Ballast der Republik

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Ballast der Republik
Studio album by Die Toten Hosen
Released 4 May 2012
Genre Punk rock, alternative rock, melodic hardcore
Length 52:51
Label JKP
Die Toten Hosen chronology
La hermandad – en el principio fue el ruido
(2009)
Ballast der Republik
(2012)

Ballast der Republik is a 2012 album by the German punk band Die Toten Hosen. It was their first studio album since 2008's In aller Stille. The album was also released as a special edition with a second CD, titled Die Geister, die wir riefen, including 15 cover versions.

The name 'Ballast der Republik' is wordplay, alluding to the Palast der Republik, the parliament building of communist East Germany.

A single release of "Altes Fieber" was successful and appeared on the Billboard Hits of the World chart for Germany.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Drei Kreuze (dass wir hier sind)" ("Three crosses (that we're here) - here "Drei Kreuze" is slang for "to be relieved") – 1:27
  2. "Ballast der Republik" ("Burden of the Republic" - "Ballast" also means "ballast" but makes no sense in the context of this song) – 2:39
  3. "Tage wie diese" ("Days like these") – 4:28
  4. "Traurig einen Sommer Lang" ("Sad for one summer" - literally: "Sad one summer long") – 3:03
  5. "Altes Fieber" ("Old fever") – 3:30
  6. "Zwei Drittel Liebe" ("Two thirds love") – 3:32
  7. "Europa" ("Europe") – 2:49
  8. "Reiß Dich los" ("Tear yourself away") – 2:54
  9. "Drei Worte" ("Three words") – 3:39
  10. "Schade, wie kann das passieren?" ("Pity, how can this happen?") – 3:40
  11. "Draußen vor der Tür" ("Outside at the door") – 3:03
  12. "Das ist der Moment" ("This is the moment") – 3:00
  13. "Ein guter Tag zum Fliegen" ("A good day for flying") – 3:31
  14. "Oberhausen" (The town "Oberhausen" is in the Ruhr area, where this group is from) – 4:17
  15. "Alles hat seinen Grund" ("There's a reason for everything" - literally: "Everything has its reason") – 3:38
  16. "Vogelfrei" ("Outlawed" - literally: "free as a bird") – 3:37

Die Geister, die wir riefen (The spirits that we summoned)[edit]

  1. "Computerstaat" ("Computerstate") – 2:30 (Abwärts)
  2. "Sirenen" ("Sirens") – 1:53 (Male)
  3. "Das Model" ("The model") – 2:28 (Kraftwerk)
  4. "Die Moorsoldaten" ("Peat Bog Soldiers") – 3:17
    (Rudi Goguel / Johann Esser, Wolfgang Langhoff)
  5. "Im Nebel" ("In the Fog") – 2:42 (Musik: Campino / Text: Hermann Hesse)
  6. "Heute hier, morgen dort" ("Here today, gone tomorrow") – literally: Today here, tomorrow there - 2:16 (Hannes Wader)
  7. "Rock Me Amadeus" – 2:41 (Falco)
  8. "Industrie-Mädchen" ("Industrial girl") – 1:53 (S.Y.P.H.)
  9. "Keine Macht für Niemand" ("No power for nobody") – 2:34 (Ton Steine Scherben)
  10. "Einen großen Nazi hat sie!" ("She's got a big Nazi") – 2:14
    (Stephan Weiß / Fritz Grünbaum)
  11. "Schrei nach Liebe" ("Cry for love") – 3:24 (Die Ärzte)
  12. "Manche Frauen" ("Some women") – 2:49 (Funny van Dannen)
  13. "Innenstadt Front" ("Inner city front") – 1:05 (Mittagspause)
  14. "Stimmen aus dem Massengrab" ("Voices from the mass grave") – 2:18
    (Musik: Campino / Text: Erich Kästner)
  15. "Lasset uns singen" ("Let us sing") – 3:33
    (Musik: Campino, von Holst /
    Text: Graf Zirben, Destilie van der Vogelbeer)

Personnel[edit]

  • Campino – vocals
  • Andreas von Holst – electric guitar
  • Michael Breitkopf – electric guitar
  • Andreas Meurer – bass guitar
  • Vom Ritchie – drums
  • Thomas Schmitz – cello
  • Constanze Sannemüller – violin
  • Adrian Bleyer – violin
  • Iryna Bayeva – viola

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