We're headed out to celebrate Oktoberfest tonight. It's an annual party to celebrate the marriage of King Ludwig of Bavaria to his bride, Terese. It's also a big excuse to drink beer and party like a Bavarian.
We'll mark the occasion with a list of German and German-language music.
5. "Hände zum Himmel" - Hansi Hinterseer. The first time we went to Germany, we settled into our hotel, turned on the TV, and quickly went "what the holy hell is that?" 'That' was Hansi, an Austrian former Olympic skier who has gone on to a huge career as a folk singer. Now you to can wonder just what the hell did I just see...
4. "Rock You Like a Hurricane" - The Scorpions. Probably the most popular German band to hit it big in the states, The Scorps know how to lay down a commercial lick...and sing it in English too...to be able to sell millions and millions of records.
3. "99 Luftballons" - Nena. How to make it harder to break into America if you're a foreign singer? Do it in your native language. Although Nena recorded an English language version of this anti-war song, it's the German language one that lives on.
2. "Autobahn" - Kraftwerk. A rousing rocker to the fun that is driving on the autobahn with no limits. Believe me, this is a very freeing thing to do.
1. "Der Kommisar" - Falco. Many versions, including English, have been put out but Falco's original German version is the best with this semi-rapping ode to criminal street life.
We'll be having fun at Oktoberfest tonight and hope you do too. Keep some of these German tunes in mind when you do.
Like the music? Come by The Musick Channel Garage Sale and pick up some classic vinyl albums, along to other merchandise.
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