Anti Amerikan?

11 08 2009

“Amerika” is a song performed by German band Rammstein, released as the second single from their album Reise, Reise. It deals with the worldwide dominance of the culture of the United States of America. The song’s two verses are sung in German with a chorus in English: We’re all living in Amerika, Amerika ist wunderbar, We’re all living in Amerika, Amerika. It has received mixed reviews: some perceive it as anti-American, others as being opposed to globalization, relative few are thought to take the song at it’s patriotic face-value. The band views it as a satirical commentary on Cocacolonization. It features mentions of Coca-Cola, and Mickey Mouse.
The end of the song is construed by some to be criticizing American policies of interventionism on other countries:[1]
(sung in German) I know moves that are very useful
and I will protect you from missteps
And whoever doesn’t want to dance at the end
Doesn’t know yet that they must
(sung in English)
I don’t speak my mother tongue
This is not a love song.
Also, the single version of the song features an alternate synthesizer solo that replaces the original guitar solo featured on Reise, Reise.

“Amerika” is a song performed by German band Rammstein, released as the second single from their album Reise, Reise. It deals with the worldwide dominance of the culture of the United States of America. The song’s two verses are sung in German with a chorus in English:

We’re all living in Amerika, Amerika ist wunderbar, We’re all living in Amerika, Amerika.


Video

The video shows the band in Apollo-era space suits on the moon, and playing a pinball machine with shots of other cultures acting like stereotypical Americans and some using American-owned products, such as cigarettes, with the implication that American culture is negative. The high tech Apollo scenes are intercut with African tribal clips as a stark cultural contrast. The end of the video shows that the band have actually been in a fake Moon set in a studio, complete with film crew, an allusion to Apollo moon landing hoax accusations.

It has received mixed reviews: some perceive it as anti-American, others as being opposed to globalization, relative few are thought to take the song at it’s patriotic face-value. The band views it as a satirical commentary on Cocacolonization. It features mentions of Coca-Cola, and Mickey Mouse, and the Moon Landing and ‘American Wars’.The end of the song is construed by some to be criticizing American policies of interventionism on other countries.

The Band

Rammstein aren’t really known to be the most ‘family friendly’ band in the world. Their discography of songs include controversial and taboo topics such as sadomasochism (“Bück Dich”, “Rein Raus” and “Bestrafe Mich”), homosexuality (“Mann gegen Mann”), intersexuality (“Zwitter”), incest (“Laichzeit” and “Spiel mit mir”), pedophilia (“Weisses Fleisch” and “Halleluja”), incestuous pedophilia (“Tier”), necrophilia (“Heirate mich”), Pyromania (“Benzin” and “Hilf mir”), cannibalism (“Mein Teil”), religious images (“Asche zu Asche”, “Engel”) having sex and violence (“Wollt ihr das Bett in Flammen sehen”, “Rein Raus).

A somewhat decent song that will get you pumped up..Mein Teil…regarding German Rotenburg Cannibal incident, Armin Meiwes..(more on that later).

To be or not to be, as Shakespeare put it. As we put it….outright fucked up.

Disturbing, shocking, weird and sick on soo many levels…but hey!..the music is catchy.

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