Sunday, August 30, 2009

German music

I won't pretend that I usually like German music. Most of the music I hear on the radio is American (or at least popular in America also). The German music is usually very pop sounding, which I am not fond of.

However, when I first heard this song at the Munich wedding I attended recently, I had to buy it. All of the Germans seemed to know it and sang along eagerly. The song is called "Ein Kompliment" and it is sang by a very good German band called Sportfreunde Stiller. Now it can be your favorite song! How can you not love a song that sings about the "foam crown on the wave of enthusiasm?"



Here are the German lyrics.

Wenn man so will , bist du das Ziel einer langen Reise ,
die Perfektion der Besten Art und Weise ,
in Stillen Momenten leise,
die Schaumkrone , der Woge der Begeisterung,
Bergauf , mein Antrieb und Schwung

Ich wollte dir nur mal eben sagen,
dass du das Grösste für mich bist,
und sichergehn ob du denn das selbe für mich fühlst,für mich fühlst.

Wenn man so will bist du meine Chill-Out Area,
meine Feiertage in jedem Jahr,
meine Süsswarenabteilung im Supermarkt,
die Lösung wenn mal was hakt,
so wertvoll , dass man es sich gerne auf spart,
und so schön , dasss man nie darauf verzichten mag,

Ich wollte dir nur mal eben sagen,
dass du das Grösste für mich bist ,
und sicheregehen ob du denn das selbe für mich fühlst,
für mich fühlst!


Here are the lyrics roughly translated into English. (some of it very rough -please correct me if you can!)

If one so wants, you are the goal of a long journey, the perfection in the best way, in quiet moments, the foam crown of the wave of the enthusiasm, my uphill, my drive and my momentum

I just wanted to say to you at times, that you are the one for me. And it goes
reliably, whether you feel the same for me, feel the same for me.

If one so wants, you are my Chill Out AREA,
my holidays in each year, my candy section in the supermarket, the solution, when times hooks, so valuable that one in itself gladly do a part, and so beautifully that one may never do without it. (? I am not sure I get this part)

I just wanted to say to you at times, that you are the one for me. And it goes
reliably, whether you feel the same for me, feel the same for me.

I just wanted to say to you at times, that you are the one for me. And it goes
reliably, whether you feel the same for me, feel the same for me.

Any other recommendations for German music out there?

9 comments:

PapaScott said...

I recently rediscovered Die Reklamation, the first album from Wir Sind Helden. Retro electro-pop sound with extremely clever lyrics. Their later albums have gone soft, however.

My all-time favorite German band is Die Ärzte, especially their early-90s stuff. But I was damaged by punk rock in my childhood, your tastes may vary. :-)

C N Heidelberg said...

I didn't expect this to be about a song I actually knew! :D
I don't know what kind of music you're usually into...you could try Barbara Morgenstern. (I think her album is very unfortunately titled "BM".) My favorite is DJ Shantel.

Snooker said...

Very nice. I know this song as well. Like you I enjoy it, but unlike you I've never considered the words.

C N Heidelberg said...

YouTube link to Barbara:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qd8tMz8KM6E

I actually prefer this remix :D
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oheKoRmjSHk

DJ Shantel:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gViaOYgV8yI

Amber Liddle said...

People laugh when I tell them, but the Nena (as in 99Luftballoons) cd that came out in 2005 is really good. I also like Wir Sind Helden.

cliff1976 said...

If you like DJ Shantel, see a concert!

I also quite like Die Reklamation and if you're thinking about themes of commercialism in German-language punkypop style, I heartily recommend Die Toten Hosen's 1993 (?) masterpiece "Kauf Mich" — it's great.

Come visit us and take a listen.

Lars said...

In addition to those already named, you should look up music by Revolverheld, Juli, Silbermond, Virginia Jetzt! and Rosenstolz. Maybe you find something you like.

Wir sind Helden is probably the best German band of the last few years though, so that should be the one you look up first.

sarah1976 said...

Another vote for Wir Sind Helden and Shantel. I'm glad you found Sportfreunde Stiller - they're a lot of fun. Peter Fox is pretty cool - I find him pretty easy to understand, as well. Fettes Brot is another fun band.

Edelweiss Transplanted said...

This is sweet!

I lived in Germany during the high point of Neue Deutsche Welle in the early '80s, so that is my favorite, especially Hubert Kah and Fraeulein Mencke. My teenage daughters have stolen all my Falco CDs.