Running Wild (band)

Running Wild are a German heavy metal band, formed in 1976 in Hamburg. They were part of the German heavy/speed/power metal scene to emerge in the early to mid 1980s, along with bands such as Helloween, Rage, Accept, Sinner, and Grave Digger. The band has carved its niche in the metal world as the first "pirate metal" band, a theme which took off with the release of Under Jolly Roger in 1987 (thus abandoning the Satanic imagery of their earlier work). In the texts of the band's biographies and album liner notes, some of the words found are some kind of pirate's dialect, with some songs even being untranslatable. The band is still active today.


Current members

Former members



  • Jörg Schwarz (1976)
  • Carsten David (1976-79)
  • Matthias Kaufmann (1980-83)
  • Stephan Boris (1984-87)
  • Jens Becker (Grave Digger, X-Wild) (1987-92)
  • Thomas "Bodo" Smuszynski (ex-U.D.O., ex-Darxon) (1992-02)



Studio albums

Live albums

Compilation albums

Singles and EPs

Split releases

Tribute albums

External links


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