Friday, October 13, 2006

OKTOBERFEST!!

It's that time of year - put on your leiderhosen, call the beer-wench over, grab a stein, and chicken-dance along to a kind of punk-oompah version of Nena's Eighties smash "99 Luftballons." It's by an Australian professional music sevice, Autopilot Productions, who claim it was done for a corporate event. Huh?! Wouldn't mind working for that company...

Autopilot Productions: "Oktoberfest"

Max Raabe is a German performer of a very different sort - he's dedicated to keeping alive the Weimer-era cabaret tradition. However, when he's not reviving the likes of Kurt Weil, he's doing covers of current pop songs in the style of 1920s Berlin. Nothing released in America yet, but German Amazon lists many albums, like "Hitpalast," in which he smoothly croons hits by Abba, Tom Jones, Britney Spears, etc. Now THESE Queen songs should be played at ballgames:

Max Raabe: We Will Rock You
Max Raabe: We Are The Champions

5 comments:

Sean said...

Thanks Mr Fab! Oktoberfest really truly was done for one of Australia's big banks for an awards ceremony or something.

We went looking for a tune to oom-pah-ise and Luft Baloons was the natural choice. One the tuba came out, the rest of it fell into place. I shudder to think whatr my German pronunciation is like.

I also did an embarassingly cheesy version of Eidleweiss for the same gig, but will keep that one offline to protect the diabetics out there that will go hyper-glycemic due to the amount of sugar in the mix.

Thanks for the link!

Sean

Mr Fab said...

Ha! Well, you did a great job - hope it didn't ruin your career.

And might I just add: THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH TUBAS IN TODAY'S POP MUSIC.

Chester said...

Oom Pahbulous!

sean Peter said...

Still get the odd gig, so didn't seem to hurt the career that much, but not expecting any German pop sessions anytime soon.

BTW - loved Zombie Moms!!!

sean said...

Oh - and those Max Raabe tunes are Ace!!