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The band Klee from Cologne on August 28, 2010 in Brighton (Festival At the Edge of the Sea)
The band Klee from Cologne on August 28, 2010 in Brighton (Festival At the Edge of the Sea )
General information
origin Cologne , Germany
Genre (s) pop
founding 1996 as Ralley
2002 as Klee
Founding members
Suzie Kerstgens
Piano , keyboard , vocals
Sten Servaes
Tom Deininger (until 2010)
Michael Zscharnack (until 1999)
Current occupation
Suzie Kerstgens
Piano, keyboard, vocals
Sten Servaes
Live members
Stefan "Pele" Götzer
Daniel blades
Andreas "Pese" Puscher
Boris Rogowski

Klee is a German-speaking pop band from Cologne .



Band rally

In March 1997 Suzie Kerstgens (vocals), Tom Deininger (guitar), Sten Servaes (drums) and Michael Zscharnack (bass) released their first album Ralley under the band name Ralley. The second album 1,2,3,4 followed in the spring of 1999 . A short time later, on the way back from a video shoot on a wet highway in Belgium, a car accident occurred in which the occupants, with the exception of Suzie Kerstgens, were seriously injured. It took three years to recover and to resume the band work.

Ribbon clover

In the course of the new beginning in 2002, the band renamed itself to Klee .

According to Suzie Kerstgens, the naming was inspired by the works of Paul Klee , but it also refers to the clover leaf as a symbol of luck. With the renaming, there was also a change in style from guitar pop to electro pop . Since the album Jelängerjelieber and especially in the live performances, where the band is reinforced by guitar, bass and drums, elements of rock have also come to the fore, whereas the following albums also have references to chanson .


In 2002, the song Remember you from the first Klee album Invincible was released. With 94th place he stayed in the top 100 for a week . In October 2004 the second album Jelängerjelieber was released . With the first single, 2 questions , Klee made it into the rotations of TV and radio stations. At Sarah Kuttner - The Show , they presented their song Gold in front of a larger TV audience in November 2004 . At the Bundesvision Song Contest in February 2005, they competed with gold for Saarland and came in 10th. The next thousandfold was placed in the Top 100 for a week (85th place).

The single Gold was until the release of the single Zwei Herzen (2008), Klee's biggest hit. Gold reached 54th place in the Top 100 and was placed for a total of nine weeks.

The album Jelängerjelieber was released in July 2006 under the title Honeysuckle in the USA. For this release, the three songs Für alle die (This is for Everyone), Tausendfach (A thousand ways) and Gold (Gold) were recorded in English versions. The album achieved further fame through the song 2 Questions , which was used as music for spots , an initiative of Aktion Mensch .

With her third album, Zwischen Himmel und Erde , released on August 4, 2006, Klee made it to number 17 in the album charts. The single released on 7 July 2006 , the city (the first extraction ) reached in the first week course 55. With the release of December 8, 2006 "Deluxe Edition" Between Heaven and Earth was first released a DVD, almost a full clover -Concert contains. It is the 2006 tour concluding concert on October 26, 2006 in the Gloria Theater in Cologne . On April 27, 2007 the third release of the album Between Heaven and Earth was released: This Error (Mix by JEO ). The maxi CD contains three songs in foreign languages: Lichtstrahl in French, a thousand times in English and Not always but now in Russian.

The album Berge versetzen was released on August 1, 2008. The first single from this album is called Zwei Herzen and was released on July 11, 2008. It reached number 29 on the singles chart. The second single from the album of the same name is called Berge Versetzen and was released on October 31, 2008.

On May 16, 2009 the free CD We hold together was released , which was produced exclusively for the day of the encounter in 2009 in the Archaeological Park Xanten , an integration festival for disabled and non-disabled people.

On August 26, 2011 Aus lauter Liebe and thus the band's fifth studio album was released. It rose from 0 to 6 in the German album charts. The deluxe edition of the album includes an additional DVD with an acoustic concert recorded live in front of an audience. The first single from the album was released on August 5, 2011, the song Willst Sie haben bei mir , which entered the singles charts from 0 to 29.

Live performances

The spectrum ranges from club concerts to our own hall tours, support for bands such as B. The Wedding Present , I + I or Nena to performances at major international festivals ( Melt! , Gurtenfestival u. V. A.), And many charity concerts ( CSDs , ass huh, Zäng ussenander , LVR-day meeting u. V. A.)

The band Klee has played many international concerts in recent years, for example in Austria , Switzerland , Luxembourg , Turkey , Great Britain , Russia and China .

Examples are: On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the city ​​partnership Cologne-Istanbul, Klee was invited to Istanbul and gave a concert on the night of June 1st and 2nd, 2007 in the Babylon Club ( Beyoglu district ).

After various festival appearances in summer 2008, an extensive hall tour through Germany, Austria and Switzerland took place in October / November 2008.

In 2009 the band performed in Kazan, Russia, as well as two successful tours through China , where they played in front of up to 30,000 spectators in Wuhan , Chongqing , Shenyang and Beijing .

The tour for the album Aus lauter Liebe began on October 14, 2011 and ended on November 4, 2011. The second part of the tour began on May 11, 2012 and ended on May 19, 2012. During this tour, acoustic instrumentation, including a Mandolin , implemented. This tour was titled From Quiet Love .


All songs were written by Tom Deininger, Suzie Kerstgens and Sten Servaes and some lyrics were created in collaboration with Tom Liwa . The lyrics of the albums show a wide range of human feelings and reflect them in poetic form. The affirmation of life is a tenor of all albums ( for everyone who, love me life, not always but now, take your life in your hand ) and they contain songs that encourage courage ( 2 questions, I'll leave a light on for you, mine Trust, imagine ).

The theme of love runs through all publications. Be it as a romanticizing ode to their healing power ( gold, because it's love, you and me, out of breath, do you want to stay with me ) or as a comforting aid in dealing with farewell, pain and death ( wish-free, at the end of love, Move mountains, goodbye ). The variety of topics always relates to moments of living together. In the songs, the two levels of human experience are linked: the real conditions and the unreal dreams , wishes and longings.


In terms of instrumentation, the band has continued to develop. The first album Invulnerable was created almost exclusively on the computer and is part of electronic pop music. The instrumentation of the follow-up album Jelängerjelieber was significantly expanded: guitar, drums, bass and Rhodes were given significant weight both on the studio album and in live performances. On the third album Zwischen Himmel und Erde , which is more likely to be attributed to the genre of guitar pop, string arrangements were integrated for the first time, as the lyrics are also ballad-like. These arrangements were implemented even more opulently on the fourth album Berge Versetzen . The latest album Aus lauter Liebe shows a turn to the chanson and a significant expansion of the instrumentation z. B. cello, french horn, banjo, accordion, double percussion and mandolin. The album Aus lauter Liebe was produced for the first time in collaboration with Olaf Opal and Jochen Naaf .


Studio albums

year title Top ranking, total weeks, awardChart placementsChart placementsTemplate: chart table / maintenance / without sources
(Year, title, rankings, weeks, awards, notes)
1997 Rally - - -
First published: August 25, 1997
1999 1,2,3,4 - - -
First published: March 8, 1999
2003 Invulnerable - - -
First published: June 16, 2003
2004 Jelängerjelieber /
Honeysuckle (US version)
DE75 (2 weeks)
- -
First published: July 23, 2004
2006 Between heaven and earth DE17 (7 weeks)
AT68 (1 week)
First published: July 23, 2006
2008 Moving mountains DE15 (7 weeks)
AT72 (1 week)
First published: August 1, 2008
2011 Out of love DE6 (5 weeks)
- -
First published: August 26, 2011
2015 Hello again DE23 (3 weeks)
AT67 (1 week)
First published: August 14, 2015
Number one albums DE-DE AT-AT CH-CH
Top 10 albums DE1DE AT-AT CH-CH
Albums in the charts DE5DE AT3AT CH-CH

Web links

Commons : Klee (Band)  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Individual proof of the rally band ( memento of the original from October 30, 2011 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  2. Interview with Suzie Kerstgens, July 1, 2005