" Vol. 2
  • 2002: The rough cut Story 3 "The History of Solar Music" Vol. 3
  • 2003: The rough cut Story 3 "The History of Solar Music" Vol. 4
  • 2003: The rough cut Story 4 "Illegal Tour 1981 Complete"
  • 2004: The rough cut Story 3 "The History of Solar Music" Vol. 5
  • 2004: The rough cut story 5
  • 2006: The rough cut story 6 "Rockpommel's Land And Elsewhere ..."
  • 2006: The International Story
  • 2008: rough cut 2008 live
  • 2009: Another Journey (Maxi-CD)
  • 2010: The rough cut story 0
  • 2010: Grobschnitt Live 2010
  • 2010: 2008-Live-2010 (merging of CDs 2008 live and RPL Live 2010 + single "Another journey")
  • 2013: Symphony ~ live 2012 ~ (Maxi-CD)
  • 2015: 79:10
  • 2016: Solar Movie - Rockpalast & Berlin 1978


  1. Michael Haifl: GROBSCHNITT - HISTORY. In: June 17, 2015, accessed on July 27, 2020 (German).
  2. Rough cut in the German charts

Web links

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