I know I’ve mentioned Die Toten Hosen on this blog before (here’s the post to prove it), but I wanted to put up a few of their videos because they’re still one of my favorite bands in any language. Their name, as the title of this blog indicates, means “The Dead Pants,” but “toten Hosen” can also mean that nothing’s going on somewhere (maybe like “the boondocks” in English?).
When I was looking around the internet doing “research” for this post, I also came across this. It’s got a good general overview of the band and it’s in Spanish. It also seems that they actually came to Costa Rica in 2009! I wish I had known about it, but then again, I’m not sure I’d have gone, since my concert-going days seem to largely be a thing of the past.
Anyhow, here’s the video I put up in the other post, for “Steh auf, wenn du am Boden bist,” which means “Get up when you’re on the ground.” It’s actually a pretty motivating song, and I played it in my German class this evening. My students seemed to like it:
But wait, that’s not all! Here’s “Walkampf,” a sort of play on words that literally means “Whale-Fight.” It’s definitely one of my Top 5 German Punkisch-Rock songs featuring a bagpipe. It’s not necessarily got a positive message or anything, but it’s fun to listen to and the video’s pretty cool, too:
This one definitely doesn’t have much of a message at all, except for that the Bayern München football team is crap. Die Toten Hosen are from Düsseldorf and they’re big fans of the local team, so the chorus says, “So many things can happen, so many things can occur, only one thing I know 100% for sure: never in my life would I go to Bayern!”:
And they even have some pretty good songs in English! This is one of my favorites:
So, there’s a very basic primer to this group. If you like the songs, I’m sure you can find more just by following the YouTube links at the end of each video, or you can also go to their website to find more information about them.
Thanks for reading, and have a great day!
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