Song: Das Modell
Continuing the Rammstein theme, here the German metal giants cover Kraftwerk’s brilliant track The Model, which opened up Side B of their seminal 1978 album The Man-Machine. 19 years after the original was released, their fellow countrymen give the song a far ruder treatment - it’s jaggedly muscular and propulsive, exchanging the sleek, somewhat detached sound of the original for an earthier, more raunchily insistent tone. Lead vocalist Till Lindemann injects his trademark histrionic spunk and spittle; the slashing, lockstep guitars and profoundly unsubtle arrangement do the rest. It’s loud and somewhat obnoxious but it’s also great fun.
Catch the YouTube fan video below, cutting together footage from Domino (a 2005 flick directed by Tony Scott, starring Kiera Knightly) - it kinda works, in a trashy, crassly exploitive way. Or try the Balanescu quartet’s pristine cover, below that. And there’s always the charmingly mechanistic refinement of the original song . A casual wander through YouTube will offer up a surprising number of inventive interpretations of this single gem of a tune.