And Rocktober is still going strong, today is Rammstein day on Tuks FM. This German Neue Deutsche Härte band toured South Africa in February this year. I was privileged enough to see their show at the Coca Cola Dome in Johannesburg. I must say that they delivered one of the best live performances I’ve ever seen. Rammstein are renowned for their brilliant live shows.
I started listening to Rammstein in 1996 or 1997. I still remember hearing Du Hast for the first time. My favorite song by these German rocker is definitely Sonne though. Hearing them perform this song in Johannesburg has definitely been one of the highlights of 2011. Here are 10 facts about Rammstein:
- Rammstein were formed in Berlin, Germany in 1994.
- Rammstein have never lost a member since they started. Till Lindemann, Richard Z. Kruspe, Paul H. Landers, Oliver “Ollie” Riedel, Christoph “Doom” Schneider and Christian “Flake” Lorenz have always been the members of the band.
- As of 2009, Rammstein have sold more than 15 million records worldwide.
- Contrary to popular belief Rammstein are not associated with or are not influenced by the Nazi movement. It is very sad that the media must describe them as such. This allegation was based on the cover art for their album Herzeleid (which features the bands members with their shirts off, standing in front of a flower), “a photo for a new master race”. Rammstein laughed off all allegations. At the time Landers said “If we were Spanish, we wouldn’t have to deal with this hassle”.
- The video for their song Stripped caused controversy in 1999 because it contained clips from video propagandists Leni Reifenstahl’s ‘Fest der Voelker’ for the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin.
- Rammstein’s name is take from a fatal crash during an air show at Ramstein Air Force Base. Their song with the same title is also about this accident.
- Rammstein was nominated for Best Metal Performance at the 42nd-annual Grammy Awards in 1999.
- David Lynch used 2 songs by Rammstein in the film The Lost Highway which put the band on the map in the United States in the late 1990s.
- Christoph Schneider was a telephone installer before Rammstein was formed.
- Till Lindemann was a participant in the European Junior Swimming Championships in Florence in 1978. He was shortlisted to go to 1980 Olympics inMoscow but discontinued the sport soon after.