Rammstein has been beating holy houses for a quarter of a century and nothing or no one is spared. The group achieved success for the first time in the Netherlands with Sonne.
This is Rammstein’s first success in the Netherlands in the spring of 2001. Sonne comes from the third album, mother, but in previous years, German rockers could already be heard regularly on Dutch radio. Engel and Du Hast receive the necessary attention and are Rammstein’s top 5 hits in their own country.
The second album nostalgia was even a notable success in the United States, when two songs from the disc were used in David Lynch’s bizarre film Lost highway from 1997. Engel can be heard in the second of the same year Mortal combat-movie. It was then that singer Till Lindeman still worked as a basket maker in the GDR before the fall of the Berlin Wall, barely ten years earlier. For most countries, however, Sonne is Rammstein’s big breakthrough.
According to Lindemann, the song was originally written as a fight song for brothers Vitali and Vladimir Klitschko, two Ukrainian boxers. Their last name is also the working title of the instrumental demo and there are even a few lines of text that refer to a duel in the boxing ring. Female voices can often be heard in Rammstein’s songs, which are often provided by Christiane Hebold, but the “voice” you hear in Sonne is an excerpt from the software package. Symphony of voices by Spectrasonics Virtual Instruments. A piano version of Sonne can be heard in the end credits of Rammstein’s Deutschland music video, released in 2019.
In Sonne’s music video, it becomes a fairy tale Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs fragrant, with the dwarves working as slaves in a mine for the renegade princess. Russian soap opera star Yulia Stepanova stars in the music video, and the band members are dressed as minors.
After the video clip is recorded, they have to go straight to the airport for a flight to Brisbane, but the gentlemen don’t have time to put on makeup. “The flight attendants on the plane were a bit surprised by us; they’ve probably never had such dirty passengers on board,” writes keyboardist Christian Lorenz in his book. Today is the world’s birthday. “The headrests were pitch black because our hair looked like it was sticking out of a mine. Luckily the flight attendants were forgiving when they found out the reason. We were transferred to Los Angeles and flew with an American company, to whom we got our dirty faces. couldn’t explain so easily. “
The song Sonne had a remarkable second life in 2013 when it was recorded by German singer Heino. With songs by Peter Fox, Oomph !, Die Ärzte and Nena, his schlager version of ‘Sonne’ appears on the album Best regards. On the release of the special edition of this album, Heino sings another cover of Rammstein, America. At the German rock festival Wacken Open Air, some eighty thousand visitors see how the German folk singer shares the stage with Rammstein during a performance of Sonne. “When I took the stage, for the first time in my life, my knees were shaking,” Heino said after the performance against German newspaper Bild. “But the Rammstein fans gave me a warm welcome.” Till Lindemann was also excited about the collaboration, Heino says. “Till was very kind and polite.”
You will hear Sonne on December 31 between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m.