Rammstein Frontman Talks About Gays

Rammstein discuss the controversial single "Mann Gegen Mann" ("Man Against Man") from their new album "Rosenrot" in the latest issue of the Swedish magazine Close-Up.

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Rammstein discuss the controversial single "Mann Gegen Mann" ("Man Against Man") from their new album "Rosenrot" in the latest issue of the Swedish magazine Close-Up. In the chorus, the word "schwule" (German for "faggot") is uttered repeatedly. In the article, Rammstein vocalist Till Lindemann asks the reporter: "Do you think it's homophobic?" When the reporter tells him that it easy to make that assumption, Lindemann responds: "It's natural [to perceive it that way], but it's just a song. It's about gay men and the fact that they're lucky in a way. They never had to strut in front of girls and bring them ridiculous gifts or make dinner invitations. They just look at each other and decide to go home together. They're in a strange situation, but it's very easy for them to get laid. I write about this in a more poetic fashion. If you just hear the word [schwule] taken out of context it's provocative, but if you really listen to the lyrics you realize that it's not at all meant to be derogatory. "I'm not going to give out any name, but an English band that we [Rammstein] are friends with has two gay members. We made a bet about something and if I were to lose I had to take the two of them out in Berlin one night and visit all the gay clubs in my neighborhood. Of course, I lost the bet, just like I always do. When we went out, I just thought: 'Wow! This is happening fast!' One glance and then both of them knew exactly what to do. I was jealous. I would love to walk up to a strange woman and go: 'Hi, you're hot. Wanna come back to my place?" "Rosentot" also marks Rammstein's first attempt at doing a song entirely in Spanish, "Te Quiero Puta" ("I Want You Whore"). Lindemann explains the lyrical theme: "Some guys, maybe us in the band, ride on to a whorehouse. Some 'puta' opens the door and says, 'Hey, gringos!' These ladies don't do any poetic stuff. It's all about men, women, sex and partying. The story is about this guy who falls in love with one of the women. She tells him: 'I like you, but don't come here with that emotional stuff. I only like your 'fruita,' so let me taste it." Thanks for that, well... curious report to Blabbermouth.net.

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    spazzymagee
    Rammsteins best song is Keine Lust, the rest are amazing too, But keine lust, is heavy shit man
    Synectics
    I refuse to say 1st, cause I hate it when people do that. XD Pretty cool song meanings there. I like it.
    JerkyChid
    Rammstein's damn good. Always open to things. BTW, a few members describe themselves as "slightly bi" uh huh... sure.. Anybody ever seen the live vid of Buch Dich?... slightly? nah.. Anyway, regardless of orientation, Rammstein is a great band that deserves all the respect they receive.
    dakota1211
    harm0n20 wrote: me gusta el rammstein! i have a german cousin and he came over to visit one time. he was translating a lot of the rammstein songs so i actually knew what the hell he was singing about.
    dude... just go look up english lyrics on the internet. duh!
    Captain Planet
    Schwule doesn't mean faggot, it just means gay or homosexual. There's no derogatory connotation, like the word 'faggot'.
    Staind_Black
    Rammstein is an awesome band in my eyes, even though to a lot of people one look at the translations would sever any appetite they had. It's kind of refreshing to have a band that's so open about everything, and really doesn't care what people think of them. And I agree with Till, it would be awesome to be able to walk up to a chick and say "I think you're hot, would you like to go back to my place?" without getting slapped. But hey, you can't have everything I guess....
    RENEGADE8
    Rammstein are one of the only bands left in the world who can do as they please and say what they want to say without feeling any pressure of being a rock band in a commercial industry.They don't feel obligated to keep doing safe things to sell records, or appearing and dressing a certain way to gain more fans. They just do whatever feels right at the time, and thank god we still have some (although there aren't many) of these types of bands around.
    Schatternbrennt
    guitarcaw wrote: thats a relief, at one point, i actually thought some of the mebers were gay. I thought it was funny how he was jealous of them cuz they could walk up to one another and just make out. Still, i'm also creeped out about it cuz i am somewhat homophobic.
    hate to break it to you, but Till and the gang are bi (at least according to reliable rumor) I don't know if "gay" and "bi" are the same thing to homophobes, but that's what they are (or at least might be) p.s. whaddya mean "somewhat homophobic"?
    guitarcaw
    thats a relief, at one point, i actually thought some of the mebers were gay. I thought it was funny how he was jealous of them cuz they could walk up to one another and just make out. Still, i'm also creeped out about it cuz i am somewhat homophobic.
    Black_Widow2005
    i have to hear that song, its sounds very different form other stuff out at the moment, and i cant believe Till Lindemann actually went to gay bar, i wonder if anyone hit on him!
    DropDeee
    My ex's in-laws are German and Spanish, so maybe I'll play them that new Rammstein track.. lol Hey, at least they're trying new things. Good on 'em, I say.
    Spankey
    Yeah but KoRn are really bashing faget's in a way hes talking about him being called a faget as a kid and how he hated it. And if you want rammstein translations just look on the internet not to hard to find. Damn Fagets, and if anybody has a problem with my spelling of faget look in the dictionary three ways to spell it "faggot" "fagget" and "faget". and korn spells it faget
    iammetal
    hehehe,that weird-the only other band thats been open with lyrics such as "faggot" that i can really think of is KORN
    harm0n20
    me gusta el rammstein! i have a german cousin and he came over to visit one time. he was translating a lot of the rammstein songs so i actually knew what the hell he was singing about.
    Scourge441
    Rammstein are pretty cool. Germany has some good bands, but the really good bands (Amon Amarth, Children Of Bodom) are from the surrounding countries.
    LostInMyDreams9
    i love how rammstein is always trying new things...flamethrowers,songs in spanish by a german band just great! ROCK ON RAMMSTEIN.....COME BACK TO THE US PLZ!
    Bam_HIM_Bassist
    Synectics wrote: I refuse to say 1st, cause I hate it when people do that. XD Pretty cool song meanings there. I like i
    erm, you just did actully say 1st.. so yeah. anyways! Rammstein, gods in thier own respect