Spend enough time on You’re The Man Now Dog, and you’re bound to come across one of the many parodies of the already ridiculous “Moskau,” a music video that has circled the internet a few times, creating hours of fun for cubicle-bound professionals everywhere. It’s simply impossible not to love Dschinghis Khan, in all of their “medieval viking disco queen” glory.
Apparently Mordecai Ben David felt the same way. The German band’s self-titled hit song “Dschinghis Khan,” which debuted at the 1979 Eurovision contest, was later adopted by Ben David for his Bar Mitzvah anthem, “Yidden.” A few google searches later, and it appears that Ben David made no mention of the original in his 1986 cover. And if Blog in Dm is to be believed, “Dschinghis Khan” was actually used “as a soundtrack for German pornography films.” Hot.
And while we’re on the subject of Jewish adaptations of popular music, what about the “One-Eyed One-Horned Flying Lokshen Kugel Eater?” It was years before I realized my Ortho-Jewish day school favorite was actually adopted from the “Purple People Eater,” written and performed by Sheb Wooley in 1958. (Sidenote: Purple People Eater was later made into a movie starring Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Doogie Howser… mostly likely for the benefit of stoners everywhere).
In the meantime, I propose that the “Yidden” line dance be replaced with the Dschinghis Khan choreography. Who’s with me?
PS — CK, post the damn youtube video because WordPress hates me. link
** ck note ** there ya go
arie.. uh, elle. How totally random and bizarre too. They even have a Frankie Goes to Hollywoodesque guy whose only job in the band is to dance like a freak. How on earth did frum musical artistes even get access to Dschinghis Khan’s ouevre in order to plagiarize from them???