Der nette Mann
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|Der nette Mann|
|Studio album by Böhse Onkelz|
|Genre||Oi!, Ska, Hardcore Punk|
|Length||32 min 50 sec|
|Producer||Böhse Onkelz and Herbert Egoldt|
|Böhse Onkelz chronology|
Der nette Mann (German for The nice man) is the debut album of German hard rock band Böhse Onkelz. It was released in 1984. Der nette Mann is considered the first album of the German skinhead subculture.
Six of its 14 tracks are deemed to either promote violence, nazi-ideology or pornography by the German Bundesprüfstelle für jugendgefährdende Schriften (Federal Department for Media Harmful to Young Persons). Therefore not only the whole album is put on the index (which means, it is not to be sold to minors, not to be put on public display, not to be advertised). Shortly after the Indizierung (indexing), the album was additionally embargoed due to purported "glorification of violence" in its lyrics, making it altogether illegal to sell the album in Germany.
As of today, this decision ceased to come into effect, the Indizierung (indexing) still stands.
Original copies of the album (2000 were sold) are regarded as rarities and have a value of more than 350€.
- Frankreich '84 (France '84)
- Fußball + Gewalt (Soccer and Violence)
- Der nette Mann (The Nice Man)
- Deutschland (Germany)
- Singen und Tanzen (Singing and Dancing)
- Mädchen (Girl)
- Tanz auf deinem Grab (Dance On Your Grave)
- Dr. Martens Beat (Dr. Martens Beat)
- Vereint (United)
- Freibier (Free Beer)
- Stolz (Pride)
- Freitag Nacht (Friday Night)
- Böhse Onkelz
- Alkohol (Alcohol)
This song's theme is the 1984 European Soccer Championship in France. The band indeed had tickets to some of the games, but got into trouble with the French border police.
"Frankreich '84" was one of the tracks, because of which the whole album was embargoed. The term "Frankreichüberfall" (France Assault i.e. assault on France), is reminiscent of the German attack on France in World War II. The Bundesprüfstelle für jugendgefährdende Schriften (German Federal Department for Media Harmful to Young Persons) concluded that "Frankreich '84 is forcing violence and glorifying the Nazi regime" and is demeaning to the French national team and supports Nazi tendencies.
Fußball + Gewalt
This song is about the battles between football hooligans amongst the fans of (home) club Eintracht Frankfurt.
Der nette Mann
This track is concerned with child abuse, told from the perspective of the criminal himself. "Ich bin der nette Mann von nebenan, und jeder könnt' es sein. Schaut mich an, schaut mich an, ich bin das perverse Schwein." ("I am the nice man from next door / and everyone could it be / Look at me, look at me / I am the pervert pig"). Although the band intended the song as a statement against child molesters, the Bundesprüfstelle reached the conclusion, that its lyrics propagate violence towards children. Nevertheless, the band performed this song until their dissolution on several concerts, deliberately facing paying hefty fines each time.
This is an over-patriotic song. The Böhse Onkelz were - so they say - unpolitical skinheads at this time. "Deutschland" begins with the lines "Auch zwölf dunkle Jahre in deiner Geschichte macht unsre Verbundenheit mit dir nicht zunichte. Es gibt kein Land frei von Dreck und Scherben, hier sind wir geboren, hier wollen wir sterben" ("Also twelve dark years in your history destroyed not our solidarity to you / There's no state free from dirt and debris. Here are we born, here we want to die."). Critics state, that this is in fact a deliberate belittlement of the Nazi years.
At a concert in Lübeck in 1985 singer Kevin changed the lyrics to "Schwarz-Weiß-Rot wir stehn zu Dir" (Black-white-red, we stand to you) instead of "Schwarz-Rot-Gold wir stehn zu Dir" (Black-red-gold, we stand to you), with the former being the colours of the banned Reichskriegsflagge as opposed to the official federal German flag. The rest of the band allegedly distanced itself from the singer and the changed lyrics after the concert (although they claimed this years after the incident).
This was deemed a sexistic song. "Mädchen, Mädchen, komm und spreiz die Beine / Mädchen, Mädchen, du weißt schon, was ich meine" ("Girl, girl, come and spread your legs / girl, girl, you know what I mean") and "Mädchen, Mädchen, nimm ihn in den Mund" ("Girl, girl, take it in your mouth") are some examples. "Mädchen" was another factor in the embargo because of the "pornographic content" of these lyrics.
Dr. Martens Beat
Also a contributing factor to the album being embargoed. According to the Bundesprüfstelle the song supports and propagates violence. Doc Martens are shoes with steel caps, mostly worn by skinheads by this time. One example of this song's lyrics: "Dr. Martens Beat, Dr. Martens Beat / Der Klang einer Stahlkappe, die dich in der Fresse trifft." ("Doc Martens beat, Doc Martens beat / The sound of a steel cap hitting your trap.")
The song describes the subculture of the skinheads and the living with it.
The band says, with this song they wanted to glorify themselves. "Wir trinken mit links und herrschen mit der rechten / Wir sind die Herrscher Frankfurts, Könige der Nacht" ("We drink with left, and rule with the right / We are the ruler of Frankfurt, kings of the night.") Because of the line "Wir sind Böhse Onkelz und machen, was uns gefällt / Heute gehört uns Deutschland, morgen die ganze Welt ("We are Böhse Onkelz and do what we want / Today we rule Germany, and tomorrow the whole world) this song was a contributing factor to the album being embargoed. The Bundesprüfstelle detected a glorification of Nazi-ideology.
- "Der nette Mann - Schallplatte - Original Böhse Onkelz". Onkelzvinyl.de. 1986-08-30. Retrieved 2012-02-13.