Opium fürs Volk

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Opium fürs Volk
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Studio album by Die Toten Hosen
Released 26 January 1996
2007 (jubilee edition)
Genre Punk rock, hardcore punk, alternative metal, thrash metal
Length 66:54
76:01 (re-release)
Label JKP
Producer Jon Caffery & Die Toten Hosen
Die Toten Hosen chronology
Musik war ihr Hobby
(1995)Musik war ihr Hobby1995
Opium fürs Volk
(1996)
Im Auftrag des Herrn... - Die Toten Hosen Live
(1996)Im Auftrag des Herrn... - Die Toten Hosen Live1996

Opium fürs Volk (Opium for the people) is the seventh studio album by the German punk band Die Toten Hosen. Although it's not considered a concept album, it has a central theme of religion (exemplified by the intro "Vaterunser", "Die zehn Gebote" and "Paradies"). It is regarded as one of the best Die Toten Hosen albums.[1][2] The title is derived from a common misquotation of Karl Marx, who called religion the Opium of the People - Opium des Volkes.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Vaterunser" (Our Father) (Traditional) − 1:10
  2. "Mensch" (Man) (von Holst/Frege) − 4:08
  3. "Die Fliege" (The fly) (Frege/Frege) − 1:54
  4. "Die zehn Gebote" (The ten commandments) (Rohde/Frege) − 4:04
  5. "Böser Wolf" (roughly Big Bad Wolf) (von Holst/Frege) − 4:02
  6. "Nichts bleibt für die Ewigkeit" (Nothing stays for eternity) (von Holst, Frege/Müller, von Holst, Frege) − 4:10
  7. "Ewig währt am längsten (Dub)" (lit. Forever lasts the longest; a pun on Ehrlich währt am längsten [roughly Honesty is the best policy]) (Meurer/Müller, von Holst, Frege) − 2:54
  8. "Und so weiter" (And so on) (Rohde/Frege, Müller) − 1:40
  9. "Bonnie & Clyde" (Breitkopf/Frege) − 3:30
  10. "Der Froschkönig" (The frog king) (Breitkopf/Frege) − 3:47
  11. "XTC" (Meurer/Frege) − 4:16
  12. "Lügen" (Lies) (von Holst/Frege) − 4:12
  13. "Paradies" (Paradise) (Frege/Frege) − 4:08
  14. "Und wir leben" (And we're living) (Meurer/Frege) − 3:50
  15. "Er denkt, sie denkt" (He thinks, she thinks) (Frege/Frege) − 4:34
  16. "Seelentherapie" (Soul therapy) (Breitkopf/Frege) − 5:13
  17. "Viva la Revolution" (Breitkopf/Frege) − 4:46
  18. "Zehn kleine Jägermeister" (roughly Ten little hunters/Jägermeisters) (Rohde/Müller, Frege) − 4:45

2007 remastered anniversary edition bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Fliegen" (Flying) (Frege/Frege) – 4:28 (from "Pushed Again")
  2. "Prominentenpsychose" (Celebrity psychosis) (Frege/Frege) – 3:14 (from "Nichts bleibt für die Ewigkeit")
  3. "Herzglück harte Welle" (roughly Heartluck strong wave) (Rohde/Frege) – 1:57 (from "Bonnie & Clyde")

Singles[edit]

1995: "Nichts bleibt für die Ewigkeit"
1996: "Paradies"
1996: "Bonnie & Clyde"
1996: "Zehn kleine Jägermeister"

Demos[edit]

One unreleased demo from the album surfaced in 2007 with the re-release of Auf dem Kreuzzug ins Glück.

  • "Kitsch" (Breitkopf/Frege) – 3:53

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Year Country Position
1996 Germany 1
1996 Switzerland 2
1996 Austria 3

References[edit]