Sprünge is the sixth studio album by German rock musician Herbert Grönemeyer. It was released in April 1986 by EMI.
Grönemeyer was faced with the task of recording a follow-up to the successful album 4630 Bochum. The musician reacted sceptically to the increasing media hype and tried to shield his private life. In September 1985, Grönemeyer went with his band and sound engineer Harald Lepschies to the EMI studio in Cologne. The bassist Norbert Hamm produced the album, which was written by Grönemeyer alone, together with him. The album was released in April 1986.
Sprünge reached number 1 in the charts in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. On 12 June 1986 the album reached platinum status, had sold 500,000 copies. The Sprünge tour of Germany and Austria began on 5 April 1986 in Waldbröl and ran initially until June 1986, followed by, among other things, a performance in front of more than 100,000 spectators at the Anti-WAAhnsinns Festival against the Wackersdorf nuclear reprocessing plant on 26 July 1986. Further concerts were played in June and July 1987, before the tour ended on 12 July 1987 at the Xanten Amphitheater.
The cover, done in pink, features a laughing and jumping “Ink Man” in the lower right corner above the title line located at the bottom.
Sprünge contains both personal reflections and relationship themes (Mehr geht leider nicht, Nur noch so, Unterwegs) and political pieces. Grönemeyer distinguished himself in the latter respect from songwriters who used music “only to support the lyrics”; for him, music and lyrics must “form a whole”. The song Tanzen is about German national pride, whose “reawakening” Grönemeyer criticizes; Maß aller Dinge addresses apartheid in South Africa. Kinder an die Macht, on the other hand, is a hymn to the impartiality of children.
- Kids to Power – 3:53
- Dancing – 6:32
- Unfortunately more is not possible – 3:57
- Measure of all things – 4:32
- Just so – 3:41
- On The Road – 5:00
- Smile – 4:12
- Way Too Much – 4:07
- Once – 4:34
- Fear – 4:03
|ChartsChart positions||Highest ranking||Weeks|
|Germany (GfK)||1 (42 Wo.)||42|
|Austria (Ö3)||1 (40 Wo.)||40|
|Switzerland (IFPI)||1 (22 Wo.)||22|
|Highest Placement, Total Weeks, AwardChart PlacementsChart Placements
(year, title, album, placings, weeks, awards, notes)
|1986||Children in power
First release: 31 March 1986
Cultural significance and impact
In November 2015, the German rapper Alligatoah released his single Denkt an die Kinder (Think of the Children), in which he quotes a line from Herbert Grönemeyer’s song Männer and also sings it in Herbert Grönemeyer’s style. The word “Männer” was replaced by “Kinder” (children) and is an allusion to the song Kinder an die Macht.
- List of the best-selling music albums certified by BVMI in Germany