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Here’s your 90’s Video of the Day: Rammstein - Du Hast

Because we love ‘em all. Here’s your 90’s Video of the Day:

Rammstein - Du Hast

Was it weird that MTV’s TRL used to squeeze Rammstein’s “Du Hast” into its countdowns with boy bands and pop princesses? Why yes, it was, but it was my kinda weird. Rammstein blew up here in the US in 1997 and we can thank our insatiable appetite for action movies, video games, and generally anything your parents would not have wanted us consuming, where “Du Hast,” was prominently featured.

I consulted my German speaking friend, Sue, as well to clear up what exactly “Du Hast” means. While you told all of your middle school friends it meant, “You hate,” you were sorta wrong.

“Du Hast,” is German for “You Have.” (Second person singular, talking to one other person).

“Du Hasst,” with an extra "s" is German for “You Hate.”

Rammstein took advantage of the similar sounding words and succeeded in making it feel dangerous to fall in love with them. Even more so because the rest of the words are essentially wedding vows.

In the video, our love birds are in trouble right from the beginning huh? “Du hast much gefragt,” means “You have asked me.” The remainder of the lyrics loosely translated are “Do you want, until death separates you, to be faithful to her for all days.” (There are much raunchier interpretations of the lyrics but the gist is the same). The implication here is that they are essentially breaking up before their wedding. And then you know, blow each other up. I’m sorry, did you think Rammstein was tasteful? Schäme Dich!

The biggest thing you need to know about Rammstein is that this song is a beast and you should probably treat yourself to a live show if you get the chance. But don’t wear anything flammable.

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