Geräusch ("Noise" or "Sound") is a studio album by German rock band Die Ärzte. The album was sold on two CDs that look like LPs. The package is designed, using upside-down techniques, to make it difficult to decide which of the covers is the front. It's also the first album of the band that tuned their instruments (guitar and bass) a half step down from the standard tuning, leaving them on E♭ tuning onwards.

Geräusch
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Studio album by
Released29 September 2003
GenrePunk rock, pop punk, alternative rock
LengthCD1: 48:16
CD2: 47:50
LabelHot Action Records
ProducerUwe Hoffmann & Die Ärzte
Die Ärzte chronology
Unplugged - Rock'n'Roll Realschule
(2002)
Geräusch
(2003)
Die Band, die sie Pferd nannten
(2004)
Rotes Geräusch
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Singles from Geräusch
  1. "Unrockbar"
    Released: 15 September 2003
  2. "Dinge von denen"
    Released: 24 November 2003
  3. "Nichts in der Welt"
    Released: 13 April 2004
  4. "Deine Schuld"
    Released: 12 June 2004
  5. "Die klügsten Männer der Welt"
    Released: 22 November 2004
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Rolling Stone[1]
laut.de[2]

Track listingEdit

Schwarzes Geräusch ("Black noise")

  1. "Als ich den Punk erfand..." ("When I invented punk...") (Felsenheimer, Urlaub) – 1:53
    • "Hände innen" ("Hands inside") (Urlaub) is hidden in the pregap of this song, starting at -3:59
  2. "System" (Urlaub) - 2:44
  3. "T-Error" (González/González, Blitz) – 3:37
  4. "Nicht allein" ("Not alone") (Urlaub) - 5:19
  5. "Dinge von denen" ("Things of which") (González/González, Blitz) - 3:57
  6. "Der Grund" ("The reason") (Felsenheimer) - 2:54
  7. "Geisterhaus" ("Ghost house") (González/González, Blitz) – 3:49
  8. "Ein Mann" ("A man") (Urlaub) – 2:18
  9. "Anders als beim letzten Mal" ("Different from last time") (Urlaub) – 4:17
  10. "Ruhig angehn" ("Takin' it calmly") (Felsenheimer) – 3:24
  11. "Jag älskar Sverige!" (Swedish: "I love Sweden!") (Urlaub) – 3:40
  12. "Richtig schön evil" ("Really quite evil") (Felsenheimer) – 3:21
  13. "Schneller leben" ("Live faster") (Urlaub) – 3:03

Rotes Geräusch ("Red noise")

  1. "Unrockbar" ("Unrockable" (rough translation)) (Urlaub) – 4:01
  2. "Deine Schuld" ("Your fault") (Urlaub) – 3:35
  3. "Lovepower" (González/González, Blitz) – 2:32
  4. "Der Tag" ("The day") (Urlaub) – 3:48
  5. "Die Nacht" ("The night") (Felsenheimer) – 5:02
  6. "Nichts in der Welt" ("Nothing in the world") (Urlaub) – 3:47
  7. "Die klügsten Männer der Welt" ("The wisest men in the world") (Felsenheimer) – 3:58
  8. "Piercing" (González/González, Blitz) – 4:17
  9. "Besserwisserboy" ("Knowitallboy") (Urlaub) – 3:41
  10. "Anti-Zombie" (González/González, Blitz) – 4:09
  11. "Pro-Zombie" (Urlaub) – 2:08
  12. "WAMMW" (short for "Wenn alle Männer Mädchen wären" - "If all men were girls") (Urlaub) – 1:51
  13. "NichtWissen" ("NotKnowing") (Felsenheimer) – 4:59

Lyrical meaning and song notesEdit

Als ich den Punk erfand...Edit

Bela recounts the absurd tale of him inventing punk rock, and subsequently jazz.

SystemEdit

The song juxtaposes the banal daily life of a number of people in the verse against a call to rise up against an oppressive regime during the chorus. Both verses and the chorus following them use the multiple meanings of a single German word ("stehen" and "setzen") differentiating them by context. The second verse is also consequential to the situations in the first verse.

T-ErrorEdit

Sung from the perspective of a stalker who harasses his target with phone calls. The obsession quickly turns to desire for vengeance when the calls are being ignored. The name of the song is punctuated to resemble the logo of the Deutsche Telekom.

Nicht alleinEdit

Farin asks a number of rhetorical questions to the listener about the frustration presumably experienced, subsequently reassuring the listener that he or she is not alone in feeling this way.

Dinge von denenEdit

Rod recounts his experiences of being bothered by chatterboxes and other annoying people.

Der GrundEdit

The song describes multiple people (one a would-be-protester, the other a company president) trying to do good, only to be distracted from their goals by a not explicitly named reason.

GeisterhausEdit

The singer attempts to warn people from their mindless consumerism, only to be ignored.

Ein MannEdit

Sung from the perspective of a typical macho, self-righteous, arrogant and obsessed with sex.

Anders als beim letzten malEdit

The singer experiences an abrupt but subtle change in a relationship and airs his desire to return to a previous state of it.

Ruhig angehenEdit

Advises the listener to not stress himself and approach things slowly and calmly.

Jag Älskar SverigeEdit

The song praises the culture and environment of Sweden, though the song is actually talking about Brazil.

Richtig Schön EvilEdit

A song listing a number of perverted or disgusting ideas, countered by the chorus telling the listener to not take it so seriously. In the last part of the song, Bela describes Farin and his solo project as terrorism and a threat to society to a policeman, also referencing the cover of Endlich Urlaub!. The song closes with a phone call of Bela to Rod, acknowledging that they are working together to get rid of Farin.

Schneller LebenEdit

An advice to the listener to die as early as possible in order to escape the tribulations of aging. The song also counts up a number of famous people that died early (Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Lee and Kurt Cobain) and also mentions that it is too late for the singer, Farin. The track is titled "Oje, was singen Die denn da? AAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRGGGGGHHHH" (Oh dear, what are they singing?) in CD-Text.

UnrockbarEdit

Farin sings to his girlfriend, who he is forced to break up with over differences about their taste in music.

Deine SchuldEdit

The song tells the listener that while there are problems in this world, it's not his or her fault. However, they would be at fault if it remained that way. Thus the song calls for the listener to change things.

LovepowerEdit

The narcissistic singer praises the looks of his image in the mirror.

Der TagEdit

In a duet, two former lovers quarrel over their past love and their current disgust with each other, proclaiming that the day they miss each other has yet to come. They are however forced to deal with each other, due to an unintended pregnancy.

Die NachtEdit

A song praising the mystery and lack of inhibition during nighttime.

Nichts in der WeltEdit

A lover's lament about a recent break-up.

Die Klügsten Männer der WeltEdit

A sarcastic song of praise to the political leaders of the world.

PiercingEdit

Rod describes a recent episode in which he had his penis pierced for his girlfriend, though the couple broke up soon after (before the swelling went down) and advises the listener to not follow the same path.

BesserwisserboyEdit

A song describing the hatred for a local know-it-all.

Anti-zombieEdit

The zombie apocalypse broke out and the band is fighting for their lives and relishes the destruction of the undead. The beginning and the end of the song contain samples of the German dub of Dawn of the Dead.

Pro-ZombieEdit

Farin describes his desire to become a zombie and live a carefree life.

WAMMWEdit

The singer tells how great a world would be in which all people are women. Stereotypically, all women are sensitive and respectful to each other and thus the problems and social evils present in the modern world would be nonexistent. His ulterior motives are revealed at the end of the song, with him being the only man.

NichtwissenEdit

A song about the desire to ignore worldly problems and social evils while occupying oneself with inconsequential trivialities.

SinglesEdit

PersonnelEdit

  • Farin Urlaub - guitar, vocals
  • Bela Felsenheimer - drums, vocals
  • Rodrigo González - bass guitar, vocals
  • Celina Bostic - additional vocals on 4 (CD2)
  • Gunter Gabriel - additional vocals on 9 (CD2)
  • Martin Klempnow - additional vocals on 10 (CD2)

ChartsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Birgit Fuß. "Rolling Stone Kritik". Rolling Stone (in German). Axel Springer SE. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  2. ^ Michael Schuh. "Laut.de Kritik". Laut.de (in German). Laut AG. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Die Ärzte – Geräusch" (in German). Hung Medien.
  4. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Die Ärzte – Geräusch" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts.
  5. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Die Ärzte – Geräusch". Hung Medien.
  6. ^ "Jahreshitparade Alben 2003". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  7. ^ "Top 100 Album-Jahrescharts". GfK Entertainment (in German). offiziellecharts.de. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  8. ^ "Schweizer Jahreshitparade 2003". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  9. ^ "Top 100 Album-Jahrescharts". GfK Entertainment (in German). offiziellecharts.de. Retrieved 3 July 2020.