Rammstein have been making headlines recently with their controversial music video for “Deutschland,” the first single from their upcoming self-titled album. The video features scenes chronicling some of Germany’s worst periods in history, including vignettes depicting, among other things, cannibalism and the Holocaust.
While the band has had people talking all over the world for the last 25 years, and especially in the last few weeks, the question begged to be asked: What do Germans themselves think about Rammstein and the recent wave of controversy they’ve been attached to.
In a new video from German language-learning YouTube channel Easy German, the hosts went out on the streets of Germany to find out just that.
It turns out that Germans really don’t think much about Rammstein at all. While most of the people on the street were familiar with the band’s name and their work, some even knowing a considerable amount about their background, most didn’t care one way or another about the band’s music. They had either heard it in passing during nights out or indirectly through their parents. When asked, most were unable to recite any of the band’s lyrics.
For those that were familiar with some of the band’s music, they hadn’t kept up with it. Only one person interviewed had seen any part of the “Deutschland” video.
One interviewee insinuated that this rift could be a generational thing, saying that while the band used to be “trendy” in Germany and are still popular abroad, that the younger generation of Germans are not as aware of them.
So why are Rammstein so big elsewhere and not so much in their home country? One interviewee posited that the reason Americans like Rammstein’s music is because its something exotic.
“They just like this, this German thing and they think it’s kind of cool, and because it’s so foreign.”
‘Rammstein,’ the band’s first new album in 10 years, is set to hit shelves on May 17. Videos for singles “Deutschland” and “Radio” are out now. The band will be heading out on a nearly sold out European stadium tour to promote the album starting May 27 that will run through August.
Watch the clip below:
[via Metal Injection]