Mein Teil

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"Mein Teil"
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Single by Rammstein
from the album Reise, Reise
B-side "Remixes"
Released26 July 2004
Studio El Cortijo (Málaga, Spain)
Label Universal
Rammstein singles chronology
"Feuer frei!"
"Mein Teil"

"Mein Teil" (German for "My part" or "My share", slang for "My penis") is a song by German Neue Deutsche Härte band Rammstein. It was released as the lead single from their fourth studio album, Reise, Reise (2004), on 26 July 2004. "Mein Teil" attracted controversy in Germany; the media dubbed it "Das Kannibalenlied" ("The Cannibal-Song") due to its lyrics referring to the Armin Meiwes cannibalism case, which helped to boost it to second place in the German music charts after its release in early August 2004. It was also a number-one hit in Spain. Remixes of the song were done by Arthur Baker and Pet Shop Boys. "Mein Teil" was nominated for Best Metal Performance at the 48th Grammy Awards but lost to Slipknot's "Before I Forget". [1]

German language West Germanic language

German is a West Germanic language that is mainly spoken in Central Europe. It is the most widely spoken and official or co-official language in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, South Tyrol (Italy), the German-speaking Community of Belgium, and Liechtenstein. It is also one of the three official languages of Luxembourg and a co-official language in the Opole Voivodeship in Poland. The languages which are most similar to German are the other members of the West Germanic language branch: Afrikaans, Dutch, English, the Frisian languages, Low German/Low Saxon, Luxembourgish, and Yiddish. There are also strong similarities in vocabulary with Danish, Norwegian and Swedish, although those belong to the North Germanic group. German is the second most widely spoken Germanic language, after English.

Neue Deutsche Härte is a subgenre of rock music that developed in Germany during the mid-1990s. Alluding to the style of Neue Deutsche Welle, the term was coined by the music press after the 1995 release of Rammstein's album Herzeleid.

Rammstein German industrial metal band

Rammstein is a German Neue Deutsche Härte band from Berlin, formed in 1994. Throughout their existence, their six-man lineup has remained unchanged — lead vocalist Till Lindemann, lead guitarist Richard Z. Kruspe, rhythm guitarist Paul Landers, bassist Oliver Riedel, keyboardist Christian "Flake" Lorenz, and drummer Christoph "Doom" Schneider. Prior to their formation, various members were associated with acts such as Feeling B, First Arsch and Die Firma.


Background and composition

The song is inspired by the case of Armin Meiwes and Bernd Jürgen Armando Brandes. In March 2001, in Rotenburg an der Fulda, the two men aged in their 40s met each other, cut off and cooked Brandes' penis and consumed it together. Afterwards, Meiwes killed Brandes — with Brandes' permission — and ate his remains. As a result, Meiwes was sentenced to eight-and-a-half years in jail for manslaughter, but was later charged with murder and sentenced to life imprisonment. According to bassist Oliver "Ollie" Riedel, the song came about after "one of our members brought a newspaper to rehearsal and it had a story about the cannibal guy in it. We were fascinated, shocked and amused at the same time". Vocalist Till Lindemann stated, "It is so sick that it becomes fascinating and there just has to be a song about it". [2] A prominent phrase in the song is "... denn du bist, was du isst, und ihr wisst, was es ist" ("Because you are what you eat, and you (pl.) know what it is").

Armin Meiwes is a German former computer repair technician who achieved international notoriety for killing and eating a voluntary victim whom he had found via the Internet. After Meiwes and the victim jointly attempted to eat the victim's severed penis, Meiwes killed his victim and proceeded to eat a large amount of his flesh. Because of his acts, Meiwes is also known as the Rotenburg Cannibal or Der Metzgermeister.

Rotenburg an der Fulda Place in Hesse, Germany

Rotenburg an der Fulda is a town in Hersfeld-Rotenburg district in northeastern Hesse, Germany lying, as the name says, on the river Fulda.

Manslaughter is a common law legal term for homicide considered by law as less culpable than murder. The distinction between murder and manslaughter is sometimes said to have first been made by the ancient Athenian lawmaker Draco in the 7th century BC.

Music video

The video for "Mein Teil" was directed by Zoran Bihac. It shows a Christoph "Doom" Schneider being cross-dressed as Armin Meiwes's mother, Till being fellated by an angel (played by Luciana Regina) before he eats her wings and kills her; "Flake" performing ballet in a hallucinatory state; Paul shaking, screaming violently and wandering around the set in a frantic and crazed state; Richard violently fighting with his doppelgänger; Ollie writhing on the floor in painful spasms with his skin covered in white powder; the band fighting in a mudpit; and five of the band members, while behaving like dogs, crawling out of the Deutsche Oper U-Bahn (subway) station while held on leashes carried by "Doom". At the beginning of the song in the video, the phrase "Suche gut gebauten Achtzehn- bis Dreißigjährigen zum Schlachten – Der Metzgermeister" ("Looking for a well built 18-year-old to 30-year-old to slaughter – The Master Butcher") is spoken, voiced by Ollie, although the album version of the song does not have this beginning. The quote is taken from an online post by Armin Meiwes. The controversy over "Mein Teil" prompted MTV Germany to restrict the airing of the music video to after 11 PM.

Christoph Schneider German musician

Christoph "Doom" Schneider is a German musician. He is the drummer of the German Neue Deutsche Härte band Rammstein.

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Cross-dressing is the act of wearing items of clothing and other accoutrements commonly associated with the opposite sex within a particular society. Cross-dressing has been used for purposes of disguise, comfort, and self-expression in modern times and throughout history.

Till Lindemann German industrial metal musician

Till Lindemann is a German singer, songwriter, musician, actor, poet, and pyrotechnician. He is the lead vocalist of the German band Rammstein and the German-Swedish duo Lindemann. He is noted for his muscular stature, unique stage performances, and bass voice. He is also known for his lyrics, some of which have caused controversy.

Live performances

Lorenz (in left) and Till Lindemann during "Mein Teil". Rammstein Mein Teil live in London 2012.jpg
Lorenz (in left) and Till Lindemann during "Mein Teil".

It debuted in three consecutive concerts for members of the fan club, in October 2004. This song is one of the most notable live performances of the 2004–2005 Reise, Reise tour. From the central backstage access, Till Lindemann appears pulling a giant cooking pot. He is dressed as a blood-stained chef holding a microphone with a large butcher's knife attached to the end. Keyboardist Christian "Flake" Lorenz appears in the pot, with metal cylinders attached to his arms and legs, and plays the keyboard during the song. After the second chorus, Till takes a flamethrower and roasts the bottom of the pot, "cooking" Flake. Flake escapes from the pot and starts running around the stage with flames erupting from his arms and legs, while chased by a knife-wielding Till.

Christian Lorenz German rock musician, keyboardist

Christian "Flake" Lorenz is a German musician and the keyboardist for the Neue Deutsche Härte band Rammstein. He was also a member of the band Feeling B.

When Flake was asked about what it is like to perform this, he said: "It is fine. It is only pain. Although one can not breathe in, because then one would inhale the flames and die". Due to all of the theatrical performance, the song usually extended to 6 or 7 minutes when played live. It was played at every concert of the Ahoi Tour, but was dropped on the Liebe ist für alle da Tour, a move which irritated many fans. However, it returned to playlist for the Latin American leg of the tour in 2010, the Auckland and Perth legs of the Big Day Out festival and the South African leg of the tour in 2011, all replacing "Ich tu dir weh" except on the Brazllian leg of the South America tour, where both songs were played". The song has since returned to the playlist of the Made in Germany 1995–2011 concert tour. They dropped the live performance again since 2016.

Ahoi Tour was the fourth concert tour by German Industrial Metal band Rammstein, in support of their fourth studio album Reise, Reise. This was Rammstein's last tour until the release of their sixth album Liebe ist für alle da. The tour started in Berlin, Germany on October 11, 2004 and was due to end in Bogotá, Colombia on October 22, 2005 but the tour was cut short due to lead singer Till Lindemann being accidentally injured by keyboardist Christian "Flake" Lorenz during the Göteborg, Sweden concert on July 30, 2005. The supporting acts for this tour were Exilia (2004), Apocalyptica, AqME, Devil Sold His Soul, and Torgull.

The Liebe Ist Für Alle Da Tour was a concert tour by Rammstein that took place from 2009 through 2011 in support of their sixth studio album Liebe Ist Für Alle Da. The tour consisted of six legs and took place in Europe, North America, South America, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. During the tour, Rammstein would perform in the countries of Turkey. and South Africa. Rammstein would perform in the United States and Canada for the first time since 2001.

Ich tu dir weh single

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Track listing

5" CD single

  1. "Mein Teil" (Single Version) – 4:23
  2. "Mein Teil" (You Are What You Eat Edit) Remix by Pet Shop Boys – 4:07
  3. "Mein Teil" (Return to New York Buffet Mix) Remix by Arthur Baker – 7:22
  4. "Mein Teil" (There Are No Guitars on This Mix) Remix by Pet Shop Boys – 7:20

3" CD single

  1. "Mein Teil" (Single Version) – 4:23
  2. "Mein Teil" (You Are What You Eat Edit) Remix by Pet Shop Boys – 4:07

2 x 12" vinyl single (limited to 1000 copies)

  1. "Mein Teil" (You Are What You Eat Mix) Remix by Pet Shop Boys – 6:45
  2. "Mein Teil" (You Are What You Eat Instrumental Mix) Remix by Pet Shop Boys – 7:00
  3. "Mein Teil" (The Return to New York Buffet Mix) Remix by Arthur Baker – 7:22
  4. "Mein Teil" (The Return to New York Buffet Instrumental Mix) Remix by Arthur Baker – 7:23


Chart (2004)Peak
Australia (ARIA)69
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) [3] 6
Denmark (Tracklisten) [4] 6
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) [5] 2
France (SNEP) [6] 28
Germany (Media Control AG) [7] 2
Hungary (Dance Top 40) [8] 40
Hungary (Single Top 40) [9] 5
Spain (PROMUSICAE) [10] 1
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) [11] 8
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) [12] 11
UK Rock (The Official Charts Company)1
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) [13] 61

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  8. "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Dance Top 40 lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
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  10. " – Rammstein – Mein Teil" Canciones Top 50. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  11. Swedish Singles Chart Archived 26 December 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  13. UK Singles Chart Archived 14 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine


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