How it began ...

Cami and the Knickers:

Maarten Hoogenboom: Lead Vocals, Conference
Wendell Heiss: Piano, Loud Vocals & Animalism
Timon Ruhemann: Drums, Bass Vocals

Cami was founded in Darmstadt in May 1985 after Wendell Heiss and Maarten Hoogenboom discovered a stack of sheet music from the 20's in the attic of grandmother's house. In order to deliver the interpretation with more rhythm they found the singer and percussionist Timon Ruhemann at a jam session at 'the Crown' . Originally the programme consisted exclusively of hits and swing classics of the years 1920 to 1940. It was somewhat later that Rythm'n'Blues, Doowop and Jive titles were included in the repertoire , which gave the appearances a party character widening into dance orgy. At the end of the 80's , when large events were scheduled , the group liked to include guest musicians such as Andreas Stellwag on contrabass , Johannes Luley on jazz guitar and Ulf Merbold on saxophone. At this time the Band had more that enough work. There were diverse Television appearances such as with Frank Elster at ZDF, guest appearances at the Drombushs or at the youth programme ELF99 when they were transmitted by RTL. Highlights of this period were appearances with Bill Ramsey and Mr Pumpernickle, Chris Howland or accompanying the legendary Stray Cats as support group through Germany, from the Grosse Freiheit in Hamburg to the Metropol in Berlin. In order to return to the roots of the Band 'Safe, Sane and Single' was formed in 1996. This consisted of Maarten and Timon and the Boogie Woogie player Andi Stenger. Until it was dissolved in 1999 both formations played in parallel . Wendell Heiss created Fire Night at this time together with his wife Angie and the saxophonist and fiddle virtuoso Stoney.


In 1988 the first Doowop single is released with the Crew Cuts Classic "Sh-Boom" in Dr. Bluemlers livingroom studio in Darmstadt . On the B side there is "Hold Me, Thrill Me ,Chill Me" in the original version by Flairs and Eddie Cochran of "Am I Blue" with Andreas Stellwag on contrabass.

1992 the second release of a CD EP with 10 tracks such as "I want you" by the Cadets, Pee Wee Kings "Railroad Boogie" or the Shuffleversion of "My little green Cactus". On this recording Wendell Heiss has a go on contrabass and even plays a trumpet solo. This CD was out of stock after 9 months.

1995 the third CD and the first Long player is released with 20 songs. Special mention is to be made of "Heart and Soul" (Cleftones) "It Ain't the Meat its the Motion" (Swallows ) or Wendells own first Composition "Blue Rythm Boogie" Both CDs were produced by Lolo Bluemler in the Sesame Studio and provide a colourful medley with its bilingual programme.

The Fourtunes:

Maarten Hoogenboom: Tenor Vocal
Penny Steinmetz: Tenor Vocal, Guitar
Redi Kanankulam: Tenor Vocal
Timon Ruhemann: Bass Vocal

In 1992, four handsome connaisseurs of yesteryears forgotten musical classics 1950ies Barbershop- Singing and Doo-Wop -- formed the band "The Fortunes". They were all singers fresh from working with traditional rock bands, and they had been waiting to see what they could do without any backing instruments. Among the highlights of their setlist were titles like "Wish me luck Amigo", a so called "Closed-Harmony-Song" by the Mills Brothers; an interpretation of the Larks "Sweet Lucy Brown" by the Ska-Singer Redi Kanankulam; and the Caddillacs "Girlfriend". They didn't hold anything back: when Penny Steinmetz unleashed his falsetto in the Doo-Wop hit "Angel", near and short sighted audience members alike wondered whether their eyeglass-lenses would survive the night. The Fortunes were seen in various shows, usually making apperances on stage between 15 and 45 minutes. When they decided to split up in 1996, they left behind a hole in the Darmstadt music scene. But it was time to move on, and give younger musicians a chance to earn the glory in which they once basked.


Maarten Hoogenboom: Tenor Vocal
Penny Steinmetz: Tenor Vocal, Guitar
Michel Heiss: Bass, Bass Vocal
Timon Ruhemann: Drums, Bass Vocal

Four young men, equally talented, but with vastly different backgrounds, got together with the intention of making the world a better place through straight-ahead, unabashed rock'n'roll. Their "Superdufte-Schlager-Show" featured not only rollicking music but also a host of participatory games, the lucky winners of which received tasty candy in the shape of a sea mussel. Their intricate choreography managed to astoud audiences while making them chuckle. In the year 2000, they went their separate ways, but the band always did - and still do - remain true to their rock'n'roll-world-reforming goals.