Die Goldenen Zitronen are a punk rock band from Hamburg, Germany, that proved highly influential in the 1980s and grew increasingly experimental in the subsequent decades. The group's music is anti-establishment in nature, especially in the beginning, with an attitude that is angry as well as sarcastic. Protest and mockery, in particular, are often staples of Die Goldenen Zitronen, who are sometimes cited as predecessors to the so-called Hamburg school -- a notion openly rejected by the band, of course, on the album Dead School Hamburg (Give Me a Vollzeitarbeit) (1998). The founding members of Die Goldenen Zitronen are Schorsch Kamerun, Aldo Moro, Ted Gaier, and Ale Sexfeind; in time, Moro and Sexfeind departed and were replaced by Julius Block (i.e., Thomas Wenzel of Die Stern), Mense Reents, and Enno Paluka. Formed in 1984, the band garnered attention with early singles such as "Am Tag als Thomas Anders Starb" and, especially, "Für Immer Punk." On account of these early singles, comparisons were drawn at the time between Die Goldenen Zitronen and concurrent German punk bands such as Die Toten Hosen and Die Ärzte.