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RammTalk 17: I no understand you

Posted by Jackie White on Tuesday, July 10, 2012, In : General comment 
Taking a brief pause from the excellent editorial by Alexander Gorkow in the Sueddeutsche Zeitung (South Germany's newspaper, and yes, dear fans, I'm translating as fast as I can!), I am (dis)gruntled enough to want to throw the gauntlet down to Rammstein:  why now miss a golden opportunity to reach a wider English-speaking audience with a quality editorial that has taken weeks to assemble?

How often does any journalist get to reveal the inner sanctum of the band's psyche, yet alone one who kn...
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RammTalk 15: The Long Bag We Drag Behind Us

Posted by Jackie White on Saturday, May 26, 2012, In : General comment 
This is the title of a fascinating article by the poet Robert Ely.  In short, he describes how we all drag round an invisible bag, and in it we put the parts of ourselves we don't like.  This is our shadow, the dark side.  It's like Jekyll and Hyde - the respectable Doctor on the outside hides the rampant beast on the inside.  As we get older, we continue with the bag stuffing, which depletes our very life force.  If we're angry, it goes in the bag.  Disappointment, envy, greed, lust, they al...
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RammTalk 13: The Outsider Comes Home

Posted by Jackie White on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, In : General comment 
I was in two minds whether to take a train or a canoe to work this week - the wettest April in England since records began has prompted old men with beards to contact London Zoo and offer to lead animals out two-by-two to the safety of a hastily constructed ark.  It's appropriate that rain doesn't rhyme with sun or heat:  it hangs around instead causing trouble on street corners with pain, lame, blame and insane.  It got me thinking, who casts an eye on the drizzle and downpours of life and c...
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RammTalk 12: It Happened At The Wall

Posted by Jackie White on Sunday, April 22, 2012, In : General comment 

I remember taking the British Military train from Hannover to West Berlin in 1988, keen to take my first glimpse of the Berlin wall separating East from West Germany.  Due to the nature of my security clearance, I was not permitted to travel into the eastern sector controlled by the Russians.  I could only visit Checkpoint Charlie, gaze across the armed barricades and wonder what life in East Germany must be like.  I climbed to a vantage point where I could see over the wall more than twice m...


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RammTalk 11: Cars, Guitars and Literary Stars

Posted by Jackie White on Monday, April 9, 2012, In : General comment 
A friend of mine has come up with a novel way to combine his business (cars) with his passion (guitars.)  Whilst I readily abandoned my suburban heritage to trade and travel, Gary Bond set up his car workshop in the down-town metropolis of Kingswood, Bristol, and quietly amassed over 30 years one of the largest collections of guitars in south-west England. When the building next to his garage came up for sell, he bought it, and now displays over 200 guitars that are not only for sale, but als...
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RammTalk 8: A Right Faddy Shower

Posted by Jackie White on Saturday, March 10, 2012, In : General comment 
The ancient White Horse in Uffington, Oxfordshire, is my most favourite place in the world.  Its timeless beauty of undulating waves of hills, carved when a melting glacier rumbled down this old valley, finds me at one with Mother Nature.  To sit where George slew the Dragon, spilling its blood and leaving a patch of forever-bare chalk (on which no grass since has grown) inspires modern storytelling.  The silence that surrounds this thoughtful place allows the mind to drift back to how it mus...
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RammTalk 7: Publish - And Be Heard

Posted by Jackie White on Sunday, March 4, 2012, In : General comment 
It's not often I feel strongly enough to write a letter to the Editor of a paper (yet alone the London Evening Standard) but my boiling blood on reading Sebastian Shakespeare's recent dismissal of self publishers could have been scooped up by Till Lindemann himself and added to the pot of gently simmering assorted body parts in Mein Teil.

So I put spare rib to paper and carved a reply on an overhanging skin parchment to make sure my point was heard.  This is what I wrote:
 
"Sebastian Shakespear...
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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 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 2: Gert Hof, we salute you!

Posted by Jackie White on Tuesday, January 31, 2012, In : General comment 
Sad news that Gert Hof, who was so influential to both Till Lindemann personally and Rammstein professionally, has died in the prime of his life.  Till has already written a tribute poem to his friend,mentor, collaborator, who was there at the beginning to literally inject fire into the belly of Rammstein's stage performances.

I did not know Gert, but knew of his great influence.  I'd only recently sent him a copy of The Little Black Rammbook to see if he thought my translations of Till's lyri...
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RammTalk 1: Log the Blog

Posted by Jackie White on Saturday, January 28, 2012, In : General comment 
Conversation with my sister that put the idea in my mind to write a book:

"Who are Rammstein?"   --    "They're an industrial metal band."

"What's that?"  --  "It's heavy rock with a techno-industrial feel to it."

"What language do they sing in?"  --  "German."

"So how do people understand them?"  --  "They don't.  They relate to the beat, the deep resonance of the lead singer's voice and the pyrotechnic stage show."

Pause.  "So you're telling me, I'm going to see a band, singing in a language I d...
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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.