Amerika (song)

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"Amerika"
Single by Rammstein
from the album Reise, Reise
Released September 6, 2004
Format CD
Recorded Nectar Studios-Mexico City
El Cortijo Studio-Málaga, 2003
Genre Neue Deutsche Härte
Industrial metal
Length 3:46
Label Motor (Part of UMG)
Producer(s) Jacob Hellner and Rammstein
Rammstein singles chronology
"Mein Teil"
(2004)
"Amerika"
(2004)
"Ohne dich"
(2004)
Music sample
The intro to "Amerika".

"Amerika" is a song performed by German band Rammstein. It was released in September 2004 as the second single from their album Reise, Reise.

Content[edit]

The song deals with the worldwide influence of the culture of the United States of America. The two verses are sung in German with a chorus in Denglisch: We're all living in Amerika, Amerika ist wunderbar, We're all living in Amerika, Amerika, Amerika and We're all living in Amerika, coca cola, sometimes war. The band views it as a satirical commentary on Americanization, and the lyrics refer to such things as Coca-Cola, Santa Claus, Wonderbra and Mickey Mouse.

Video[edit]

The video shows the band in Apollo-era space suits on the Moon, with shots of other cultures acting like stereotypical Americans and some using American-owned products such as cigarettes, with the insinuation that American culture is everywhere. The high-tech Apollo scenes are intercut with African, and Australian Aborigine tribal footage as a stark cultural contrast. The end of the video shows that the band have actually been in a fake Moon set in a studio,[1] complete with film crew, an allusion to Apollo moon landing hoax accusations. Till Lindemann, Rammstein's lead singer, wears a space suit with the name "Armstrong" on it, a reference to Neil Armstrong.

Live performance[edit]

As with every song from Reise, Reise (except "Ohne Dich"), "Amerika" debuted live in three consecutive concerts for members of the Rammstein fan club. During the live performances of this song on tour, Flake is often seen riding around on a Segway PT with confetti cannons firing red, white and blue confetti in a parody of a ticker-tape parade. It was the last song of the band's main set, and was played at every concert of the Reise, Reise tour. During a concert in Gothenburg, Sweden on July 30, 2005, frontman Till Lindemann suffered a knee injury when keyboardist Flake accidentally ran into him with the Segway PT; this caused concerts scheduled in Asia to be cancelled.

Track listing[edit]

CD Single

  1. Amerika
  2. Amerika (English Version)
  3. Amerika (Digital Hardcore Mix) by Alec Empire
  4. Amerika (Western-Remix) by Olsen Involtini
  5. Amerika (Andy Panthen & Mat Diaz's Clubmix)
  6. Amerika (Electro Ghetto Remix) by Bushido & Ilan
  7. Amerika (Jam & Spoon So Kann's Gehen Mix)
  8. Mein Herz brennt Orchesterlied V
  • Released in a jewelcase, digipack and as a digital download

Pock-it CD

  1. Amerika
  2. Amerika (Digital Hardcore Mix) by Alec Empire
  • A 2-track CD single was also released in a card sleeve

UK 7" Vinyl

  1. Amerika
  2. Wilder Wein

Australian Edition

  1. Amerika
  2. Amerika (Digital Hardcore Mix) by Alec Empire
  3. Amerika (Western-Remix) by Olsen Involtini
  4. Amerika (Andy Panthen & Mat Diaz's Clubmix)
  5. Mein Herz brennt (Orchestra Version)

UK Version

  1. Amerika
  2. Amerika (Digital Hardcore Mix) by Alec Empire
  3. Mein Herz brennt
  4. Ich will Orchesterlied VII

UK DVD

  1. Amerika (Video) - 4:19
  2. Making of the Amerika Video - 12:01
  3. Amerika (Album Version) - 3:46

Charts[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[2] 81
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[3] 3
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[4] 36
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[5] 4
Denmark (Tracklisten)[6] 2
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[7] 10
France (SNEP)[8] 89
Germany (Media Control Charts)[9] 2
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[10] 22
Norway (VG-lista)[11] 13
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[12] 21
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[13] 5
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 38
US Mainstream Rock Songs (Billboard) 40

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