after a longer silence, i’m back with writing something about bands. today i want to write about a band i used to listen a lot to a long time ago: the german fun punk band die ärzte. let me start with a somewhat sarcastic song called hurra (hooray) from the 1995 album planet punk, aimed at the reunion of germany with all its exaggerated promises.
the second song is ist das alles? (is that everything?) from the 1986 album die ärzte.
the third song is a famous one called westerland, from the 1988 album das ist nicht die ganze wahrheit… this version is a longer maxi version, containing several versions of the song. beginning with an a cappella version, a strange pop version, followed by
ich bin die kleine robbe
und algen find ich gut
am morgen hab ich ausschlag
am abend spuck ich blut
after that comes a pseudo-satanic metal version, which is followed by the real version of the song. finally, a blues version comes up.
the next song is grotesksong (grotesque song) from the 1998 album 13. a mean, sarcastic song. i like it :)
the fifth song is radio brennt (radio burns) from the 1987 album ist das alles?. this again is a special version, with a funny intro. a song about hate on radios (or more precisely, radio stations), which play a lot of crap.
the next song is also from the planet punk album and is called opfer (victim). on the evil sides of capitalism.
the last two songs are love related. or, more precisely, unhappy love. the first song, mach die augen zu (close the eyes), from the 1993 album die bestie in menschengestalt, is about a broken relationship, where love has left one side but not the other.
the last song, nichts in der welt (nothing in the world), from the 2003 album geräusch, is about someone losing faith, losing his belief in love.
there are many more good songs from die ärzte. it’s really hard to choose such a small number of them… i already presented one more on spielwiese last december.