|Single by Rammstein|
|from the album Reise, Reise|
|Released||September 6, 2004|
|Recorded||Nectar Studios-Mexico City|
El Cortijo Studio-Málaga, 2003
|Label||Motor (Part of UMG)|
|Songwriter(s)||Richard Z. Kruspe, Paul Landers, Till Lindemann, Christian Lorenz, Oliver Riedel, Christoph Schneider|
|Producer(s)||Jacob Hellner and Rammstein|
|Rammstein singles chronology|
The intro to "Amerika".
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 considered American as Coca-Cola, Wonderbra, Santa Claus, and Mickey Mouse. Uncharacteristically for Rammstein, the song incorporates an interlude in which the lyrics explicitly state the band's intentions: This is not a love song, This is not a love song, I don't sing my mother tongue, No this is not a love song.
The video shows the band in Apollo-era space suits on the Moon, with shots of other cultures acting like stereotypical Americans, with the assertion that American culture is everywhere. There are Africans eating pizza, Buddhist monks eating hamburgers, Japanese, Native Americans, Inuit and Australian Aborigines. There is also a Muslim man worshiping, but in the direction of an oil refinery. Near the end, various ethnic groups sing and dance along. The end of the video shows that the band have actually been in a fake Moon set in a studio, complete with film crew, an allusion to the Moon landing conspiracy theories. Till Lindemann, Rammstein's lead singer, wears a space suit with the name "Armstrong" on it, a reference to Neil Armstrong. The video ends with a band photograph left behind on the moon's surface while the recording of Jack Swigert's quote "Houston, we've had a problem here" is being played. In something of an inside joke, the video concludes with a close up of band member Richard Z. Kruspe, who winks at the camera as he was, at the time, actually "living in America".
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.
UK 7" Vinyl
|Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)||3|
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)||36|
|Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)||4|
|Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)||10|
|Germany (Official German Charts)||2|
|Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)||22|
|Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)||5|
|UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)||38|
|US Mainstream Rock Songs (Billboard)||40|
^shipments figures based on certification alone
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