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Logo as part of the trade dress, in use since issue 9

Banzai! was a fanzine for Surf, Garage, Punk, Psychobilly, and Rockabilly from Georgsmarienhütte, Germany.

The zine was made by brothers Frank and Dieter Plaßmeyer, who also run the record label Kamikaze Records (with the Banzai! sublabel for the zine Compilations) and Taifun Music Publishing. There were 18 issues published from 1997 to 2009. Since issue 4 every issue came with a free CD-Compilation.


  • Creators: Frank Plaßmeyer, Dieter Plaßmeyer
  • Publisher: Dieter Plaßmeyer
  • Editor: Frank Plaßmeyer
  • Graphic & Design: Rock Lobster T.D., Alexx Schulz (mADVICE)
  • Contributors: Chicken Becker (T.O.A.C. Comic Labors), Ede (Ed Possum), Ralf Förster, Andreas Franke (B.B. Olsen), Mattias Gomille, Claus Kick, Oliver Nitsch, Oliver Pankratz, Martin Schmidt, Sky, Tassilo Totzeck, Simon "Dennis" Wilson, Beppo Amaretto, Michael Capone, Sir Petrosilius Frogg, Willem Kucharzik, Karl Platten, Alexx Schulz, Jan Haracic, Heidi-Melanie Maier, Dr. Thomas Neumann, Erna Pfleiderer


No. Date Content
5 The Bambi Molesters, Intensity, Mad Sin, Eddyhez, Vampires, Los Banditos, Troublemakers, Fat Possum Records
6 1999 Mucus 2, Tin Cans, Mad Heads, Round-Up Boys, Backwood Boys, The Mighty Gordinis, Susan & The Surftones, Scotty Bullock & The Stampeders
9 Are We Electric? Blood On The Saddle, Cellophane Suckers, Chili Corner, Dos Canones, Dropkick Murphys, Tiger Army & The Unseen, Dusty Gray & His Rough Ridin' Ramblers, Fenton Weills, Get Drunk With Style, Hank Ray, Hawaiians, Jailbirds, Jon & The Nightriders, Knebworth Street Rod Nationals, Leopold Kraus Wellenkapelle, Liquid Laughter Lounge Quartet, Looney Tunes, Montesas, Moorat Fingers, Os Catalepticos, The Quakes, Ripmen, Rock'n'Roll Weekender Walldorf 2001, Rosettes, Shock Therapy, Speed Chicken, Velvetone
12 April 2004 Teenage Music International, Boozehounds, Spellbound, Fantasy Filmfest, Bambi Molesters, The Langhorns, Backwood Creatures, Chili Corner, Davie Allan, Mothers Ruin, Flaming Star Shop, Wild at Heart Berlin, The Vanduras, Los Straitjackets, Frantic Flintstones, Agent Orange, Boozed, Lucky 13, Painted Air, Hick-O-Rhythm, Banzai! Compilation Bands, Hot Rod Story, Gig reviews, Record reviews
13 February 2005 Deke Dickerson, Tiger Army, Soundflat Mailorder, The Hatepinks, El ray, Chili Corner, The Peacocks, The Kilaueas, The Boonaraaas, The Boss Martians, The Shoemakers, Friends of Dean Martinez, White Pussy, The Insect Surfers, The Popzillas, The Travoltas, Cool Jerks, The Punkles, Velvetone, The Tony Montanas, Banzai! Compilation Bands, Gig reviews, Records reviews
14 December 2005 Laika & The Cosmonauts, Long Tall Texans, P.Trash Records, Gabba Gabba Hey! - The Ramones musical, Eleni Mandell, The Turbo A.C.'s, Holly Golightly, 777, Chilly Corner, Hack Mack Jackson, The Sadies, Evil Devil, The Jailbirds, Primitive Men, Mofos, Suzy & Los Quattro, Yep Roc Records, The Spootkniks, 19th International Fantasy Filmfest, The Bahareebas, The Surfing Lungs
15 The Starlite Wranglers, Swinger Club Tour, Julia Hummer, Charley Horse, Cowboys On Dope, The Quakes, Eddie Angel, Atomic 7, Antonio Garcia Y Los Roqueros, Surfaris, The Hawaiians, The Blue Van, Summer Safari - The 6th Adventure, Wild Cat Weekend, Chili Corner

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Kamikaze Records