Year 4, Day 5: Die Toten Hosen – Ballast der Republik

Year 4, Day 5: Die Toten Hosen – Ballast der Republik

Track List

  1. Drei Kreuze (dass wir hier sind)
  2. Ballast der Republik
  3. Tage wie diese
  4. Traurig einen Sommer Lang
  5. Altes Fieber
  6. Zwei Drittel Liebe
  7. Europa
  8. Reiß Dich los
  9. Drei Worte
  10. Schade, wie kann das passieren?
  11. Draußen vor der Tür
  12. Das ist der Moment
  13. Ein guter Tag zum Fliegen
  14. Oberhausen
  15. Alles hat seinen Grund
  16. Vogelfrei

Die Giester, die wir riefen track list

  1. Computerstaat – Abwärts
  2. Sirenen – Male
  3. Das Model – Kraftwerk
  4. Die Moorsoldaten – Rudi Goguel / Johann Esser, Wolfgang Langhoff
  5. Im Nebel – (Music: Campino; text: Herman Hesse)
  6. Heute hier, morgen dort – Hannes Wader
  7. Rock Me Amadeus – Falco
  8. Industrie-Mächen – S.Y.P.H
  9. Keine Macht für Niemand – Ton Steine Scherben
  10. Einen großen Nazi hat sie! – Stephan Weiß / Fritz Grünbaum
  11. Schrei Nach Liebe – Die Ärzte
  12. Manche Frauen – Funny van Dannen
  13. Innenstadt Front – Mittagspause
  14. Stimmen aus dem Massengrab – (Music: Campino; text: Erich Kästner)
  15. Lasset uns singen – (Music: Campino, von Holst / text: Graf Zirben, Destilie van der Vogelbeer)

About the Album

Ballast der Republik is the thirteenth studio album from German punk band, Die Toten Hosen. The album was released on May 4th 2012 through JKP Records. It was the band’s first studio album release since 2008. The album peaked at number one on the German, Austrian, and Swiss charts.

Thoughts on the Album

If you ever take a look at the music library in iTunes on my laptop, you will see a lot of punk music. One of my person favorite bands, is Die Toten HosenDie Toten Hosen could be or can be considered the godfathers of German punk music. So today’s album is their 2012 studio release, Ballast der Republik.

The entire album, much like 99% of the band’s discography is entirely sung in German. This to me is one of the coolest things… to sing in your native tongue and appeal to those outside that language. The name of the album, Ballast der Republik is a play on words of Palast der Republik, which was the parliament building in communist East Germany. The album’s name translates to “Burden of the Republic”.

When the album was released in 2012, the band was starting their 30th year as a band, which is an accomplishment in and on itself. The band showed no sign of slowing down, as most of the 16 tracks are still the high powered songs that the band continues to belt out. But however, there is an excellent pacing throughout the album with provides for a softer break.

One of my favorite tracks, Altes Fieber (translated: “Old Fever”) is an epic tune. It is epic in a way that if you watch or hear  the song played live, the entire crowd is jumping, moshing, and shouting along to it. Other tracks that stuck out to me, is the titled track, Ballast der Republik (translated: “Burden of the Republik”). It is a slightly “folksy” song with melodic hardcore sound.

The “deluxe edition” of the album features a second CD titled Die Giester, die wir riefen (translated: The spirits that we summoned). This CD contains 15 tracks that are cover tracks of popular German songs. My person favorites from Die Giester, die wir reifen include, the cover of Kraftwerk‘s Das ModelFalco‘s Rock Me Amadeus, and Die Ärzte‘s Schrei Nach Liebe.

The album is combination of the band growing mature, but sticking with their youthful roots.

Conclusion

Ballast der Republik is German punk at it’s finest. It’s rock’n’punk fused with amazing guitar riffs and power chords, and heavy emotion and thoughtful lyrics. Frontman Campino, sings with passion, pain, and tongue-in-cheekness throughout the album. Even without knowing the meaning, one can decipher the emotion and feeling of the tracks. Looking for something new to try? Give Die Toten Hosen and Ballast der Republik a listen.

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