Tic Tac Toe (band)

Last updated
Tic Tac Toe
Tictactoe-wien2006.jpg
Tic Tac Toe in 2006. From left: Ricarda Wältken, Marlene Tackenberg, Liane Wiegelmann
Background information
Also known asTic Tac Two
Origin Ruhr, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Genres
Years active
  • 1995–2001
  • 2005–2007
Labels
Past members
  • Liane "Lee" Wiegelmann
  • Ricarda "Ricky" Wältken
  • Marlene "Jazzy" Tackenberg
  • Sara Brahms

Tic Tac Toe were a German girl group formed in 1995, performing pop-rap music. Their first two albums, Tic Tac Toe and Klappe die 2te , were million-selling commercial successes and spawned major hits "Ich find' dich scheiße", "Verpiss' dich" and "Warum?". The band found biggest popularity in German speaking countries, the Netherlands and Eastern Europe. Due to numerous scandals and personal issues between the group members, Tic Tac Toe split in 2001. The band had a successful but short-lived comeback in 2005 with the hit single "Spiegel", but ultimately disbanded in 2007.

Contents

History

1995–1996: Formation and debut album

The band was established in 1995 by three young women from the industrial Ruhr area: Lee (Liane Wiegelmann), Ricky (Ricarda Wältken) and Jazzy (Marlene Tackenberg). Claudia Wohlfromm was the group's manager, and together with her partner Torsten Börger co-wrote all the songs for Tic Tac Toe. [1] To appeal to young audience, the official band biography stated that all girls were in their teens, although only Ricky was actually a teenager when the group was formed.

Their first single was "Ich find' dich scheiße" in 1995, which caused a media stir due to its explicit title which translates "I Think You're Shit". The song became a major hit in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, and was followed by the band's self-titled debut album in the spring of 1996. It was a commercial success, reaching top 5 in the charts and going multi-platinum. The album spawned further singles, "Funky" and "Leck mich am A, B, Zeh", the latter song being about safe sex. [2] However, it was the fourth single, provocatively titled "Verpiss' dich" (English: "Fuck Off"), that became the band's first number 1 hit in Germany as well as Switzerland. Their public feud with fellow German rapper Sabrina Setlur was widely reported by the music press. [3]

1997–1998: Second album and controversies

In 1997 the band released their second album, Klappe die 2te . It became another multi-platinum success, topping German and Swiss albums charts, and has sold over 1.1 million copies in Germany alone. [4] The lead single was "Warum?", whose lyrics were based on the story of a friend who had died of drug overdose. [5] The track went to number 1 in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and remains Tic Tac Toe's biggest hit. [6] Reggae-influenced "Mr. Wichtig" was released as the second single and reached the top 10. Two following singles, including "Bitte küss' mich nicht", a song about sexual harassment, [2] charted outside the top 20.

During this time the press began writing unflattering articles about the band. The band members' true ages were revealed, and their biographies were reported to have been fabricated by the group. Liane Wiegelmann's marital status was made public when her husband committed suicide. [7] [8] It was also reported that Wiegelmann was using drugs, and that she had been involved in child prostitution when she was 16 years old. [9] Tensions between the band members escalated, and Ricky Wältken was reported to be struggling with stress-related issues. [10] To prevent further damage to the band's image, their record company called a press conference in Munich in November 1997 to contradict the scandalous revelations and demonstrate the band's unity. However, the event took an unexpected turn when Ricky clashed against the rest of the band and the girls started to publicly argue and blame each other. [11] The conference ended with Lee leaving the room in tears. As a result, Tic Tac Toe's popularity dramatically decreased. Ricky immediately left the band and embarked on a solo career releasing several modestly successful singles, although her solo album failed to chart.

1999–2009: Comeback and definitive split

Lee and Jazzy performed as a duo for some time, before Sara Brahms joined the band. They recorded a single "Nie wieder" as Sara @ Tic Tac Two which was a chart success in 1999 and was later included on Sara's solo album. In 2000, the band released their third studio album, Ist der Ruf erst ruiniert... , recorded with Sara under their original moniker Tic Tac Toe. Three singles promoted the album, of which the most successful was "Isch liebe disch". The album itself didn't fare as well in the charts as its predecessors and still in 2000 the trio disbanded.

Tic Tac Toe reformed in the original line-up in 2005, after Ricky had rejoined. At the end of the year the single "Spiegel" was released which was a top 10 chart success and brought the band back into the spotlight. To cash-in on the unexpected success of the song, their former label Sony BMG released a greatest hits album in early 2006. The following month, Tic Tac Toe's fourth studio album Comeback was released to modest chart success. The next single "Keine Ahnung" was their first to fail to enter the charts. The comeback concert tour was shortened due to lack of interest and in early 2007 Tic Tac Toe officially disbanded again. [12]

Another reunion was rumoured in 2009, with Brahms replacing Lee, [13] but in the end the project was abandoned. Lee has since completely withdrawn herself from the music business and in 2009 was reported as working as a cashier in a Cologne zoo. [14] Jazzy has released solo music sporadically, and has taken part in musicals and TV shows. [15]

Members

Lee
Lee
Jazzy
Jazzy
Ricky
Ricky
Sara
1995
1997
1999
2001
2003
2005
2007
Band members and studio albums
  • Lee – Liane Claudia Wiegelmann, née Springer (born 29 July 1974 in Iserlohn): from 1995 to 2001 and from 2005 to 2007
  • Jazzy – Marlene Victoria Tackenberg (born 4 August 1975 in Gelsenkirchen): from 1995 to 2001 and from 2005 to 2007
  • Ricky – Ricarda Priscilla Nonyem Wältken (born 24 February 1978 in Dortmund): from 1995 to 1997 and from 2005 to 2007
  • Sara – Sara Brahms (born 24 July 1978 in Brighton): from 1998 to 2001

Discography

Studio albums

TitleDetailsPeak chart positions Certifications
GER
[16]
AUT
[17]
EUR
[18]
HUN
[19]
NLD
[20]
SWI
[21]
Tic Tac Toe 33154
Klappe die 2te
  • Released: 21 April 1997
  • Label: RCA, BMG
  • Formats: CD, cassette
12527431
Ist der Ruf erst ruiniert...
  • Released: 29 May 2000
  • Label: RCA, BMG
  • Formats: CD, cassette
345010092
Comeback
  • Released: 26 February 2006
  • Label: A One Entertainment
  • Formats: CD
25267343

Compilations

TitleDetailsPeak chart positions
GER
[16]
AUT
[17]
The Best Of
  • Released: 13 January 2006
  • Label: Sony BMG
  • Formats: CD
5135

Singles

YearTitlePeak chart positions Certifications Album
GER
[26]
AUT
[17]
EUR
[27]
NLD
[20]
SWI
[21]
1995"Ich find' dich scheiße"3415386Tic Tac Toe
1996"Funky"1413379
"Leck mich am A, B, Zeh"217718
"Verpiss' dich"1391
1997"Warum?"11451Klappe die 2te
"Mr. Wichtig"661910
"Ich wär' so gern so blöd wie du"3233
"Bitte küss' mich nicht"47
1999"Nie wieder" (Sara @ Tic Tac Two)44134Spiesserparadies(Sara album)
2000"Ist der Ruf erst ruiniert..."27Ist der Ruf erst ruiniert...
"Isch liebe disch"1167338
"Morgen ist heute schon gestern"96
2005"Spiegel"773010Comeback
2006"Keine Ahnung"

Related Research Articles

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Boom! Shake the Room</span> 1993 single by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince

"Boom! Shake the Room" is a song by American hip hop duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. The track samples the 1973 song "Funky Worm" by the Ohio Players. Released on July 16, 1993 by Jive, as the second single from the duo's fifth studio album, Code Red (1993), the single peaked at number 13 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and topped the charts of Australia, Ireland, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Its music video was directed by Scott Kalvert.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Pictures of You (The Cure song)</span> 1990 single by the Cure

"Pictures of You" is a song by English rock band the Cure. It was released on 19 March 1990 by Fiction Records as the fourth and final single from the band's eighth studio album, Disintegration (1989). The song has a single version which is a shorter edit of the album version. The single reached No. 24 on the UK Singles Charts.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Mope</span> 2000 single by Bloodhound Gang

"Mope" is a song by American comedy rock band Bloodhound Gang, released in September 2000 as the fourth single from their third studio album Hooray for Boobies. The song contains numerous samples such as "Rock Me Amadeus" by Falco, "Relax" by Frankie Goes to Hollywood, "For Whom the Bell Tolls" by Metallica, the Pac-Man theme song, and Homer Simpson shouting "holy macaroni" from the "Treehouse of Horror VI" episode of The Simpsons. A music video for the single was released in June 2000.

"Spiegel" is a 2005 song by German pop-rap girl group Tic Tac Toe. It was released as their comeback single in December 2005, after a five-year hiatus. The song was met with commercial success and was a top 10 hit in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. It later appeared on their fourth and final album Comeback.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Liza Li</span> German singer (born 1988)

Liza Li is a German singer. Her songtexts deal with the themes of love and violence as experienced by young women.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Tic, Tic Tac</span> 1996 single by Carrapicho

"Tic, Tic Tac" is a song by Brazilian band Carrapicho. It was released in June 1996 as the lead single from the album Festa do boi bumba, which was later certified Platinum disc in France. The song was also recorded by Chilli featuring Carrapicho and released in May 1997. The original version charted in Belgium, France, Netherlands and Spain. The remixed version, produced by Frank Farian, charted in Austria, Canada, Germany, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Die Sterne</span> German indie pop band

Die Sterne is a two/three/four-piece indie pop band, from Hamburg, Germany. They were formed in 1991 and have released twelve studio albums, the most recent in 2022.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Warum?</span> 1997 single by Tic Tac Toe

"Warum?" is a song by German female pop-rap group Tic Tac Toe. The song was written by Thorsten Börger and tells about a close friend of the group members, Melanie, who had developed an addiction to drugs and died as a result of overdose. "Warum?" was released as the lead single from their second album, Klappe die 2te (1997), on 24 February 1997 and was met with commercial success, reaching number one in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland as well as number four in the Netherlands. The single sold 700,000 copies in less than two months and remains Tic Tac Toe's biggest hit.

<i>Tic&Tac</i> 1980 studio album by Area

Tic&Tac is the eighth album of the Jazz fusion band Area and was released in 1980. It is the first album without Demetrio Stratos as he died a year earlier, and it is generally more jazzy than progressive. This is the only album in which Larry Nocella performs. After releasing this, Area toured until 1983, then disbanded. Giulio Capiozzo in 1986 formed a jazz fusion band called Area II, but was the only original member. Area reformed officially in 1993 with a concert in Rome, as a trio, with Ares Tavolazzi, Patrizio Fariselli and Capiozzo. However, they didn't record anything new in studio until 1997 when the album "Chernobyl 7991" was released. This album is completely instrumental, save for the final track "Antes de Hablar Abra la Boca".

Lukas Loules is a German songwriter, composer, music producer, and singer. In 2014, he married Katerina Loules and changed his surname from Hilbert to Loules.

René la taupe is a virtual French singing character created in 2009 by Fox Mobile Group studios. The character, which is in fact a groundhog, was made famous through a music for mobile phone and a music video available on the Internet. The character was created to mediate ringtones on behalf of Jamster, a distributor of content for mobile phones that had already produced Crazy Frog.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Mirror in the Bathroom</span> Single by The Beat

"Mirror in the Bathroom" is a single by the British ska band the Beat released as a single in 1980 from their debut studio album I Just Can't Stop It. It reached number 4 in the UK Singles Chart and consequently was their highest charting release in the UK until 1983. It was released again in 1995 as a 12" single and early in 1996 as a CD single to promote B.P.M.: The Very Best of the Beat. The reissued single reached number 44 in 1996.

Jamatami was a German musical group created in 2011 through casting by station Super RTL. The members of the group are Jazz, Miriam, Tamer and Matt. The group is best known for their singles "Perfect Day ", "Dance Under The Moonlight", "Ma-Ya-Hi" and "Astronaut" and for their television reality series Jamatami: Das Star-Tagebuch, which aired on Super RTL during 2011. Jamatami disbanded on August 24, 2012, after performing a farewell concert to focus on solo activities.

Mary Susan Applegate is an American songwriter, poet and lyricist who lives in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. 

<i>Tic Tac Toe</i> (album) 1996 studio album by Tic Tac Toe

Tic Tac Toe is the debut studio album by German all-female pop-rap band Tic Tac Toe, released in 1996 by RCA Records. The lyrics and music were written by the band's manager Claudia Wohlfromm, her then-husband Torsten Börger, who also produced the album, and the band itself.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Verpiss' dich</span> 1996 single by Tic Tac Toe

"Verpiss' dich" is a song by German female pop-rap group Tic Tac Toe, written by Torsten Börger, Claudia A. Wohlfromm, and Tic Tac Toe. The track is a breakup song, with its lyrics directed at the ex-partner who has left for another woman. The song was released as the fourth and final single from the group's self-titled debut album in October 1996 and topped the charts in Germany and Switzerland. The single sold over 800,000 units by late April 1997.

<i>Klappe die 2te</i> 1997 studio album by Tic Tac Toe

Klappe die 2te is the second studio album by German all-female pop-rap band Tic Tac Toe, released in 1997 by RCA Records. The lyrics and music were written by the band's manager Claudia Wohlfromm, her then-husband Torsten Börger, who also produced the album, and the band itself. The title translates Take Two.

Ist der Ruf erst ruiniert... is the third studio album by German all-female pop-rap band Tic Tac Toe, released in 2000 by RCA Records. The title comes from a German proverb "Ist der Ruf erst ruiniert, lebt es sich ganz ungeniert" which means "Once the reputation is ruined, you can live completely free". The material was again composed and produced by Torsten Börger.

<i>Comeback</i> (Tic Tac Toe album) 2006 studio album by Tic Tac Toe

Comeback is the fourth and final studio album by German all-female pop-rap band Tic Tac Toe, released in 2006 by A One Entertainment. The album was their first in nearly a decade recorded in the original line-up, after Ricarda "Ricky" Wältken had re-joined the band.

References

  1. "Ein seltenes Gespräch mit der Erfinderin von Deutschlands größter Girlgroup: Tic Tac Toe" (in German). vice.com. 2014-09-19. Retrieved 2017-07-05.
  2. 1 2 Pennay, Mark (2001). "Rap in Germany. The Birth of a Genre". In Mitchell, Tony (ed.). Global Noise: Rap and Hip-Hop Outside the USA . Middletown, Connecticut: Wesleyan University Press. p.  124. ISBN   0819565016.
  3. "To były piękne dni: niemieckie gwiazdy "Bravo"" (in Polish). tuba.pl. 2009-07-20. Retrieved 2009-11-23.
  4. "German rap is on the rise". Billboard . 1998-08-08. p. 74. Retrieved 2017-07-06.
  5. "Drohungen gegen die Mädchenband Tic Tac Toe" (in German). www.welt.de. 1997-04-01. Retrieved 2017-07-03.
  6. Henning Uhle (2017-02-20). "20 Jahre "Warum?" von Tic Tac Toe" (in German). www.henning-uhle.eu. Retrieved 2017-07-03.
  7. Thomas Hüetlin (1997-04-07). "POP: Der Block kennt keine Gnade - DER SPIEGEL 15/1997". Der Spiegel (in German). www.spiegel.de. Retrieved 2017-07-07.
  8. "Medien, Machos und Mädchenrap" (in German). www.bpb.de. 2004-07-30. Retrieved 2017-07-07.
  9. "Kein Schaden für Tic Tac Toe" (in German). www.tagesspiegel.de. 1997-04-03. Retrieved 2017-07-07.
  10. "Tic Tac Toe geraten sich in die Haare". Die Welt (in German). www.welt.de. 1997-11-22. Retrieved 2017-07-07.
  11. "Tic Tac Toe: Trennung vor 20 Jahren während Pressekonferenz" (in German). www.express.de. 2017-04-09. Retrieved 2017-07-07.
  12. "Tic Tac Toe: "Es hat nicht funktioniert!"" (in German). www.laut.de. 2007-02-01. Retrieved 2017-07-07.
  13. "To były piękne dni: niemieckie gwiazdy "Bravo"" (in Polish). tuba.pl. 2009-07-20. Retrieved 2009-11-23.
  14. "Liane Lee Wiegelmann von Tic Tac Toe bei Markus Lanz: Vom Popstar zur Kassiererin" (in German). www.bild.de. 2009-07-02. Retrieved 2017-07-07.
  15. Christiane Vielhaber (2017-03-09). "Tic Tac Toe: Das machen Ricky, Jazzy und Lee heute". Berliner Zeitung (in German). www.berliner-zeitung.de. Retrieved 2017-07-07.
  16. 1 2 "Tic Tac Toe Longplay-Chartverfolgung" (in German). www.musicline.de. Retrieved 2017-07-05.
  17. 1 2 3 "Discographie Tic Tac Toe" (in German). austriancharts.at. Retrieved 2009-11-23.
  18. For Tic Tac Toe: "European Top 100 Albums" (PDF). Music & Media . Vol. 13, no. 20. 1996-05-18. p. 25. Retrieved 2019-08-13.
    For Klappie die 2te: "European Top 100 Albums" (PDF). Music & Media . Vol. 14, no. 19. 1997-05-10. p. 17. Retrieved 2019-08-13.
    For Ist der Ruf erst ruiniert...: "European Top 100 Albums" (PDF). Music & Media . Vol. 17, no. 25. 2000-06-17. p. 12. Retrieved 2019-08-13.
  19. "Archívum - Slágerlisták - MAHASZ - Magyar Hangfelvétel-kiadók Szövetsége" (in Hungarian). mahasz.hu. Retrieved 2012-07-07. (Issue 21/1997)
  20. 1 2 "Discografie Tic Tac Toe" (in Dutch). dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2009-11-23.
  21. 1 2 "Tic Tac Toe" (in German). hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2009-11-23.
  22. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank" (in German). www.musikindustrie.de. Retrieved 2009-11-23.
  23. 1 2 3 4 "GOLD & PLATIN" (in German). ifpi.at. Retrieved 2019-08-14.
  24. 1 2 3 "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community" (in German). swisscharts.com. Retrieved 2012-07-07.
  25. "ZPAV :: Bestsellery i wyróżnienia - Wyróżnienia - Złote płyty CD - Archiwum" (in Polish). zpav.pl. Retrieved 2017-07-05.
  26. "Tic Tac Toe Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). www.musicline.de. Retrieved 2017-07-05.
  27. For "Ich find' dich scheiße": "Eurochart Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Music & Media . Vol. 13, no. 14. 1996-04-06. p. 20. Retrieved 2019-08-13.
    For "Funky": "Eurochart Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Music & Media . Vol. 13, no. 20. 1996-05-18. p. 24. Retrieved 2019-08-13.
    For "Leck mich am A, B, Zeh": "Eurochart Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Music & Media . Vol. 13, no. 39. 1996-09-28. p. 20. Retrieved 2019-08-13.
    For "Verpiss' dich": "Hits of the World — Eurochart". Billboard . Nielsen Business Media. 1997-01-25. p. 55. Retrieved 2019-03-07.
    For "Warum?": "Hits of the World — Eurochart". Billboard . Nielsen Business Media. 1997-05-03. p. 49. Retrieved 2019-03-07.
    For "Mr. Wichtig": "Eurochart Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Music & Media . Vol. 14, no. 32. 1997-08-09. p. 12. Retrieved 2019-08-13.
    For "Nie wieder": "Eurochart Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Music & Media . Vol. 16, no. 16. 1999-04-17. p. 9. Retrieved 2019-08-14.
    For "Isch liebe disch": "Eurochart Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Music & Media . Vol. 17, no. 42. 2000-10-14. p. 10. Retrieved 2019-08-14.