Pussy (Rammstein song)

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"Pussy"
Pussy Cover.jpg
Single by Rammstein
from the album Liebe ist für alle da
B-side"Rammlied"
Released18 September 2009
Format
StudioSonoma Mountain Recording Estate (San Rafael, California)
GenreNeue Deutsche Härte
Length
  • 4:00 (album version)
  • 3:48 (radio edit)
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Rammstein singles chronology
"Mann gegen Mann"
(2006)
"Pussy"
(2009)
"Ich tu dir weh"
(2010)

"Pussy" is a song by German Neue Deutsche Härte band Rammstein. It was released as the lead single from the band's sixth studio album, Liebe ist für alle da (2009), on 18 September 2009. The song was released with a controversial and sexually explicit music video in which the band members, portrayed by body-doubles during some of the close ups of specific body parts, are seen having sex with women.[1]

The first promotional video for the single was released on-line on 16 September 2009 at the Gauntlet.[2] The video also confirmed the new album title.

"Pussy" was Rammstein's first number one single in Germany. The song was also remixed by Scooter, a fellow German artist and the remix later appeared on "Ich tu dir weh" single. It was the first Rammstein song to be released after their 3-year hiatus.

Music video[edit]

The video was directed by Jonas Åkerlund and was released online on 16 September 2009. The video features the band playing the song wearing leather outfits, interspersed with six hardcore pornographic videos featuring each of the band members as a different stereotypical pornographic character: Till as the Playboy, Christoph as the CEO, Paul as the Cowboy, Oliver as Mr. Pain (a BDSM fetishist), Richard as the Partyboy, and Flake as Heeshie. Each scene features a band member engaging in foreplay with a different woman, and the scenes become more explicit as the video progresses until they engage into unsimulated sexual intercourse with graphic nudity. However, body doubles were used for some of the band members.[1] At the end of the video, the band members ejaculate.

Lyrics[edit]

The lyrics deal with sex tourism with lines like "Alleine in das Ausland fahren" (Eng. To drive alone into a foreign country) and "I can't get laid in Germany". The song's lyrics are partially in English, and contain phrases such as "I can't get laid in Germany", a mention of the Autobahn, and the seemingly nonsensical line "Reise, Reise, Fahrvergnügen", a reference to appearances of German culture in American commercialism (the latter from a Volkswagen advertising campaign, the former from one of Rammstein's own previous albums). Together, these aspects of the song create a contrast between the sexual mores of German society and that of America.

Live story[edit]

Live performance of "Pussy" in Italy.

"Pussy" debuted live, as most of Rammstein's songs, during fan exclusive concerts held in Berlin in October 2009. "Pussy" was the last song of the main set of the Liebe ist für alle da tour, and continues to be in the Made in Germany tour. When played, frontman Till Lindemann mounts a giant cannon which resembles a penis (although a bigger, more realistic looking one was used during the first few concerts of the Made in Germany tour, but was replaced by the original for unknown reasons) that shoots foam over the audience, while confetti falls from the ceiling, much like "Amerika". Till has been known to sing a few lines in the native language of the country which they are performing in.

Track listings[edit]

CD
No.TitleLength
1."Pussy" (radio edit)3:48
2."Rammlied"5:19
Vinyl
No.TitleLength
1."Pussy"4:00
2."Rammlied"5:19
  • The 7" vinyl edition only contains "Pussy".

Versions[edit]

Single version[3] Tracks Notes
Limited edition digipak single 2 tracks CD+poster combo
Limited edition hand-numbered single 2 tracks 12" vinyl
Limited edition etch-numbered single Pussy 7" vinyl, special Viagra blue color

Release history[edit]

Country Date
Europe 18 September 2009
United States 22 September 2009

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Belgium Singles Chart[4] 7
Norwegian Singles Chart[5] 16
Dutch Singles Chart[6] 18
Austrian Singles Chart[7] 4
Danish Singles Chart[8] 37
Eurochart Hot 100[9] 6
Finnish Singles Chart[10] 1
French Singles Chart[11] 13
German Singles Chart[12] 1
Swedish Singles Chart[13] 22
Swiss Singles Chart[14] 12
UK Singles Chart[15] 95
UK Rock Chart[16] 2

Year-end charts (2009)[edit]

Country Position
Germany[17] 42

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "RAMMSTEIN Guitarist On Filming 'Pussy' Video - "It Was Really Fun; Our Drummer's Girlfriend Came To The Set And He Ended Up Sending Her Home"". bravewords.com. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Rammstein releases video for Pussy". The Gauntlet. 16 September 2009. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Affenknecht – Pussy single". Affenknecht.com. Retrieved 2009-09-08.
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  9. ^ "Charts". Billboard. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
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  11. ^ "MCM - La chaîne 100% mec". MCM. Archived from the original on 14 October 2009. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  12. ^ "MusikWoche - News - Charts KW 41: Madonna und Rammstein vorn". Mediabiz.de. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  13. ^ "Sverigetopplistan - Sveriges Officiella Topplista". Sverigetopplistan.se. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  14. ^ [7]
  15. ^ [8] Archived March 14, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20090629052348/http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/chart/rocksingles.shtml. Archived from the original on June 29, 2009. Retrieved September 30, 2009. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  17. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20100125020024/http://www.mtv.de/charts/Single_Jahrescharts_2009. Archived from the original on January 25, 2010. Retrieved May 26, 2010. Missing or empty |title= (help)