Rammstein

Country HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germany» \o «Germany»
Germany

Years active HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1994_in_music» \o
«1994 in music» 1994 -present

HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_genre» \o «Music genre»
Genres HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Industrial_metal» \o
«Industrial metal» Tanz-Metall

HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neue_Deutsche_H%C3%A4rte» \o
«Neue Deutsche Haerte» Neue Deutsche Haerte

HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Record_label» \o «Record
label» Labels HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motor_Music_Records» \o «Motor Music
Records» Motor Music

HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_Records» \o «Republic
Records» Republic Records

HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slash_Records» \o «Slash
Records» Slash Records

HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_Music_Group» \o
«Universal Music Group» Universal Music

Members HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Till_Lindemann» \o
«Till Lindemann» Till Lindemann

HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Kruspe-Bernstein» \o
«Richard Kruspe-Bernstein» Richard «Scholle» Kruspe

HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Landers» \o «Paul
Landers» Paul H. Landers

HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oliver_Riedel» \o «Oliver
Riedel» Oliver «Ollie» Riedel

HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christoph_Schneider» \o
«Christoph Schneider» Christoph «Doom» Schneider

HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_Lorenz» \o
«Christian Lorenz» Christian «Flake» Lorenz

Rammstein is a HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germany» \o
«Germany» German HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neue_Deutsche_H%C3%A4rte» \o «Neue
Deutsche Haerte» NDH-metal band that was formed in HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1994_in_music» \o «1994 in music» 1994 .
They have dubbed their NDH-genre HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neue_Deutsche_H%C3%A4rte» \o «Neue
Deutsche Haerte» Tanz-Metall («Dance metal»), and it incorporates
elements of HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heavy_metal_music»
\o «Heavy metal music» metal / HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hard_rock» \o «Hard rock» hard rock ,
HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Industrial_metal» \o «Industrial
metal» industrial rock and HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_music» \o «Electronic music»
electronic music . The songs are performed almost exclusively in
HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_language» \o «German
language» German . They have sold over 10 million records worldwide
HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/» \l
«_note-Rammstein.com-Rosenrot-T2005» \o «» [1] .

Rammstein’s entire catalogue is published by HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BMG_Music_Publishing» \o «BMG Music
Publishing» BMG Music Publishing .

Contents

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HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/» \l «The_band» 1 The band

HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/» \l «Style» 2 Style

HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/» \l «Lyrics» 3 Lyrics

HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/» \l
«Movie_and_video_appearances» 4 Movie and video appearances

HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/» \l «Shows» 5 Shows

HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/» \l «Discography» 6
Discography

HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/» \l «Albums» 6.1 Albums

HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/» \l «Covers_and_adaptations»
6.2 Covers and adaptations

HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/» \l «Controversies» 7
Controversies

HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/» \l «References» 8
References

The band

Rammstein takes its name indirectly from the western German town of
HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramstein» \o «Ramstein»
Ramstein , site of an HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramstein_airshow_disaster» \o «Ramstein
airshow disaster» airshow disaster in HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1988» \o «1988» 1988 . The band’s
signature song, the eponymous » HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rammstein_%28song%29» \o «Rammstein
(song)» Rammstein «, is a commemoration of the tragedy that took place
at the HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramstein_Air_Base» \o
«Ramstein Air Base» Ramstein Air Base . The extra «m» in the band’s
name allows the word to translate literally as «ramming stone» or »
HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battering_ram» \o «Battering
ram» battering ram «, reinforcing the image of the band’s music as
fierce and relentless. Despite lyrics that are in HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_language» \o «German language»
German , the band has enjoyed success outside of Germany, both in
Europe, North America as well as Japan, Australia and New Zealand. With
the album HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reise%2C_Reise» \o
«Reise, Reise» Reise, Reise (2004), they became the most successful
German-language band of all time internationally. Rammstein has had
several top ten singles in Germany.

Rammstein brings on the flamethrowers during HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feuer_Frei%21» \o «Feuer Frei!» Feuer
Frei! — HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stockholm_Globe_Arena» \o «Stockholm Globe
Arena» Globe Arena , HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stockholm» \o «Stockholm» Stockholm ,
HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/November_18» \o «November 18»
18 November HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2004» \o «2004»
2004 .

The band’s members all come from the former HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Germany» \o «East Germany» East
Germany , specifically HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Berlin» \o «East Berlin» East Berlin
and HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schwerin» \o «Schwerin»
Schwerin . They are:

HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Till_Lindemann» \o «Till
Lindemann» Till Lindemann – HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singing» \o «Singing» lead vocals

HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Kruspe-Bernstein» \o
«Richard Kruspe-Bernstein» Richard Zven «Scholle» Kruspe – HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lead_guitar» \o «Lead guitar» lead-guitar

HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Landers» \o «Paul
Landers» Paul H. Landers – HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhythm_guitar» \o «Rhythm guitar»
rhythm-guitar

HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oliver_Riedel» \o «Oliver
Riedel» Oliver «Ollie» Riedel – HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bass_guitar» \o «Bass guitar» electric
bass

HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christoph_Schneider» \o
«Christoph Schneider» Christoph «Doom» Schneider – HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drum_kit» \o «Drum kit» drums

HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_Lorenz» \o
«Christian Lorenz» Christian «Flake» Lorenz – HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keyboard_instrument» \o «Keyboard
instrument» keyboards

Riedel, Schneider and Kruspe were the original founders of Rammstein,
following an attempt by the latter to compose American-influenced music
with a HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Berlin» \o «West
Berlin» West Berlin band called HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Orgasm_Death_Gimmicks&action=
edit» \o «Orgasm Death Gimmicks» Orgasm Death Gimmicks . As Kruspe put
it, «I realized it’s really important to make music and make it fit with
your language, which I didn’t do in the past. I came back [to Germany]
and said, ‘It’s time to make music that’s really authentic.’ I was
starting a project called Rammstein to really try to make German music.»
He invited Till Lindemann, a basket weaver and drummer for the band
HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Arsch» \o «First Arsch»
First Arsch , to join the project as a vocalist. The four entered a
contest for new bands and won, attracting the interest of Paul H.
Landers, who knew them all and decided to join the band. Christian
«Flake» Lorenz was the last member to join; he had played with Landers
before in the band HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feeling_B»
\o «Feeling B» Feeling B and was initially reluctant to come on board,
but was eventually persuaded to join. Their first album was released a
year later. They have been nominated for two Best Metal Performance
HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grammy_Awards» \o «Grammy
Awards» Grammy Awards : in 1999 with the song » HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Du_hast» \o «Du hast» Du hast » and in
2005 with the song » HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mein_Teil_%28single%29» \o «Mein Teil
(single)» Mein Teil «.

Style

Rammstein audio samples

» HYPERLINK
«http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/7/7f/Rammstein_-_Bestrafe_mich
_%28sample%29.ogg» \o «Rammstein — Bestrafe mich (sample).ogg» Bestrafe
mich » ( HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Rammstein_-_Bestrafe_mich_%28sample%
29.ogg» \o «Image:Rammstein — Bestrafe mich (sample).ogg» info )

» HYPERLINK
«http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/e/ef/Rammstein_-_Ohne_dich_%28
sample%29.ogg» \o «Rammstein — Ohne dich (sample).ogg» Ohne dich » (
HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Rammstein_-_Ohne_dich_%28sample%29.o
gg» \o «Image:Rammstein — Ohne dich (sample).ogg» info )

» HYPERLINK
«http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/6/6d/Rammstein_-_Zwitter_%28sa
mple%29.ogg» \o «Rammstein — Zwitter (sample).ogg» Zwitter » (
HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Rammstein_-_Zwitter_%28sample%29.ogg
» \o «Image:Rammstein — Zwitter (sample).ogg» info )

Although Rammstein is often generalized as HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Industrial_metal» \o «Industrial metal»
industrial metal or — especially in Germany — as HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neue_Deutsche_H%C3%A4rte» \o «Neue
Deutsche Haerte» Neue Deutsche Haerte (New German hardness), its music
spans a variety of related styles, including HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germany» \o «Germany» German HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hard_rock» \o «Hard rock» hard rock and
HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heavy_metal_music» \o «Heavy
metal music» heavy metal . The band was strongly influenced by
HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laibach_%28band%29» \o «Laibach
(band)» Laibach , a HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slovenia»
\o «Slovenia» Slovenian HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neoclassical_music» \o «Neoclassical
music» neo-classical and HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Industrial_music» \o «Industrial music»
industrial group. Other influences include HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deutsch-Amerikanische_Freundschaft» \o
«Deutsch-Amerikanische Freundschaft» DAF (Deutsch-Amerikanische
Freundschaft), HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oomph%21» \o
«Oomph!» Oomph! and HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ministry_%28band%29» \o «Ministry (band)»
Ministry , but the contrast between individual songs such as «Bestrafe
mich», » HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ohne_dich» \o «Ohne
dich» Ohne dich » and » HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Te_quiero_puta» \o «Te quiero puta» Te
quiero puta !» makes the band difficult to classify.

Richard Zven Kruspe, guitarist and founder.

Rammstein’s style has tended to divide critics, some of whom have
responded with memorably dismissive comments. Jam Showbiz (April 2001)
described HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mutter» \o «Mutter»
Mutter as «music to invade HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poland» \o «Poland» Poland to.»
HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Zealand» \o «New Zealand»
New Zealand ‘s Southland Times (Dec. 17, 1999) suggested that Till
Lindemann’s «booming, sub-sonic voice» would send «the peasants fleeing
into their barns and bolting their doors.» The HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_Times» \o «New York Times» New
York Times (Jan. 9, 2005) commented that on the stage, «Mr. Lindemann
gave off an air of such brute masculinity and barely contained violence
that it seemed that he could have reached into the crowd, snatched up a
fan, and bitten off his head.» Other critics have been more positive.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine of HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_Music_Guide» \o «All Music Guide» All
Music Guide commented that «their blend of industrial noise, grinding
metal guitars, and operatic vocals is staggeringly powerful» HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/» \l «_note-Allmusic.com-sehnsucht» \o «»
[2] . «We just push boundaries,» said Till Lindemann in an interview
with rock magazine HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kerrang%21»
\o «Kerrang!» Kerrang! . «We can’t help it if people don’t like those
boundaries being pushed.»

Despite Rammstein’s brutalist image, many of its songs lyrics
demonstrate a certain sense of humour. «Zwitter», for example, is a
bizarre take on HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narcissism» \o
«Narcissism» narcissism (and HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bisexuality» \o «Bisexuality» bisexuality
) through the persona of a HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermaphrodite» \o «Hermaphrodite»
hermaphrodite :

Wenn die anderen Maedchen suchten (When the others searched for girls)

Konnt ich mich schon selbst befruchten (I could already fertilize
myself)

Similarly, the song » HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amerika_%28single%29» \o «Amerika
(single)» Amerika » features a HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tongue-in-cheek» \o «Tongue-in-cheek»
tongue-in-cheek adaptation of the normal chorus:

We’re all living in Amerika

HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coca-Cola» \o «Coca-Cola»
Coca-Cola , HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wonderbra» \o
«Wonderbra» Wonderbra ! Usually Amerika ist wunderbar (wonderful), in
one chorus is sung as «Coca-Cola, sometimes war»

We’re all living in Amerika

Amerika, Amerika!

Some of their songs show unexpected influences. » HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dalai_Lama_%28song%29» \o «Dalai Lama
(song)» Dalai Lama » is an adaptation of the famous poem HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Der_Erlk%C3%B6nig» \o «Der Erlkoenig» Der
Erlkoenig by HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johann_Wolfgang_von_Goethe» \o «Johann
Wolfgang von Goethe» Johann Wolfgang von Goethe . «Hilf mir» was
inspired by the short story » HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Die_gar_traurige_Geschichte_mit_dem_Feuerz
eug» \o «Die gar traurige Geschichte mit dem Feuerzeug» Die gar
traurige Geschichte mit dem Feuerzeug » (from » HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Struwwelpeter» \o «Struwwelpeter» Der
Struwwelpeter «) by HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heinrich_Hoffmann_%28author%29» \o
«Heinrich Hoffmann (author)» Heinrich Hoffmann . «Rosenrot» is inspired
by the poem » HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Heider%C3%B6slein&action=edit
» \o «Heideroeslein» Heideroeslein » by HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goethe» \o «Goethe» Goethe and the story
«Schneeweisschen und Rosenrot».

Lyrics

Nearly all of Rammstein’s lyrics are in German. However, the band did
record English versions of «Engel» , «Du hast» and «Amerika», as well as
covers of the songs «Stripped» and «Pet Sematary». In addition, the
songs «Amerika» (German version), «Stirb nicht vor mir//Don’t die before
I do» and » HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moskau_%28Rammstein_song%29» \o «Moskau
(Rammstein song)» Moskau » contain not only German verses, but also
English and HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_language»
\o «Russian language» Russian choruses, respectively; » HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Te_quiero_puta» \o «Te quiero puta» Te
quiero puta !» is entirely in Spanish. The song » HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mein_Teil» \o «Mein Teil» Mein Teil »
features one line in English: «Yes It’s Mein Teil» HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/» \l «_note-herzleid.com-mein_teil» \o «»
[3] . «Ollie» Riedel commented that «German language suits heavy metal
music. French might be the language of love, but German is the language
of anger.» (Sunday Herald Sun, Melbourne, Australia, October 24, 2004).

Wordplay is a fundamental component of Rammstein’s lyrics. In many
instances, the lyrics are phrased such that they can be interpreted in
several ways. The song » HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Du_hast» \o «Du hast» Du hast «, for
example, is a play on German HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marriage» \o «Marriage» marriage vows
(«Willst du, bis der Tod euch scheidet, treu ihr sein fuer alle Tage?»).
In the song, the traditional affirmative response «ja» is replaced by
its negation «nein». The song starts, in fact, with a play on words:
«Du… Du hast… Du hast mich…» meaning, «You have me» or «You hate
me». (The second person singular («du») forms of the words «hassen» (to
hate) and «haben» (to have) are HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homophone» \o «Homophone» homophones ).
The ambiguity is later resolved as the line is completed: «Du hast mich
gefragt» («You [have] asked me»).

Rammstein often uses rhyming to create similar effects. For example,
from the song «Los»:

Es ist hoffnungslos (It is hopeless)

Sinnlos (Senseless)

Hilflos (Helpless)

Sie sind Gott [break]

Los

The last two lines above can be interpreted in three ways. «Sie sind
Gott. / Los!» can mean «They are God. / Go!»; «Sie sind Gott los» can be
translated as «They got rid of God;» while «Sie sind gottlos» means
«they are godless». «Sie sind» could also be understood as the formal
«you are» yielding three additional interpretations.

Movie and video appearances

Within only a few years of starting their career, Rammstein soon caught
the attention of HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hollywood» \o
«Hollywood» Hollywood for their explosive stage performances and
energetic music. Directors HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Lynch» \o «David Lynch» David Lynch
and HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob_Cohen» \o «Rob Cohen»
Rob Cohen appear to be particularly strong fans; explaining why he set
the first four minutes of his thriller HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XXX_%28movie%29» \o «XXX (movie)» xXx in
a Rammstein concert in HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prague»
\o «Prague» Prague , Cohen said:

   

I guess it was in 1997 I was going through Hamburg and I caught their
[Rammstein’s] show as they chased each other around with dildos spurting
HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Custard» \o «Custard» custard
, the fire pots and all of that, this is a crazy band; they’re very
theatrical and exciting, but their music is very, very good and German;
it’s very interesting in terms of the energy it evokes. HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/» \l «_note-mymovies.net-xXx» \o «» [4]
   

HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Till_Lindemann» \o «Till
Lindemann» Till Lindemann , appearing HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overweight» \o «Overweight» over-weight
for the video to HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keine_Lust»
\o «Keine Lust» Keine Lust .

Rammstein’s movie appearances to date are as follows:

Release Date Film Song

February 18, HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1997» \o «1997»
1997 HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lost_Highway» \o «Lost
Highway» Lost Highway » HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rammstein_%28song%29» \o «Rammstein
(song)» Rammstein «, » HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heirate_Mich» \o «Heirate Mich» Heirate
mich »

October 21, HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1997» \o «1997»
1997 HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mortal_Kombat:_Annihilation» \o «Mortal
Kombat: Annihilation» Mortal Kombat: Annihilation » HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Engel_%28single%29» \o «Engel (single)»
Engel »

August 4, HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1998» \o «1998»
1998 HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For_the_Masses» \o «For
the Masses» For the Masses » HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stripped_%28Rammstein_single%29» \o
«Stripped (Rammstein single)» Stripped »

HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1999» \o «1999» 1999
HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wing_Commander» \o «Wing
Commander» Wing Commander » HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eifersucht_%28song%29» \o «Eifersucht
(song)» Eifersucht »

March 30, HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1999» \o «1999»
1999 HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Family_Values_Tour_1998»
\o «Family Values Tour 1998″ Family Values Tour 1998 » HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Du_hast» \o «Du hast» Du hast «, »
HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B%C3%BCck_dich» \o «Bueck dich»
Bueck dich »

March 30, HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1999» \o «1999»
1999 HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Matrix» \o «The
Matrix» The Matrix » HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Du_hast»
\o «Du hast» Du hast »

2000 HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CKY_%28videos%29» \o «CKY
(videos)» CKY, Vol. 2 » HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Du_hast» \o «Du hast» Du hast »

HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2001» \o «2001» 2001
HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How_High» \o «How High» How
High » HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Du_hast» \o «Du hast»
Du hast »

March 12, HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2002» \o «2002»
2002 HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resident_Evil_%28movie%29» \o «Resident
Evil (movie)» Resident Evil » HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hallelujah» \o «Hallelujah» Halleluja »

August 6, HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2002» \o «2002»
2002 HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XXX_%28movie%29» \o «XXX
(movie)» xXx » HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feuer_frei%21»
\o «Feuer frei!» Feuer frei! » (performed live on film)

August 23, HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2002» \o «2002»
2002 HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lilya_4-ever» \o «Lilya
4-ever» Lilya 4-ever » HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mein_Herz_brennt» \o «Mein Herz brennt»
Mein Herz brennt (film-remix) «, » HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mein_Herz_brennt» \o «Mein Herz brennt»
Mein Herz brennt »

August 30, HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2002» \o «2002»
2002 HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FeardotCom» \o
«FeardotCom» FeardotCom » HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonne» \o «Sonne» Sonne »

August 9, HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2004» \o «2004»
2004 HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resident_Evil:_Apocalypse» \o «Resident
Evil: Apocalypse» Resident Evil: Apocalypse » HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mein_Teil_%28single%29» \o «Mein Teil
(single)» Mein Teil »

HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2006» \o «2006» 2006
HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/See_No_Evil_%28film%29» \o «See
No Evil (film)» See No Evil » HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mein_Teil_%28single%29» \o «Mein Teil
(single)» Mein Teil »

Rammstein’s song videos also tie in quite closely with films as they
frequently «quote» from movies, including HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quentin_Tarantino» \o «Quentin Tarantino»
Quentin J. Tarantino ‘s HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reservoir_Dogs» \o «Reservoir Dogs»
Reservoir Dogs in «Du hast» and HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/From_Dusk_Till_Dawn» \o «From Dusk Till
Dawn» From Dusk Till Dawn in «Engel». «Du hast» is also a hint to
HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lost_Highway» \o «Lost Highway»
Lost Highway from HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Lynch» \o «David Lynch» David Lynch
. The video for Feuer Frei also contains many shots taken from the
action scenes of xXx.

Shows

«Other bands play, Rammstein burns!» — HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brixton» \o «Brixton» Brixton ,
HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London» \o «London» London ,
February HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2005_in_music» \o
«2005 in music» 2005 .

HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Till_Lindemann» \o «Till
Lindemann» Till Lindemann performing HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bestrafe_Mich» \o «Bestrafe Mich»
Bestrafe mich .

Rammstein has achieved particular fame (not to mention notoriety) for
its hugely over-the-top stage show, using so many HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyrotechnics» \o «Pyrotechnics»
pyrotechnics that fans eventually coined the motto «Other bands play,
Rammstein burns!» (a quip at HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manowar_%28band%29» \o «Manowar (band)»
Manowar ‘s song «Kings of Metal», which states, «other bands play,
Manowar kill»).

The heat is so intense that on occasion, people have been carried out of
Rammstein concerts suffering from heat exhaustion, and lighting gantries
have been seen glowing red-hot from repeated fireball hits. The variety
of the pyrotechnics can be seen in a recent concert playlist, which
includes such items as » HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lycopodium» \o «Lycopodium» Lycopodium
Masks», «Glitterburst Truss», «Pyrostrobes», «Comets», «Flash Trays» and
«Mortar Hits». The band’s on-stage antics have included:

Band members using head-mounted flamethrowers («Lycopodium Masks», also
called «Dragon Masks») while singing/playing (example: «Feuer frei!»
video);

Till Lindemann singing an entire song while on fire (example:
«Rammstein» video); he now uses twin flamethrowers strapped to his arms;

Simulated HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sodomy» \o «Sodomy»
sodomy with Till using a HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dildo» \o «Dildo» dildo on Flake, that
squirts liquid up to about four meters over the crowd (during the song
HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B%C3%BCck_dich» \o «Bueck dich»
Bueck dich );

«Flake» Lorenz being led by Till Lindemann in full bondage gear during
stage performances of Bueck dich (Only certain editions of Live Aus
Berlin contain this footage potentially due to the arrest of both
members at a June 1999 Worcester, Massachusetts concert);

Exploding drumsticks, drums, microphones and boots;

«Flake» Lorenz being roasted in a giant cauldron by a
flamethrower-wielding Lindemann; (During the song HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mein_Teil» \o «Mein Teil» Mein Teil )

Rockets fired along cables strung above the audience;

Spark-shooting HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longbow» \o
«Longbow» longbows , HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drumsticks» \o «Drumsticks» drumsticks ,
boots and guns;

«Flake» Lorenz HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auto-destructive_art» \o «Auto-destructive
art» destroying a keyboard in the style of HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nine_Inch_Nails» \o «Nine Inch Nails»
Nine Inch Nails and HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Who»
\o «The Who» The Who ;

Microphones, guitars and keyboards on fire;

Band members surfing the crowd in a rubber boat HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/» \l «_note-0» \o «» [5]

«Flake» Lorenz driving around on a HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Segway_HT» \o «Segway HT» Segway HT
during «Amerika».[1]

Rammstein’s shows have become increasingly elaborate since the first
ones ten years ago, when their effects were confined to pouring
HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kerosene» \o «Kerosene»
kerosene around the stage and setting it alight. After some unfortunate
early accidents the band took to employing professionals to handle the
HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyrotechnics» \o «Pyrotechnics»
pyrotechnics ; Lindemann himself is now a licensed pyrotechnician.

The band’s costumes are equally outlandish. During the HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reise%2C_Reise» \o «Reise, Reise» Reise,
Reise tour they were wearing HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lederhosen» \o «Lederhosen» Lederhosen ,
HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corset» \o «Corset» corsets
and vague military uniforms with steel helmets, while during the Mutter
tour the group kept to the themes of the album artwork and descended
onto the stage from a giant HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uterus» \o «Uterus» uterus while wearing
HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nappies» \o «Nappies» nappies
.

According to Kruspe, the on-stage wackiness is entirely deliberate
(Rammstein’s motto according to Schneider is: «Do your own thing. And
overdo it!»). The aim is to get people’s attention and have fun at the
same time: «You have to understand that 99 percent of the people don’t
understand the lyrics, so you have to come up with something to keep the
drama in the show. We have to do something. We like to have a show; we
like to play with fire. We do have a sense of humor. We do laugh about
it; we have fun… but we’re not HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spinal_Tap_%28band%29» \o «Spinal Tap
(band)» Spinal Tap . We take the music and the lyrics seriously. It’s a
combination of humor, theater and our HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_German» \o «East German» East German
culture, you know?» (The Grand Rapids Press, Jul 22, 1999).

[1] At the HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metaltown_Festival»
\o «Metaltown Festival» Metaltown Festival in HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gothenburg» \o «Gothenburg» Gothenburg ,
HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweden» \o «Sweden» Sweden on
HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/July_30» \o «July 30» July 30
, HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2005» \o «2005» 2005 , Till
suffered a knee injury when Flake accidentally ran into him with the
Segway. This caused concerts scheduled in HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asia» \o «Asia» Asia and HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latin_America» \o «Latin America» Latin
America to be cancelled.

Discography

Main article: HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rammstein_discography» \o «Rammstein
discography» Rammstein discography

Albums

Rammstein has released five full-length studio albums: HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herzeleid» \o «Herzeleid» Herzeleid (
HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1995» \o «1995» 1995 ),
HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sehnsucht_%28album%29» \o
«Sehnsucht (album)» Sehnsucht ( HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1997» \o «1997» 1997 ), HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mutter» \o «Mutter» Mutter ( HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2001» \o «2001» 2001 ), HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reise%2C_Reise» \o «Reise, Reise» Reise,
Reise ( HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2004» \o «2004» 2004
), HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosenrot» \o «Rosenrot»
Rosenrot ( HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2005» \o «2005»
2005 ) and two live albums HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Live_aus_Berlin» \o «Live aus Berlin»
Live aus Berlin ( HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1999» \o
«1999» 1999 ) and HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V%C3%B6lkerball» \o «Voelkerball»
Voelkerball ( HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2006» \o «2006»
2006 ). While Herzeleid was well-received, Sehnsucht is widely regarded
as Rammstein’s breakthrough album. The production of the follow-up album
Mutter was an experience fraught with difficulty for the band. However,
the differences were resolved by the time Rammstein produced Reise,
Reise.

The band’s latest album, Rosenrot, was released on HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/October_28» \o «October 28» October 28 ,
HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2005» \o «2005» 2005 . A
number of songs that were left out of Reise, Reise for dramaturgical
reasons make up the majority of the album, but a number of new songs
have also been recorded. The band performed » HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benzin» \o «Benzin» Benzin «, the first
single from the album, at four shows in Wuhlheide Park on June 23-26,
2005, and four shows in the UK ( HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metro_Radio_Arena_Newcastle» \o «Metro
Radio Arena Newcastle» Newcastle , HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Exhibition_Centre» \o «National
Exhibition Centre» Birmingham , HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scottish_Exhibition_and_Conference_Centre»
\o «Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre» Glasgow and HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cardiff_International_Arena» \o «Cardiff
International Arena» Cardiff ) in July 2005.

The band will take a timeout in 2006, and will record a new album in
2007. HYPERLINK
«http://rammstein-interviews.com/interviews/2006/march/gauntlet_en.htm»
\o
«http://rammstein-interviews.com/interviews/2006/march/gauntlet_en.htm»
[1]

A new live Rammstein DVD, named Voelkerball, is to be released in
October of 2006, with concert footage from France, England, Japan, and
Russia, and as a CD as well. A special edition will have another DVD,
with 90 minutes of documentary footage. There will also be a special
suprise that comes with the special edition digi-pack.

[ HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Rammstein&action=edit&section
=8» \o «Edit section: Covers and adaptations» edit ]

Covers and adaptations

Rammstein’s songs have been covered by a number of other artists,
notably the HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet_Shop_Boys» \o
«Pet Shop Boys» Pet Shop Boys , who remixed the song » HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mein_Teil_%28single%29» \o «Mein Teil
(single)» Mein Teil «. Recently, the group HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gregorian_%28band%29» \o «Gregorian
(band)» Gregorian reworked «Engel» as a HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gregorian_chant» \o «Gregorian chant»
Gregorian chant for their album HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=The_Dark_Side_%28album%29&act
ion=edit» \o «The Dark Side (album)» The Dark Side . The same song has
been covered by HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belgium» \o
«Belgium» Belgian girls choir HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Scala_%26_Kolacny_Brothers&ac
tion=edit» \o «Scala & Kolacny Brothers» Scala & Kolacny Brothers ,
resulting in a very quiet, brooding version, contrary to the original.
Also, the German composer HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Torsten_Rasch&action=edit» \o
«Torsten Rasch» Torsten Rasch has produced a classical symphonic
song-cycle entitled «Mein Herz brennt», based on the album Mutter. The
song «Alter Mann» was also done for the CD.

The cover of » HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seemann_%28single%29» \o «Seemann
(single)» Seemann » by HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nina_Hagen» \o «Nina Hagen» Nina Hagen
and HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apocalyptica» \o
«Apocalyptica» Apocalyptica impressed Rammstein so much, that they
took Apocalyptica as co-headliner on tour with them in Spring 2005, and
invited the band on stage to perform «Ohne dich» and «Mein Herz Brennt»
together. The » HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benzin» \o
«Benzin» Benzin » single also featured a remix of the song by
Apocalyptica.

Rammstein has also done several covers themselves, including «Das
Modell» by HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kraftwerk» \o
«Kraftwerk» Kraftwerk , «Stripped» by HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Depeche_Mode» \o «Depeche Mode» Depeche
Mode , «Pet Sematary» by HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ramones» \o «The Ramones» The Ramones
(sung by keyboardist HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_%22Flake%22_Lorenz» \o
«Christian \»Flake\» Lorenz» Christian «Flake» Lorenz ) and «Shtil'»
(renamed «Schtiel») by the Russian HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heavy_metal_music» \o «Heavy metal music»
heavy metal group HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aria_%28Russian_band%29» \o «Aria (Russian
band)» Aria .

Controversies

The original HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herzeleid» \o
«Herzeleid» Herzeleid album cover.

The alternate HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herzeleid» \o
«Herzeleid» Herzeleid album cover.

Described by the New York Times as a «powerful strain of brutally
intense rock» who «bring gale-force music and spectacular theatrics
together,» Rammstein has been a band with an highly controversy-prone
nature HYPERLINK
«http://movies2.nytimes.com/gst/movies/movie.html?v_id=184439» \o
«http://movies2.nytimes.com/gst/movies/movie.html?v_id=184439» [2] .
Rammstein have not been shy about courting this controversy and have
periodically attracted condemnation from HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morality» \o «Morality» morality
campaigners. Their stage act earned them a night in jail in June 1999
after the infamous giant dildo was used in a concert in HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Worcester%2C_Massachusetts» \o «Worcester,
Massachusetts» Worcester, Massachusetts . Back home in Germany, the
band has faced repeated accusations of HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fascist» \o «Fascist» fascist sympathies
due to the dark and sometimes HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Militarism» \o «Militarism» militaristic
imagery of their videos and concerts, including the use of excerpts from
the propaganda film HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olympia_%28film%29» \o «Olympia (film)»
Olympia by HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leni_Riefenstahl»
\o «Leni Riefenstahl» Leni Riefenstahl in the video for «Stripped».
The debut album Herzeleid, released in Germany in 1995, originally had a
cover featuring the bandmembers’ upper bodies without clothing; critics
accused the band of trying to sell themselves as «poster boys for the
HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Master_race» \o «Master race»
Master Race » HYPERLINK «http://herzeleid.com/en/faq/band» \o
«http://herzeleid.com/en/faq/band» [3] . Rammstein have vigorously
denied this and said that they want nothing to do with politics or
supremacy of any kind. Herzeleid has since been given an alternate cover
in some countries, depicting the band members’ faces.

The song » HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Links_2_3_4» \o
«Links 2 3 4″ Links 2, 3, 4 » was written as a riposte to these claims.
According to Kruspe, it means, «‘my heart beats on the left, two, three,
four.’ It’s simple. If you want to put us in a political category, we’re
on the left side, and that’s the reason we made the song.» (The Grand
Rapids Press, July 22, 2001) On the other hand, this is also an allusion
to a military marching cadence since «links, 2, 3, 4» is typically heard
during marching practice in the German army with «links» referring to
the left foot. «Flake» recently stated on an on-line chat that the song
was created in order to show that the band could write a harsh, «evil»,
military sounding song that was not about HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nazism» \o «Nazism» Nazi ideals.
HYPERLINK «http://herzeleid.com/en/press/2005-11_flake_chat_english» \o
«http://herzeleid.com/en/press/2005-11_flake_chat_english» [4]

In April HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1999» \o «1999» 1999
, it emerged that HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Harris_and_Dylan_Klebold» \o «Eric
Harris and Dylan Klebold» Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold , the two boys
who perpetrated the HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbine_High_School_massacre» \o
«Columbine High School massacre» Columbine High School massacre , were
fans of Rammstein and had declared it to be one of their favorite bands.
Rammstein came under heavy criticism from some conservative and
HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian» \o «Christian»
Christian groups in the United States who claimed (among other things)
that the band were «demonically influenced» HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/» \l «_note-700-michaelsen-19991028» \o «»
[6] and by the German media that Till Lindemann’s rolling HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teutonic» \o «Teutonic» Teutonic r’s
were an imitation of HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adolf_Hitler» \o «Adolf Hitler» Adolf
Hitler ‘s diction. HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/» \l
«_note-RT-columbine» \o «» [7] In response, the band issued a
statement:

The members of Rammstein express their condolences and sympathy to all
affected by the recent tragic events in Denver. They wish to make it
clear that they have no lyrical content or political beliefs that could
have possibly influenced such behavior. Additionally, members of
Rammstein have children of their own, in whom they continually strive to
instill healthy and non-violent values.

Enormously popular in HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russia»
\o «Russia» Russia , according to authorities there, the organizers of
the HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beslan_massacre» \o
«Beslan massacre» Beslan massacre were Rammstein fans as well.
HYPERLINK
«http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F70B14FD385D0C7A8CDDA80
894DD404482» \o
«http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F70B14FD385D0C7A8CDDA80
894DD404482» [5]

Following the tragic conclusion of the Beslan school hostage crisis in
Russia in September 2004, the Russian authorities claimed that the
hostage-takers had «listened to German hard rock group Rammstein on
personal stereos during the siege to keep themselves edgy and fired up.»
HYPERLINK «http://news.independent.co.uk/europe/article28987.ece» \o
«http://news.independent.co.uk/europe/article28987.ece» [6] The claim
has not been independently confirmed.

Band members said about this issue HYPERLINK
«http://www.rammsteinuk.com/index.php?act=kerrang_oct» \o
«http://www.rammsteinuk.com/index.php?act=kerrang_oct» [7] :

There’s been a lot of talk about that, but if there are radical feelings
in people anything can wake them – a painting, a picture, whatever. Its
just a coincidence that it happened to be our music. Its important to
think about what caused them to make their decisions, how they became
animals, not their taste in music. Whenever something like this happens
its like ‘Okay, lets blame the artist. Such bullshit. ( HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Till_Lindemann» \o «Till Lindemann» Till
Lindemann )

Our music is made to release aggression, and people listening to it are
also needed to do that, but its not our fault. Should we stop making
hard music because bad people might like it? ( HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christoph_Schneider» \o «Christoph
Schneider» Christoph Schneider )

In October 2004, the video for «Mein Teil» caused considerable
controversy in Germany when it was released. It takes a darkly comic
view of the HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armin_Meiwes» \o
«Armin Meiwes» Armin Meiwes cannibalism case, showing members of the
band being held on a leash by a HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transvestite» \o «Transvestite»
transvestite and rolling around in mud. The controversy did nothing to
stop (and may even have helped) the single rising to No. 2 in the German
charts. Meiwes (who was convicted of manslaughter in 2004, then retried
in 2006 and found guilty of murder HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/» \l «_note-UPI-miewes-20060509» \o «»
[8] ) brought suit in January 2006 against the band for infringement of
rights to the story. The outcome of the civil case is not reported.

The band’s own views of its image are sanguine: «We like being on the
fringes of bad taste,» according to Paul H. Landers, while «Flake»
Lorenz comments, «The controversy is fun, like stealing forbidden fruit.
But it serves a purpose. We like audiences to grapple with our music,
and people have become more receptive.» (The Times, Jan 29, 2005)

The video for » HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mann_gegen_Mann» \o «Mann gegen Mann»
Mann gegen Mann » («Man against man») from their latest album »
HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosenrot» \o «Rosenrot»
Rosenrot » may have caused some controversy, as most of the bandmembers
are naked in the video, apart from lead singer Till Lindemann, who is
wearing what can best be described as a » HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latex» \o «Latex» latex HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nappy» \o «Nappy» nappy «. In addition,
there are multiple naked men in the video, with HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buttocks» \o «Buttocks» buttocks clearly
visible, though no HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genitalia»
\o «Genitalia» genitalia can be seen. The video has been played
uncensored on MTV. Yet, the video has been rated HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freiwillige_Selbstkontrolle_der_Filmwirtsc
haft» \o «Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle der Filmwirtschaft» FSK 16 in
Germany and can therefore not be played on television before 10 PM.

References

HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/» \l
«_ref-Rammstein.com-Rosenrot-T2005_0» \o «» ^ HYPERLINK
«http://www.rammstein.com/_Rosenrot/Band/Timeline/T2005/» \o
«http://www.rammstein.com/_Rosenrot/Band/Timeline/T2005/» Rammstein
timeline . Rammstein (2005-12-16).

HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/» \l
«_ref-Allmusic.com-sehnsucht_0» \o «» ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine.
HYPERLINK «http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=A6s27gjyr16ix»
\o «http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=A6s27gjyr16ix»
Sehnsucht review . All Music Guide. Retrieved on HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2006» \o «2006» 2006 — HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/July_10» \o «July 10» 07-10 .

HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/» \l
«_ref-herzleid.com-mein_teil_0» \o «» ^ Jeremy Williams. HYPERLINK
«http://herzeleid.com/en/lyrics/reise_reise/mein_teil» \o
«http://herzeleid.com/en/lyrics/reise_reise/mein_teil» Mein Teil
translated lyrics . Herzleid.com. Retrieved on HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2006» \o «2006» 2006 — HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/July_10» \o «July 10» 07-10 .

HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/» \l «_ref-mymovies.net-xXx_0»
\o «» ^ HYPERLINK
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