Ko-Ko’s List has never sounded more scary

…and it’s not even because it’s in German, but you have to admit the performer’s – Max Pallenberg from Austria, who even had a street in Vienna named after him in 1955 – rendition does display some similarities to a certain dictator from the mid-20th century.

Also, the image the poster used for the video is a rather creepy one.

In “The Life and Reminiscences of Jessie Bond”, Jessie laments the Germans having modernised and thus “mangled” “The Mikado”, referring to things like radios and cars. This recording is from 1923, and it’s most likely that she was talking about this particular interpretation. Pallenbergs mentions a gramophone rather than a radio, but the fault here may lie with Jessie, who had only heard of the German production, but who never actually saw it. Here, his Ko-Ko has put on his list people who have a gramophone with only one record and who keep playing it from noon to 7 pm.

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