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German fun metal band, well known for their parodies of other artists' famous songs, although about half of their released material is self-written.

Almost all parodistic and humorous songs in German language that have ever floated around the internet have at one time or another been attributed to them. A good reference for songs not by J.B.O. is http://www.jbo-fans.de/htdocs/6-Xtras/Songs-die-nicht-von-JBO-sind.html

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J.B.O. (James Blast Orchester) is a heavy metal band from Erlangen, Germany. J.B.O. was founded in 1989 by Vito C. and Hannes "G.Laber" Holzmann and is known for parodies of rock and pop songs. The band has written more of its own songs since 2000, but continues to produce parodies, which they refer to as Blöedsinn – an intentional misspelling of "Blödsinn," which means "nonsense" or "stupidity" in German.

The original name was "James Blast Orchester" but they shortened this to J.B.O. in June 1996 after James Last threatened legal action.

The Patrizier brewery of Nuremberg earlier threatened to sue J.B.O. for slander. The band have since changed references to "Patrizier Bier" in their lyrics to "Pariser Bier" (Parisian beer / Condom beer).

'Schmitti' and Holmer "a Bier" Graap, two of the founder members, left the band in 2000. They were replaced in 2001 by Ralph Bach and Wolfram Kellner. Kellner previously played in Fiddler's Green, which is alluded to in the song "Arschloch und Spaß dabei" ('Asshole and enjoying it'): "man sagt sogar, dass Wolfram früher Folk-Musik g'macht hätt" ("They even say that Wolfram used to play folk music") .

The Kitzmann brewery of Erlangen supports the band with gimmick products, and has been featured in the band's lyrics.

The band celebrated its fifteenth birthday on July 31, 2004 with the slogan "30 Halbe!" ("30 halves" = 30 half-litre glasses of beer)

The band still tours, especially in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

"G. Laber" is a pun as it is pronounced the same as "Gelaber", the German for "drivel" or "twaddle".

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Year Title RatingReleases
1995 Explizite Lyrik 2
1997 laut! 4.5 2
1998 Meister der Musik 1
1999 Explizite Prosa 1
2000 Sex Sex Sex 5 2
2002 Rosa Armee Fraktion 5 2
2004 United States of Blöedsinn 5 1
2007 Head Bang Boing 1
2009 I Don't Like Metal - I Love It! 2
2011 Killeralbum 2
2011 Happy Metal Thunder 1
2014 Nur die Besten werden alt 2
2016 11 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
2005 Eine gute BLASTphemie zum Kaufen! 1
2005 J.B.O. für Anfänger: Ausgewählte Werke 1995 - 2005 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2001 Live-Sex 1
2010 2000 Jahre J.B.O. 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1997 Bolle 1
1997 Wir sind die Champignons 2
1998 Ällabätsch 1
2000 Ich sag’ J.B.O. 1
2001 Bums Bums Bums Bums 1
2002 Ich will Lärm! 1
2004 Gänseblümchen 1
2006 Rock Muzik 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1994 Eine gute CD zum Kaufen! 5 2
1994 BLASTphemie 5 2
1996 Der weiße Hai im Dechsendorfer Weiher 5 1
1996 Die Megra-Hit-Twingle 1
1996 No Business Like Shoebusiness 1
2013 S.P.O.R.T. 1

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