Tokio Hotel Strip Down for Rare Acoustic Rendition of "Automatic"

October 23, 2009 5:03 PM ET

German rockers Tokio Hotel aren't often in America and they rarely play acoustic, which makes their performance of "Automatic" in Rolling Stone's New York offices earlier this week an extra special treat for the band's loyal fans. "Automatic was one of the last songs we wrote for Humanoid," Bill Kaulitz tells RS of the track off the band's recently released album (their second English-language disc). "I got the idea for that song in the car. The song is about automatic feelings in a girl — she has no real love." Click above to check out Bill and his brother Tom Kaulitz's stripped-down version of the song.

Related Stories:
Tokio Hotel's Album Cover and "Humanoid" Single: Sneak Peek
Video: Tokio Hotel On English Translations and David Hasselhoff
Learn German With Tokio Hotel

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Music Main Next
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Road to Nowhere”

Talking Heads | 1985

A cappella harmonies give way to an a fuller arrangement blending pop and electro-disco on "Road to Nowhere," but the theme remains constant: We're on an eternal journey to an undefined destination. The song vaulted back into the news a quarter century after it was a hit when Gov. Charlie Crist used it in his unsuccessful 2010 campaign for the U.S. Senate in Florida. "It's this little ditty about how there's no order and no plan and no scheme to life and death and it doesn't mean anything, but it's all right," Byrne said with a chuckle.

More Song Stories entries »