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It’s hard to choose which of the many great songs to choose from to showcase the Fantastischen Vier, Germany’s first successful hiphop group.  Der Picknicker is also great, as are many of their older things.  Troy came out a few years ago and was an instant classic, and it has a great beat to match the MC’s.  There is some great and tricky wordplay in the song, but non-German listeners will still be able to appreciate the song for what it is.  Good stuff!

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Nina Simone rocks it live

I’ve been hesitating to post this song, because I’ve sent it to almost everyone that I converse with over the internet. It really is a classic, however, and the song should never wallow in obscurity. She rocks it. And she has boobies!

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Peter Fox, the lead singer of the German Reggae group Seeed, went solo recently.  Yes, I am aware that German Reggae seems like it should be an oxymoron, similar to German Humor.  But it exists, for better or for worse.  I was never a big fan of Seeed, but Peter Fox’s latest album has some seriously good songs on it.  It’s heavy on the drums.  The album is called Stadtaffe, which means Citymonkey.  The use of monkey imagery is prevalent in Fox’s videos, presumably because he looks like one.

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Star Wars Trumpet Never Dies

The Star Wars Trumpet has clearly been beaten to death, since it made the rounds on the net about a year ago.  But a friend of mine showed it to me again yesterday and I found it just as amusing as before.  In case you haven’t seen this, prepare to be dazzled.  The awful performance is highlighted by the extreme enthusiasm of Staci Hedger, who either has no idea how untalented she is, or manically powers through in order to save face.  Either way, it’s great.

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Superpunk is a small band from Hamburg and Munich that remains almost virtually unknown in Germany.  They are the quintessential blue-collar bar band.  They have a rough, low-fi aesthetic, and all of their songs revolve around being poor, hating work, getting drunk, and the drudgery of life.  None of the musicians in the band have a particularly polished feel, especially the lead singer, who tends to yell a lot.  Despite of this (or maybe because of this) the band comes together wonderfully, and they have crafted some very catchy tunes.  The lyrics tend to be quite poetic as well, but the non-German speaker will still enjoy Beau Revage.  Any ska or punk head will enjoy Superpunk, particularly the spectacular album, einnmal Superpunk, bitte!

http://superpunk.de/Seiten/video_beaurivage.html

Warning: you need the quicktime player/plugin to watch the video.  You can download the video here.

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Although the Schnickelfritz Deli respects all genres of music, I always get the urge to post rap music.  So far I’ve been resurrecting only Death Row Records and Wu-Tang related cuts (can’t go wrong), so I feel like I need to expand a little.  I’m feeling international right now, so I am going to begin a new series called German Music Education.  Now for many, German Music seems like an oxymoron.  When we think of German music, we may instinctively think about stodgy polkas, scary marches, and atrocious folk ballads.  There has been, however, a lot of progress in German Music since then, and we will do our part to show that the Germans can groove beyond the traditional Schuhplatteln (which is hilarious).  I will kick off the series with the back-to-the-roots oldschool 2000 hit Da Draussen.  Enjoy:

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I can’t believe I never came across this until yesterday.  The original is great, as is the entire album, The Chronic.  But this remix does it for me, especially when the horns come in.  And you can’t go wrong with Snoop, Daz and Dre on the same track.  Ultimate dopeness incarnate:

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