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while we’re… or: villon zum dritten

October 3, 2008

i have to admit that i am still looking out for that recording of villon songs by georges moustaki (on a 10″ vinyl, seemingly). and while looking out for this and other interesting things my gaze got attracted by a cd with four names on the cover – three of them known to me, but unexpected in its combination: villon, artmann, qualtinger, fatty george.

yes, i have to admit that i did not know that the great writer, especially great lyricist, h. c. artmann made a translation of villons poems into – the vienna dialect. and well, i do understand this translation as bad as the originals in french argot (but then i have the french argot version in a critical edition). and i also did not know that helmut qualtinger recorded these poems. and of course i did not know that fatty george provided the musical background to it – but then i have to admit also that i did not know fatty george… my only excuse is that i am not familiar at all with the austrian jazz szene – but then this is no excuse, really.

recorded in 1964, it has been published again in 1989 by – yes, preiser records. so i thought while we’re at it (see the preceeding post) we can as well make a little addition to the growing body of villon’s work on this blog. well, get it here – and enjoy!

der herr karl

October 2, 2008

i promised you some opportunism. and therefore you get herr karl. the famous monologue by helmut qualtinger, one of austrians great actors / comedians. the monologue, written in 1961, is the life story of herr karl told to a young man – but it is nothing like burroughs’ words of advice for young people (yep, it is on the spare ass annie cd)…

it is a tale of nasty egotism, him of course complaining – while being well fed, of course. it is a trip through austrian history – and…eeer…it will not help eliminating any prejudices you might have regarding austrians. but do not forget that austrians also do have a tradition of very harsh, acid and even bitter cricism of society. just to be clear: herr karl is not really funny, but my jaw dropped on several occasions, since some monstrosities are delivered so deadpan, and so…believeable. shudder… yep, the banality of evil is a phrase that can be used here as well.

but well, the strategy of herr karl seems definitly one that gets you through stormy times in history. interesting to note that although it is of course a condensed version of an opportunist, quite some arguments and parts of his reasoning seem rather familiar…

so have a listen for yourself – a recording of this monologue you can get here, ripped from vinyl, from the very interesting label preiser records, which we will meet later on again… oh – the only drawback for quite some readers will be: it is in german…

and then for the ones who like it more visual: check youtube.