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Great musical reinventions

April 26th, 2009 (04:50 pm)
current mood: unheimlich
current song: "Tainted Love", Soft Cell

Here are several videos by Max Raabe and the Palast Orchester, a German band who "specialise in recreating the sound of German dance and film music of the 1920s and 1930s" (per Wikipedia).

"Mambo No. 5"
"We Will Rock You"
"Oops, I Did It Again"
"Tainted Love"

And, as a bonus, a mashup of "Tainted Love" featuring both Max Raabe and Marilyn Manson. Alas, not as good as the concept, or as good as the mashup of Manson's "1996" with the Powerpuff Girls Theme song from a few years back.

Max Raabe links courtesy of bruceb


Posted by: We're classicists: we get it wrong, people die. (toft_froggy)
Posted at: April 26th, 2009 09:17 pm (UTC)

Oh my gosh, those are awesome!

Posted by: Sarah Ovenall (sarah_ovenall)
Posted at: April 26th, 2009 10:05 pm (UTC)

Wow! That was truly amazing. How could I have not heard of this guy before? He's like Señor Coconut, Richard Cheese and the Bonzos rolled into one.

Raabe was doing the Louie Bega version of Mambo #5, but just for comparison here's Perez Prado: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOuRWkLP-dA

Posted by: Kevin J. Maroney (womzilla)
Posted at: April 26th, 2009 10:43 pm (UTC)

"How could I have not heard of this guy before?"

Yeah, that was sort of my reaction, combined with "of *course* there's someone out there doing Kurt Weill-esque versions of pop songs." God bless the internet!

Posted by: blue shark of friendliness (ckd)
Posted at: April 26th, 2009 10:25 pm (UTC)

I have their version of "Sex Bomb" on a covers compilation.

Posted by: Kalimac (kalimac)
Posted at: April 26th, 2009 10:56 pm (UTC)

You are, perhaps, also familiar with

1) The cover of "Oops" by Richard Thompson (yes, that Richard Thompson, the famously morose guitarist-songwriter)

2) Big Daddy, the group that does, or did, Fifties-style versions of later songs. Their "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" is one of my all-time favorites.

Posted by: washa_way (washa_way)
Posted at: April 27th, 2009 02:04 pm (UTC)

If you're not familiar with Thompson's 1000 Years of Popular Music, Mr. Zilla, you are hereby ordered to get familiar with it.


Posted by: Baron Dave Romm (barondave)
Posted at: April 26th, 2009 11:17 pm (UTC)

Not bad. Not quite Sabbatum, but fun.

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