Year 4, Day 19: Die Ärzte – Die Bestie in Menschengestalt

Year 4, Day 19: Die Ärzte – Die Bestie in Menschengestalt

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Track List

  1. Intro
  2. Schrei Nach Liebe
  3. Schopenhauer
  4. Für uns
  5. Hey Huh (in Scheiben)
  6. FaFaFa
  7. Deutschrockgirl
  8. Mach die Augen zu
  9. Gehirn-Stürm
  10. Mit dem Schwert nach Polen, warum René?
  11. Claudia (Teil 95)
  12. Die Allerschürfste
  13. Friedenspanzer
  14. Quark
  15. Dos Corazones
  16. Kopfüber in die Hölle
  17. Omaboy
  18. Lieber Tee
  19. Wenn es Abend wird

About the Album

Die Bestie in Menschengestalt is the fifth studio album from German punk band, Die Ärzte. It is the first Die Ärzte album featuring new bassist Rodrigo Gonzalez. The album was released on October 5th 1993 through Metronome Musik GmbH as well as Hot Action RecordsDie Ärzte is comprised of guitarist and lead vocalist Farin Urlaub (Jan Ulrich Max Vetter, drummer Bela B. (Dirk Felsenheimer), and bassist Rodrigo Gonzalez. The album contains the track, Schrei nach Liebe which became the first top ten hit for the band in their native Germany. Oddly enough, the track reached number 1 in September of 2015.

Thoughts on the Album

Die Ärzte is another band in the vein of Die Toten Hosen. They are a German punk band that sings most of their songs exclusively in their native language, German. So there can be a bit a of a language barrier to overcome. But personally, I found today’s album to be ingenious. Today’s album is Die Ärzte‘s fifth studio album, Die Bestie in Menschengestalt (or The Beast in Human Form).

The main highlight of the album is the second track, Schrei nach Liebe (lit. “Silent Cry for Love”). The song is one of the best known anti-fascist political anthems in Germany. The track was made in context of the Riots of Hoyerswada. The song tells the story of a fictional right-wing fascist who gets insulted.

Du bist wirklich saudumm […] Alles muss man dir erklären, weil du wirklich gar nichts weißt!

You are as thick as a brick […] that everything must be explained to you, because you really don’t know anything!

During the chorus, the insults go even further…

Deine Gewalt ist nur ein stummer Schrei nach Liebe […] Du hast nie gelernt dich zu artikulieren. Und deine Eltern hatten niemals für dich Zeit…

Your violence is nothing by a silent cry for love […] you never learned how to express yourself and your parents never had time for you.

The song itself is a great one. It opens with a chugging guitar riff which powers the song into the first verse. Farin Urlaub‘s vocals are crisp, sharp, and biting as he calls out fascists everywhere. As the chorus states, the xenophobic and fascist violence is nothing more than a silent cry for love. The chorus ends with a shout of “ARSCHLOCH!” or “ASSHOLE!” There is a mini-breakdown as the guitar fades and the strings build up,

Weil du Probleme hast,
Die keinen interessieren.
Weil du Schiss vorm Schmusen hast,
Bist du ein Faschist!
Du musst deinen Selbsthass nich auf andere projezieren.
Damit keiner merkt was für ein lieber Kerl du bist.

Because you have problems,

Because you are afraid of cuddling,

You are a fascist!

You are not supposed to direct your self-hate towards others,

In order to hide what a lovely person [dude] you are.

After the final chorus, the the guitar, drums, and bass build up before giving way to Farin whistling the main riff of the song while strumming quiet acoustic guitar chords. The ending is essentially a big rock ending and this meant to be played live.

The following track and third on the album, Schopenhauer is a fun and goofy track. It may also be a stroke of genius. The song highlights the problems of censorship in the 1980s and their problems with it. Also on this album are two of the best “love songs” the band has ever written, Für Uns and Mach die Augen zu.

Musically speaking, this album is not just pure punk rock. It’s got a mix of everything. It’s got some Latin ska (Claudia), a hard rock song sung entirely in Spanish (Dos Corazones), a rapping track that is a jab at German hiphop group Fantastische Vier (FaFaFa), and even ends with a Oktoberfest style polka track (Wenn es Abend wird).

Conclusion

Die Ärzte is an amazingly funny, entertaining, and musically gifted bands out there. Die Bestie in Menschengestalt highlights this perfectly with tracks like the politically charged Schrei nach Liebe, or humorous Schropenhauer. The album allows the listener to hear the band’s unique style of punk rock all the while incorporating new styles of rock. The album blends pure punk with a hint of poetic political commentary. Bush up on your Deutsch.

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