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Ich Will

August 5, 2009

Rammstein is a music band in Germany, which comes out with songs and music videos with a sinister touch. Sometimes they mock, sometimes they make fun of people, sometimes they show the irony of things, sometimes they are just bad boys! In the words of their makers – “I think the best part is the bad boy feeling we get across. It is inside us, and it shows too”

In this music album of theirs, “Ich will” which means “I want”, they act as a music band that wants publicity by robbing a bank. In the words of their makers – “The media accompany the band (after the bank robbery incident) and the band has ultimate success. The band has also lost everything and gone to jail but that’s a small sacrifice for their publicity”!

“Every movie nowadays shows people getting murdered and slaughtered and run over. But if you show a weapon in a music video, then everyone gets upset. I think it is ridiculous. The way I see it, we’re the bad guys who by doing an evil deed, still earn the recognition of the masses because the masses are interested. They worship sinister things. You earn more recognition by doing something violent than by doing something good. And that shows how the attention we get by robbing the bank makes us a favourite of the media”

Spot on. They make fun (mock) of the media and the attitude of the people towards media, both.

In fact, in the video, at least in two places they communicate this message: In one scene, the members of the music band die by the flash of the cameras (they make it look like dying after being hit by a bullet, by falling down) clearly mocking the media and in another scene, when the group comes out of the bank, the media rush towards them to take photos and videos close up, even though all the police are behind holding their guns carefully and cautiously!

I wanted to upload the version of this song with English subtitles, but then decided that the video conveys more than the words and reading the subtitles actually distracts observing the minute details.

Their take on Amerika in another video is quite funny. If you want, you can click here to view the youtube video.

Talk about being different!

Destination Infinity

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41 comments

  1. Interesting! Thanks for sharing this!

    Quite right, when U say that negative actions garner more publicity……!


    • Yeah, their music band is a living example for that!

      Destination Infinity


  2. Negativity always wins! Did you learn German language? You wanted to!


    • I think that was not a typo πŸ™‚

      I will learn. For now, I know very few basic words, but will have to learn the language soon. Certain works, I want to read in German, translation changes the whole meaning sometimes. Learning German has been one wish that has not been fulfilled for so many years for me. Hopefully, sometime in the future I want to at least read and understand the language, if not speak!

      Destination Infinity


  3. sorry, it should be ‘negativity wins/attracts attention’!


  4. πŸ™‚ Interetsing theme..Will watch the video for sure,later..Now my connection is slow and irritating me..grrrr


    • If you find the theme interesting, don’t miss the videos. They are done quite well.

      Destination Infinity


  5. interesting concept! makes sense in a very twisted way!
    the media thing sounds stereotyped…but i guess it reeks of truth as well.
    as they say, every aeroplane getting off the ground normally is not news… only the one that crashes makes headlines!


    • There are two reasons why we might want to highlight a bad news: One not to repeat it, two to enjoy it. I am in the hangover of watching that movie Love Aaj Kal. I don’t know what I am typing. I will come back to give better comment tomorrow πŸ™‚

      Destination Infinity


      • LOL that bad eh? πŸ˜€


      • Don’t know, it is making good numbers in box office though. But I didn’t like it.

        Destination Infinity


  6. Media is actually that way, isn’t it?


    • They do highlight the bad news excessively. I am not able to decide if that is good or bad! But one thing, they don’t have the enthusiasm for reporting the things that are going exceptionally well. I think that side also needs to be highlighted.

      Destination Infinity


  7. you know as they say any publicity is good publicity..and you ask a person not to look at something then it’s an even bigger than telling him to look there


    • Reverse psychology works with kids and people like kids! πŸ™‚

      Destination Infinity


  8. Hello, Destination Infinity!

    I’ve answered your query about randomness on my post–‘Educational post’. Plus, I’d like to have your opinion on my latest post–‘Do I deserve pink chaddis?’

    TC.


    • Thanks for you comments on chaos theory. Actually I don’t know what to reply – that’s why I have not replied there!!

      Destination Infinity


  9. Need to watch the video first πŸ™‚ can comment after that:)
    but yes I agree ..for some strange reason possibly because human beings usually are such perverse creatures..it is almost always that negative actions get more atention/publicity…
    πŸ˜•


    • Sometimes it is good, too. Only if some issue is escalated by the media, justice is issued in certain hi-profile cases. Actually if you see the video, at last when the bomb blasts, there are certain scenes from the same band’s earlier music albums that gets shown and then the group leader lifts some award. That indirectly means that the negative publicity given to this group by the media has made them more popular, it seems! I agree to your POV that humans are perverse creatures. They are.

      Destination Infinity


  10. very interesting DI.. πŸ™‚
    negative things always garner more publicity than the positive ones 😦

    and thanks for sharing πŸ™‚


    • One of my bosses used to say: Always do something to be in the view of the HO. Both good or bad is ok! Actually he said this when I got a firing from my GM for coming late to a training module conducted by my HO!!

      Destination Infinity


  11. The video is cool!!!


    • Thanks. I think you are the only commenter who has seen and commented on the video! πŸ™‚

      Destination Infinity


  12. Hi Destination Infinity!

    I’ve replied to your post on randomfss and chaos theory. TC.


    • Yeah, I read through the replies, and I don’t know what to reply back – and hence not replied!! Good replies.

      Destination Infinity


  13. Ha ha ha, this is nice! Rammstein has always been great with music videos! I loved Links Zwo Drei Fier (left 2 3 4), which is about an ant colony uniting defeating their large oppressive bug enemies. You must watch it if you haven’t!

    Amerika is hilarious!


    • The ant colony video is very impressive too! They do have a flair for making good videos. Their songs seem to be quite normal but they score in other aspects!! I loved the way they make fun of Amerika – especially when buddhist saints walk with burgers in hand! and the whole idea about astranauts and their weird behaviour on the moon! I actually liked that song too…

      Destination Infinity


  14. Hey, this was an interesting read. Though, I don’t understand German, and am hardly into rock, I had liked the voice of the lead vocalist, and also the feeling of trance the song generates in between because of a chorus.

    Nice post, and well written!


    • Thanks, I am also not in to rock much but I liked the theme of the song and the way it was picturised. I thought it was a brave attempt and different too.

      Destination Infinity


  15. i am a fan of two songs in particular…du hast..and ohne dich….and being in germany i often to listen to them..:-)


    • I saw that Du hast song, but yet to see ohne dich… will see it soon too. The Du hast song has a powerful video just like Ich will. The song was quite normal, though. They get very different themes to sing on… I was quite impressed watching one of their live performances in youtube. Any chance you went for one of them?

      Destination Infinity


  16. some german bands/songs..


    enjoy..:)


    • The second song was good… thanks for the same πŸ™‚

      Destination Infinity


  17. will come back and listen to the song πŸ˜› btw you got a couple of awards πŸ˜‰


  18. I hate the “mainstream media” scoundrels 😑


    • The media of a people is only as good as its people…

      Destination Infinity


  19. Interesting. I’ve never heard a German song before. This was a nice piece of review on a local artist.


    • I too have heard a very few… trying to explore more – Try listening to Chinese songs, they are good too!

      Destination Infinity


  20. Seems quite interesting.. but their kind of metal music is too harsh for my ears! but I like their sentiments πŸ™‚


    • The sentiment is what I was trying to project πŸ™‚

      Destination Infinity



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