in ‘Benzin’ there is one verse where, in theory, there should have been female vocals, well, maybe a little distorted or faded through the electronics, and in the verse before it we wanted to insert children’s voices that say ‘Hey, hey ! ’. All this ‘hey, hey’ was supposed to be sung by Richard’s children, and the vocals were going to be performed by Flake’s wife. But, here, hell, Richard, for no reason at all, objects and says that Flake’s wife sings like a cuckoo. Well, frankly speaking, that it hurts his ears. Flake, of course, retaliates, and objects to Richard’s children. Then they made a bargain: you, then, forget about your wife and her career as an opera singer, and I promise not to involve my children again. Since then, we have a sort of compromise and it goes: you keep your mouth shut and I sacrifice my solo. Therefore, the album itself is calmer because there were no storms in our relations.
Paul on learning to compromise during the making of Reise Reise.
2005 interview with Zillo.
Your wife sings like a cuckoo. Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!