Ich will

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"Ich will"
Single by Rammstein
from the album Mutter
Released September 10, 2001
Format Compact Disc
Recorded Studio Miraval, France, 2000
Genre Neue Deutsche Härte
Industrial metal
Length 3:37
Label Motor
Producer(s) Jacob Hellner and Rammstein
Rammstein singles chronology
"Links 2-3-4"
"Ich will"

"Ich will" (German for I want) is a single by Rammstein. It was originally released in Germany on September 10, 2001. Since it was released the day before the September 11, 2001 attacks, many channels did not air the music video (which was to debut on U.S. television the night of September 11, 2001). The German single contains a live cover version of The Ramones' song "Pet Sematary", sung by keyboardist Flake.

Music video[edit]

The music video of "Ich will" features the band members staging a bank robbery, making it seem as realistic as possible. The video shows both the robbery and its aftermath, and moves between these two scenes.

The robbery: The band is shown entering a bank wearing stockings over their heads, except for Flake, who has a very large and elaborate-looking bomb strapped to his chest. The band has the strange ability to make people faint, either intentionally or unintentionally, with one scene; Till is facing an audience of media in a room, all conscious and then they are all suddenly unconscious (except for Till), with what may appear to be blood dripping. How they are able to is not revealed. Various band members (excluding Flake) later leave the bank and are confronted with both Spezialeinsatzkommando, the media and spectators. The reaction of the media towards the Rammstein band members is quite outlandish, as they are celebrated by the media, with the band seeming to revel in the attention and the audience even mouths the choruses. At the very end of the video, the timer on Flake's bomb reaches zero. The video quickly flicks through a series of short clips from some of Rammstein's other music videos,(Seemann, Du hast, Du riechst so gut '95, Du riechst so gut '98, Stripped and Sonne) then comes to an end.

The aftermath: The band (Flake excluded) emerges from a bus wearing shackles and prison attire. They are surrounded by a large crowd and the media, and the crowd cheers for them. They step up to a podium and receive a Goldene Kamera (Golden Camera) award, a German version of the Emmy award. Behind the band is a large, sepia picture of Flake and a coffin which is supposedly the place where his "remains" lie (most of the "aftermath" is shown at the beginning of the clip, although it is also revisited later).

In an interview, Rammstein described the music video of "Ich will" as being a demonstration of the media's obsession with a good story, as well as an illustration of the immortality that can be achieved by those who commit wrongs.[citation needed]

The video was filmed in Berlin in the former State Council building (Staatsratsgebäude) of the German Democratic Republic which now houses the European School of Management and Technology.

Live story[edit]

Along with "Nebel", "Ich will" was the only song from Mutter that was not played live in its demo form in the concert for members of the Fan Area on April 2000. Instead, it debuted on May 1, 2001, in another concert for members of the Fan Area. When played live, explosions are part of the performance, and it usually closes the show during festivals. It has been played paired with "Sonne" during the encores in every Rammstein concert up until Made in Germany 1995–2011 (tour), where "Sonne" opened the show while "Ich will" maintained its position in the encore.

Track listing[edit]


  1. Ich will (Album Version) - 3:37
  2. Ich will (Live Preussag Arena, Hannover, Germany on 1 June 2001) - 4:17
  3. Ich will (Westbam Mix) - 6:19
  4. Ich will (Paul van Dyk Mix) - 6:13
  5. Pet Sematary (Performed live with Clawfinger) - 6:31
  6. Ich will (Live CD-R Track) - 4:05
  • Comes as a 2-track CD with Ich will (Album Version) and Ich will (Live).

UK CD Part 1 (Red Cover)

  1. Ich will (Radio Edit)
  2. Links 2 3 4 (Clawfinger Geradeaus Remix) - 4:28
  3. Du hast (Remix By Jacob Hellner) - 6:44
  4. Ich will (Video) - 4:05

UK CD Part 2 (Green Cover)

  1. Ich will (Radio Edit)
  2. Halleluja - 3:45
  3. Stripped (Heavy Mental Mix By Charlie Clouser) - 5:18

UK DVD Part 3 (Orange Cover)

  • Ich will (Live Video Version)
  • 4 x 30 Seconds Video Clips
    • Bück dich
    • Rammstein
    • Wollt ihr das Bett in Flammen sehen?
    • Asche zu Asche
  • Photo Gallery (10 Shots)
  • 2 x Audio Tracks
    • Feuerräder (Live Demo Version 1994)
    • Rammstein (Live)


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