Das Boat


Das Boat
U-Boat (1)


Ee-ee, ee-ee  



1. One of the Fall's weird-out tracks, this one is part mesmerizing psych-out and part kitsch. The title is a hybrid of German and English that, when put together, means "The Boat." In full German, this (Das Boot) is the title of a 1973 German novel by Lothar-Günther Bucheim and its 1981 film adaptation, written and directed by Wolfgang Peterson. A U-Boat is a submarine (German Unterseeboot, literally "under-sea boat"). 


Comments (8)

  • 1. dannyno | 02/03/2017
Specifically, "U-Boat" is an abbreviation of "Unterseeboot", German for, literally, "Undersea Boat". Wikipedia notes that while in Germany "U-Boat" means submarines generally, for British English speakers it would represent specificallly German military submarines. In English it's uncommon to refer to, say, British or American submarines as "U-Boats".
  • 2. bzfgt (link) | 03/03/2017
I am flabbergasted--I cannot believe I have let this stand for four years without specifying "Unterseeboot!"
  • 3. Geuz (link) | 08/04/2020
Since this song is at the album Reformation! Post TLC, is it to far fetched to assume that the submarine refers to Martin Luther, who officially started the Reformation?
  • 4. bzfgt (link) | 10/04/2020
Far fetched, I don't know...why would it refer to Luther? What is the connection? I mean, yes it's on Reformation, but so are other songs? Why don't they refer to Luther? Or do they? I'm not sure what your claim is
  • 5. joincey | 20/07/2020
Now I know Gunther the rabbit wasn't named after the actor Gunther Kaufman, but *could* he be named after Lothar-Günther Bucheim ? Ha ! I think it is so.
  • 6. dannyno | 06/09/2020
  • 7. dannyno | 08/11/2020
Eleni was interviewed by Sonja Delibasic of the The Mighty Fall facebook page, using suggestions by other TMF members. Answers posted 7 November 2020.

(Note, Gunther is a toy rabbit owned by Eleni)

Q. How did you go about making such a masterpiece as Das Boat? It's deadly!

A. We were in Gracie Fields studio and used Henry, which is one of Gunther's friends, as an inspiration. Henry had an in-built sound voice (the song of the American red-winged black bird) sounding like: EE EE!

We made a new soundtrack to the (not that bad) movie Das Boot and not because being in the studio is a bit like being underwater.

Here is the sound of the red-winged blackbird:


The toy might have been something like this: https://www.amazon.com/Wild-Republic-Red-Winged-Blackbird-Authentic/dp/B01N5YFG55

(there's a video there where you can hear the sound of the toy)
  • 8. bzfgt (link) | 19/12/2020
The "ee-ee, ee-ee" is kind of the cadence of the scat part of "Father Cannot Yell"

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