Die Toten Hosen. Laune der Natur. In aller Stille - Argentinische Paradies - Die Toten Hosen - All Die Ganzen Jahre: Ihre Besten Lieder. Ballast der Republik. It was their first studio album since 's In aller Stille. To commemorate the year-jubilee of the band, the album was also released as a special edition with a second CD, titled Die Geister, die wir riefen, containing 15 cover versions of songs and literature by artists that influenced and inspired the members of the band.
The name 'Ballast der Republik' is wordplay, alluding to the Palast der Republik, the parliament building of communist East Germany.
Swing Batta Batta (L.P. Version) - Jack Boyz - Swing Batta Batta, Choke (Club Mix) - B.L.H.U.N.T. (Brothers Looking Hard Upon Negative Thoughts) - Choke, Wide Awake - The Word - The Next Big Thing E.P., 0405 - Van Hunt - Use In Case Of Emergency (Rare Items From The Vault), America Drinks - The Mothers Of Invention* - Absolutely Free, Cowboys And Aliens - Kitchens Of Distinction - Cowboys And Aliens, Blue Fox - John Mayall - Back To The Roots, Anarchus - Total Hate, I Will Survive - Various - I Love Disco, Missy Misdemeanor Elliott* - Da Real World