Browsing Archive: February, 2012

RammTalk 6: Made in Germany, Perfected in England

Posted by Jackie White on Sunday, February 26, 2012, In : General comment 
The wait is over.  Rammstein didn't just enter London, they invaded it, taking us as willing hostages in an ambush of flame and fury.  James Bond himself would have fully combusted crossing the Millennium Dome's rooftop had he still been chasing evading villains in The World Is Not Enough.  Converting the building to the O2 Arena must have included a flame-retardant contract clause restricting the use of Teutonic incendiary devices when Gerbier signed (or singed) the dotted line (hopefully we...
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RammTalk 5: Mothers On The Brink

Posted by Jackie White on Sunday, February 19, 2012, In : Lyric translation 
I was rather surprised to hear this week that 'mothers are on the brink', due to recession, kids, failing careers etc.  I misread the title as 'mothers on the drink', and went off to find something alcoholic to drown my so-called sorrows in support of the sisterhood.

 If only they'd read the plight of another Mother, the one in Till Lindemann's song Mutter, then they'd surely have something to worry about.  Not for him a caring, nurturing figure but a damnation and curse on the whole of mother...
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RammTalk 4: Flame and Glory

Posted by Jackie White on Sunday, February 12, 2012, In : General comment 
I will shamelessly quote from the excellent review by David Smyth in London's 10th Feb Evening Standard, as it magnificently sums up the Rammstein concert experience to a complete outsider.  For concert virgins, it's a completely awe inspiring spectacle of flame and fury that could entertain and be remembered just on the strength of the stage performance alone.  We all remember that first concert:  seeing a grown man sprout a pair of metal angel wings (how he bears the weight of them AND sing...
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RammTalk 3: It's all just train station to me

Posted by Jackie White on Sunday, February 5, 2012, In : German language 
When we  speak our native language, we don't realise how we pick up more than just words alone.  There are many different phrases and sayings that would not translate well into a foreign language.  Look at this conversation by an Englishman, and how it would need to translate for a German in order for him to understand it:

"He can't make head nor tail of it.  He's not as thick as two short planks, but he did cut off his nose to spite his face.  He really is burning the candle at both ends but ...
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Jackie White Fluent German speaker and fan of Rammstein's music who wants to help other RammFans who don't speak German understand what it's all about.