Nobody who went to those shows owes you or any other fan anything. If they want to talk about it, great, and I'll be listening, but if they want to keep it to themselves, they can. Nobody signed a contract with the fandom at large when they decided to like a band. If you really want to know what happened, then use your Google fu and find out for yourself, or put your money where your entitlement is and see a concert on the tour.

and I got this:

What a load of garbage.

LOL. Consider me told. Now I know there's no point in engaging with such an erudite mind.
laguera25: Dug from UP! (Default)
( Apr. 10th, 2013 07:25 pm)
I watched another disc of SPN S1 last night. I wish Cassie hadn't disappeared into the ether. I know TPTB didn't want to pair her up with Dean, lest they incur the wrath of angry fangirls, but Sam and Dean could have used an ally like her, another pair of eyes on the ground as it were, and Cassie certainly fit the bill. She was smart, determined, and had investigative and research experience. She could have alerted them to potential new jobs or helped with historical research. Her skills would have been especially handy in S4 and S5. Then again you could say the same thing about Missouri, who, I heard tell, was originally supposed to serve in Bobby's eventual role as mentor. And she, too, disappeared. This to a better job offer, granted, but I think that show faded into that good night a few years ago, so there's no reason they couldn't bring her back now.

I usually don't have much sympathy for Sam and his overwrought, self-centered pity-whoring and woe-is-meism, but I did feel badly for him at the end of "Shadows". To finally reunite with your estranged father, only to lose him to the unfair demands of the job had to be wrenching, and doubly so coming hard on the heels of his other losses. His well-ordered adult life is obliterated through no fault of his own, and he can't even have the meager comfort of a reconciliation with his father. At that moment, his life really did blow, and I can't blame him for being crushed by the turn of events.

Meg was a great villain. She and Sam had chemistry like whoa.


Meanwhile, over in Rammsteinland, Rammlieder of the Herzeleid forums has gotten his entitled douche on over the fact that someone who attended the rehearsal concert in Berlin didn't immediately provide a detailed write-up. According to him, she has a moral obligation to disseminate this sacred knowledge to others, or else she's a lazy jerkass who can't truly call herself a true fan(our friend Rammlieder has a boner about what constitutes a true fan; from an earlier dust-up, I learned that if you like "Pussy", then you're not a True Fan.). I was feeling cantankerous today, so I waded in.

Another attendee did provide a review, but the English was fairly mangled. All I got from it was that there were a lot of curtains in the stage design, and that Richard and Christoph were mailing it in. If the latter is remotely true, I can see why. One is expecting his first child soon, and the other has a toddler. Their minds are likely elsewhere. As long as they're not playing poorly or showing open contempt for the audience, I don't see cause for concern.
Rammfen scuttlebutt has it that Recuenco has his britches in a knot at Rammstein over the MHB explicit video. Apparently, he's merrily wanking away on his Facebook about the fact that Rammstein chose not to share his artistic vision with the world and vowing never, ever to work with them again.

Because this is Rammfen, the original story(that Recuenco was butthurt over the band's decision not to air his video) has slowly morphed into the assertion that Rammstein "stole" Recuenco's work, and then to Rammstein failed to pay him for his work. To be fair, only one poster has asserted that version of the story, but it only takes on for a wisp of rumor to turn into a raging conflagration of misinformation.

I have no doubt that Rammstein paid him. Receunco himself has neither intimated or claimed they haven't, and if that were so, I suspect that he would be screaming it from the rooftops for the world to hear, because he strikes me as a highly-strung, high-maintenance diva flouncer that makes Richard seem positively zen and even-keeled. This sounds like a monumental case of chapped ass, where Recuenco cannot fathom that anyone could fail to appreciate his artistic genius.

Now, if he's arguing that he deserves a directing credit or co-credit since some of his footage was used in the final cut, then I can see that. Bihac might have helped them create a finished product, but Recuenco laid the groundwork, and he should be given a co-directing credit.

As long as they paid him for the work, they can do what they want with it, including wipe their asses with it.

On a related note, I watched the MHB explicit making-of, and was surprised to learn that the model in the video was...I'll say disabled for want of a better term, though she didn't seem physically impaired. She looked very different from most people; I just assumed it was makeup and effects, but according to the band, it was the result of an unspecified illness or impairment. And God bless them for not prying about it. Too many people would have been all up in her business, whether she wanted to talk about it or not, and I loved that it was largely irrelevant to them aside from the fact that it seemed to have made her a complete, unrepentant badass. I also loved that Till wasn't averse to getting to know her more after the video ended.

Richard also spoke highly of her and seemed quite impressed. Had he used the word "inspiring" to describe her outlook on life, I would have headsmashed my keyboard into tiny fragments, but he used "positive", instead, which connotes a benefit for everyone, not just the onlookers waiting to be awed by the bravery of the handicapable person. Maybe he meant "inspirational" and used "positive" because he figured it was close enough, but I choose to believe he truly meant positive because it's a word that acknowledges her as a person in her own right and doesn't reduce her to a feel-good totem with which others can revive their flagging spirits.

And watching the kids play with Flake in his mask was adorable, as was Till's finger-wagging admonishment of no Nintendo, no pudding, and go to bed early. No Nintendo, I get, because I've pulled many an ill-advised all-nighter on that console, but why no pudding?

ETA: Speaking of misinformation, I've spread a bit of it myself. Upon rereading, no one has accused Rammstein of failure to pay. They simply claimed that Rammstein paid him for the work and then gave all the credit for the video to Bihac. They then drew parallels between this scenario and being robbed of credit for university research that ultimately leads to a new discovery. The analogy doesn't hold up, in my mind, because in the latter case, said research and credit often leads to further financial opportunities in the form of tenure, more grants, and patents on gadgets and chemical compounds. One could argue that good work on one video could lead to other offers, but I don't think video directors get a cut of the action once the video is done.
Quoth TVirusedleon:

Rammstein will most likely not make anymore albums. I think it is safe to assume that the new music video
will showcase the death of all other members in Rammstein except for Till who dies in the piano version.

I expect there to be a "The End" note in the end of the music video, and a confirmation from the band that they are done.


The wrong is strong with this one.
An interesting nugget from the Herzeleid forum:

Doktor Haifisch shares these musings in a discussion about potential festival setlists:

But I think I heard Richard say that everyone wants to hear old stuff and not the new stuff, which makes me think he likes the newer stuff better and wants to play that more and I think Schneider agrees with him.

Snake Jerusalem says:

^RZK already said in a portuguese interview that he could not see the beauty within LIFAD, so your gut feeling is probably incorrect.

I'm going to have to Google this interview. If he said this, then I'm disappointed. Not in him, but in the sentiment itself. I love LIFAD and find it a lush album with a little bit of everything. It's not my favorite, but it's top three. And it begs the question: if he finds no beauty in it, then what is it that he thinks he played during that tour? Pure calculated product with no artistic merit, designed solely to extract money from wallets?

Schwarzesglas says:

RZK is an overthinking ass

:\ I'm not going to argue the truthfulness of this assertion. I have the hots for Richard; I don't know him, so I can't make any judgments about his temperament or faults. He might be just that. What boggles me is the sudden vituperative attitude from someone who was previously much more thoughtful and even-keeled in their arguments and tended to fall more on the positive side of character assessment than negative. Did he and Rammstein get into a dickfight that he lost, or did he and Richard just have a slapfight at some afterparty that's left him seething and eternally butthurt?
No, I didn't flake on the travel post I promised. It, like so many of my writings, just ballooned on me. It might've been finished today if it weren't for the arrival of the Red Bloat and cramps so debilitating that I want to curl up in the fetal position in a soundproof room and wail like a Bedlam inmate. It's been a long time since they were this severe; they were so bad last night that my flailing and whimpering woke Roomie from a dead sleep and sent him in search of the Aleve at four in the morning. Between the pain and the fatigue, I just can't muster the energy to give a treatise on travel the attention and respect it deserves. So I saved it as a draft and will, tyrannical Bloat fist willing, finish it tomorrow.

Dear Rammlieder,

We get it. You hate playback and are convinced that Rammstein are lazy, fatcat bastards who've become addicted to "taking the easy way out." Here's the thing: If you're so convinced that any DVD they might release of the past two tours is a money-grabbing sham rife with playback, then you don't have to buy it. Rammstein will not come to your house and force you to order it from Amazon, nor will they frogmarch you to a store and force you to buy it under threat of fannish excommunication. You can leave it on the shelf and jerk off to your overwhelming sense of smug self-satisfaction, and no one will give a wet, sloppy fuck, least of all Rammstein, who will be too busy rolling in their piles of money and using C-notes to mop up the wet spot from their latest conquest to care.

I've already had this debate with him and have no desire to revisit it. I'll just vote with my wallet and hand Rammstein a fat wad of cash the next time the opportunity presents itself.
True to my word, I finished Sprache XIX today. It's currently steeping for the evening and will be proofread tomorrow and posted on Tuesday. Lo, I feel accomplished. This might be drawerfic for all the notice it gets, but there's a freedom in that. There's no performance anxiety, as there was in the latter chapters of SLS, when it was being read and scrutinized on all sides and those who weren't clamoring for more were clamoring for me to get to the point already. Popularity(or notoriety) is fabulous, but it brings with it a pressure to maintain the stand that originally attracted attention, and it can get claustrophobic after a while. If no one is reading--or admitting to it, at least--then there can be no pressure.

That said, I'll take the pressure over the silence any day.

On a related note, while I agree that writers don't have a right to feedback from the readership, they most certainly are within their rights to want that feedback, and any reader who judges and finger-wags at a writer who admit that want is a hypocritical tool. If a writer has no right to a desire for feedback because it's entitled and selfish, how dare you, then a reader has no right to the fruits of a writer's imagination or to their time and energy, and they certainly have no right to hound a favorite writer for an update. If the writer should write for the unadulterated love of it and nothing more, then they should be free to create at their own pace or to stop creation altogether without concern for the feelings of butthurt readers who loved the story so much that they couldn't be assed to declare their love until doing so might reward them with another chapter. Fans can't have it both ways. Either fanfiction is a binding social contract between writer and reader that demands the writer treat the medium with the respect it deserves(i.e., by finishing the story one has undertaken to tell regardless of commensurate recompense or lack thereof)and whose product ultimately adds to the common fannish good, or it's a pastime and no one ones anybody anything.

I'm of the opinion that while the story does deserve the best of your ability and should be written to the highest standard of which a writer is capable, at the end of the day, it's a goddamn hobby, an accent to life, not the whole of it, and as such, no one is obligated to finish anything unless they have explicitly entered into a secondary contract like a fic exchange or a per review basis--I'll post the next chapter if I receive X reviews, for example. Let it be known that I find fic-for-reviews scenarios skeevy and childish, but that's another kettle of fish.


Dear DoktorHaifisch,

I'm sure Richard Kruspe is devastated to learn that you've lost respect for him as a person because he said he listened to DJ Skrillex on his own time. I'm sure he's prostrate with woe.

God, but metal fans can be so damn militant, earnest, and obnoxious. As long as he doesn't lobby for Joe Letz and his burp machine to join Rammstein, who cares what he listens to when he's getting his buzz on in his living room?
There are new developments in the "playback" discussion on the Herzeleid forum. After I asked Rammlieder about the logical fallacies in his arguments, he responded:

Back in the Ring )

I'm sure I'm going to get called an asshole again. It's what always happens in these discussions. But I've said my piece on the matter and am going to let it go now. It's obvious his mind is set, and further discussion is pointless.

But oh, did his flawed logic chap my ass. Rammstein would rather not use playback, but they totally have to because...because Till is such a perfectionist that he'd rather fake it than miss a note. But I totally think Rammstein developed a taste for playback(because feedback is musical crack, yo), and they've all become lazy, jaking bastards who will eventually stop singing live altogether. But I LOVE and respect Rammstein so much.

Mmmkay. Whatever you say.

And it's really sad that I edited my post several times during its composition to change words so that no one could accuse me of attacking him or hurting his feelings. When did the Internet become one giant Stuart Smalley affirmation session?

Well, I can say it here: The guy is a histrionic dumbass who's bound and determined to feel wronged and deprived by Rammstein. While I wasn't going to use the word "dumbass" in the post, the rest of it was pretty much my first impulse.
A Herzeleid Forums Joust )

We'll see if it sours, but so far it's been a spirited yet pleasant debate.

Some more Rammstein fun:



Yes, the opened-toed sandals are a fashion disaster, but it's such a sweet photo. He looks so obliging.
Over on the Herzeleid forums, Rudel asks about the best time to show up if you're in a wheelchair and want to get rail:

I'll be on the floor too. Tricky part is that I'm in a wheel chair, so definitely have to show up early to get in front. When is a good time to show up in line?

And gets this response from KP:

Damn.

I dunno, maybe there is an ADA policy which would allow you to not have to worry about being in line.


Ahahaha, I wish. If there were an ADA provision that guaranteed me a spot in the front row of a Rammstein concert, I would've shackled myself to the rail in front of Richard twice over. The ADA doesn't even guarantee housing or job equality, let alone special dispensation at entertainment events.

No wonder so many people are so apathetic on disability issues. They assume the ADA is a magical law that guarantees disabled folks super awesome special privileges like primo seats at rock concerts and protects us from de facto segregation and discrimination. The obliviousness would be hilarious if it wasn't so damaging.
From Tier on the Herzeleid forum:

Exactly! I felt miserable to be in the calm audience, I wanted to be on field, jumping and waving and singing. And then seeing people on that field, standing with their arms in a bunch, pretending to be a rock-police... goddamnit. I feel like too many people get the tickets because "I might as well" instead of really wanting to see the band. And even if they privately love the music, they sure as hell won't show it.

So yeah, people, be less middle-class and stop being so proud! give yourself to the band as the band gives themselves to you. Experience the extacy! Relax and do it! Dance like an idiot! *hippie*


I especially like, "Stop being so middle-class at rock shows." Yes, because everyone knows that only white trash and scroungers let go at rock shows. It's all part of their dirty, poor, uncouth animal natures.

Irritation aside, I know what they're trying to say, and I agree with them that a show is more fun when the crowd is jubilant and active. Even I, with my limited mobility, will bob my head and perform an awkward shimmy in my chair. I'm sure I look like a toddler trying not to unload in her short pants, but I don't care. It feels good. But I despise fan-policing like this. It's a childish, butthurt dick-measuring contest.

This:

I feel like too many people get the tickets because "I might as well" instead of really wanting to see the band. And even if they privately love the music, they sure as hell won't show it.

really means:

WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! Someone got a better ticket than me, and they don't deserve it because I'm a bigger/longtime fan. No FAIIIIR.

As long as the fan bought that seat legally and isn't a scalper who screwed others out of those tickets to enrich themselves, how they behave in the seat they paid for is of no concern to anyone else. Maybe standing still is the best they can do because of medical issues, or maybe they're trying to drink in the experience, to memorize every detail. Joy isn't always loud or bombastic.

And if Rammstein ever decided to judge folks as lesser fans because they didn't incite a prison riot to express their gratitude, then they could just get fucked.
I've spotted a conspiracy tinhat in the wild. After the news of defective MiG super deluxe editions emerged, I posted on Herzeleid, speculating about what, if any, action Pilgrim will take in the wake of this embarrassing debacle. After all, they've zealously pursued hapless but harmless fansites in the name of imaginary damage to the band, so how will they react to real, quantifiable damage to the band's reputation and bottom line?

Enter the tinhat, Jenstt:

What makes you so sure, Pilgrim is still doing their management..? Since the new site, there's no trace of them on it.. Never found anything about it on the MIG box too.. Suppose THEY ditched Pilgrim after all.. That's maybe why all of a sudden, we do get news and a nice site and social netwerk updates etc etc

I'm no rock insider, but I'm absolutely certain that if Rammstein had parted ways with the only management they have ever known, then someone, somewhere, would have mentioned it. But whatever floats his boat. Whoever is steering the ship now has done a remarkable job over the past year, and the band's communication with their fanbase has improved tenfold. They're not Metallica, standing in parking lots and arena hallways and shaking the hand of every moon-eyed fan that barrels up to them, and they're never going to be, but at least they're not leaving their fans in the dark about important events and telling them to eat cake when they raise serious issues. So bravo to whomever is sitting in the big chair these days.
It is still wet and nasty. The weather shamans are predicting snow overnight. Joy. Snow is lovely, make no mistake, but it also makes navigating the world in a manual wheelchair a pain in the ass. The front wheels bog down in the soft-pack, and slush freezes your fingers even through your gloves. It's hard to keep a grip when the hand rims are slick and your hands are numb. And the ramps become hip-smashing slides. Fun. So fun.

For now, however, I am warm and snug inside my house. Dry and cozy and surfing the Internet while Roomie watches ESPN. A book on the recliner, near to hand, and a walkthrough of LoZ: Majora's Mask on Youtube. Unwritten stories crowding my head. The simple, bare(bear)necessities, as Baloo called them, as well as a few creature comforts and a divine gift. It's the complete package, really, so I can't complain too loudly.

Folks who are complaining loudly are a number of Rammfans who pre-ordered the MiG boxset from amazon.co.uk at a ridiculously low price. As it turns out, the fabulous deal was actually a huge pricing error on Amazon's part, and now Amazon is refusing to honor the order, citing lack of supply. Fans found notices in their inboxes this morning informing them that their orders had been canceled, LOL.

Cue the howling outrage. And it's an outrage I understand because Amazon's customary policy is to honor the order even if there was a pricing error, and to honor it at the lowest advertised price by the time of release. So to summarily cancel the order smacks of mercantile greed. Rumor has it that Amazon is claiming that they cannot fulfill the orders because Someone is refusing to supply them with the product. This nefarious Someone has yet to be named.

Naturally, some fans have leaped to the conclusion that it was Pilgrim or Rammstein who throttled the supply in an act of unbridled greed and petty vengeance against thrifty fans who refuse to be swindled by their overpriced "deluxe" package. While I can readily believe that Pilgrim, who have a history of swatting flies with tactical nukes, would protect Rammstein's interests with such a draconian measure, I cannot believe that Rammstein are so childish and petulant as to forego the forty Euro per unit they would have earned from each sale and to risk the ill will of their fanbase. Forty Euro isn't one hundred, but it's more than zero, and that doesn't even factor in the lost sales from butthurt fans who like to use one hand to blame the band for everything from zits to the recession and the other to fiddle their delicates under cover of laptop. I don't think Rammstein gives two fucks about the fans beyond their use as a commodity at the moment. They're busy thinking about the tour logistics and what to get their loved ones for Christmas. They're not hunkered over the laptop, cackling wildly over how they've stuck it to their gullible fanbase.
Fic Outtake, Part XVIII )

I'm not actually sure I'm going to get rid of this section, truth be told, but it's threatening to veer into what one scathing reviewer once called "purple bogs of existential stench", so I'm going to play around with a few scenarios and see if I can make it flow more smoothly. I might come to the end of the chapter and find I need it after all, and if I do, I can always slide it back into place.


In tangentially-related news, a Herzeleid poster has posted a link that claims to have a U.S. date for the Made in Germany tour. April 29th, 2012, in Worcester, Massachusetts, to be exact. Would that it were so, but the fandom has a well-documented propensity for running with every scrap of rumor and wishful thinking, and so I'm going to hold off on the giddy peepee dance of squealing anticipation until there is an official announcement.

And yes, you can bet your sweet ass that I would go to Worcester if that were the only viable date. I've always wanted to try lobster rolls.
Yes, I'm still plodding doggedly along on the next chapter of Sprache, though right now, I'm deleting as much as I'm keeping. Dammit. Here is one brief outtake:

Fic Outtake, Sprache XVIII )

A narrative dead end with no graceful exit strategy.


And oh, we haven't had one of these in a while, but over on Herzeleid, Sirkorn is wanking up a storm at the possibility that undeserving fans might get a chance at the mythical rail thanks to Rammstein's decision to use two stages. Behold:

Rammstein Rail Wank )
Over on Herzeleid, someone posts the contents of the Made in Germany deluxe boxset:


01 Engel
02 Links 2 3 4
03 Keine Lust
04 Mein Teil
05 Du Hast
06 Du Riechst So Gut
07 Ich Will
08 Mein Herz Brennt
09 Mutter
10 Pussy
11 Rosenrot
12 Haifisch
13 Amerika
14 Sonne
15 Ohne Dich
16 Mein Land

cd2

01 Du riechst so gut '98 - Remix by Faith No More (1998)
02 Du hast - Remix by Jacob Hellner (1997)
03 Stripped - Remix by Johann Edlund - Tiamat (1998)
04 Sonne - Remix by Clawfinger (2001)
05 Links 2 3 4 - Remix by Westbam 2001)
06 Mutter - Remix by Sono (2002)
07 Feuer Frei! - Remix by Junkie XL (2002)
08 Mein Teil - Remix by Pet Shop Boys (2004)
09 Amerika - Remix by Olsen Involtini (2004)
10 Ohne Dich - Remix by Laibach (2005)
11 Keine Lust - Remix by Black Strobe (2005)
12 Benzin - Remix by Meshuggah (2005)
13 Rosenrot - Remix by Northern Lite (2005)
14 Pussy - Remix by Scooter (2010)
15 Rammlied - Remix by Devin Townsend (2010)
16 Ich tu dir weh - Remix by Fukkk Offf (2010)
17 Haifisch - Remix by Hurts (2010)

DVDs

01 "Du Riechst So Gut" (1995) - Album "Herzeleid" + Making of "Du riechst so gut"
02 "Seemann" (1996) - Album "Herzeleid" + Making of "Seemann"
03 "Rammstein" (1997) - Album "Herzeleid" + Making of "Rammstein"
04 "Engel" (1997) - Album "Sehnsucht" + Making of "Engel"
05 "Du Hast" (1997) - Album "Sehnsucht" + Making Of "Du Hast"
06 "Du Riechst So Gut '98" (1998) - Album "Herzeleid" + Making Of "Du Riechst So Gut '98"
07 "Stripped" (1998) + Making Of "Stripped"

01 "Sonne" (2001) - Album "Mutter" + Making Of "Sonne"
02 "Links 2 3 4" (2001) - Album "Mutter" + Making Of "Links 2 3 4"
03 "Ich Will" (2001) - Album "Mutter" + Making Of "Ich Will"
04 "Mutter" (2002) - Album "Mutter" + Making of "Mutter"
05 "Feuer Frei!" (2002) - Album "Mutter" + Making of "Feuer Frei!"
06 "Mein Teil" (2004) - Album "Reise, Reise" + Making Of "Mein Teil"
07 "Amerika" (2004) - Album "Reise, Reise" + Making Of "Amerika"
08 "Ohne Dich" (2004) - Album "Reise, Reise" + Making Of "Ohne Dich"
09 "Keine Lust" (2005) - Album "Reise, Reise" + Making Of "Keine Lust"

01 "Benzin" (2005) - Album "Rosenrot" + Making Of "Benzin"
02 "Rosenrot" (2005) - Album "Rosenrot" + Making Of "Rosenrot"
03 "Mann gegen Mann" (2006) - Album "Rosenrot" + Making Of "Mann gegen Mann"
04 "Pussy" (2009) - Album "Liebe ist für alle da" + Making Of "Pussy"
05 "Ich tu Dir weh" (2010) - Album "Liebe ist für alle da" + Making Of "Ich tu Dir weh"
06 "Haifisch" (2010) - Album "Liebe ist für alle da" + Making Of "Haifisch"
07 "Mein Land" (2011) - Album "Made in Germany


Ahahaha! Really? That's what the braintrust came up with? I think I'll pass. On the bright side, that's more money in the tour fund.
Over on Herzeleid, someone posts the contents of the Made in Germany deluxe boxset:


01 Engel
02 Links 2 3 4
03 Keine Lust
04 Mein Teil
05 Du Hast
06 Du Riechst So Gut
07 Ich Will
08 Mein Herz Brennt
09 Mutter
10 Pussy
11 Rosenrot
12 Haifisch
13 Amerika
14 Sonne
15 Ohne Dich
16 Mein Land

cd2

01 Du riechst so gut '98 - Remix by Faith No More (1998)
02 Du hast - Remix by Jacob Hellner (1997)
03 Stripped - Remix by Johann Edlund - Tiamat (1998)
04 Sonne - Remix by Clawfinger (2001)
05 Links 2 3 4 - Remix by Westbam 2001)
06 Mutter - Remix by Sono (2002)
07 Feuer Frei! - Remix by Junkie XL (2002)
08 Mein Teil - Remix by Pet Shop Boys (2004)
09 Amerika - Remix by Olsen Involtini (2004)
10 Ohne Dich - Remix by Laibach (2005)
11 Keine Lust - Remix by Black Strobe (2005)
12 Benzin - Remix by Meshuggah (2005)
13 Rosenrot - Remix by Northern Lite (2005)
14 Pussy - Remix by Scooter (2010)
15 Rammlied - Remix by Devin Townsend (2010)
16 Ich tu dir weh - Remix by Fukkk Offf (2010)
17 Haifisch - Remix by Hurts (2010)

DVDs

01 "Du Riechst So Gut" (1995) - Album "Herzeleid" + Making of "Du riechst so gut"
02 "Seemann" (1996) - Album "Herzeleid" + Making of "Seemann"
03 "Rammstein" (1997) - Album "Herzeleid" + Making of "Rammstein"
04 "Engel" (1997) - Album "Sehnsucht" + Making of "Engel"
05 "Du Hast" (1997) - Album "Sehnsucht" + Making Of "Du Hast"
06 "Du Riechst So Gut '98" (1998) - Album "Herzeleid" + Making Of "Du Riechst So Gut '98"
07 "Stripped" (1998) + Making Of "Stripped"

01 "Sonne" (2001) - Album "Mutter" + Making Of "Sonne"
02 "Links 2 3 4" (2001) - Album "Mutter" + Making Of "Links 2 3 4"
03 "Ich Will" (2001) - Album "Mutter" + Making Of "Ich Will"
04 "Mutter" (2002) - Album "Mutter" + Making of "Mutter"
05 "Feuer Frei!" (2002) - Album "Mutter" + Making of "Feuer Frei!"
06 "Mein Teil" (2004) - Album "Reise, Reise" + Making Of "Mein Teil"
07 "Amerika" (2004) - Album "Reise, Reise" + Making Of "Amerika"
08 "Ohne Dich" (2004) - Album "Reise, Reise" + Making Of "Ohne Dich"
09 "Keine Lust" (2005) - Album "Reise, Reise" + Making Of "Keine Lust"

01 "Benzin" (2005) - Album "Rosenrot" + Making Of "Benzin"
02 "Rosenrot" (2005) - Album "Rosenrot" + Making Of "Rosenrot"
03 "Mann gegen Mann" (2006) - Album "Rosenrot" + Making Of "Mann gegen Mann"
04 "Pussy" (2009) - Album "Liebe ist für alle da" + Making Of "Pussy"
05 "Ich tu Dir weh" (2010) - Album "Liebe ist für alle da" + Making Of "Ich tu Dir weh"
06 "Haifisch" (2010) - Album "Liebe ist für alle da" + Making Of "Haifisch"
07 "Mein Land" (2011) - Album "Made in Germany


Ahahaha! Really? That's what the braintrust came up with? I think I'll pass. On the bright side, that's more money in the tour fund.
Livejournal has issued a statement about the security breach caused by their latest release. According to them, the breach was a mere "minor inconvenience" because while private information and entries were visible to complete strangers, the information could not be altered, erased, or modified. Oh, well, that's all right, then. The scammer might have been able to screenshot my billing information and book a trip to Aruba on my dime, but at least he couldn't modify my porn. Thank God your priorities are so clearly in order.

According to Herzeleid, the first setlist for the Rammstein "Made in Germany" tour has emerged and is as follows:

Sonne
Mein land
Keine lust
Asche zu asche
Feuer Frei
Sehnsucht
Mutter
Mein teil
Du hast
Haifisch
Buck dich
Mann gegen mann
Pussy
***
Mein herz brennt
Ich will
Wollt ihr das bett in flammen sehen
Engel
Amerika

Bear in mind that this setlist is absolutely not official and comes from a rehearsal gig in Berlin, so things could change radically between now and opening night on November 6th. If this is true, then I would be thrilled to see this live and hope to have the opportunity next year. Predictably, people are complaining about their favorites being left off, but odds are good that the current whiners will be fangasming with the rest of us when North American dates are announced.
Livejournal has issued a statement about the security breach caused by their latest release. According to them, the breach was a mere "minor inconvenience" because while private information and entries were visible to complete strangers, the information could not be altered, erased, or modified. Oh, well, that's all right, then. The scammer might have been able to screenshot my billing information and book a trip to Aruba on my dime, but at least he couldn't modify my porn. Thank God your priorities are so clearly in order.

According to Herzeleid, the first setlist for the Rammstein "Made in Germany" tour has emerged and is as follows:

Sonne
Mein land
Keine lust
Asche zu asche
Feuer Frei
Sehnsucht
Mutter
Mein teil
Du hast
Haifisch
Buck dich
Mann gegen mann
Pussy
***
Mein herz brennt
Ich will
Wollt ihr das bett in flammen sehen
Engel
Amerika

Bear in mind that this setlist is absolutely not official and comes from a rehearsal gig in Berlin, so things could change radically between now and opening night on November 6th. If this is true, then I would be thrilled to see this live and hope to have the opportunity next year. Predictably, people are complaining about their favorites being left off, but odds are good that the current whiners will be fangasming with the rest of us when North American dates are announced.
I'm tired of Roomie's petulant temper tantrums today. God forbid I be irritated at being cut off and or interrupted for the nth time today because you get off on hearing yourself talk and don't really give a fuck about anyone else's perspective.

We just had this conversation:

R: Did you hear about the guy that got arrested for streaking at the Arizona game?

G: Yeah, I heard about that.

R: They're gonna charge him with a felony, so this guy who just thought he was doing something stupid is in deep shit.

G: Well, they're not going to do anything because the NFL won't want the press accusing them of...

R: The NCAA.

G: Oh, right. Well, they're still not going to do anything because they're not going to want to deal with...

R: Do you have to pee or something?

G: Nooooo.

R: Well, fine. I'll never fucking ask you if you have to go to the bathroom ever again, and you can fucking sit there and shit yourself(tears off headphones, throws them down, stands up, and storms away.


You know what? Fuck you. That was the second time today that you've sprayed your mighty manpinion all over me like spunk. I'm not a living doll with a perfect, preprogrammed personality, and I'm tired of being shouted down and dismissed in my own home. Forgive me if I wasn't all sweetness and light at being talked over and interrupted again. And way to threaten me with refusal to help me take a shit if necessary because I bruised your fragile ego. Well done. Next time I'll lick your hairy sack properly like a good little waterhead who knows her place.

The first time he whipped out his dick was over the rumors circulating on Herzeleid about the alleged track listing of Rammstein's greatest hits and the possibility that the album might not hit shelves until December 6th. I was summarizing the fannish reaction, which, as one might imagine, was not happy, and every time I got halfway through a thought, he'd interrupt with a "Yeah, but," or a "But I did X..."

That's nice, asshole, and I don't necessarily disagree with you that Rammstein fans are being unfair in their criticism, but can I at least finish my thought before you start turkey-slapping me with your mighty, mighty opinions that are as law? If you're going to get your jollies by lording your superior intellect over me and members of Rammfen, then shouldn't you get the complete topography of the backward little kingdom so you know precisely where to swing your dick?

Arguing on the Internet might be a pointless waste of energy, but it's less frustrating because at least on the Internet, I can finish my arguments before people start blasting them.

Speaking of Rammstein, while I'm disappointed by the delay and the rumored track listing, I'm more frustrated by the lack of official news. If the album really will be delayed until December 6th, then it would behoove Pilgrim to say so. They don't have to say why, though that would be immensely appreciated and go far in defusing much of the incipient wank on the horizon. A simple, "Unfortunately, the album's release has been delayed until X" would suffice. I know they're busy with tour preparations and rehearsals and battling the tightasses in Munich, but I'm sure that not all their interns' hands are broken, and even if they were, then that still wouldn't excuse them. I've seen quadriplegics typing with their eyes, for God's sake. Surely someone in the office can type up a Tweet or two-line blog post.

It also wouldn't go amiss to let fans know what to expect from the mysterious five-disc boxset. I'm more apt to buy something if I know what I'm getting for my money, and $150 is a lot of money to drop on faith. Plus, letting people know what to expect whets the appetite and gives them incentive to eat ramen in the name of Rammstein. If they announced tomorrow that the boxset included a full-color book, the MSG and Montreal shows, and a pair of cheap shades with which to blunt the utter awesomeness of it all, I'd be peddling myself to the kink porn moguls to pay for it, and I would be climbing the walls in anticipation. As it stands now, all I know about it is that it comes in a metal box. Unless that metal box is solid gold, it's not worth the asking price.
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