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Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist

Awwww…poor amphibian t’ing!

I can relate to your Monday thread GIF, Mac; my work-week ended at 22:30 last night. (Not that I worked the entire weekend, but I did labor for good chunks of Saturday and Sunday…)


Oh well, opportunity. And more rain a’comin’ in SoCal.


Just Sven
5 years ago

Ha ha. ZOG: Making Jooooooooos work longer hours!

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist

This is seriously surreal: Joseph Goebbels had a swing band for propaganda purposes:


Goebbels knew he needed to engage—with an increasingly war-weary German public, and with the Allied servicemen whose morale he sought to undermine. This clear-eyed determination to deal with reality, not fantasy, led him to some curious accommodations. None, however, were quite so strange as his attempts to harness the dangerous attractions of dance music to Hitler’s cause. It was an effort that led directly to the creation of that oxymoron in four-bar form: a Nazi-approved, state-sponsored hot jazz band known as Charlie and His Orchestra.

I found the article fascinating for a number of reasons; worth a read, I think.

I then went to YouTube and holy shit…there are dozens of recordings!!1! Haven’t listened to most of them, but here are a couple of favorites so far. This first is notable for the heavy-handed Joo-hate, Germanic pronunciation of the title and lame Eddie Cantor “impersonation”. [WARNING: NSFW.]

This one has the vocalist trying to sing in a black blues idiom…with hilarious results:

How the hell did I not know of this stuff before yesterday?!? My folks would have herniated and/or soiled themselves laughing.

So. Freakin’. Bizarre.

Addendum: Just noticed the misspelling of “St. Louis Blues” composer W.C. Handy’s name on the record label; you go, master race! 👿

Paddy O'Furnijur
5 years ago


Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist

Good morning, Patti! 😉

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist

What’s the difference between a gun and a liberal?

A gun only has one trigger.

Paddy O'Furnijur
5 years ago

Happy “Yep, it’s a Monday”, Gerbil Nation!
Good morning, Fatwa!

Fatwa -- sorry your having to put in so much work on the weekends. Hopefully it will result in the accumulation of more geld.

Those recordings are hilariously bad!

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist

Bein’ in a service-oriented trade, we have to provide something that looks like actual service. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

(Which has been a bit tough this year due to the weather and many years of neglect re a lot of roofs. Been difficult at times to refrain from saying, “We told you three years ago this roof only had 1–2 years service life left…if you did the repairs and maintenance we recommended back then which you didn’t do…”)

It ain’t easy being Cassandra. 👿

The band in those propaganda recordings “swings” better than I’d have expected; especially the drummer. The pianist -- at least on some of the sides I listened to -- doesn’t quite “get it”; his idiom’s often okay but the feel’s wrong. And some of the horn soloists are pretty credible

But the vocalist is totally not hep. 😉