|Song by Rammstein from the album Herzeleid|
|GEMA database ID:||3796011-001|
Polar Studios, Stockholm
|Producer:||Jacob Hellner, Carl-Michael Herlöfsson|
Chateau du Pape, Hamburg
|Released:||25 September 1995|
|Live debut:||2 July 1994 (first known time)|
|Last played:||23 August 2019|
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- 1 Background
- 2 Versions
- 3 Live
- 4 Music Videos
- 5 Trivia
- 6 Lyrics
- 7 Merchandise
- 8 Sources
- 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.
|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|
|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|
|Rammstein||Rammstein Life||Video||27 Sep 1996||Arena Berlin, Berlin||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||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||17 Nov 2006|
|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)
Original Single Kollektion
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, rather than after the third 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. As Rammstein was the first song of the setlist, Till would walk onto the the stage wearing the coat. He would stop and look down to the ground while he stood in front of the microphone. When the synth intro was over and Paul and Richard started playing, Till would rise his arms and hold them out next to him. When he started to sing the first verse, the sleeve(s) started burning. On one occasion, on 14 June, Till launched two fireworks near the beginning of the song, instead of using the burning coat. He did this because he was concerned that the coat would wear out too fast. 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. This coat had a longer backside as well as a collar. During performances, both sleeves and the back would get ignited. With this coat, Till would spin around after the first verse and show the flames on his back to the audience. After the third verse, Till would leave the stage while Paul and Richard came over to the middle of the stage to play the guitar solo. Till would return without the coat before the end of the song's outro and face away from the audience.
From 1994 to 1996, Till would also wear a Schlitzbrille when performing the song.
From April to August 1997, the performance mostly remained 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 Till would remain backstage for the entirety of the song's outro, rather than return to the stage and wait until the outro was finished. Also during this time, 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 of his drumsticks with a sparkle fountain firework during the second guitar solo. On one occasion, on 18 May, three minor fireworks exploded behind Till while he was standing still during the song's intro.
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 it 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, probably 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 and used a portable flamethrower. Also, 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.
During the 2001 Mutter tour dates, a new stage act premiered. Till would perform the song while wearing a mask resembling his own face, as well as a flameproof suit underneath the coat. After the song's second verse, Till would catch fire and Flake would come to his aid with a fire extinguisher. However, Flake's extinguisher would be filled with flammable powder, making the fire even worse. Till would get down on the ground where crewmembers would come to actually put out the fire. 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.
For the remainder of 2001 and the whole of 2002, the song would get performed in its traditional way. To replace the stage act, Till just bowed after the second verse, before continuing the song. 2002 was also the last year that Till used the laser goggles during the song.
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 begin firing the flamethrowers in the air after the second verse, either straight up or in an X-form. During the third verse, Till would fire them after every "Rammstein". 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.
During the 2013 tour, the song's instrumental intro would get used as an intro to Bück dich. Till and Flake would be missing from the stage while this intro was performed. Schneider added breaks to the instrumental and every time he hit his cymbal, either Paul or Richard would fire from their guitar-mounted flamethrowers. When both guitarists started playing, they would use their flamethrowers at the same time.
The main towers of the stage now shoot flames into the sky during the song's intro. A new contraption also replaces the flamethrower exoskeleton. Till now wears a flamethrower backpack, shooting flames in 9 directions for every time he says "Rammstein". The backpack was not used on 1 June 2019.
In addition to the new stage act, the song is also structured differently now. After the guitar solo, the main intro synth returns with Schneider having small drum hit breaks while the synth plays. Every time Schneider hits the drums, Till's backpack shoots flames, with Paul and Richard using their guitar-mounted flamethrowers soon after. After this, a second guitar solo is performed, meaning the third verse does not get sung.
|Type||Description||First played||Last played|
|27 Aug 1994||Video||M.A.U. Club||Rostock||Germany||Recorded for the movie Achtung! Wir kommen..|
|16 Feb 1996||Video||Kulturzentrum Stern||Riesa||Germany|
|19 Jul 1996||Video||Motorcycle Jamboree||Biesenthal||Germany||Recorded for release on a VHS tape.|
|18 Aug 1996||Video||Bizarre Festival||Cologne||Germany|
|15 May 1997||Video||Tor 3||Düsseldorf||Germany|
|18 May 1997||Video||Pinkpop Festival||Landgraaf||Netherlands|
|12 Jun 1997||Video||Hultsfred Festival||Hultsfred||Sweden|
|28 Jun 1997||Video||Wâldrock Festival||Burgum||Netherlands|
|17 Aug 1997||Video||Bizarre Festival||Cologne||Germany||Part of the Eskimos & Egypt remix was performed.|
|22 Aug 1997||Video||Pukkelpop Festival||Hasselt||Belgium|
|23 Oct 1997||Video||Philipshalle||Düsseldorf||Germany|
|22 Nov 1997||Video||Odjazdy Festival||Katowice||Poland|
|29 Nov 1997||Audio||Melkweg||Amsterdam||Netherlands||Broadcasted via radio.|
|6 May 1998||Video||The Roxy||New York City||USA|
|10 Apr 1999||Audio||River Plate Stadium||Buenos Aires||Argentina||Broadcasted via radio.|
|10 Apr 1999||Video||River Plate Stadium||Buenos Aires||Argentina|
|17 Apr 1999||Video||Autódromo de Interlagos||São Paulo||Brazil||Shown in the documentary Rammstein in Amerika.|
|26 Jan 2001||Video||Big Day Out Festival||Sydney||Australia|
|10 Jun 2005||Video||Hurricane Festival||Scheeßel||Germany|
- The instrumental intro is used as intro for the anthem of the Berlin soccer team 1. FC Union Berlin.
|Rammstein (Official French translation by Mathilde Bonnefoy)|
Un homme flambe