Music / Die Toten Hosen
Die Toten Hosen (lit. "The Dead Trousers") are a German punk band from Düsseldorf formed in 1982. Their name comes from a slang term ("tote Hose") for nothing going on, which was their opinion on the German music scene at the time. Through the years, they've been one of Germany's most successful acts, and with 15 studio albums to date, also one of the most prolific. The band members are most known by their stage names: Campino, Kuddel, Andi, Breiti, and Vom Ritchie (singer, guitarist, bassist, guitarst, and drummer, respectively). The former drummer, Wölli, left the band due to injuries, and is now the band manager. The discography in chronological order is as follows:
- Unter falscher Flagge ("Under false flag")
- Damenwahl ("Ladies' Choice")
- Never Mind the Hosen, Here's Die Roten Rosen
- Ein kleines bisschen Horrorschau ("A little bit of horrorshow")
- Auf dem Kreuzzug ins Glück ("On the crusade to happiness")
- Learning English Lesson 1
- Kauf MICH! ("Buy ME!")
- Love, Peace & Money note
- Opium fürs Volk ("Opium for the people"note )
- Wir warten auf's Christkind...note ("Waiting for Baby Jesus")
- Crash-Landing note
- Unsterblich ("Immortal")
- Auswärtsspiel ("Away game")
- Zurück zum Glück ("Back to happiness/fortune/luck")
- In aller Stille ("In complete silence")
- Ballast der Republik ("Dead weight/Burdens of the Republic"note )
While some of their songs are irreverent and just for fun, a lot of them have political and social messages contained. Most often you will find songs decrying racism, xenophobia, corruption, and blind religious faith. The album Opium fürs Volk (Opium for the People) features heavy criticism of the Ten Commandments and the idea of paradise especially. Several of their songs also touch on more sensitive topics, often in order to bring more attention to a particular issue - with their fanbase, it can have quite an effect. Quite a few songs also deal with the personal lives of Campino & Co. note
, and the band's evolution from their rebellious roots to their current lives. Especially the stance on religion of the band has notably softened by the time Auswärtsspiel
was released, but it still holds a humorous/sarcastic edge to it.
They're also very popular in South America for some reason, though given how much that region loves its rock music, this should come as no real surprise.
Tropes concerning them and their works include:
- Drinking Song: Zehn Kleine Jägermeister and Eisgekühlter Bommerlunder among them.
- My Country, Right or Wrong: Somewhat of an example with "1000 Gute Gründe" which mentions many reasons Germany is great, but ends with them unable to really think of one at that particular moment.
- Long-Runner Lineup: They have pretty much run the same lineup since 1983 (founded 1982, their original guitarist left because of drugs), with the only position changing hands in all these years being that of the drummer for various reasons: Trini Trimpop sat behind the set from their first concert to 1985, was replaced by Jakob Keusen for a time, who then subsequently was replaced by Wolfgang "Wölli" Rhode in 1986 (Keusen was part of another band). The latter-most gave up the position in 1999 due to health problems and took over management of the band, with his replacement being the band's current drummer Vom Ritchie.