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Fool's Garden
Fools Garden
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Concert at "Dresdner Stadtfest" 2008
Background information
Fool's Garden (until 2003)
Origin Pforzheim, Germany
Genres Pop rock, alternative rock, indie pop, baroque pop
Labels Intercord
Sony BMG
Lemonade Music
Members Peter Freudenthaler
Volker Hinkel
Dirk Blümlein
Gabriel Holz
Thorsten Kiefer
Jan Hees
Thomas Mangold
Roland Röhl
Ralf Wochele
Claus Müller

Fools Garden is a German musical group, formed in 1991 under the name Fool's Garden, comprising singer Peter Freudenthaler, guitarist Volker Hinkel, bassist Thomas Mangold, keyboardist Roland Röhl and drummer Ralf Wochele. They debuted in 1991 with the eponymous album Fool's Garden (where the band was essentially formed by Freudenthaler and Hinkel with additional musicians), while the proper first album which saw the complete band was Once in a Blue Moon (1993). Two years later Fool's Garden issued their third album Dish of the Day, scoring a European and Asian chart hit with "Lemon Tree". The re-issued track peaked at #26 in the UK Singles Chart in August 1996.[1]

Go And Ask Peggy For The Principal Thing followed in 1997, along with three albums in 2000, 2003 and 2005. In 2003, three members left the band, and were replaced by Dirk Blümlein (bassist), Claus Müller (drummer) and Gabriel Holz (second guitarist, who then left the band in 2007), and the name of the band changed to Fools Garden (without the apostrophe).

The band has taken the habit of covering rock and roll songs during live performances (The Beatles' "Ticket to Ride" or The Who's "My Generation"). Fools Garden's interest in British music is such that cover versions of The Beatles's songs "Cry Baby Cry" and "Martha My Dear" appeared on their studio albums.

The band released a greatest hits compilation album in October 2009. The album, High Times, contained fifteen songs including a brand new song, "High Time", and some of the well-known hits re-recorded with the new band ("Lemon Tree", "Wild Days", "Suzy").

The album Who Is Jo King? was released in October 2012. In 2015, the band released the album Flashback which consists of cover versions of songs from the 1980s and 1990s (e. g. ?Ordinary World?, "Sailing on the Seven Seas", "Enjoy the Silence" amongst others) as well as a re-recording of their biggest hit, titled "Lemon Tree (2.0 Version)" and some own songs.[2]

Fools Garden 2016 at the blacksheep festival in Germany


Studio albums

Compilation albums



Fools Garden members

  • Peter Freudenthaler - vocals (1991-present)
  • Volker Hinkel - guitars (1991-present)
  • Dirk Blümlein - bass (2003-present)
  • Gabriel Holz - guitars (2003-present)
  • Thorsten Kiefer - keys
  • Jan Hees - drums

Former members

  • Thomas Mangold - bass (1991-2003)
  • Roland Röhl - keyboards (1991-2003)
  • Ralf Wochele - drums (1991-2003)
  • Claus Müller - drums (2003-2007)


  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 207. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ Product page on
  3. ^ Chart Stats -- Fool's Garden

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