The German three-piece WIZO have been producing hyperkinetic and loud -- yet shrewd and well-authored -- political protest punk since 1987. Formed in a small village on the outskirts of Stuttgart, Germany, about the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall, WIZO played infectiously energetic punk anthems that quickly caught on with fans in Germany and around the world. WIZO's members -- guitarist/vocalist Axel, bassist J÷rni, and drummer Ingo -- were disdainful regarding the arrogance of early U.S. punk. Instead, WIZO drew most of their influence from German political punk bands such as Slime and Razzia. Drawing from the British example (and finding much in Germany to protest), WIZO began to craft intelligently written protest songs.