The Bates was a German punk band from Eschwege. It was formed in 1987. The group consisted of Zimbl, Klube, Reb and Dully. They are best known for their cover versions of popular songs made by other artists. The Bates became popular in 1989 with their first album, No Name for the Baby, which you may download in mp3 from our site. The band's next album, Shake, was released in 1990. The band's most successful single was the cover version of Michael Jackson's Billie Jean (2004). It reached #10 in the Swiss charts. In 2000 they disbanded. The band members reunited only briefly (for December 28, 2006) to play one concert, as a tribute to their former singer Markus "Zimbl" Zimmer, who had died earlier that year. The concert was filmed and, together with some interviews of family, friends and former acquaintances of Zimbl, made into a movie: "Zimbl - a real cool time"