Rammstein is an industrial metal band from Berlin, Germany, that has maintained a huge American following since its inception in 1994. There are six members: Richard Z. Kruspe, Oliver "Ollie" Riedel, Christoph "Doom" Schneider, Till Lindemann, Paul H. Landers, and Christian "Flake" Lorenz.
Rammstein has always been controversial, from its song topics to the elaborate live shows they've staged all over the world.
In addition to the controversy surrounding the music, the band members themselves have been the subject of numerous antics over the years. For instance, guitarist Richard Kruspe had a child with lead singer Till Lindemann's ex-wife. And one night on stage, Lindemann used a dong-shaped canon to blast foam into the crowd during a performance at Madison Square Garden.
Everyone has an opinion about the band, but not everyone knows Rammstein's full story. Check out these Rammstein facts that sound wild - even for this band.
Lindemann Appeared In A Children's MoviePhoto: Till Lindemann / Wikimedia Commons/CC 3.0
You probably wouldn't expect a guy with such controversial lyrics to be particularly involved in children's media, but Till Lindemann actually played a role in a German children's movie called Amundsen der Pinguin. The movie was about a young girl and her scientist uncle trying to protect a penguin from treasure hunters, and Lindemann plays a character named Victor who gets bitten by a penguin.
A Fan Once Asked Till Lindemann To Engage In Scat PlayPhoto: Till Lindemann / Wikimedia Commons/CC 3.0
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Till Lindemann was asked about the weirdest proposition he ever received from a fan. His answer? A fan politely asked if she could sh*t on his forehead.
"She offered me a 'praline,' one of those little chocolate pieces that they make in France, with truffles and stuff, the delicacies. She prepped in words more poetic and more romantic. Not like, 'Can I sh*t on your forehead?' She said it really politely. 'Can I offer you a praline?'"
Lindemann Claims That Putin Used Him As PropagandaPhoto: Wikimedia Commons
In June 2016, Rammstein performed in Moscow. During the tour, Russian promoters came up to Till Lindemann and thrust an iPhone into his hands. The phone had the Russian President's face flashing on the screen while saying that it was a gift "with greetings from Vladimir Putin!" When Lindemann was asked how he liked Moscow, he gave a thumbs up, and said that it was an excellent city.
That's Lindemann's version of the story, but the Russian media tells it a little differently. Lindemann's t-shirt was digitally altered to display Putin's face, and he was reported to have made the following remarks about Putin:
“[German Chancellor] Angela Merkel cannot boast of having such popularity as Putin [...] I like him. He is a hard leader, not a puppet, unlike many.
"All these political attacks on your country are unfair, I think. Russia defends its interests, and sanctions should be subjected to those who lead a dishonest game and provoke international conflict."
Lindemann claims that he said no such thing, and that he was a victim of Russian propaganda. He has since contacted a lawyer and plans to file a lawsuit.
Lindemann's Mom Walked Out During A ConcertPhoto: Wikimedia Commons
Till Lindemann typically describes his parents as being supportive. Despite this claim, however, his mom still walked out in the middle of a performance. Lindemann said the following to Rolling Stone on the subject:
"We played in restaurants and pubs in the south of Germany. And my family went to a place close to my village. And there was one song, "Das Alte Leid," where I would be onstage and sing, "I want to f*ck," "Ich will ficken." And In those days it was, like, kind of obscene to sing that in front of 800 people [...] And I saw my mom, as she turned and left the venue. My sister started laughing and cheering up. Mixed feelings, mixed reactions. The song is really slow and really heavy and stomping and stuff. It's a kind of poem. I sing really darkly and then all of a sudden, 'I want to f*ck!' It gave my mom a hard time. She was working at a radio station then, and she brought all her colleagues on a trip to the concert, to Hamburg, and she's like, 'Come on, my son is playing! Let's check it out.' And then she left."