Skills in Pills

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Skills in Pills
Lindemann Skills in Pills.jpg
Studio album by Lindemann
Released 23 June 2015 (2015-06-23)
Studio Abyss Studio, Pärlby, Sweden
Genre Industrial metal
Length 40:26
Label Warner Music
Producer Peter Tägtgren
Singles from Skills in Pills
  1. "Praise Abort"
    Released: 28 May 2015
  2. "Fish On"
    Released: 9 October 2015
Professional ratings
Review scores
Consequence of SoundF[1]
Metal Hammer7/10[2]

Skills in Pills is the debut studio album by the European supergroup Lindemann, featuring Rammstein frontman Till Lindemann and Peter Tägtgren, founder of Hypocrisy and PAIN. The album was released on 22 June 2015, via Warner Music.[3]

On 22 and 23 April, respectively, the band revealed the track-list and the cover for the album at their Facebook page.[4][5] On 2 May, the band released audio snippets of the title track.[6] On 11 June, snippets for the remaining songs were released.[7]

In October 2015, the band streamed a B-side of their second single "Fish On", titled "G-Spot Michael".[8]

Recording and concept[edit]

When commenting on the way the album was prepared, Tägtgren said:[9]

He defined it as a "party album [...] I see it as a 2015 Billy Idol kinda thing, except the lyrics are more ironic and funny. It's good music to pre-party to before you go out to the bar".[9]

Lyrical themes and song information[edit]

Unlike in Rammstein, Lindemann sings all the songs in English instead of his native German. About this, Tägtgren said:[9]

Lindemann himself said: "It's very different and very difficult too. I had to kinda crawl into it and Peter encouraged me to do it. To be honest, I wasn't sure about it. My self-confidence was really low, but it became better and better. I researched a lot with the lyrics and even my experience in writing e-mails in English was like zero, so I had to learn a lot and work with dictionaries and shit like that".

Tägtgren defined the lyrics as "spooky" and said: "Read between the lines and find the irony. Don't think it's all so serious. For us, it's not to provoke. Yes, we want to shock people but, like I said, it's a party album".[9] Lindemann also commented on this matter: “We didn't want to be really nasty or provocative or insulting. [This is] the first time English speakers can understand the lyrics, which is usually impossible in Rammstein. It's very sexual, but that's what I've done in Rammstein for twenty years, it's just that nobody's understood it!"[10]

"Ladyboy" was the first song written by the duo.[9][11] "Golden Shower" and "Skills in Pills" are songs based on Lindemann's personal experiences. Referring to the latter, he commented: "I grew up in the eastern part of Germany and we had booze of course, but sometimes we had these 'pills parties', where we put shit together. We collected stuff, because it was hard to get medication, and then we had like medication orgies which was really strange".[11]

"Praise Abort" was composed around something Lindemann sang to his smartphone and sent to Tägtgren. The song received a promotional video, released on 28 May,[12] which Tägtgren defined as "grotesque" and "very sick".[9]


The album is available in several different editions, these being standard, digital, special, super deluxe, and vinyl. The latter three include a bonus track, while the super deluxe edition also comes with an 80-page hardcover book and different cover art.[13]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Lindemann; all music composed by Tägtgren.

1."Skills in Pills"4:13
4."Fish On"4:12
5."Children of the Sun"3:40
6."Home Sweet Home"3:45
8."Golden Shower"4:24
10."Praise Abort"4:44
Total length:40:26


Writing, performance and production credits are adapted from the album liner notes.[14]



Additional musicians[edit]


Artwork and design[edit]


  • Abyss Studio, Pärlby – recording, mixing
  • Studio Drispeth Nr. 1 – pre-production (vocals only)
  • Hometown Studios, Stockholm – mixing
  • Chartmakers Audio Mastering, Helsinki – mastering
  • Big Island Sound, Stockholm – post-production


Chart Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[15] 17
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[16] 3
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[17] 17
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[18] 24
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[19] 15
Croatian International Albums (HDU)[20] 3
Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI)[21] 4
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[22] 6
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[23] 1
French Albums (SNEP)[24] 16
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[25] 1
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[26] 2
Italian Albums (FIMI)[27] 33
South Korean International Albums (Gaon)[28] 33
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[29] 23
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[30] 9
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[31] 31
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[32] 18
Scottish Albums (OCC)[33] 28
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[34] 28
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[35] 27
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[36] 2
UK Albums (OCC)[37] 35
UK Digital Albums (OCC)[38] 71
UK Rock & Metal Albums (OCC)[39] 2
US Billboard 200[40] 144
US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard)[41] 2
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[42] 2
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[43] 18


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Germany (BVMI)[44] Gold 100,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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  2. ^ Goodman, Eleanor (23 June 2015). "Lindemann: Skills in Pills". Team Rock. Retrieved June 23, 2015. (Registration required (help)). 
  3. ^ Emily (27 April 2015). "RAMMSTEIN'S TILL LINDEMANN CONFIRMS SKILLS IN PILLS RELEASE DATE". Kerrang!. Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "Track-list". Lindemann's Facebook page. Facebook. 22 April 2015. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "Cover art". Lindemann's Facebook page. Facebook. 23 April 2015. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  6. ^ "Lindemann Feat. Rammstein Singer, Pain/Hypocrisy Mainman: Audio Snippet Of 'Skills In Pills' Title Track". 2 May 2015. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "Lindemann Feat. Rammstein Singer, Pain/Hypocrisy Mainman: 'Skills In Pills' Album Audio Snippets". 11 June 2015. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  8. ^ Kielty, Martin (28 October 2015). "Lindemann stream G-Spot Michael". Classic Rock. Team Rock. Retrieved 29 October 2015. 
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  10. ^ Chillingworth, Alec (19 March 2015). "Lindemann: The Odd Couple". Metal Hammer. Team Rock. Retrieved 25 June 2015. 
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  31. ^ "Oficjalna lista sprzedaży :: OLiS - Official Retail Sales Chart". OLiS. Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry.
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  33. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
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  38. ^ "Official Album Downloads Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  39. ^ "Official Rock & Metal Albums Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company.
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  42. ^ "Lindemann Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard.
  43. ^ "Lindemann Chart History (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard.
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