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Proud Like A God
Proud Like a God
Guano Apes Proud Like A God.jpg
Studio album by
Released6 October 1997 (1997-10-06)
Guano Apes chronology
Proud Like a God
Don't Give Me Names
Singles from Proud Like a God
  1. "Open Your Eyes"
    Released: August 25, 1997
  2. "Rain"
    Released: January 15, 1998
  3. "Lords of the Boards"
    Released: July 15, 1998
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
Rock Hard (de)7,5/10[2]

Proud Like a God is the debut album by the German alternative rock band Guano Apes. The album was released in Germany on 6 October 1997 via GUN/Supersonic Records, internationally on 24 December 1997 via GUN/Supersonic and BMG International, and finally in the US on 28 September 1999 via RCA Records and BMG International. Two of Guano Apes' most popular and enduring songs are included on this album: "Open Your Eyes" and "Lords of the Boards", which peaked at #5 and #10 on the German charts, respectively.

The album has been certified Platinum for shipping 200,000 copies in both Germany[3] and Switzerland.[4]


After winning the "Local Heroes" talent contest in 1996, Guano Apes entered Horus Studio in Hannover to record their debut album, and signed a record deal with GUN Records, a division of BMG. In the documentary Planet of the Apes, drummer Dennis Poschwatta called the recording process "a really bad experience", since the band hadn't realized that recording an album is substantially different from performing live. Vocalist Sandra Nasi?, on the other hand, found working in the studio "interesting" and remembered how it made her feel respected as a singer, while guitarist Henning Rümenapp described it as "on-the-job training".

In August 1997, "Open Your Eyes" was released as a single, followed in 1998 by "Rain" and "Lords Of The Boards".

Track listing

All tracks written by Guano Apes.

1."Open Your Eyes"3:09
4."Lords of the Boards"3:42
5."Crossing the Deadline"3:25
6."We Use the Pain"2:32
7."Never Born"5:17
8."Wash It Down"3:06
10."Get Busy"3:25
13."Move a Little Closer" (Hidden Track)2:50
Total length:51:45

20th Anniversary Edition

Proud Like a God XX
Album cover of "Proud Like A God XX" by German alternative rock band Guano Apes.jpg
Artwork for Proud Like A God XX
Studio album
ReleasedOctober 2017 (2017-10)

October 2017 saw the release of Proud Like a God XX, a revamped 2CD version of the original album containing remixed versions of 10 songs, plus the previously unreleased track "Score". The second disc contains thoroughly rearranged "2017 versions" of six songs from Proud Like A God, and three newly recorded cover songs. The track "Lose Yourself" was released as a single.



  • Sandra Nasi? - vocals
  • Henning Rümenapp - guitars
  • Stefan Ude - bass
  • Dennis Poschwatta - drums, vocals

Additional musicians

  • Afam - scratches
  • Geo Schaller - keys, programming
  • Smoke - cello
  • Michael Wolpers - percussion


  • Wolfgang Stach - production (except "Lords of the Boards"), engineering
  • Guano Apes - production ("Lords of the Boards")
  • Ronald Prent - mixing
  • Anyway Wölfle - additional engineering


CMJ gave a favourable review, praising Sandra Nasi?'s vocal range and calling the album a "well-blended mix of sweet pop and bruising rock, with a little bit of electronica-informed loops and ambience thrown in for good measure."[5]


Single Year Chart Position
"Open Your Eyes" 1997 Germany 5
Austria 10
Switzerland 11
Netherlands 19
Belgium 14
Italy 8
2000 US Mainstream Rock Tracks 24


Year-end charts

Chart (1998) Position
German Albums Chart[6] 13
Chart (1999) Position
German Albums Chart[7] 30
Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Germany (BVMI)[8] Platinum 500,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[9] Gold 50,000*
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[10] Platinum 50,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Guano Apes; 'Proud Like a God')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved .
  4. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Guano Apes; 'Proud Like a God')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien.
  5. ^ Sciaretto, Amy (October 4, 1999). CMJ New Music Report. p. 25.
  6. ^ "Top 100 Album-Jahrescharts" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 2016.
  7. ^ "Top 100 Album-Jahrescharts" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 2016.
  8. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Guano Apes; 'Proud like a God')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie.
  9. ^ "Polish album certifications - Guano Apes - Proud like a God" (in Polish). Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry.
  10. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Guano Apes; 'Proud like a God')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien.

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