Pop – Politik – Provokation
[Rammstein’s “Germany.” Pop – Politics – Provocation]
Rammstein provoke. In their songs and music videos, the band plays with different double entendres concerning German history, testing the boundaries of what can be sung and said. An especially prominent example is their single “Deutschland,” an (anti?)hymn to the nation. In their cineastically bombastic music video, the band members take on the roles of concentration camp prisoners and SS officers, among others. Just another spectacle? Or is it a political stance? With Rammstein, the relationship between politics and pop music becomes visible in its many different dimensions.