Saturday, June 13, 2009

Tauschen gegen dich

When I selected Nur zu Besuch by Die Toten Hosen (literally Dead Trousers, a German euphemism for impotents or failures) as my all-time favourite German song, I was inclined to think that this beautiful rock ballad would be a once-off by this punk rock band. Fast forward to end 2008, and the release of their album In aller Stille. Amongst the usual rockers, we find a ballad that is almost as good as their first entry in my list of favourite songs. Tauschen gegen dich (Exchange for you) is an acoustic guitar dominated love song that is convincing and moving in its inherent simplicity. Marvellous song. And great video as well, prepared by a fan based on her own art.
Art Rock score: 10/10 (brilliant masterpiece, one of 200 best songs of all time)

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