Guten Tag (3:37)

Cover of Die Reklamation

From Die Reklamation and 29 other releases

“Guten Tag” (German for “Good Day!”) is a song by German band Wir sind Helden. It was first released on an EP of the same title in 2002 and one year later as the first single of their debut album Die Reklamation. It was composed by Jean-Michel Tourette, Judith Holofernes and Pola Roy while the lyrics were written by Holofernes.

“Guten Tag” criticises commodification. In the lyrics, Holofernes tells a story that she was blinded by the glittering world of consumption making her want everything she sees and changing her life for them (“Meine Stimme gegen Dein Mobiltelefon, meine meine Fäuste gegen eure Nagelpflegelotion. …/My voice for a mobile phone, my fists for your manicure lotion…”). These statements are all paradoxes as she always offers parts of her body or life she would need to have to use the products she demands. However, in the refrain, she soon realises that all theses things do not make her happy after all which makes her demand her life back (“An dem Produkt ist was kaputt - das ist die Reklamation/There is something wrong with this product - this is the complaint”). “The complaint” would also be the title of the album the single is taken from.

The single entered the German single charts where it peaked at number 53. It stayed in the top 100 for eight weeks. However, based on the high album sales, “Guten Tag” received heavy airplay in Germany. Based on chart positions, it is the third most successful single of the band’s debut album (following “Denkmal” and “Aurélie”). The single did not chart in any other country.

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Meine Stimme gegen Dein Mobiltelefon
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