I’m a fan of Rammstein but didn’t mention that on this blog until today’s Deutschland release. This is a monumental music video, covering German history from Arminius to the GDR in one song. I challenge anyone to provide a similar musical history for any other nation. Not only that but the video is extremely well-produced, with echoes from Wagner and Excalibur to modern science fiction.
There is one prominently featured black girl who evidently enjoys herself very much in her historical German costumes. I don’t see her as the kind of heritage-erasing stooge now ubiquitous in English culture. Her aesthetic presence is in line with 19th century exoticism, not 21st century race denial. Perhaps she is supposed to exemplify the old German claim to have a global civilizational task, or perhaps she was picked simply because her black skin makes for a great contrast with golden armor and white robes.
PS: A Twitter follower pointed out that one eminent role of the woman is Odin: she holds the severed head of Mímir. This is the kind of detail one would expect from few modern bands but Rammstein.