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Campino was born under the real name Andreas Frege on June 22, 1962 in Düsseldorf and is a German-British dual citizen. He is the singer and frontman of the Toten Hosen and a songwriter. He has also appeared as an actor in theatre, film and television.
The son of a judge and a housewife, Andreas Frege was born in Düsseldorf on June 22, 1962 and grew up with five siblings. The mother, who was born in England, raised her children bilingually. Through his brother, Andreas became aware of punk rock in England. From 1978 to 1982 Andras Frege was the singer of the group ZK. Before graduating from high school in 1983, he founded the punk rock band Die Toten Hosen in 1982 with five friends. He went to school with one of these friends, Michael Breitkopf. Campino served eight months in the Bundeswehr before doing community service when he was recognized as a conscientious objector.
From 1982 to 1987 Die Toten Hosen celebrated their first notable successes. But the big breakthrough came in 1988 with the album “A Little Bit of Horror Show”. The song “Here Comes Alex” was one of the songs on this LP. In 1990 the Toten Hosen had huge success when they were able to perform at two concerts in Cologne as the opening act for a famous band: the Rolling Stones.
Die Toten Hosen are known for their unusual actions. After the fall of the Wall, they went on a concert tour through the GDR on bicycles. A minibus transported the instruments to it. Then a rocking version of “Azzurro” followed in time for the soccer World Cup in Italy. The album “Auf dem Kreuzzug ins Glück” was released in the same year. It was the first Toten Hosen album to sell 500,000 copies and go platinum. It reached number one in the German charts.
Also the 1993 album “Kauf ME!” was a success together with the single releases. This year
U2 toured Germany and Toten Hosen acted as the opening act on this tour. The musicians also released the best-of album “Reich & Sexy” and an English version of the best-of album “Love, Peace & Money”. The band was represented in the German charts with three albums at the same time this year.
From 1996 the Toten Hosen released their albums under their own label. They were all crowned with great success. These were “Opium for the People” in 1996, “Immortal” in 1999 and “Away Game” in 2002. Four more albums followed between 2004 and 2017 under the names “Back to Luck”, “In All Stillness”, “Ballast der Republik” and “Laune der Natur”. But not only the albums were great successes, also the single releases.
The year 1993 can certainly be described as one of the first highlights of their career, when the Toten Hosen were represented in the German charts with three albums at the same time. Other great successes include numerous platinum awards, which they have received for their albums and music films.
Campino is not only known as the singer of Toten Hosen. He is also the band’s songwriter. So there are many famous quotes. However, these are usually processed in one of the many songs. One of the quotes has become infamous: “No alcohol is no solution either”. This is also the title of a song. Another quote is a line from a song: “We will always go through life loudly, every day of every year.” A good and coherent motto for a punk rock band.
tips for success
Campino gave an important tip for success when it comes to putting a band together. When you’re putting a band together and you have to choose between a good musician and a good friend, go with the good friend. The music somehow emerges along the way. So he says that friendship is more important than success. Another tip, more related to life in general, was that you shouldn’t bend over backwards, every lie will eventually jump in your face. This is a tip everyone should take to heart.