21
Jul
09

40. Rammstein – Wollt ihr das bett in flammen sehen

Some wowsers make a fuss that the new millennium really started in 2001. You count years starting at Year 1, so they say, and two thousand years would be completed at the end of Year 2000, not the beginning. But guys, the parties were bigger at the end of 1999.

January 1st 2000 was a sunny day in Seattle, although I did wake up with a New Year’s hangover which would have made it difficult to see much beyond my own misery. Jean got up to make coffee and she put on some music. Out of all the thousands of possibilities she picks Rammstein as the first music of the dawning of the New Millennium. Rammstein is not hangover-friendly music. It is something the Thought Police would play as they dragged Winston Smith into Room 101.

Neither of us speak much German so we make up our own translations based on the occasional word we do understand. “Sex ist eine Schlacht, Liebe ist Krieg,” becomes “Sex is very naughty, I would like to have some.”

This clip is from a great concert DVD. Till (the singer) plays with fire, hits his head with a microphone to make himself bleed and wears great trousers. He looks like Roy Batty, the lead replicant from Blade Runner. For all I know he is a product of the East German equivalent of the Tyrell Corporation.

I like how the bass player plays his line as though he’s immune to the musicality of the rest of the band. He’s a machine, and that’s what his band needs. He stands at the back of the stage on a platform and does his thing wearing a costume made of duct tape.

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5 Responses to “40. Rammstein – Wollt ihr das bett in flammen sehen”


  1. July 26, 2009 at 19:20

    Neither of us speak much German so we make up our own translations based on the occasional word we do understand. “Sex ist eine Schlacht, Liebe ist Krieg,” becomes “Sex is very naughty, I would like to have some.”

    Have you seen the guy who subtitles Indian songs with what he thinks the Hindi words sound like in English? The effect is somewhat similar 🙂

  2. July 27, 2009 at 10:28

    No I haven’t – send me a link, I’ll check it out.

    It sounds like the inverse of that ‘Take on Me’ song where the lyrics describe the physical actions of the video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnjYrP5J6rE).

  3. July 29, 2009 at 05:36

    Here is what I believe to be the original in this particular genre of youtube hilarity:

    my Indian crew assures me it’s even funnier when you know what they’re actually saying. On a tangentially related note, there’s a place in Renton called Naan ‘n’ Curry that the Indian crew told me was home to their favorite Indian food in the area. They have these big plasmas that play either Indian MTV or Bollywood musicals depending on their mood, all without sound. It’s delightfully surreal.

  4. August 9, 2009 at 23:56

    That was a surprise – I laughed out here in the boondocks.

    If they can make me hear ‘minor bun engine’ with subtitles then I can see how people can hear Satanist comments when they are told to listen for them on recordings played backwards. One’s mind is primed with the words and it is good at fitting the sounds to them.


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