Nov 7, 2008

Brecht, Weill, and Ray Manzarek's Record Collection

-FUPPETS- has been exposed before to the insanity that is Bertold Brecht's drama. While not the most entertaining of performances, Brecht's plays are indeed straight mind-fucks. Brecht wrote the words to the Alabama Song (also known as Whiskey Bar) and published it in his volume Hauspostille in 1927. Kurt Weill set it to music and then included it in his collaboration with Brecht, which was the opera Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny.
A recording of this opera was in the possession of Ray Manzarek, keyboardist for The Doors, and he played this Oompah Loompah song to the band as a potential song to use. The Doors being freaky fucks, decided this would be perfect, and it is included on their debut, self-titled album.
Here is the original song, from a Kurt Weill album.

Here is The Doors version.

Some of the words were changed by Jim, such as the line "show us the way to the next pretty boy," which was changed to "show me the way to the next little girl."

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