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Sonne statt Reagan - the worst music video ever...?

Joseph Beuys, godfather of ritualistic public performance art in Germany (1960s to 1980s) was also a big opponent of nuclear weapons and campaigned for environmental causes. He even got elected as a Green Party candidate for the European Parliament.

This video shows him attempting to be a pop singer for the Green Party, singing his song 'Sonne statt Reagan' (Reagan in German sounds like 'Regen', rain) attacks Ronald Reagan*s arms policy. The song was issued as a record and Beuys appeared before big audiences with it during the peace movement's demonstrations.

Watching this video, you may notice how badly made it appears and I always break out in laughter when I observe the different people in it, acting like they don*t really know whats going on. But let*s not forget it was made in 1982, a mere 9 months after MTV was born.

Observe Beuys closely, he really feels so out of place. Not only because someone came up with the almost brilliant idea of putting him behind the band, but also because he isn*t really supposed to be a wild rockstar. In the end at least he tries to swing the microphone around and is visibly delighted to do so.
Also notice the decent female background singers. How neat! Also, all the participants of the video were members of the Green Party. The place to be if you were hip... well.

enjoy the lyrics here:

Aus dem Land das sich selbst zerstört

und uns den "way of life" Diktiert

da kommt Reagan und bringt Waffen und Tod

und hört er Frieden sieht er rot.

Er sagt als Präsident von USA

Atomkrieg? - Ja bitte dort und da

ob Polen Mittler Osten Nicaragua

er will den Endsieg das ist doch klar.

Doch wir wollen: Sonne statt Reagan

ohne Rüstung leben!

Ob West ob Ost

auf Raketen muß Rost!

wir wollen: Sonne statt Reagan

ohne Rüstung leben!

Ob West ob Ost

auf Raketen muß Rost!

Er will die Säcke im Osten reizen

die auch nicht mit Atomen geizen

doch dein Krieg um hirnverbrannte Ziele

der läuft nicht Reagan - wir sind viele!

Hau ab mit deinen Nuklearstrategen

deinen Russenhassern deinem Strahlenregen

Mensch Knitterface der Film ist aus

nimm' die Raketen mit nach Haus!

Denn wir wollen: Sonne statt Reagan

ohne Rüstung leben!

Ob Ost ob West

Kalten Kriegern die Pest!

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1 Responses to “Sonne statt Reagan - the worst music video ever...?”

  1. # Anonymous Anonymous

    des is einfach nur goil,
    wenn de leut des nich verstehn,
    sollnse weiter im Regen gehn.  

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