Das Boot (song)

"Das Boot" (released in the UK and US as "The Boat") is the title theme to the film and TV series Das Boot, composed and produced by Klaus Doldinger, and released as a single in 1991.[1]

"Das Boot"
Das boot - Kennedy.jpg
Single by U96
from the album Das Boot
B-side"Remix"
ReleasedDecember 1991
Recorded1991
Length3:25
LabelPolydor
Songwriter(s)Klaus Doldinger
Producer(s)Matiz/AC 16
U96 singles chronology
"Das Boot"
(1991)
"I Wanna Be a Kennedy"
(1992)
Music video
"Das Boot" on YouTube
UK cover
U96 Dasboot CD cover.jpg

In 1991, it was covered by Alex Christensen and his dance music project U96. This techno version was U96's debut single from the album of the same name. It took the German single charts by storm and reached the top slot in early 1992, where it spent an unprecedented 13 weeks. "Das Boot" became a number-one hit also in Austria, Israel, Norway and Switzerland and was a top 10 hit in Denmark, Finland, France, the Netherlands and Sweden. It was also a top 20 hit in the UK, peaking at No. 18. The song was the subject of many remixes throughout the years.

Critical receptionEdit

Pan-European magazine Music & Media noted that "with no significant airplay, this techno version of the theme to the movie "Das Boot" is number one for the second consecutive week in Germany. It's like Kraftwerk on acid, or plain Front 242."[2] James Hamilton from Music Week's RM Dance Update wrote that "this Hamburg based DJ's vocoder produced and Asdic pinged techno treatment of Klaus Doldinger's original theme is in basic chugging 0-122.9bpm Techno (with beat losing edits midway), far fiercer smoothly thrumming electro 0-127.1bpm Strings 127, Accordian, Echo Mix, 127 BPM and — fiercest of all — 0-130.9bpm 131 BPM Versions. Dive! Dive! Dive!"[3]

Chart performanceEdit

"Das Boot" was very successful on the charts in Europe, remaining one of the project's biggest hits to date. It peaked at number-one in Germany, Norway and Switzerland. In Germany, it spent 13 weeks on the top, and cruised to platinum status (500,000 units), making it the best-selling single in recent years in Germany by a long shot. The single also made it to the Top 10 in Denmark, Finland, France, the Netherlands and Sweden, as well as on the Eurochart Hot 100, where it reached number three. Additionally, "Das Boot" peaked within the Top 20 in Belgium, Ireland and the United Kingdom. In the latter, it debuted at number 37, and peaked at number 18 in its third week on the UK Singles Chart, on September 6, 1992.[4] Outside Europe, the single was a huge hit in Israel, where it peaked at number-one in April 1992. It was also awarded with a gold record in Austria, with a sale of 15,000 singles.

Music videoEdit

The music video for "Das Boot" was directed by Peter Claridge.[5] It used footage from the 1981 German submarine film Das Boot. The movie was directed by Wolfgang Petersen. The video was uploaded to YouTube in January 2014. As of August 2020, it has got more than 8,1 million views.[6]

Track listingsEdit

Charts and salesEdit

ReferencesEdit

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