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Dec 30 2005, 11:04 PM (Post #1)
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Prologue

Although this biography represents the written work of Chris Kelly (chris@originxt.com), it should be noted that a few minor details were derived from other interviews and biographies, many of which with conflicting information. As such, if you notice anything in this biography which you do not agree with, including the German spelling and translations (particularly with the song titles from 'Reise, Reise', which have multiple meanings), then simply write an email to Chris Kelly (chris@originxt.com) to inform him of this. Furthermore, if you own any of the websites mentioned in this biography and do not wish them to be included in this piece of work, again please send an email to Chris Kelly (chris@originxt.com) and they will be removed promptly.

Finally, I have intentionally left a lot of holes in this biography, as it is primarily to get you more interested in Rammstein and entice you into going out and finding more for yourself! Read other websites for their B-Sides and alternate version histories, buy their albums to hear the double-speak lyrics and military beats for yourself, go out and see them live to feel the fire on your cheeks!

Enjoy.


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Rammstein was originally formed in East Berlin in 1993 when, after several failed English-speaking projects, guitarist Richard Z. Kruspe-Bernstein joined with Oliver 'Ollie' Riedel (Bassist) and Christoph Schneider (Drummer) to create a hard rocking band that stuck to their German roots furiously, whilst creating a 'machine-like' sound. The name came from a disaster at a United States airbase in Ramstein. The event stuck in the minds of the band, and they decided to add an additional 'm' to change the word to mean "Ramming Stone", a decision to add controversy to the band and as an apt description of their sound.

After inviting drumming friend Till Lindemann to provide the vocals for this band, the quartet entered a local bands showcase competition and went on to win it. Hearing them perform that night convinced Paul H. Landers (Guitarist), a mutual friend of all four, to join the band, and, after much struggle, he managed to drag his bandmate Christian 'Flake' Lorenz (Keyboards) in with him. And so the line-up was formed, and has remained that way for the past 12 years.

In 1995, Rammstein band released their debut album 'Herzeleid' (Heartache). This was a result of painful relationship problems for all six members, and gained them a small, dedicated fan-base. However, the album's original cover began a long-lasting claim that they were trying to uphold Nazism through their music. All it is a brightly coloured picture of the band standing in front of a floral background. But, as they are German, topless, and half of the band had blonde hair, they were accused of making themselves the poster boys of the Nazi thoughts on a superior race. In 1997 they re-released the album in America with a different cover only showing the band's faces. As a direct result of this abuse, Rammstein wrote the song 'Links 2 3 4' from 2001's 'Mutter' (Mother) album. Richard claimed the song meant that the band's "heart beats on the left" meaning they were politically aligned to the left (the opposite of right-winged Nazism). However, the song became a double-edged sword as opponents claimed it promoted militant behaviour as 'left 2 3 4' is a commonly used marching direction, and Flake's own admission that the song was designed to create a harsh and evil sounding "military" song, albeit without any Nazi ties. The debate still continues among the moral majority who still think Marilyn Manson caused the Columbine shootings, but it is obvious to most that Rammstein are not a Nazi band.

Moving on, in 1997 the band released 'Sehnsucht' (Longing), which is seen by many as the album that propelled them into the international limelight, possibly helped by the releasing of alternative, English versions of 'Engel' and 'Du Hast'. In 1998 they appeared on the "Family Values Tour" with Korn and Limp Bizkit among others, and 'Du Hast', the first single off of Sehnsucht, quickly became a crowd favourite. Rammstein's shows have always been memorable, and often filled with flames, fun and fooling around. The band have simulated gay sex, cannibalism and death with the help of larger than life probs, they have been literally 'crowd-surfing' on an inflatable dinghy, had blown up drum sticks, guitars, and themselves. But most of all, the band will be remembered for all the fire they bring to their shows. Check out their live performace at the beginning of 2002's action-packed spy movie, 'xXx' (starring Vin Diesel), to see what they are all about.

Their last release of the millenium was 1999's 'Live Aus Berlin', a simple live show recorded at Wuhlheide Park, Berlin in 1998. Then came 2001's 'Mutter', an album packed full of hits including 'Sonne' (Sun) with an accompanying video potraying a dark, Snow White-esque story. This song brought Rammstein to the forefront of MTV, Kerrang! and other rock media, propelling them into international superstardom, and proving that a band doesn't have to sing in English to appeal to the American and European markets.

However, the making of Mutter, and its subsequent heavy touring schedule, took it's toll on the band. Although always cryptic in both lyrics and interviews, everyone, including the members, could tell this as a band on the verge of splitting. In 2003 they took a well earned break, patching up their differences, and emerged in 2004 with a storming new album 'Reise Reise' (meaning 'Rise Rise' or 'Arise Arise' in nautical terms), putting them back on top again. With singles such as 'Amerika' (combining German and English lyrics to much comic relief, yet still retaining their dark edge) and 'Mein Teil' (a song about Armin Meiwes, a cannibal who met with a fellow cannibal over the internet and divulged in chopping the other man's penis off and eating it with him before killing him) which surprisingly reached number 2 in the German charts despite it's sadistic lyrical material and accompanying video (which features the band becoming dogs for a transvestite). In fact, 'Reise Reise' was such a success that the band had to create a second album from all the material they had worked on in the studios.

So we come to 2005. 'Rosenrot' (Rose Red), which continues on from the naval ideas hinted at with Reise Reise. Time will tell if the album produces any everlasting hit singles such as 'Du Hast' or 'Sonne', but for the moment Rammstein are a band together again after almost splitting up, have survived over a decade of nay-saying and struggle to make international success whilst keeping true to their native language, and have courted controvesy every step of the way. The fire of Rammstein will, hopefully, never burn out.


Current Line-Up
Richard Z. Kruspe-Bernstein - Guitars - Born: June 24th 1967 - Previously of: 'Orgasm Death Gimmicks'
Paul H. Landers - Guitars - Born: December 9th 1964 - Previously of: 'Feeling B'
Till Lindemann - Vocals - Born: January 4th 1963 - Previously of: 'First Arsch' (First (or Roofridge) Ass)
Christian "Flake" Lorenz - Keyboards - Born: November 6th 1966 - Previously of: Feeling B
Oliver "Ollie" Riedel - Bass - Born: April 11th 1971 - Previously of: 'The Inchtabokatables'
Christoph "Doom" Schneider - Drums - Born: May 11th 1966 - Previously of: 'Die Firma' (The Company)


Discography
Herzeleid ("Heartache") 1995
1 - Wollt ihr das Bett in Flammen sehen? ("Do You Want To See The Bed In Flames?") - 5:17
2 - Der meister ("The Master") - 4:08
3 - Wei�es fleisch ("White Flesh") - 3:35
4 - Asche zu asche ("Ashes To Ashes") - 3:51
5 - Seemann ("Seaman") - 4:48
6 - Du riechst so gut ("You Smell So Good") - 4:49
7 - Das alte leid ("The Old Sorrow") - 5:44
8 - Heirate mich ("Marry Me") - 4:44
9 - Herzeleid ("Heartache") - 3:41
10 - Laichzeit ("Spawning Time") - 4:20
11 - Rammstein ("Ramming Stone") - 4:25

Sehnsucht ("Longing") 1997
1 - Sehnsucht ("Longing") - 4:04
2 - Engel ("Angel") - 4:24
3 - Tier ("Animal") - 3:46
4 - Bestrafe mich ("Punish Me") - 3:36
5 - Du hast ("You Have") - 3:54
6 - B�ck dich ("Bend Over") - 3:21
7 - Spiel mit mir ("Play With Me") - 4:45
8 - Klavier ("Piano") - 4:22
9 - Alter mann ("Old Man") - 4:22
10 - Eifersucht ("Jealousy") - 3:35
11 - K�ss mich (Fellfrosch)" ("Kiss Me (Furry Frog)") - 3:30

Mutter ("Mother") 2001
1 - Mein herz brennt ("My Heart Burns") - 4:39
2 - Links 2 3 4 ("Left 2 3 4") - 3:36
3 - Sonne ("Sun") - 3:35
4 - Ich will ("I Want") - 3:37
5 - Feuer frei! ("Fire At Will!") - 3:08
6 - Mutter ("Mother") - 4:28
7 - Spieluhr ("Music Box") - 4:46
8 - Zwitter ("Hermaphrodite") - 4:17
9 - Rein raus ("In Out") - 3:09
10 - Adios ("Goodbye") - 3:48
11 - Nebel ("Mist") - 4:54

Reise Reise ("Rise Rise") 2004
1 - Reise, Reise ("Arise, Arise") - 4:12
2 - Mein teil ("My Penis") - 4:33
3 - Dalai Lama ("Dalai Lama") - 5:39
4 - Keine lust ("No Desire") - 3:43
5 - Los ("Less") - 4:24
6 - Amerika ("America") - 3:47
7 - Moskau ("Moscow") - 4:17
8 - Morgenstern ("Morning Star") - 4:00
9 - Stein um stein ("Stone By Stone") - 3:53
10 - Ohne dich ("Without You") - 4:32
11 - Amour [French for "Love"] - 4:51

Rosenrot ("Rose Red") 2005
1 - Benzin ("Gasoline") � 3:46
2 - Mann gegen mann ("Man Against Man") � 3:51
3 - Rosenrot ("Rose Red") � 3:55
4 - Spring ("Jump") � 5:25
5 - Wo bist du ("Where Are You") � 3:56
6 - Stirb nicht vor mir ("Don't Die Before I Do") � 4:06
7 - Zerst�ren ("Destroy") � 5:29
8 - Hilf mir ("Help Me") � 4:44
9 - Te quiero puta [Spanish for "I Want You Whore"] � 3:56
10 - Feuer & Wasser ("Fire & Water") � 5:13
11 - Ein Lied ("A Song") � 3:44


Websites
http://www.rammstein.de (Official - German)
http://www.rammstein.com (Official - English)
http://www.herzeleid.com (Unofficial but contains a lot of detailed information and German/English lyrics for all Rammstein songs)
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Dec 31 2005, 08:21 PM (Post #2)
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Pretty much complete, just need to edit the discography. Can someone read through it and suggest and changes? Ta.
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Jan 1 2006, 05:20 PM (Post #3)
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That's very detailed, I'd say. Just one clarification; Rammstein was a band right? So why did you use "were"? I got kinda confused reading that
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Jan 3 2006, 12:48 AM (Post #4)
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Rammstein are a band. They got formed in the past (duh) thus I used 'were' because it as an event that happened years ago. What should I have used?

Anyway, completed now - finished discography, added prologue, I think we're all done here, unless there is more grammar you want to point out?

Thanks a million for proof-reading it for me Grand ssmile.gif I'm sure it wasn't easy, as I guess you've never ever heard of Rammstein?
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Jan 3 2006, 02:34 AM (Post #5)
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Nope, lol. And if Rammstein is a band, then you should refer to it singular. "Rammstein is... Rammstein was...". If you meant the people in the band, you should state that specifically. "The Rammstein drummer ..." etc.
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Jan 3 2006, 03:32 AM (Post #6)
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Huh? Are you sure? Because I know technically you are right, but when I say it it sounds wrong. I mean, I'm talking about it in the context of six individual people coming together, not a thing just appearing. Fair enough, 'The Sherman Tank was created in 1996', but that is just one thing. I'm talking about a group of people, like 'The Nazi's were formed in 1905', see? So really, whenever I talk about the band, I am talking about the six people in the band o_0 I think.
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Jan 3 2006, 04:55 AM (Post #7)
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Then you can say the Rammsteins. The Rammstein were a group of six doesn't sound right either, and technically it's not o_O
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Jan 3 2006, 05:56 PM (Post #8)
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But it's not 'the' Rammstein, it's just 'Rammstein'. And Rammstein = the six people who make up the band. Thus, 'Rammstein were' = 'The six people were', see?
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Jan 4 2006, 06:22 AM (Post #9)
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No no, Rammstein is the band. If you are referring to the 6 people in it, you need to either state it explicitly ("The six people in Rammstein"), or implicitly ("The Rammsteins are very cool") etc
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Jan 4 2006, 08:29 PM (Post #10)
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Hmm, I have consulted some other biographies, and it appears you are fully correct. My apologies ssmile.gif
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Thanks. There's no problem. I just don't want it to be indexed wrong on the search engine, right? swink.gif
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Jan 5 2006, 08:59 PM (Post #12)
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Perhaps, but wouldn't "Rammstein were" turn up more results than "Rammstein was"? stongue.gif stongue.gif
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Jan 6 2006, 02:35 AM (Post #13)
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If you search it directly quoted, it never goes "Rammstein were ...". There's always a punctuation between, meaning it is not a simple sentence. Just search it if you don't believe me.
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Since Rammstein is one band, you could have said "Rammstein is..blah blah blah".

Nice biography. Rammstein is an amazing Industrial band. People underestimate their talent because of their simplistic guitar riffs. The complexity doesn't count. It is the sound that counts. Remember that. ssmile.gif
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Jul 6 2007, 03:12 AM (Post #15)
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I thought I was the only one that liked Rammstein here stongue.gif
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