While previewing Rammstein’s May 14 show at Tacoma Dome by listening to their best-of collection, Made in Germany: 1995-2011, I wondered, “Who likes this shit?” I have never met a Rammstein fan, and I’m old. But clearly they are popular enough to play huge venues in North America and release lavishly packaged CDs full of their bombastic, ham-fisted electronic-dance anthems, marked by Till Lindemann’s over-the-top guttural vocals. It's ugly, bulbous, way-too-full-of-itself music.
Do people like Rammstein in an ironic, “it’s so awful it’s great” way, as if they were some sort of Teutonic Shaggs or Wesley Willis? Do you like Rammstein? WHY?!