Mein Kleiner Grüner Kaktus: German novelty tune WILL MAKE YOU HAPPY


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#2

Ya, now ima in da goot moot.


#3

Saw it was the Comedian Harmonists and was expecting a video of a gramophone. Seriously, interested folks should read up on the history of the original group. And seek them out, some good stuff on YouTube.


#4

Ah, now I see that it's Andre Rieu. If you're in the US you should look him up too.


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Whee! Here's Max Raabe's version, if you like things more on the deadpan side (I am a fan of both): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjMw0kEw6B0


#7

This always reminds me of german comedian Otto Waalkes' version I saw as a child. He's been doing that skit since the 70's: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygc3mLnrLZw


#8

It's cute, but what is the song about? No Sprechen sie deutsche.


#9

there's a good translation at http://lyricstranslate.com/en/mein-kleiner-gruener-kaktus-my-small-green-cactus.html


#10

There's a pretty good movie about the group from 1997. We watched it in German class when I was in undergrad. It's called "The Harmonists."


#11

It puts me in the mind of something Danny Kaye would do. For example:

of course, the first place I heard the tune, (which was of English origin anyhow) was a Swedish version featured in the film My Life As A Dog, which to my anglophone ears is closer-sounding to the OP--couldn't find a video, unfortunately.


#12

Our local PBS station plays Andre Rieu during their pledge week, the same day they play Doo-Wop and Lawrence Welk.

It's sort of a shame that he gets pidgeonholed in with Welk, because he was, well, um.


#13

Yeah, there's really nothing in the US that correlates to Rieu.


#14

During those times when they're not busy marching across Europe those Germans can be quite an entertaining lot.


#15

Thanks for a fine example for what makes american humor superior - the originality!


#16

While the humour depends much more on a knowledge of Spanish, Les Luthiers have some good tunes. They make a number of novelty instruments too, which is pretty cool.


#17

Ack! Es braucht mehr Kuhglocke!


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