It has earned them two years’ worth of headlines and high sales but the game is over for Rammstein, the hardcore German band. A track titled ”Ich tu dir weh” (I wanna hurt you) from the Love is For All album, whose promo video featured real-life porn stars, has been taken off the protection Index for young people by a court in Cologne. Apparently, sadism is fine in pop music so long as it fits within a stable, loving relationship, or some such free-speech legal eyewash.
Rammstein won’t mind. They’ll feature sheep slaughter on their next release. And Universal will be laughing all the way to the bank. It’s the public that are being taken for fools. There’s a good wiki article on the background.