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So my brother is a big fan of German stuff; the best gift I ever gave him was a German beer stein I got for him with a traditional German castle and village on it in metal relief.  He is also trying to learn German (on his own, not in a class) so I have sent him the first Harry Potter book in German, Grimm's Fairytales in a book that had German on one side, English on the other, and a learn German cd and program.  The other day I had been talking to him about how I have been listening to Japanese music (I love Japanese stuff) and he said that listening to music in another language is a good way to get used to the sound of the language so I was thinking I would send him German pop music for his birthday coming up in August.  

We have a gift card to the amazon.com site so if it is something I can order from there that would be best although we are near enough to some bigger independent music stores that have a decent chance of having it as well.  Since I cannot read German and the gift card doesn't work on the German amazon links to that won't really work.  The only song I know of that I know is in German is Nena's 99 luftballons which I have told Kevin I want to find for my brother whether he likes it or not.  The only German music that I know my brother already has is Rammstein which he has forbidden me from listening to.  

If any of my livejournal readers are familiar with German music, preferably pop because both of us like what I call bouncy music, I would really appreciate any suggestions.  My brother is one of those really hard to buy for people, but because of that and because I love him (he's my only brother), I always try to send him something that will make him smile (something that is next to impossible to do, but I usually succeed).
 
 
 
 
 
 
there used to be a very awesome network called imf that played tons of international music and introduced me to some new bands.



digitalism's good if he's open to electronica.


you could just get him milli vanilli's greatest hits and call it a day!
Thank you for the suggestions and the videos, when it is not the middle of the night and Kevin is not trying to sleep I will listen to them (not sure where my headphones are). Does Milli Vanilli have German CDs, I know a couple of their songs in English, but never thought about them having a CD in German, would be funny!
I know I'm late ;)
As I am from Germany I could help you finding some music, even though I usally listen to Heavy Metal with English lyrics.
I don't really know what you mean by "bouncy music" but German pop music... well there are some fantastic things from the 80s (like Nena... you might look for a "Neue Deutsche Welle" compilation.
Other bands I would recommend are "Die Firma" (but they do Hip Hop), Falco (he was an Austrian but his German is pretty good), die Ärzte, Die Toten Hosen (soft punk...), Fettes Brot (Hip Hop again...), Thomas D (also something like Hip Hop), Blümchen (something I used to like when I was 11 or 12), ASP, Lacrimosa, Umbra et Imago, Unheilig, Blutengel (well, Gothic, but they have great songs with German lyrics), Schandmaul, Subway to Sally, In Extremo (between middle ages and rock...), Die Atzen (it's party music...), Torfrock (German Rock Music, but with a real special sense of humor... I love them), Knorkator (I cannot describe them, but I love them), Deichkind (something special again), Die Fantastischen Vier/Fanta 4 (Hip Hop again)...
That's all I can think of right now. I'm a bit ashamed that most stuff is Hip Hop, but well... you wanted German lyrics ;)
I think you should really listen to Rammstein, they're fantastic and you'll get an idea of what your brother likes.
I hope I could help you, even though my taste in music isn't too mainstream and most I remembered as pop music is from the 90s.
Oh my goodness, thank you, this is so helpful and not late, still have two months before my brother's birthday. Considering my brother and I have only agreed on one group (Savage Garden) your suggestions are very helpful. Thank you for giving so many suggestions, I am going to have to see what I can learn about Rammstein and then see what I think is similar.

Yeah, I probably shouldn't have called it bouncy, but that is mainly what I call Pop, so long as it is not a ballad. Basically if you can dance to it I consider it bouncy.