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Die Toten Hosen - Opium fürs Volk (1996)

Die Toten Hosen - Opium fürs Volk (1996)

Tracklist front / back album covers

"Vaterunser" (Our Father) (Traditional) − 1:10

"Mensch" (Man) (von Holst/Frege) − 4:08

"Die Fliege" (The fly) (Frege/Frege) − 1:54

"Die zehn Gebote" (The ten commandments) (Rohde/Frege) − 4:04

"Böser Wolf" (roughly Big Bad Wolf) (von Holst/Frege) − 4:02

"Nichts bleibt für die Ewigkeit" (Nothing lasts forever) (von Holst, Frege/Müller, von Holst, Frege) − 4:10

"Ewig währt am längsten (Dub)" (lit. Forever lasts the longest; a pun on Ehrlich währt am längsten [roughly Honesty is the best policy]) (Meurer/Müller, von Holst, Frege) − 2:54

"Und so weiter" (And so on) (Rohde/Frege, Müller) − 1:40

"Bonnie & Clyde" (Breitkopf/Frege) − 3:30

"Der Froschkönig" (The Frog Prince) (Breitkopf/Frege) − 3:47

"XTC" (Meurer/Frege) − 4:16

"Lügen" (Lies) (von Holst/Frege) − 4:12

"Paradies" (Paradise) (Frege/Frege) − 4:08

"Und wir leben" (And we're living) (Meurer/Frege) − 3:50

"Er denkt, sie denkt" (He thinks, she thinks) (Frege/Frege) − 4:34

"Seelentherapie" (Soul therapy) (Breitkopf/Frege) − 5:13

"Viva la Revolution" (Breitkopf/Frege) − 4:46

"Zehn kleine Jägermeister" (roughly Ten little hunters/Jägermeisters, a pun on Ten Little Indians) (Rohde/Müller, Frege) − 4:45

2007 remastered anniversary edition bonus tracks

"Fliegen" (Flying) (Frege/Frege) – 4:28 (from "Pushed Again")

"Prominentenpsychose" (Celebrity psychosis) (Frege/Frege) – 3:14 (from "Nichts bleibt für die Ewigkeit")

"Herzglück harte Welle" (roughly Heartluck strong wave) (Rohde/Frege) – 1:57 (from "Bonnie & Clyde")


1995: "Nichts bleibt für die Ewigkeit"

1996: "Paradies"

1996: "Bonnie & Clyde"

1996: "Zehn kleine Jägermeister"


One unreleased demo from the album surfaced in 2007 with the re-release of Auf dem Kreuzzug ins Glück.

"Kitsch" (Breitkopf/Frege) – 3:53

Die Toten Hosen Band Members / Musicians

Campino - vocals

Andreas von Holst - guitar

Michael Breitkopf - guitar

Andreas Meurer - bass

Wolfgang Rohde - drums

Opium fürs Volk (Opium for the people) is the 7th studio album by the German punk band Die Toten Hosen. Although it's not considered a concept album, it has a central theme of religion (exemplified by the intro "Vaterunser", "Die zehn Gebote" and "Paradies"). It is regarded as one of the best Die Toten Hosen albums. The title is derived from a common misquotation of Karl Marx, who called religion the Opium of the People - Opium des Volkes.

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