Arschloch, the German antifascist punk song

I propose to start every new week with a song that takes us somewhere in the world.

Today I’m taking you to Germany back in the nineties with Arschloch (means Asshole), the song of Berlin-based punk band Die Aerzte (means The Doctors).

Arschloch is meant as an insult to idiotic fascists, whose obscurantism and lack of affection leads to hatred and radical opinions. It was released in 1993 but has never sounded so topical to me.

An overview of the lyrics:

Deine Gewalt ist nur ein stummer Schrei nach Liebe
Deine Springerstiefel sehnen sich nach Zärtlichkeit
Du hast nie gelernt dich zu artikulieren
Und deine Eltern hatten niemals für dich Zeit – oh oh oh Arschloch!

Weil du Probleme hast die kleinen interessieren
Weil du Schiss vorm Schmusen hast bist du ein Fascist
Du musst deinen Selbsthass nich auf andere projezieren
Damit keiner merkt was für ein lieber Kerl du bist – oh oh oh Arschloch!


Your violence is only a silent cry for love
Your army boots long for tenderness
You have never learnt to express yourself
And your parents had never time for you – oh oh oh asshole!

Because you have problems that none is interested in
Because you’re scared of cuddles you’re a fascist
You don’t have to project your self-hatred on to others
So none notices what a lovely guy you are – oh oh oh asshole!

I was just 12 years old when Arschloch became a bit hit and I remember really well the mixed feelings of excitement for the song and awareness that its title made it quite transgressive for kids our age. I’ve had a bit of nostalgia for Germany recently so hearing it at a party a few days ago was quite a sweet sensation.

Have a great week!

This post is part of a weekly event called The Monday Travel song. You can participate, too, by doing the following:

  • Create your own post every Monday and title it The Monday travel song: xxx by xxx
  • Include a link to a song (YouTube link or other)
  • It must be a song which is linked to a geography. For example, a Russian song, a Chinese song, a Scottish song… (it can be from your own country every now and then, but remember the purpose is to get others to virtually travel!)
  • Your post doesn’t have to be long, but do tell us a little bit about the song… for example by telling about the lyrics, about the composer, about the style…
  • Include a link to my own Monday travel song in your post tag it “Monday-travel-song” so others can find it too

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