Rammstein (song)

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Rammstein
Song by Rammstein from the album Herzeleid
GEMA database ID: 3796011-001
ISWC: T-801.861.103-6
Recorded: March 1995
Polar Studios, Stockholm Flag of Sweden.svg
Producer: Jacob Hellner, Carl-Michael Herlöfsson
Mixed: Ronald Prent
Chateau du Pape, Hamburg Flag of Germany.svg
Released: 25 September 1995
Video: April 1997
Length: 04:25
Time signature: 4/4
Tempo: 57
Key: E
Live debut: 2 July 1994 (first known time)
Last played: 23 August 2019
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Herzeleid tracklist
  1. Wollt ihr das Bett in Flammen sehen?
  2. Der Meister
  3. Weißes Fleisch
  4. Asche zu Asche
  5. Seemann
  6. Du riechst so gut
  7. Das alte Leid
  8. Heirate mich
  9. Herzeleid
  10. Laichzeit
  11. Rammstein

Rammstein is the eleventh song on the album Herzeleid by Rammstein.

Background

  • This was the very first song that the band wrote together. It is about the accident from which the band took its name.
  • The intro part of the song was played before Bück dich during the 2013 tour.
  • The engine sound in the intro of the song was previously used in the Feeling B song Slamersong.

Versions

Studio

Title Release Length Recorded Released Notes
Rammstein Herzeleid 04:25 1995 25 Sep 1995
Engel 1 Apr 1997
Original Single Kollektion 19 Jul 1998
Trial By Fire 24 Dec 2000
XXI 4 Dec 2015 Remastered
Rammstein (Edit) Lost Highway 03:26 18 Feb 1997
Rammstein 5-Track Demo 05:28 1994 30 Apr 1994 The longest known version of the demo
Fades out
6-Track Demo 1 1994
Rammstein 6-Track Demo 2 03:50 1994 Same version as on the 5-Track Demo cassette tape,
but differently mixed
Cut before the final guitar solo
Rammstein 3-Track Demo 2 05:18 1995 Same versions as on the 5-Track Demo cassette tape,
but differently mixed
Shorter due to preliminary fade-out
Rammstein A Journey Into Sound IV 05:08 1995
Rammstein Time for a Cut 05:23 1995
Rammstein 6-Track Demo 3 03:23 1995
...Just Wanna Have Fun! 1995
Rammstein 9-Track Demo 1995 Rough Mix / Mix

Live

Title Release Type Length Recorded Released
Rammstein Rammstein Life Video 27 Sep 1996 Arena Berlin, Berlin Flag of Germany.svg 24 Dec 1996
Rammstein Live aus Berlin
Trial By Fire
Sehnsucht (Australian Tour Version)
Asche zu Asche
Audio 05:29 22 Aug 1998
23 Aug 1998
Wuhlheide, Berlin Flag of Germany.svg 31 Aug 1999
Rammstein Live aus Berlin (2CD) 05:43
Rammstein Ich will (DVD) 06:12
Rammstein Live aus Berlin Video
Rammstein Völkerball (2CD) Audio 05:12 23 Jul 2005 Festival de Nîmes, Nîmes Flag of France.svg 17 Nov 2006
Rammstein Völkerball Video

Remix

Title Release Length Remixed by Released Notes
Rammstein (Eskimos & Egypt Radio Edit) Engel
Original Single Kollektion
Sehnsucht (French Special Edition)
03:41 Eskimos & Egypt 1 Apr 1997
Rammstein (Eskimos & Egypt Instrumental Edit)
Rammstein (Eskimos & Egypt Instrumental)
Engel
Engel (Fan-Edition)
Original Single Kollektion
03:32

Live

Live performance

Herzeleid Tour

In 1994, the song would not get performed with the well-known burning coat. Instead, Till would use two fountain fireworks at the start of the first verse. The guitar solo would also be played at the beginning of the second verse.

In 1995, Till would start using the first burning coat, consisting of a black suit top with chainmail-like sleeves that could be ignited. Only the right sleeve of the coat would be ignited in 1995. In 1996, from January to August, both sleeves of the coat would be set ablaze during the performance. On one occasion, on 14 June, Till launched two fireworks near the beginning of the song, rather than using the burning coat. He did this because he was concerned that the coat would wear out too fast.[1] On 19 July, Till's sleeves were ignited with pyrotechnic flares by two naked women.

From September 1996 onwards, Till would use a new kind of coat, consisting fully of the chainmail-like material. The coat was longer back and had a collar. During performances, both sleeves and the back would get ignited. From 1994 to 1996, Till would also wear a Schlitzbrille when performing the song.

Sehnsucht Tour

From April to August 1997, the performance would remain the same, with Till performing whilst using the burning coat. One difference being that during these months, Till would not wear any sort of goggles. Another difference is that the band would sometimes perform the Eskimos & Egypt remix of the song after the first verse, which would be performed normally. When this was the case, Schneider would replace one his drumsticks with a sparkle fountain firework during the second guitar solo.

During the September and October dates, Rammstein would be performed as the first song of the encore. Till would be standing on a platform made to look like a boxing ring, with crewmembers pushing him around through the audience while the rest of the band remained on the normal stage. On the first two September dates, Flake would be present in the ring with Till. At one point, Till would get down on his hands and knees and Flake would start roasting sausages on the fire his back provided. From November 1997 onwards, the boxing ring would no longer be used, due to the song's different placement on the setlist. Till would also start using goggles with a laser pointer for the left eye during the performances.

1998 would not see any changes to the performance of the song, except for two exceptions. On 27 June, Till wore the stage outfit normally used during Spiel mit mir. During the recording dates for Live aus Berlin on 22 and 23 August, Till rose from underneath the stage on a rising platform. For any further performances, from 1998 to 2001, the song would get performed normally, with Till just walking onto the stage with the burning coat and laser pointer goggles.

Mutter Tour

During the 2001 Mutter tour dates, a shocking new stage act premiered. Till would perform the song with a mask resembling his own face, as well as a flameproof suit underneath the coat. Throughout the performance of the song, Till would catch fire and Flake would come to his aid with a fire extinguisher. Flake's extinguisher would be filled with flammable powder, making the fire even worse. Till would get down unto the ground where crewmembers would come to actually put out the fire.[2] The entire performance would be stopped during this stunt, for a more dramatic effect. Till would eventually stand up, revealing his protective clothing and his mask to the audience before finishing the song. This act was done from May to August, but dissapeared completely after September 2001. The act was dropped because it would shock the audience too much and people did not know how to react. Despite this, the band actually liked the act.[3]

For the remainder of 2001 and the whole of 2002, the song would get performed in its traditional way. 2002 was also the last year that Till used the laser goggles during the song.

Reise, Reise Tour

By 2004, the classic burning coat was no longer in use. Till would instead use an exoskeleton with big flamethrowers mounted on the arms. He would occasionally fire the flamethrowers in the air during the performance. The same exoskeleton would be used during the entirety of 2005, with one exception. On 3 June Till once again used the burning coat rather than the exoskeleton, this was also the last time the coat was used.

2013 Tour

During the 2013 tour, the song's instrumental intro would get used as an intro to Bück dich. Paul and Richard would use guitar-mounted flamethrowers during this intro.

Europe Stadium Tour

The flamethrower exoskeleton no longer gets used during the performance of the song. Instead, Till now wears a flamethrower backpack. The backpack shoots flames in nine directions throughout the performance. It did not get used on 1 June 2019.

Variations

Type Description First played Last played

Professional recordings

Date Type Location City Country Notes
27 Aug 1994 Video M.A.U. Club Rostock Germany Flag of Germany.svg Recorded for the movie Achtung! Wir kommen..
16 Feb 1996 Video Kulturzentrum Stern Riesa Germany Flag of Germany.svg
19 Jul 1996 Video Motorcycle Jamboree Biesenthal Germany Flag of Germany.svg Recorded for release on a VHS tape.
18 Aug 1996 Video Bizarre Festival Cologne Germany Flag of Germany.svg
15 May 1997 Video Tor 3 Düsseldorf Germany Flag of Germany.svg
18 May 1997 Video Pinkpop Festival Landgraaf Netherlands Flag of the Netherlands.svg
12 Jun 1997 Video Hultsfred Festival Hultsfred Sweden Flag of Sweden.svg
28 Jun 1997 Video Wâldrock Festival Burgum Netherlands Flag of the Netherlands.svg
17 Aug 1997 Video Bizarre Festival Cologne Germany Flag of Germany.svg Part of the Eskimos & Egypt remix was performed.
22 Aug 1997 Video Pukkelpop Festival Hasselt Belgium Flag of Belgium.svg
23 Oct 1997 Video Philipshalle Düsseldorf Germany Flag of Germany.svg
22 Nov 1997 Video Odjazdy Festival Katowice Poland Flag of Poland.svg
29 Nov 1997 Audio Melkweg Amsterdam Netherlands Flag of the Netherlands.svg Broadcasted via radio.
6 May 1998 Video The Roxy New York City USA Flag of the United States.svg
10 Apr 1999 Audio River Plate Stadium Buenos Aires Argentina Flag of Argentina.svg Broadcasted via radio.
10 Apr 1999 Video River Plate Stadium Buenos Aires Argentina Flag of Argentina.svg
17 Apr 1999 Video Autódromo de Interlagos São Paulo Brazil Flag of Brazil.svg Shown in the documentary Rammstein in Amerika.
26 Jan 2001 Video Big Day Out Festival Sydney Australia Flag of Australia.svg
10 Jun 2005 Video Hurricane Festival Scheeßel Germany Flag of Germany.svg

Music Videos

Name Director Released Notes
Rammstein Mathilde Bonnefoy
Emanuel Fialik
April, 1997

Trivia

  • The instrumental intro is used as intro for the anthem of the Berlin soccer team 1. FC Union Berlin.

Lyrics

Studio versions
Album version
Demo version
 

Rammstein
Ein Mensch brennt
Rammstein
Fleischgeruch... in der Luft
Rammstein
Ein Kind stirbt
Rammstein
Die Sonne scheint

Rammstein
Ein Flammenmeer
Rammstein
Blut gerinnt... auf dem Asphalt
Rammstein
Mütter schreien
Rammstein
Die Sonne scheint

Rammstein
Ein Massengrab
Rammstein
Kein Entrinnen
Rammstein
Kein Vogel singt... mehr
Rammstein
Und die Sonne scheint

Rammstein
Rammstein
Rammstein
Rammstein

Rammstein
Ein Mensch brennt
Rammstein
Fleischgeruch... in der Luft
Rammstein
Ein Kind stirbt
Rammstein
Die Sonne scheint

Rammstein
Ein Flammenmeer
Rammstein
Blut gerinnt... auf dem Asphalt
Rammstein
Mütter schreien
Rammstein
Die Sonne scheint

Rammstein
Ein Massengrab
Rammstein
Kein Entrinnen
Rammstein
Kein Vogel singt... mehr
Rammstein
Die Sonne scheint





Live versions
Herzeleid, Sehnsucht, Mutter & Reise, Reise tours
Sehnsucht, Mutter & 2019 tours
Note: some live performances have slight differences

Rammstein
Ein Mensch brennt
Rammstein
Fleischgeruch... in der Luft
Rammstein
Ein Kind stirbt
Rammstein
Die Sonne scheint

Rammstein
Ein Flammenmeer
Rammstein
Blut gerinnt... auf dem Asphalt
Rammstein
Mütter schreien
Rammstein
Die Sonne scheint

Rammstein
Ein Massengrab
Rammstein
Kein Entrinnen
Rammstein
Kein Vogel singt... mehr
Rammstein
Die Sonne scheint

Rammstein
Ein Mensch brennt
Rammstein
Fleischgeruch... in der Luft
Rammstein
Ein Kind stirbt
Rammstein
Die Sonne scheint

Rammstein
Ein Flammenmeer
Rammstein
Blut gerinnt... auf dem Asphalt
Rammstein
Mütter schreien
Rammstein
Die Sonne scheint









Rammstein (Official French translation by Mathilde Bonnefoy)

Un homme flambe
Rammstein
Odeur de chair brulée
Rammstein
Un enfant meurt
Rammstein
Le soleil brille

Rammstein
Une mer de flammes
Rammstein
Du sang goutte sur l'asphalte
Rammstein
Des mères hurlent
Rammstein
Le soleil brille

Rammstein
Un charnier
Rammstein
Pas d'issue
Rammstein
Plus un oiseau ne chante
Rammstein
Le soleil brille

Merchandise

Rammstein
Rammstein cover
Type: Shortsleeve shirt
Released: January 1997
Origin: Rammstein mailorder


Sources