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Rammstein – Keine Lust

An Ode to fat, dumb Americans?

To interprete this song, it may help to have the following background information. The Germans have historically referred to Germany as the land of “Dichter und Denker” (The Land of Poets and Thinkers). For America, a similar-sounding expression is used, the land of “Dicken und Dummen” (The Land of the Fat and Dumb).

There is a gangster motif to this video, which is also a german stereotype for Americans. Furthermore, the mannerisms are American. They huge each other as a greeting, like Americans, rather than a formal handshake and/or familiar kiss on the cheek as Europeans more likely would do. Europeans generally do not greet each other with hugs. Hugging and patting each other on the back is a very American form of greeting. The band members also spoof the head-thrashing style of many American rock musicians in the video. So, it is not unreasonable to assume that they are playfully representing stereotypical rich, obese, dumb, coke-snorting, impotent Americans in this video. The Americans are too hung-up, too fat and too lazy to respond to the hot ladies. It can easily be taken as an allegory for America.

Flake resembles a Stephen Hawkings figure, the famous Physicist. He’s always the odd man out, as if to say, I’m still a thin, intelligent European. At one one point he looks out the window of the car with disgust at the “Americans” carrying on with their head banging. He has “keine Lust” no desire to participate in the American nonsense, he seems to be saying.

At the end of the video Till kisses one of the girls on the cheek, like he’s saying this is the way we Europeans do it, to call attention to the American mannerisms they have been using up to that point.

Rammstein seems to be having a little fun here at the expense of the fat-assed, Americans, thinking that the Amis are too dumb even to realize that Rammstein is mocking them.

Rammstein – Keine Lust

Thanks for the derogatory, prejudiced view of Americans, Jungs.

Lyrics in English for

“Keine Lust” (No desire)

I have no desire
I have no desire
I have no desire
I have no desire

I have no desire to not hate myself
I have no desire to play with myself
I have no desire to masturbate
I have no desire to try it
I would have desire to undress
but have no desire to see myself naked

I do desire to be with the Big Shots
But have no desire to risk it.
Have no desire to go away from snow (coke)
Have no desire to be frigid

I have no desire
I have no desire
I have no desire
No, I have no desire

I have no desire, to munch on something
Because I have no desire to digest it
I have no desire to weigh myself
I have no desire to lie in fat

I do desire to be with the Big Shots
But have no desire to risk it.
Have no desire to go away from snow (coke)
Have no desire to be frigid
I simply remain lying here
And count the flies again
Listlessly, I play with myself
And notice that I am frigid already
So frigid, so frigid I am
So frigid, so frigid I am

I am frigid, so frigid
I am frigid, so frigid
I am frigid, so frigid
I am frigid.

I have no desire

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