Monday, June 9, 2008

german music: wir sind helden

About a month ago a German band appeared on Conan O'Brien. Karl and I of course don't get to watch American late night television but once in a while he will download an episode or two and he just happened to download the episode where this German band appeared. The band was Tokio Hotel...and for any of my American friends, family and acquaintances who happened to see them perform on Conan...please allow me to offer my apologies.

Tokio Hotel is very popular here with 12-year-old girls. Even though the band members look like 12-year-old girls themselves, they are really 15-year-old boys pretending that they're a cool rock band. And the last thing I want any of you to think is that Tokio Hotel is a good representation of German pop music.

So I feel the need to counter Tokio Hotel's attempt to seduce American 12-year-old girls by sharing with you some truly good German pop music! I had originally thought I would share you all my favorite German bands in one post but I've since decided that these talents are worth their own individual posts so this will be a new series on my blog!

Today let me introduce you to one of my favorite German bands, Wir Sind Helden (We are Heroes): three boys and a girl named Judith Holofernes (I have no idea if that is her real name or not but I love it!) who have no reason to pretend...they make very cool music!

Here are a couple of my favorite songs: Guten Tag (Good Day)--the video is a kind of tongue-in-cheek account of their sudden rise to fame that came with this song...



...and Nur Ein Wort (Just One Word) as a very Bob Dylan-esque video...



Never mind if you can't understand the words...aren't they great fun?! But, if you are someone who still likes to understand the words...I did find this site with English translations of Wir Sind Helden lyrics. And here, by the way, is the Wir Sind Helden official website. Now go buy their albums here.

I hope you like...and if you happen to know of any other good German (or any other nationality for that matter) bands you think I should check out, let me know!

(Ok, fine...if you missed that Conan episode, here is a link to that creepy androgynous-ness that is Tokio Hotel. They normally sing in German, by the way...and don't say I didn't warn you.)

4 comments:

Bee said...

woah that was harsh!

Bill was probably just nervous and his voice was still weak from vocal surgery

give him a break

Rachel said...

Eek! When we were in Germany I saw a new clip of Tokio Hotel in NYC surrounded by screaming girls and I couldn't believe my eyes. Some of them were even holding up signs written in German.

Tokio Hotel America said...

They are not 15 year old boys. The twins will be 19 this year and they are the youngest. Just so you have the correct facts.

annie said...

Hi Heather, I meant to send you some links of other bands but this didn't work, so I've sent you an email... Thanks for caring about the reputation of Germany concerning pop music...
(Sorry Bill).
I enjoy reading what you write about "us germans" and our culture... and oddities...
Have a nice weekend
Anne

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