The band name "Die Ärzte" was decided upon after Farin Urlaub and Bela B. noticed that the folder with the umlaut "Ä" was empty in most record stores. Since their 2003 album Geräusch , they have stylized their name with three dots over the ä in ärzte , a diacritic which does not correspond to any real language construct, intended as a play on the heavy metal umlaut . The three dots also symbolize the three members of the band. The German cartoonist Schwarwel, who also directed music videos for famous pop punk bands like Good Charlotte or Unwritten Law , realized the idea. "Die Ärzte", with two dots, is correct German orthography and not related to the heavy metal umlaut in any way. They often call themselves "Die beste Band der Welt" ("The best band in the world") in jest due to them wondering why they have so many fans. They often change their band name for short periods, sometimes only a matter of days. For example, they called themselves "Die Köche" ("The cooks") to promote their 2007 album " Jazz ist anders " ("Jazz is different"). By adopting new names, the band is able to avoid attracting large crowds, allowing them to hold small concerts.