Saturday, November 29, 2008

Nur zu Besuch

Die Toten Hosen - literally Dead Trousers, a German euphemism for impotents or failures - is probably the most talented and certainly the most enduring band to come out of the eighties' Neue Deutsche Welle (German New Wave). Their style is a bit of a mix of Slade and Punk, often with a lot of humour injected in their texts. I bought a CD of them during a holiday in Germany, just for fun, absolutely not expecting that they would be able to make a song like Nur zu Besuch (Just visiting). This is a beautiful rock ballad, and being able to understand the lyrics is quite essential. Singer Campino describes the visit to the grave of a loved one (although it was inspired by the death of his mother, any other loved one can be substituted) in a perfect understated way. It is a song that can literally make me cry.
Art Rock score: 10/10 (brilliant masterpiece, one of 200 best songs of all time)