History Music / Rammstein

14th Jul '16 6:39:10 AM onionmaster
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* HilariousInHindsight: On the packaging of 'Liebe Ist Fur Alle Da', the band censored 'Buckstabu' as 'B********' to make fun of the German government's tendency for censorship (even though it was a made up word). It became this trope when the German government forced the band to remove 'Ich Tu Dir Weh' from the same album shortly after release, due to its lyrics, and refused to let the band promote the album. The band was not happy about this, and simply crossed out the title, replaced the track with four seconds silence, wrote on the packaging [in German] "Removed by order of the German government", and encouraged fans to not buy this version and instead buy the uncensored version from their website. The ban was eventually lifted due to the controversy, though Rammstein later sued the government for the losses they made on recalling many copies of the album and being unable to promote it.
14th Jul '16 5:02:53 AM onionmaster
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* RearrangeTheSong: The softer, piano-based version of "Mein Herz Brennt" released in 2012, 11 years after the original.

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* RearrangeTheSong: The softer, piano-based version of "Mein Herz Brennt" released in 2012, 11 years after the original. The band later released a music book and accompanying CD of instrumental piano arrangements of their songs called 'Klavier' (Piano).
** The track 'Stirb Nicht Vor Mir' was demoed in the Mutter sessions in quite a sparse arrangement (this version has leaked). They weren't satisfied with this version of the song, but felt it had potential. In the 'Reise Reise' sessions, the band changed some of the lyrics, added some poppy guitar melodies and rewrote the song to be a duet, between Till and the female singer Bobo. The band still felt the song was lacking so didn't include it on 'Reise Reise'. For their follow up album 'Rosenrot', they removed Bobo's vocals, rewrote some of the verses in English, and got {{Music/Texas}} singer Sharleen Spiteri to sing said English vocals (Bobo's backing vocals remain in places). This version was finally released on Rosenrot as "Stirb Nicht Vor Mir (Don't Die Before I Do)" and was widely praised as one of the highlights of the album. In five years, the song had gone from being a song from the perspective of a German-speaking man dreaming of a soulmate, to a duet between a German-speaking man and English-speaking woman who are dreaming of each other without having met (or even speaking the same language). The combination of languages and the contrast between the metal and pop elements was meant to imply that love transcends all boundaries.
** Ohne Dich was written and recorded in the Mutter sessions (this version is the Beta Version) and played once live at a fan club show before the band had decided on all the songs for Mutter. It is characterised by loud guitars in the chorus (a somewhat similar effect to "Seemann"). The band decided to not release this version at the time and instead recorded a more orchestral version which was included on Reise Reise. Eventually that version came out as a single and fans were treated to the original Mutter version as a B-Side.
** The track 'Tier' was written and played live in 1994 before Herzeleid came out (commonly bootlegged as 'Biest') but was largely rewritten by the time it appeared on 1998's Sehnsucht. The same is true of "Alter Mann", which also debuted in 1994 and went through several known arrangements before appearing on "Sehnsucht" in 1998.
** Many demo tracks from the "Liebe Ist Fur Alle Da" sessions leaked which suggest the band had written backing tracks first and was trying out which lyrics worked best with the music. Examples include Panterra (The instrumental of "Gib Mir Den Augen" with the lyrics from "Pussy") and Augen Zu (The instrumental of "Liebe Ist Fur Alle Da" with some of the lyrics from "Wiener Blut")
13th Jul '16 4:49:25 AM onionmaster
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* MexicansLoveSpeedyGonzales: Both "Moskau" (Moscow, Russia) and "Amerika" (USA) deal with negative aspects of the places they are about, but fans from those places tend to love them anyway.
12th Jul '16 1:56:56 PM onionmaster
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** "Herzeleid" is notable for having much more prominent 90s techno influences than their later work, with its lead single "Du Riechst So Gut" and album track "Laichzeit" frequently surprising first time listeners.



* EasterEgg: The voice clip hidden either in the pregap of ''Reise, Reise'' for European pressings or at the start of the song for the US pressings. The clip itself is the last 38 seconds of the cockpit voice recording from the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JAL123 JAL123 disaster of 1985]]. What with the wee tiny matter of it being the ''deadliest single aircraft incident in history'', said easter egg was removed from Japanese pressings and later US pressings. It's complicated.

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* EasterEgg: The voice clip hidden either in the pregap of ''Reise, Reise'' for European pressings or at the start of the song for the US pressings. The clip itself is the last 38 seconds of the cockpit voice recording from the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JAL123 JAL123 disaster of 1985]]. What with the wee tiny matter of Due to it being the ''deadliest single aircraft incident in history'', said easter egg was removed from Japanese pressings and later US pressings. It's complicated.pressings.
12th Jul '16 1:46:26 PM onionmaster
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* ProductionForeshadowing: The dramatic, orchestrated ballad "Seemann" was at stark contrast with the rest of Rammsstein's (predominantly sex-themed techno metal) music at the time of its recording. The song deals with a sailor (literally 'seaman') who misses his lover. After recording Sehnsucht and Mutter (two more albums of techno-metal), and leaving a similar ballad "Ohne Dich" off Mutter, the band decided to focus on this dramatic side of the band. This culminated in the album "Reise Reise" and its sister album "Rosenrot", which are both characterised by themes of lost love and orchestrations. Notably, "Reise Reise"'s title track is about a storm at sea in which the seamen must fight hard to prevent the ship sinking, and "Rosenrot"'s cover has a ship on it.
12th Jul '16 5:13:02 AM onionmaster
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*** Similarly, Mein Land is about how people escape their countries to move to the richer western countries for a better life, only to be greeted with hostility by nationalists rather than being welcomed, making them feel they can neither go back to their old home nor find a new home. The video goes one further by presenting the band as the all-American archetype of The Beach Boys, who make America seem like a friendly place despite the reality being much more complicated.
12th Jul '16 3:48:58 AM onionmaster
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** Although released afterwards (but recorded around the same time), "Wo Bist Du" could be seen as a prequel to "Ohne Dich" as it features a man searching the tranquil countryside for a lover who may be dead, and indicates that he's considering suicide if he doesn't find her.
** "Tier" is one to the unreleased song "Biest" which has some similar lyrics about a pedophile.



* SurprisinglyGentleSong: "Ohne Dich", "Ein Lied", "Amour", "Nebel", "Frühling in Paris", "Roter Sand" and "Stirb Nicht Vor Mir" (the latter two are notable for not featuring any heavy guitars)... They have a fair few songs like this.

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* SurprisinglyGentleSong: "Seemann", "Ohne Dich", "Ein Lied", "Amour", "Nebel", "Frühling in Paris", "Roter Sand" and "Stirb Nicht Vor Mir" (the latter two are notable for not featuring any heavy guitars)... They have a fair few songs like this.



** "Mein Land" is an anti-nationalism song.

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** "Mein Land" is an anti-nationalism song. Its video is a parody of The Beach Boys, whose chirpy Californian image created a stereotype of Americans that endures to this day.
26th Jun '16 10:54:21 PM erforce
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** All the fantasies the other band members have of killing Till in "Haifisch" are related to previous videos: "Du Hast", "Ohne Dich", "Keine Lust", "Sonne", and "Amerika". Also, the final fantasy appears to be a shout out to the movie ''Se7en''.

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** All the fantasies the other band members have of killing Till in "Haifisch" are related to previous videos: "Du Hast", "Ohne Dich", "Keine Lust", "Sonne", and "Amerika". Also, the final fantasy appears to be a shout out to the movie ''Se7en''.''Film/Se7en''.
8th Jun '16 4:44:42 AM arisboch
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* InterplayOfSexAndViolence: Fairly common, usually wound up in IntercourseWithYou. "Wollt ihr das Bett in Flammen sehen?" has a bridge chant of "Sex ist eine Schlacht! / Liebe ist Krieg!" ([[SexIsViolence "Sex is a battle! / Love is war!"]]). Complete with a sound of a reloading shotgun. And in some versions, a shot right after that.

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* InterplayOfSexAndViolence: Fairly common, usually wound up in IntercourseWithYou. "Wollt ihr das Bett in Flammen sehen?" [[note]]"Do you want to see the bed in flames"[[/note]] has a bridge chant of "Sex ist eine Schlacht! / Liebe ist Krieg!" ([[SexIsViolence "Sex is a battle! / Love is war!"]]). Complete with a sound of a reloading shotgun. And in some versions, a shot right after that.
8th Jun '16 4:41:42 AM arisboch
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* IntercourseWithYou: Pretty much half of their songs. Special mention for including "Blitzkrieg mit dem Fleischgewehr"[[note]]blitzkrieg with your gun of flesh. [[SarcasmMode VERY subtle, I know.]][[/note]] and references to putting bratwurst in someone else's sauerkraut in "Pussy". "Rein Raus" [[note]]In out[[/note]] also deserves a mention. Some of the {{Double Entendre}}s Till comes up with are impressively creative.

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* IntercourseWithYou: Pretty much half of their songs. Special mention for including "Blitzkrieg mit dem Fleischgewehr"[[note]]blitzkrieg with your the gun of flesh. [[SarcasmMode VERY subtle, I know.]][[/note]] and references to putting bratwurst in someone else's sauerkraut in "Pussy". "Rein Raus" [[note]]In out[[/note]] also deserves a mention. Some of the {{Double Entendre}}s Till comes up with are impressively creative.
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