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Keine Macht für Niemand

Keine Macht für Niemand
Ton Steine Scherben
Released October 1972
Recorded Alsterstudio, Hamburg
Genre German rock, Protopunk
Length 62:08
Label David Volksmund
Producer Ton Steine Scherben
Ton Steine Scherben chronology

Warum geht es mir so dreckig?
Keine Macht für Niemand
Wenn die Nacht am tiefsten…

Keine Macht für Niemand (No Power for Nobody) is the name of both the second album and best-known song by the band Ton Steine Scherben. The double album, released in 1972, is also sometimes called "die Weiße" ("the white one") in reference to its simple cover with a white background and black text.

The album as a whole, as well as the song Keine Macht für Niemand heavily criticised social and political ills. The lyrics call for resistance against the extant system. In Die letzte Schlacht gewinnen wir ("We [will] win the final battle"), the demand for a replacement of the present capitalist system is very clear. The phrase "No power for nobody" is a sloganised interpretation of anarchy. When the album was released, Rio Reiser and R.P.S. Lanrue had still yet to adopt their stage names.

Use as a slogan

According to Rio Reiser, the phrase came from an anarchist publication called Germania. Similarly, the song "Macht kaputt, was euch kaputt macht" also has a title in the same vein. In Germany, even 35 years after the album's release, the phrase will appear on banners and posters produced in the leftist scene, or as graffiti; the song's lyrics call to "write the slogan onto every wall."

After the 2005 election, Der Spiegel used the phrase on the cover in reaction to the election results.


  1. Wir müssen hier raus! (Ralph Möbius, Ralph Steitz) - 5:21
  2. Feierabend (Möbius, Steitz) - 4:41
  3. Die letzte Schlacht gewinnen wir (Möbius, Steitz) - 4:18
  4. Paul Panzers Blues (Nikel Pallat, Möbius) - 6:41
  5. Menschenjäger (Möbius, Steitz) - 4:18
  6. Allein machen sie Dich ein (Möbius, Steitz) - 4:41
  7. Schritt für Schritt ins Paradies (Möbius, Steitz) - 6:52
  8. Der Traum ist aus (Möbius) - 9:24
  9. Mensch Meier (Möbius, Steitz) - 3:43
  10. Rauch-Haus-Song (Möbius) - 3:59
  11. Keine Macht für Niemand (Möbius, Steitz) - 4:08
  12. Komm schlaf bei mir (Möbius) - 4:02


  • Ralph Möbius - Vocals, Guitar, Keyboard
  • Ralph Steitz - Guitar, Drums, backup vocals
  • Kai Sichtermann - Bass guitar, Banjo, backup vocals
  • Nikel Pallat - vocals, backup vocals
  • Jörg Schlotterer - Flute, backup vocals
  • Angie Olbrich - Backup vocals
  • Anna Schimany - Backup vocals
  • Olaf Lietzau - Drums
  • Jochen Petersen - Saxophone
  • Klaus Schulz - Cowbell
  • Gaby Borowski & Rauch-Haus-Chor - Backup vocals
  • Klaus Freudigmann - Sound
  • Gert Möbius - Cover


  • Hartmut El Kurdi: Schwarzrote Pop-Perlen. Band 2 der Reihe The Essence of Rock. Laatzen: Wehrhahn, 2001. ISBN 3-932324-82-X
  • Der Spiegel using the phrase
This article incorporates information from the equivalent article on the Deutsch World Heritage Encyclopedia.

External links

  • - Alle Texte des Albums Keine Macht für Niemand
  • - zum Einfluss der Parole Keine Macht für Niemand
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