Zehn kleine Jägermeister
|"Zehn kleine Jägermeister"|
|Single by Die Toten Hosen|
|from the album Opium fürs Volk|
|Released||September 6, 1996|
|Length||4:45 (album version)
4:21 (single version)
Hanns Christian Müller
|Die Toten Hosen singles chronology|
"Zehn kleine Jägermeister" (German: Ten little hunters/Jägermeisters) is a song by German punk rock group Die Toten Hosen. It was released in September 1996 as the fourth single from the album Opium fürs Volk. It's DTH's biggest hit, reaching number one on German, Austrian and Swiss charts.
It's a drinking song, and the fact that drinking songs are a tradition for Die Toten Hosen is ironized on the album version as an interview in the beginning and end of the song. The song's title and theme are a parody of "Zehn kleine Negerlein" (Ten little negroes, the English version of this song is called "Ten Little Indians"), which is a song about how out of ten characters only one was left in the end. The chorus also makes use of the German translation of the Unus pro omnibus, omnes pro uno, "Einer für alle, alle für einen", as well as alluding to the board game Mensch ärgere dich nicht.
The music video was directed by Ralf Schmerberg and drawn by Andreas Hykade. It is an animated illustration of the lyrics, depicting deer as Jägermeisters. During the chorus the liquid's path through the mouth is shown, along the way, the band members are seen, drinking.
The video follows the lyrics and is divided into sections beginning with a group of Jägermeisters performing a dance routine. Their number is decreasing section by section, as they sequentially got into different situations which always end with a violent death of one of them. At the end of the video, the very last surviving Jägermeister invites nine other Jägermeisters for Easter.
- "Zehn kleine Jägermeister" (Rohde/Müller, Frege) − 4:21
- "We Love You" (Jagger/Richards) − 3:10 (The Rolling Stones cover)
- "Der König aus dem Märchenland" (The king from the fairytale land) (Breitkopf/Frege) − 4:15
|Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)||1|
|Germany (Media Control AG)||1|
|Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)||1|
- "Die Toten Hosen – Zehn kleine Jägermeister – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
- "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
- "Die Toten Hosen – Zehn kleine Jägermeister – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart.