Carnival in Rio (Punk Was)

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"Carnival in Rio (Punk Was)"
Single by Die Toten Hosen & Ronnie Biggs
from the album Learning English, Lesson One
Released 1991
Genre Punk rock
Length 3:08
Label Virgin Records
Songwriter(s) Ronnie Biggs
Andreas Frege
Andreas von Holst
Die Toten Hosen singles chronology
"All die ganzen Jahre"
(1990) All die ganzen Jahre1990
"Carnival in Rio (Punk Was)"
(1991) Carnival in Rio (Punk Was)1991
"Baby Baby"
(1991) Baby Baby1991

"Carnival in Rio (Punk Was)" is a song by Die Toten Hosen and Ronnie Biggs. It's the lead single and the fifteenth track from the cover album Learning English, Lesson One, being also the only non-cover on the album.

The song starts with a spoken intro of a child asking his dad what was punk rock. Ronnie then starts "telling" (singing) him about the punk attitude, which is most importantly about "not giving a fuck".

Since Biggs was hiding from the British authorities in Rio de Janeiro at the time, the vocals were recorded there.

The b-sides to the single were also recorded with Biggs.

Music video[edit]

The video was directed by Markus Herold. Also the video was made in Rio de Janeiro. It features the band and Biggs singing the song and having fun around the city, also clips of recording the song.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Carnival in Rio (Punk Was)" (Frege, von Holst/Biggs) − 3:08
  2. "No One Is Innocent" (Steve Jones/Biggs) – 3:03 (Sex Pistols & Ronnie Biggs cover)
  3. "Police on My Back" (Eddy Grant) - 2:16 (The Equals cover)


Year Country Position
1991 Germany 36

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