I've had mixed feedback about
over the years. It seems whenever I play people just their music, they like them. But when I show them pictures of what they look like they get kind of freaked out.
A couple of examples:
I brought in the Herzeleid CD to my English class and played Der Meister, and the entire class liked it. I expected to get a negative response, but everyone liked it, even my teacher. A couple days later I brought in a DVD of the Bizarre Festival in 1997 and showed it to my English teacher and she really enjoyed it. When it was finished I said, "not half bad huh?" And she just smiled and said "they're not even a quarter bad."
A few people from that class occasionally ask me "do you still listen to that German metal?"
Now on the contrary, whenever I show people pictures of the band, whether it be promo photos or live performances, I always get strange looks.
The other day in my Digital Photography class we were assigned a project where we create a billboard about a photographer. After class, I tried to convince my teacher to let me do it on Gottfried Helnwein (the photographer who shot the Sehnsucht album portraits). I told him that I had a couple examples of work to show him. I have 3 concert posters from the autumn 1997 Sehnsucht tour. One with Till's face, one with Ollie's, and the other's with Richard's. I brought in the one with Till's face and showed it to him and he just kind of gave me this strange look and said "huh, I think we'll have to pass on that."
I find myself having to explain
to people so they don't sound too weird. After listening to Rammstein for several years, you get adjusted to the things they do, and nothing by them seems to be weird. But to outsiders who aren't fans, they look at their music videos, pictures, etc. and think they're creepy. Like,
"Oh Mein Teil, that's the one where that dude ate that guy's penis right?"
"Is he riding on a giant dick?"
"Why is he holding a baby doll?"
"Du hast....that means 'you hate' right?"
"Rammstein. Isn't that band where the singer pulls out his dick and pees on people?"
Best one I heard was:
"I heard they brought a fan back stage and circle jerked on him."