reply to post by wigit
Great song and clip!
I'm a huge Rammstein fan (and speaking German helps, because people are forever asking me what they are singing about).
Actually translating it however is not always a good idea (people think I'm lying), and Rammstein songs go into all kinds of psychological issues.
There's a great deal of irony in the song and clip, but also a lot of self-awareness in the appeal of metal and homoerotic imagery linked to machismo,
which the band radically embraces and satirizes.
Perhaps it's a reminder that homophobia is most recognizable in social groups that depend heavily on homosocial norms, and that are based on a kind of
"brotherhood" of male bonding above "unclean" women (like patriarchal religions, and even political groups), and persecuting gays becomes a way of
securing a very blurred boundary between "righteous brotherhood" and homosexuality.
It also doesn't become preachy, and is neither clearly pro or anti-gay.
In fact, some might read the video as homophobic.
I think it's about an inner struggle - facing unconscious attractions, but also not wanting to be the "nightmare of all fathers", and the "queer" in
the lyrics who accepts the labels and the stigmas.
The irony is also that he sings about a gay experience, but then shouts the label "Schwuler" at the end.
Is the narrator deferring the label onto somebody else (to deal with his own attractions through projection and denial)?
Or is that shout a sense of ownership and self-definition through the label?
Is it a moment of personal liberation?
To myself it's obviously the latter.
Heavy music is often unclear in such instances.
For example, is the shout at the beginning of Slayer's "War Ensemble" a protest against war, or a celebration of war?
Maybe it's both?
Is it "man against man" through confrontation, or through sexuality?
Maybe it is also both.
edit on 6-5-2012 by halfoldman because: (no reason given)