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January 15, 2006

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peripherique

i had a good laugh listening to this weird stuff. most of the music is pretty hilarious. vielen dank! aber kann irgendjemand, der kein deutsch kann die lieder lustig finden?

hans Habiger

Endlich ist schluss mit der us-vorherrschaft auf den musikmärkten der welt..

deutsch ... eine schöne sprache , eine schöne musik zu der man auch schön tanzen kann


hans berlin doioioitschland

chipp

very entertaining whirlwind of german music!!! the Faith No More album was my first CD, and I loved the electronic dog voice in Schutzenfest!!

Foreign Listener K

Laibach doing Jesus Christ Superstar is also worth a quick listen - Ken (mit Begeisterung für alles bombastisch) played some a while ago. In English, but it does have that plodding mitteleuropäisch touch at least.

(Did that Monty Python CD I sent have anything to do with the inspiration for this? - hope it made it into the MP3 library, at least.)

genk

The guy who wrote Yes Sis I Can Boogie is a native german speaker. He still lives here in Hamburg. So this one might have been re-translated. Something Billy Bragg did a while ago with one of his songs to japanese and back. It led to the song titel Milkman Of Human Kindness.

wyneken

The Freie Deutsche Jugend has existed since the Weimar era -- with a brief interruption during the Nazi years. Originally a "Wandervogel"-style band of idealistic, largely apolitical youths, whose leaders were not much older than the rest of the membership, it became more increasingly political (left-leaning) from 1919 onward. This put its members at odds with the generally nationalistic and conservative tone of most German youth groups in the decade leading to the Nazi ascension -- after which, all the independent youth groups were progressively absorbed into the Hitler Youth or else disbanded and outlawed.

I would mutter some apology about straying "off-topic," but I'm not sure that term has any meaning on Beware of the Blog.

kamil antosiewicz

thans for your great post. you MUST check the incredible 6 volumes of international hits sang in german, titled, well, "Pop in Germany". listening to "Schwarz und rot" by Karel Gott (originally "Paint it Black" by you know who) or "Der Hund Von Baskerville" which is an incredible version of "Paranoid" by Black Sabbath, will change your life.

you can find it here: http://www.tesco.com/entertainment/search.aspx?Ntt=%22pop+in+germany&VSI=2-CD&Ntk=primary&Nty=1&Ntx=mode%2Bmatchall

i'm not encouraging anyone, but it's also easy to find on soulseek.

carrie cunningham

i am looking for an old german folk song, AS WE MARCH SIDE BY SIDE. I THINK IT WWAS WRITTEN BY HEINZ. THAT IS ALL I HAVE. IT WOULD BE VERY OLD.
THANK YOU,
CARRIE CUNNINGHAM

DAvid Ewan Campbell

Josephine Foster continues the tradition... she's just release an album of songs in German on Locust called Ein Wolf im Schafspelz - A wolf in sheep's clothing If I'm not mistaken... an album of interpretations of 19th Century German folk songs of the Schubert/Schumann ilk... A unusually brave thing to do I reckon. I'm sure Blondie snuck in some French lyrics on a couple of tunes way back as I recall, and it all sounded very lyrical and sensual but German? Blimey!
Didn't that Beatles lot do a double a-side of German versions of a couple of their hitsss Sie Liebt dich and Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand, a tribute to their Hamburg days where they honed their 'shit' / paid their dues etc, etc... Keeping it well Germanic mate!

Staffan V

Wonderfull music. Some more items worthy of research:
Punk Rock Song - Bad Regigion recorded a German version of their hit.

On "Kiss My Ass: Classic Kiss Regrooved" (international and U.S. vinyl version only) the German band Die Ärzte playes a German cover of Unholy.

"Sie Liebt Dich" is a German version recorded by The Beatles.

lumpi

well well well -what shall i say -my mothertongue is german and ilove the song schützenfest -it describes perfectly the nonsense of the millitaristic shützenfest and the insanity of those (nationalistic) people - let them shoot themselfes

VEB Freundschaft

Kosmoskost - IFA Wartburg:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oa2D1u1OP8g

mr. mike

I know it's far too late, but Laibach isn't really a Nazi band; it is a style satire of Stalinism and Nazism. They sing in German as a reminder to Slovenian listeners that the Slovenes were to be the only Slavic group remaining after the future Nazi liquidation of the Slavs sometime in the 1950s-60s (if Hitler had won WWII, that is.) The SS considered the Slovenes to be a eastern Germanic offshoot based on their appearence. The band's name is actually the Hapsburg title for the capital of Slovenia, Lubjanja....all of this Germanism was/is embarrasing to the Yugoslav and Slovenian governments and Laibach was banned in Yugoslavia for years though they preformed namelessly during that time. Subversion is key to the band; most of their songs are covers of Western pop songs, but jiggered into totalitarian anthems as a way of playing Brechtian games with the listener.

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