Friday

21. Nur zu Besuch (Die Toten Hosen)

Die Toten Hosen (image credit) literally means The Dead Trousers, a German euphemism for impotents or failures. They are for me the most talented and certainly the most enduring band to come out of the eighties' Neue Deutsche Welle (German New Wave). Their style is a bit of a mix of Slade and Punk, often with a lot of humour injected in their texts. I bought a CD of them during a holiday in Germany some years ago, just for fun, absolutely not expecting that they would be able to make a song like Nur zu Besuch (Just visiting). This is a beautiful rock ballad, and being able to understand the lyrics is quite essential. Singer Campino describes the visit to the grave of a loved one (although it was inspired by the death of his mother, any other loved one can be substituted) in a perfect understated way. It is a song that can literally make me cry.

Other songs by this act that would have qualified: Tauschen gegen dich.

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