Durch den Monsun

"Durch den Monsun" ("Through the Monsoon") and "Monsoon" are songs by German rock band Tokio Hotel. The German version of "Durch den Monsun" was released as the band's debut single in 2005, from their debut album Schrei. A remix of the song was made with Japanese lyrics, and an English version named "Monsoon" was later recorded and included in the band's first English album, Scream, and released as their first English single in 2007. Early August 2020, Tokio Hotel announced new versions of "Durch den Monsun" and "Monsoon" to celebrate the single's 15th anniversary.[1] "Durch den Monsun 2020" and "Monsoon 2020" were respectively released on October 2, 2020 [2] and October 16, 2020.[3]

"Durch den Monsun"
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Single by Tokio Hotel
from the album Schrei
B-side"Leb' die Sekunde" ("Live Every Second")
Released15 August 2005 (Germany)
GenreAlternative rock, pop rock
Length3:55
LabelIsland, Universal Music
Songwriter(s)Bill Kaulitz, Dave Roth, Patrick Benzner, David Jost
Producer(s)Dave Roth, David Jost, Peter Hoffmann, Patrick Benzner
Tokio Hotel singles chronology
"Durch den Monsun"
(2005)
"Schrei"
(2005)

MonsoonEdit

"Monsoon"
 
Single by Tokio Hotel
from the album Scream & Room 483
B-side"Black"
Released18 May 2007 (Europe)
GenreAlternative rock, pop rock
Length4:05
LabelUniversal
Songwriter(s)Bill Kaulitz, Rebecca Roth, Dave Roth, Patrick Benzner, David Jost
Producer(s)Dave Roth, Patrick Benzner, David Jost, Peter Hoffmann
Tokio Hotel singles chronology
"Spring Nicht"
(2007)
"Monsoon"
(2007)
"Ready, Set, Go!"
(2007)

Tokio Hotel released "Monsoon" – their first English-language single – in Europe on 18 May 2007. The vocals and melodies in "Monsoon" are one semitone lower than its German counterpart - most likely due to the age at which Bill Kaulitz, the vocalist, recorded the German version. "Monsoon" also appears in the music video game Guitar Hero: World Tour and the European versions of the games Guitar Hero: On Tour and Rock Band.

The song was performed at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2007 in Munich, Germany.[4]

"Durch den Monsun" was named "Best Song 2005" at the Austrian Golden Penguin Awards and was also nominated as "Best Single International" at the Amadeus Awards in 2006. In 2007, "Durch den Monsun" was voted "Single of the Year" at the Golden Penguin Awards in Austria while Monsoon won in the category "Best Video" at the TMF Awards in Belgium. In the following year Monsoon claimed the titles "Best Ringtone" and "Song of the Year" at Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica 2008,[5] "Number 1 of the Year" at TRL Awards (Italy),[6] and was also named "Best Mood Song" and "Song that Stays in your Head" by a Dutch magazine, Hitkrant.[7]

Durch den Monsun 2020 and Monsoon 2020Edit

"Durch den Monsun 2020"
"Monsoon 2020"
Single by Tokio Hotel
Released
  • 2 October 2020 (German version)
  • 16 October 2020 (English version)
GenreSynthwave, pop rock
Length3:55
LabelEpic Records Germany
Songwriter(s)Bill Kaulitz, Dave Roth, Patrick Benzner, David Jost, Tom Kaulitz
Producer(s)B. Kaulitz
Tokio Hotel singles chronology
"Chateau"
(2019)
"Durch den Monsun 2020" / "Monsoon 2020"
(2020)
"Berlin"
(2020)

The sound of "Durch den Monsun 2020" and "Monsoon 2020" is very different to the original tracks. While the original versions are pop-rock love songs, the 2020 versions have an electronic sound as listeners hear the tracks.

The lyric video features various clips of rain, running water and droplets hitting puddles. Towards the end the video shows Bill bathing his face in water and Bill frolicking in the rain. The video also features visual samples of the original German and English music videos.[8]

The music video starts off with thunderstorms and Bill applying his makeup in his dressing room. The video features various clips of Bill singing in the rain, old clips of Tokio Hotel TV 2007-2008, snippets from older music videos including "Durch den Monsun"; "Monsoon"; "Automatisch"; "Something New", and snippets from older concerts and award shows. The music video ends with Bill standing at the edge of a large swimming pool.[9]

The band performed "Durch den Monsun 2020" for the first time on German late-night talk show, Late Night Berlin on 26 October 2020 on ProSieben. This was uploaded to Tokio Hotel's official YouTube account on the next day.

The band recorded a live video performing "Monsoon 2020" live inside a wind tunnel on 27 November 2020, which was directed by Dennis Dirksen. The live video was subsequently uploaded to their official YouTube account as "Tokio Hotel - Monsoon 2020 Live @ Windkanal". A live video of "Durch den Monsun 2020" was also recorded inside the wind tunnel on the same day, which was subsequently uploaded to Filtr Germany's official YouTube account.

Music videoEdit

The music video for the German version of the song features a stage looking like it was shot underwater. It starts off with the lead singer Bill Kaulitz holding a black candle sitting next to a broken door with no building behind it, then the candle's flame goes out. Many scenes feature Bill singing underwater and upside down. There is one scene where it looks like the guitarist, Bill's twin brother, Tom Kaulitz is singing along in a mirror like door then disappears. The ending chorus part of the video shows the band playing in rain.

The music video for the English version of the song, "Monsoon", was shot in Cape Town, South Africa in early May 2007. It features scenes of the band in a Bell UH-1 Huey helicopter and then free falling and landing on the ground. After they land, the band members walk to a stage (although scenes of them on the stage are already shown before the free fall scene) and start performing. As the song nears the end and the beat intensifies, a storm rumbles and heavy rain starts to fall on the band as they play. The video also shows scenes of lead singer Bill Kaulitz in the back of a black driver-less Cadillac limousine with a typewriter.

The video entered the TRL Countdown charts in July 2008.

Formats and track listingsEdit

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Durch den Monsun" and "Monsoon".

  • CD single
  1. "Durch den Monsun (Radio Mix)" – 3:58
  2. "Durch den Monsun (Unplugged Version)" – 3:58
  • CD maxi single
  1. "Durch den Monsun (Radio Mix)" – 3:58
  2. "Durch den Monsun (Unplugged Version)" – 3:58
  3. "モンスーンと超えて – Monsun to Koete (Japanese Grizzly Mix)" – 4:08
  4. "Leb' die Sekunde" – 3:47
  5. "Durch den Monsun" (music video) – 3:58
  • German iTunes EP
  1. "Durch den Monsun (Radio Mix)" – 3:58
  2. "Durch den Monsun (Unplugged Version)" – 3:58
  3. "モンスーンと超えて – Monsun to Koete (Japanese Grizzly Mix)" – 4:08
  4. "Leb' die Sekunde" – 3:47
  5. "Durch den Monsun (Grizzly Mix)" – 4:08
  • English CD single
  1. "Monsoon" – 4:00
  2. "Black" – 3:21
  • Durch den Monsun 2020 digital download
  1. "Durch den Monsun 2020" – 3:55
  • Monsoon 2020 digital download
  1. "Monsoon 2020" – 3:55
  2. "Durch den Monsun 2020" – 3:55

Charts and certificationsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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