One of the defining bands of Germany's Neue Deutsche Welle, Extrabreit outlived their early-'80s heyday by decades, unlike most of their contemporaries. Along with groups such as Hubert Kah, Marcus, Spliff, and Geier Sturzflug, Extrabreit took elements of punk, pop, and German schlager, combined them with truckloads of attitude, and scored a handful of hits that have since turned into classics that keep getting played wherever Germans feel an inkling (and have had enough beer) to jump around and revel in sweet euphoric nostalgia. Founded in 1978, Extrabreit were originally designed to be a mere outlet for letting off steam. High-school friends Stefan Klein and Gerhard Sperling, gifted with little talent for playing soccer (German adolescents' more usual pastime), decided to give music a try. With Ralf Denz on bass and Horst Werner Wiegand on vocals, they found comrades-in-arms to form the first of the band's many incarnations. The quartet members declared punk rock their game and Extrabreit (Extrawide) their name -- inspired by a fat permanent marker that was lying around in their rehearsal studio. Remarkably, Wiegand convinced the rest of the band to sing in German, which was highly unusual at the time and won the band some attention from the press and promoters right away.