Mein Teil


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"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". 


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Rammstein is a Neue Deutsche Härte (New German Hardness) band from Berlin, Germany. The band was formed in 1994 and consists of Till Lindemann (lead vocals), Richard Z. Kruspe (guitar and backing vocals), Paul H. Landers (guitar, backing vocals), Oliver "Ollie" Riedel (bass guitar), Christoph "Doom" Schneider (drums and electronic percussion) and Christian "Flake" Lorenz (keyboards). more »

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Song Meaning
"Mein Teil" translates to "My part" or "My share". The song lyrics are heavily influenced by the infamous case of Armin Meiwes, a German man who willingly cannibalized another man.
Provocative Music Video
The music video for the song directed by Zoran Bihac led to controversy. It depicted the band dressed in lederhosen, playing around an oversized cooking pot, a direct reference to the cannibalistic theme of the song itself.
Album Origins
"Mein Teil" is from the band's fourth studio album "Reise, Reise". The album was released in 2004 and became a commercial success in the band's native Germany, as well as abroad.
Award Nominations
The song was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 2005, marking one of the few times Rammstein has received such recognition from the American music industry.
Controversial Stage Performance
During live performances of "Mein Teil", band's vocalist, Till Lindemann, would often use a flamethrower to 'cook' a pot containing keyboardist Flake Lorenz, again referencing the song’s cannibalistic theme. This resulted in various controversies and sometimes got the band into legal trouble.
Unique Sound
"Mein Teil" is notable for its heavy guitar and keyboard-driven sound. The song dynamically ranges from whispering verses to powerful and loud choruses, symbolizing the madness and desperation reflected in the song's lyrics.
Artistic Interpretation
The band members have explained the song as an exploration of human's deepest, most primitive desires. It reflects a side of human nature that society tends to ignore or suppress.
Success Across Europe
Despite its provocative theme, "Mein Teil" was commercially successful, peaking at number 2 in the German Singles Chart.
Several remix versions of "Mein Teil" exist, created by Pet Shop Boys and Arthur Baker. The Pet Shop Boys’ version is particularly known for adding an additional dimension to the song by incorporating electronic music elements.
The song faced criticism from some quarters, due to its theme and dark tone. Some critics claimed that Rammstein was sensationalizing a horrific act of crime for commercial gains.

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