Gaijin Smash

We’ll Always Have Moskau

Posted in Blog by gaijinsmashnet on November 16, 2006

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I went to a ninensei class with Ms. Americanized at the Ghetto School. This year, the Ministry of Education and Evil Torture or whatever the fuck it is changed to an updated version of the New Horizon textbooks. I haven’t had too good a look of it yet, but a lot of the changes seem superficial – for example, instead of Yumi asking for a glass of orange juice, Emi now asks for a glass of water. …Yeah, I don’t get it either. But I suppose the new texts do contain a lot of new stuff.
Among that new stuff are English songs. The ninensei book starts with stuff about American baseball (complete with pictures of Ichiro and Matsui so that Japanese people will actually feel compelled to give a damn), therefore the first song is “Take Me Out To The Ballgame”. …There is something oddly surreal about a class of 30 13 to 14 year old Japanese kids singing “Take Me Out To The Ballgame”. And, somehow, patriotic. I skimmed ahead in the book hoping to find “The Star Spangled Banner” but sadly it wasn’t there. Man, if I could get even just one school of kids to have to stand up and sing America’s national anthem, that’d be like the greatest Gaijin Smash since Commodore Perry.


…Ahem. Anyway, as entertaining as it was, it wasn’t nearly as good as the time Ms. Americanized had them singing…er…rapping to Tupac. Just remembering that causes me to break into a smile no matter what time of day/state of mind.
Anyway, after a few rounds of “Take Me Out”, one boy raised his hand to ask a question…
Boy: Teacher?
Ms. Americanized: Yes?
Boy: Why does this textbook have songs? We didn’t sing any songs last year.
Ms. Amercanized: Well, apparently the Ministry of English and Harry Potter took a survey of students to find out what kinds of English they wanted to learn about. Songs were a popular choice, so the new textbooks were designed to incorporate more songs.
Boy: Really? Like what?
Ms. Americanized: …I dunno, stuff like…(flips through the book), hey, here’s John Lennon.
Boy: Do they have Moskau?
Ms. Americanized: …Moskau?
Me: …Moskau? …No, he can’t possibly mean…
Boy: …You know! “Moskau! Please respect Retardia!”*
Me: …!! “Whoops, I need insurance card!”
Me, Boy: Oroh ho ho ho ho. Hey!
Ms. Americanized: ……WTF?!
…If you find yourself “WTF’ing” alongside Ms. Americanized, then you aren’t familiar with the 70’s disco song “Moskau” by the Russian group Dschingis Khan. Click here
to acquaint yourself with seven different kinds of beefy, spicy awesomeness.
*He didn’t actually say those words, just whatever made those sounds in Japanese gibberish. …Note that those words aren’t the actual song lyrics either.
After class, the boy came up to the front to confirm that I did, indeed, know Moskau. We broke out into another burst of glorious gibberish verse, but this time the boy got on the floor and did the Evil Santa Claus dance. …Ms. Americanized at this point, looks as if someone has just punched her in the face then told her they loved her. “Don’t you know Moskau?” the boy asks. “Yeah, I know it,” Ms. Americanized says, “what I’m wondering is how YOU know it. Didn’t that song come out in the 70’s? That’s like 20 years before you were even concieved! How do you know this song?”
The boy simply shrugs. “The internet’s a hell of a thing.”
…Truer words were never spoken.
Upon a subsequent trip to karaoke, I confirmed that yes, Moskau is in the database library. Which is another baffling aspect of karaoke, IMHO – keep that in mind when you are looking for your favorite song in vain, that you can always sing (or at least try to sing) Dschingis Khan’s Moskau. In fact, you SHOULD sing Moskau. No trip to karaoke would be complete without it. And clear away the tables and do the dancing too. Especially the Evil Santa Claus crouching roundhouse dance. I command it.

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  1. Blinky said, on November 16, 2006 at 4:37 am

    That is going on myspace. I’ve been looking for that song forever.

  2. Thomas said, on November 16, 2006 at 4:45 am

    Moskau, Moskau,
    Russland ist ein schönes Land,
    werft die Gläser an die Wand
    hohoho – hey
    Moskau, Moskau……..

  3. flocki said, on November 16, 2006 at 5:10 am

    Nice story. Just wanted to add, that Dschinghis Khan is not a Russian band, it is – or should i say was – from Germany. Not a single line in the song “Moskau” except for “Moskau” is Russian. And from what i have experienced it can be found on any karaoke-machine.

  4. Brad said, on November 16, 2006 at 6:04 am

    I am unfamiliar with both Moskau and the Evil Santa Claus dance.
    And here I thought I was cool.

  5. Danny said, on November 16, 2006 at 6:08 am

    That Dschingis Khan song and video was the best thing I’ve ever seen/heard. I thought you’re stories were entertaining enough but you stepped the fun up a notch. Thank you.

  6. Daniel Reutter said, on November 16, 2006 at 6:19 am

    I want to stress that, while being in Europe, Germany (where this song originates (yes, even Germans think that’s strange)) is no part and was never part of Russia.
    Okay, part of Germany has been part of the Soviet Union but that’s only partially Russian, so you catch my drift.
    Anyways, knowing that this shitty song is (somehow) popular in America or Japan is just scary.
    But as this clever boy (yet uncultivated in his music taste) pointed out: The internet is a hell of a thing.
    P.S.:
    Please respect Retardia! That’s the killer!

  7. Swisside said, on November 16, 2006 at 6:23 am

    Hey Jeff,
    as much as I love your writing, I was kind of disappointed at your writing. That song Moskau is not gibberish, it’s German (Moskau means Moscow and Dschingis Khan is the German spelling of Genghis Khan. For your education, I enclosed a quick and sloppy translation of the song:
    Moskau, fremd und geheimnisvoll,
    (Moscow, alien and misterious)
    Türme aus rotem Gold, kalt wie das Eis.
    (Towers made of red gold, cold like ice)
    Moskau, doch wer dich wirklich kennt,
    (Moscow, who really knows you though,)
    der weiß, ein Feuer brennt in dir so heiß.
    (knows, that a hot fire burns in you)
    Kosaken hej, hej, hej, leert die Gläser, Natascha ha, ha, ha, du bist schön.
    (Cossacs, hej, hej, hej, empty your glasses, Natacha, ha, ha, ha, you’re beautiful)
    Tawaritsch hej, hej, hej, auf das Leben,
    (Tavaritsh, hej, hej, hej, to live,)
    auf dein Wohl, Bruder hej Bruder ho! Hej, hej, hej, hej!
    (cheers, Brother hej Brother ho! Hej, hej, hej, hej!)
    Moskau, Moskau, wirf die Gläser an die Wand,
    (Moscow, Moscow, throw you glasses at the wall,)
    Rußland ist ein schönes Land, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho! Hej!
    (Russia is a beautiful land, ho,ho,ho,ho,ho! Hej!)
    Moskau, Moskau, deine Seele ist so groß,
    (Moscow, Moscow, your soul is so big,)
    Nachts da ist der Teufel los, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha! Hej!
    (During the night all hell is let loose, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha! Hej!)
    Moskau, Moskau, Liebe schmeckt wie Kaviar,
    (Moscow, Moscow, love tastes like Caviar, [if they mean Pussy that’s true :-)])
    Mädchen sind zum küssen da, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho!
    (Girls are here for kissing, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho!)
    Moskau, Moskau, komm wir tanzen auf dem Tisch,
    (Moscow, Moscow, let’s dance on the table,)
    bis der Tisch zusammenbricht, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!
    (until the table breaks, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!)
    Moskau, Tor zur Vergangenheit, Spiegel der Zarenzeit, rot wie das Blut.
    (Moscow, door to the past, mirror of the times of Czars, red like blood.)
    Moskau, wer deine Seele kennt, der weiß, die Liebe brennt heiß wie die Glut
    (Moscow, who knows your soul, knows, that love burns hot like embers)
    Kosaken hej, hej, hej, leert die Gläser, Natascha ha, ha, ha, du bist schön.
    (Cossacs hej, hej, hej, empty your glasses, Natasha, ha, ha, ha, you’re beautiful)
    Tawaritsch hej, hej, hej, auf das Leben,
    (Tavaritsh, hej, hej, hej, to live,)
    auf dein Wohl, Bruder hej Bruder ho! Hej, hej, hej, hej!
    (cheers, Brother hej Brother ho! Hej, hej, hej, hej!)
    Moskau, Moskau, Wodka trinkt man pur und kalt,
    (Moscow, Moscow, one drinks Vodka pure and cold)
    das macht hundert Jahre alt, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho! Hej!
    (this makes you a hundred years old, ho, ho, ho. ho! Hej!)
    Moskau, Moskau, Väterchen dein Glas ist leer,
    (Moskau, Moskau, father [Väterchen is a pejorative term for father, for the correct English translation read some famous Russian author like Tolstoi] your glass is empty)
    doch im Keller ist noch mehr, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha! Hej
    (but there’s more in the cellar, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, Hej!)
    Cheers
    Swisside

  8. Swisside said, on November 16, 2006 at 6:24 am

    Moskau, fremd und geheimnisvoll,
    (Moscow, alien and misterious)
    Türme aus rotem Gold, kalt wie das Eis.
    (Towers made of red gold, cold like ice)
    Moskau, doch wer dich wirklich kennt,
    (Moscow, who really knows you though,)
    der weiß, ein Feuer brennt in dir so heiß.
    (knows, that a hot fire burns in you)
    Kosaken hej, hej, hej, leert die Gläser, Natascha ha, ha, ha, du bist schön.
    (Cossacs, hej, hej, hej, empty your glasses, Natacha, ha, ha, ha, you’re beautiful)
    Tawaritsch hej, hej, hej, auf das Leben,
    (Tavaritsh, hej, hej, hej, to live,)
    auf dein Wohl, Bruder hej Bruder ho! Hej, hej, hej, hej!
    (cheers, Brother hej Brother ho! Hej, hej, hej, hej!)
    Moskau, Moskau, wirf die Gläser an die Wand,
    (Moscow, Moscow, throw you glasses at the wall,)
    Rußland ist ein schönes Land, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho! Hej!
    (Russia is a beautiful land, ho,ho,ho,ho,ho! Hej!)
    Moskau, Moskau, deine Seele ist so groß,
    (Moscow, Moscow, your soul is so big,)
    Nachts da ist der Teufel los, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha! Hej!
    (During the night all hell is let loose, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha! Hej!)
    Moskau, Moskau, Liebe schmeckt wie Kaviar,
    (Moscow, Moscow, love tastes like Caviar, [if they mean Pussy that’s true :-)])
    Mädchen sind zum küssen da, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho!
    (Girls are here for kissing, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho!)
    Moskau, Moskau, komm wir tanzen auf dem Tisch,
    (Moscow, Moscow, let’s dance on the table,)
    bis der Tisch zusammenbricht, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!
    (until the table breaks, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!)
    Moskau, Tor zur Vergangenheit, Spiegel der Zarenzeit, rot wie das Blut.
    (Moscow, door to the past, mirror of the times of Czars, red like blood.)
    Moskau, wer deine Seele kennt, der weiß, die Liebe brennt heiß wie die Glut
    (Moscow, who knows your soul, knows, that love burns hot like embers)
    Kosaken hej, hej, hej, leert die Gläser, Natascha ha, ha, ha, du bist schön.
    (Cossacs hej, hej, hej, empty your glasses, Natasha, ha, ha, ha, you’re beautiful)
    Tawaritsch hej, hej, hej, auf das Leben,
    (Tavaritsh, hej, hej, hej, to live,)
    auf dein Wohl, Bruder hej Bruder ho! Hej, hej, hej, hej!
    (cheers, Brother hej Brother ho! Hej, hej, hej, hej!)
    Moskau, Moskau, Wodka trinkt man pur und kalt,
    (Moscow, Moscow, one drinks Vodka pure and cold)
    das macht hundert Jahre alt, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho! Hej!
    (this makes you a hundred years old, ho, ho, ho. ho! Hej!)
    Moskau, Moskau, Väterchen dein Glas ist leer,
    (Moskau, Moskau, father [Väterchen is a pejorative term for father, for the correct English translation read some famous Russian author like Tolstoi] your glass is empty)
    doch im Keller ist noch mehr, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha! Hej
    (but there’s more in the cellar, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, Hej!)

  9. Kelldroth said, on November 16, 2006 at 6:41 am

    Moskau is one of the most rockin song/dances ever made! After discovering it on YouTube a months or so ago, my friends and I have vowed to perform our own dance rendition of it for a local “Geek Week” event. Now if only we could find someone who can so Louis’ (that would be your evil santa claus) dance. The basic steps are easy, but the spins/ breakdancing and whatnot are pretty damn hard, particularly if you attempt them with the flair that that man put into it (he sadly died of Aids several years back).

  10. Meg said, on November 16, 2006 at 7:12 am

    😀 That video was the best music video I’ve seen in…ever.
    I shoulda been born in the 70s.

  11. Alex said, on November 16, 2006 at 7:34 am

    Despite singing about Moscow, Dschingis Khan are in fact German, or at least sing in German. Y’see, Moskau is the German spelling of Moscow, in Russian the city’s actually called Moskva. How do I know this? The internet’s a hell of a thing :).
    For a brief moment I thought the boy was talking about Moskau by Rammstein (sadly, not a cover version) and the brief thought of a Japanese kid randomly spouting off German heavy metal in class got a good laugh out of me. Of course, then I found out he was randomly spouting off German disco with his gaijin teacher joining in, which made me laugh even harder.

  12. john said, on November 16, 2006 at 8:21 am

    Dschingis Khan is actually German, I have an entire album of theirs and it is actually entertaining, in a language I don’t fully understand way.

  13. Alexander said, on November 16, 2006 at 9:22 am

    Well, an interesting fact is, that both songs “Dschinghis Khan” and “Moskau” ranked #1 in the international pop charts in Japan in 1979 in the original german language version :).

  14. Alexander said, on November 16, 2006 at 9:24 am

    Uh, as an addition: Dschingis Khan (the band) topped the charts in Soviet Union, Australia and Israel (only german artist ever so far to succeed in Israel) as well.

  15. Mary Catherine said, on November 16, 2006 at 9:26 am

    I think the “gibberish” he was talking about was called “gibberish” because neither or them could actually decipher the words in the song…German, Russian, Swahili…whatever the language, whatever song it may be. They just sang what they heard. Singing a song in a language that one isn’t familiar with is fairly difficult and will probably sound like gibberish no matter what. I know I probably sound ridiculous singing Turkish songs since I don’t know any Turkish (and I refer to Turkish because I have a Tarkan cd that I’ve had for years and I think I know the words…but I just sing what I hear).
    Some of you guys are really hard on that little comment, sheesh, lighten up.
    Mary Catherine

  16. Katie said, on November 16, 2006 at 10:44 am

    MOSKAU FOR THE WIN!!!!
    Of course, that song/video has a special meaning for “Bleach” fans.
    Why? Watch the original video, and then watch this: http://youtube.com/watch?v=NCjQARf01o8.
    [/pointless randomness that nobody gives a shit about]

  17. Crazy European Guy said, on November 16, 2006 at 11:24 am

    Seriously, in Europe we look at the moskau-video and laugh. It is one of the most disturbed shit coming out of the seventies… And serously, drinking alcohol and having a pre-party with german disco is always a good idea.

  18. Chris said, on November 16, 2006 at 11:59 am

    Danny:
    Thanks for the info that Germany is not part of Russia. I’m sure we’re all very glad to have that cleared up. You might have added that neither are France, Poland, Finland, England and Italy (or indeed, the US), to prevent understandable confusion.
    And on the subject of the Soviet Union… sorry to disappoint, but Germany was never part of it. That’s because the Soviet Union was not identical with the Eastern Block.
    Also, please note that Canada is not part of the US, and the US was never officially part of Mexico.

  19. All_Star25 said, on November 16, 2006 at 12:24 pm

    I saw the title for this in the RSS feed and wondered, “…could it be THAT ‘Moskau’?” My suspicions proved correct, and I thoroughly enjoyed this entry. The internet is indeed a hell of a thing.

  20. Anonymous said, on November 16, 2006 at 12:54 pm

    “Please respect retardia.”
    “Whoops I need an insurance card.”
    Haha. Your version of Moskau is slightly better than the original.

  21. Anonymous said, on November 16, 2006 at 12:54 pm

    “Please respect retardia.”
    “Whoops I need an insurance card.”
    Haha. Your version of Moskau is slightly better than the original.

  22. Paralel said, on November 16, 2006 at 1:44 pm

    Hey, AZ, I think you and your students will like this version on YouTube better:

  23. Greg said, on November 16, 2006 at 2:08 pm

    I don’t know whether to cry, stab my eyes out or giggle like a Japanese school girl . . . if I weren’t chewing gum or I was a better multi-tasker I might try and do all 3/4.

  24. Kim said, on November 16, 2006 at 3:23 pm

    There is actually an English version of Moskau. It is called, interestingly enough (not) Moscow. Not sure if it is by the same original band, though it sounds like it. It doesn’t appear to be on YouTube but I have the mp3.

  25. Dave said, on November 16, 2006 at 4:11 pm

    For Ms. Americanized, the funny Japanese version:
    http://pya.cc/pyaimg/pimg.php?imgid=16420
    And lyrics (kind of)
    http://d.hatena.ne.jp/lovelovedog/20050803#p1

  26. Mr. Bomberman said, on November 16, 2006 at 4:34 pm


    Wow

  27. Anonymous said, on November 16, 2006 at 4:35 pm

    Shoot, Mary Catherine already beat me to it. “Whoops I need insurance card”? Haha, oh wow. That’s *one* way to remember the lyrics… ^^
    But yeah, that AMV is how I was exposed to the song as well. The original entry (with higher quality than YouTube) is:
    http://www.animemusicvideos.org/members/members_videoinfo.php?v=79882

  28. Anonymous said, on November 16, 2006 at 4:35 pm

    Shoot, Mary Catherine already beat me to it. “Whoops I need insurance card”? Haha, oh wow. That’s *one* way to remember the lyrics… ^^
    But yeah, that AMV is how I was exposed to the song as well. The original entry (with higher quality than YouTube) is:
    http://www.animemusicvideos.org/members/members_videoinfo.php?v=79882

  29. Indoolio said, on November 16, 2006 at 5:39 pm

    Hehe. Man. It’s really nice to see new stuff on here. That was pretty awesome. And hilarious.
    It was original, right? Or am I having a momentary lapse in memory?

  30. David said, on November 16, 2006 at 6:51 pm

    Awesome stuff. Nice to see the new content in additition to the already-great old stuff 🙂

  31. xercess said, on November 16, 2006 at 7:06 pm

    here’s power rangers set to Moskau (the good original ones)

    :0

  32. Gunlord said, on November 16, 2006 at 11:10 pm

    God damn, I love Gaijin Smash 😄 Oh, just in case you’re interested, here’s some more Dschingis Khan:

    Fukken crazy 😄

  33. Neil said, on November 16, 2006 at 11:31 pm

    Haha! Usually I don’t comment, but I had to at least say Moskau was honestly the thing that made my day.
    And it’s 11:30, so it’d be tough for anything to beat it.

  34. Saben said, on November 16, 2006 at 11:59 pm

    Here’s the version of the lyrics Az is referring to, I believe.
    Please Respect Retardia.
    Moskau, Moskau!
    Filthy ways to underpants,
    Whoops, I need insurance card,
    Ohroh ho ho ho ho, HEY!
    Moskau, Moskau!
    Time is real and it’s so close,
    Nast is out a barf a close,
    Ahrah ha ha ha ha, HEY!
    Moskau, Moskau!
    Please respect Retardia,
    Men will drink some spit with towel,
    Ohroh ho ho ho ho, HEY!
    Moskau, Moskau!
    Come and have some humper fish,
    This will dish some underzit,
    Ha ha ha ha ha!
    Mos-skau,
    Tool to fun gungan hide,
    Spielberg, it’s hot inside,
    Hold me, that’s good…
    Moo moo moo moo moo moo moo Mos-skau,
    When I’m in sealant pain,
    There lies the even pain,
    High speed is good…
    What I can hate, hey, hey ye ol’ bee laser!
    (Hey, hey!)
    But I can ha, ha, ha your bosom!
    (Ha, ha!)
    And I can hey, hey, hey believer!
    (Hey, hey!)
    But I can bowl tension, your tension hooo-ooooo-oood!
    (Hey, hey, hey, hey!)
    Moskau, Moskau!
    Filthy ways to underpants,
    Whoops, I need insurance card,
    Ohroh ho ho ho ho, HEY!
    Moskau, Moskau!
    Time is real and it’s so close,
    Nast is out a barf a close,
    Ahrah ha ha ha ha, HEY!
    Mooskaauu,
    La la la la la la la,
    La la la la la la la,
    Ho ho ho ho ho, HEY!
    Moskau!
    (Moskau!)
    La la la la la la,
    La la la la la la,
    Ha ha ha ha ha!
    (Lots of “OOOOHHHH-ing” to the instruments)
    (Moskau! Moskau!)
    (Bass voice)
    Moskau, Moskau!
    Look, I drink my food with pride,
    Yes, my tune medallion hide,
    Ho ho ho ho ho, hey!
    Moskau, Moskau!
    Favour in gin glasses split,
    Duck, you can not in DOS fit,
    Ha ha ha ha ha!
    (Moskau!)
    (Moskau!)
    What I can hate, hey, hey ye ol’ bee laser!
    (Hey, hey!)
    But I can ha, ha, ha your bosom!
    (Ha, ha!)
    And I can hey, hey, hey believer!
    (Hey, hey!)
    But I run through the hill for your hooo-oooo-oood!
    (Hey, hey, hey, hey!)
    Moskau, Moskau!
    Filthy ways to underwear,
    Whoops, I need insurance card,
    Ohroh ho ho ho ho, HEY!
    Moskau, Moskau!
    Time is real and it’s so close,
    Nast is out a barf a close,
    Ahrah ha ha ha ha, HEY!
    Moskau, Moskau!
    Please respect Retardia,
    Men will drink some spit with towel,
    Ohroh ho ho ho ho, HEY!
    Moskau, Moskau!
    Come and have some humper fish,
    This will dish some underzit,
    Ha ha ha ha ha, HEY!
    Found here:
    http://community.livejournal.com/found_online/85385.html?mode=reply
    (Az’s Note: THANK YOU! I’ve been looking for those forever.)

  35. Anonymous said, on November 17, 2006 at 5:53 am

    Do these original entries take place in between the reposts that they’re posted between? If so, that’s gonna screw up the chronological order when the dates are changed to the originals for the reposts.
    But mainly, I’m wondering if the kid knew about it from YTMND. That’s where I know it from, anyway. http://moskaudance.ytmnd.com/

  36. Anonymous said, on November 17, 2006 at 5:53 am

    Do these original entries take place in between the reposts that they’re posted between? If so, that’s gonna screw up the chronological order when the dates are changed to the originals for the reposts.
    But mainly, I’m wondering if the kid knew about it from YTMND. That’s where I know it from, anyway. http://moskaudance.ytmnd.com/

  37. Tower said, on November 17, 2006 at 6:59 am

    Cool but the guy out of Boney M is more impressive as a dancer.
    All they is that guy performing with the Moskau people and it would be mind-blowingly awesome.

  38. Anonymous said, on November 17, 2006 at 12:15 pm

    im really really shocked…
    moskau, the drunken bawl smash hit,
    is known by americans and japanese….
    and so many germans (like i am) read this too??
    anyway if u liked moskau
    maybe u wanna check out there other [atleast in germany..) very known song
    Dschinghis Khan at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jVyjfTLDNU

  39. Anonymous said, on November 17, 2006 at 12:15 pm

    im really really shocked…
    moskau, the drunken bawl smash hit,
    is known by americans and japanese….
    and so many germans (like i am) read this too??
    anyway if u liked moskau
    maybe u wanna check out there other [atleast in germany..) very known song
    Dschinghis Khan at

  40. Zantetsu said, on November 17, 2006 at 2:53 pm

    That song is awesome… And indeed, that boy’s enlightened to the great web.

  41. Anonymous said, on November 17, 2006 at 7:47 pm

    Tower, thank you for that wonderful Boney M video, it made my night.
    I was just about to suggest, that maybe, for shits and giggles, you could get some of your students to sing “Rah Rah Rasputin,” though as great as German disco is, German 80’s rock is better. The WTF factor of Nena’s “Irgendwie, Irgendwo, Irgendwann” cannot be matched my anything else http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdPuSW2Loc4
    and Udo Lindenberg’s “Sonderzug nach Moskau” is one wondefully addictive.

  42. Anonymous said, on November 17, 2006 at 7:47 pm

    Tower, thank you for that wonderful Boney M video, it made my night.
    I was just about to suggest, that maybe, for shits and giggles, you could get some of your students to sing “Rah Rah Rasputin,” though as great as German disco is, German 80’s rock is better. The WTF factor of Nena’s “Irgendwie, Irgendwo, Irgendwann” cannot be matched my anything else


    and Udo Lindenberg’s “Sonderzug nach Moskau” is one wondefully addictive.

  43. Peter said, on November 18, 2006 at 8:13 am

    I would like to point out that there are some very very dark parts of german history. Many Germans even today feel embarrassed to talk about that. So please try not to mention too much of these… horrible crimes to the mankind…

  44. Anonymous said, on November 18, 2006 at 5:26 pm

    How could you read the 4 consonant part of Dschingis Khan and not instantly realize they are german? As those germans sure like their consonants, eh?

  45. Anonymous said, on November 18, 2006 at 5:26 pm

    How could you read the 4 consonant part of Dschingis Khan and not instantly realize they are german? As those germans sure like their consonants, eh?

  46. Paul said, on November 19, 2006 at 4:34 am

    Haha, I read this on Friday, then today (Sunday) when I was getting a ride from my B&B to Nikko station, Moskau was playing on the radio! I guess this song is making a comeback in Japan.

  47. Udon said, on November 19, 2006 at 9:10 am

    Moskau is, like, the greatest song EVAR. I saw it in the karaoke book last time I was out and nearly fainted.

  48. The ShanMonster said, on November 19, 2006 at 10:56 am

    In case you’re interested, the same band also did a “Japanese” song: Samurai.
    Check out the hokey video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvE6CZNxJpI

  49. Anonymous said, on November 19, 2006 at 8:45 pm

    Having never heard this song ever in my life i needed to find out what this whole thing was all about… Youtube+genius… What was even more amazing was that literally the next day i find myself at the Crocs vs Hawks por Austrlian basketball game.. Middle of the third quarter.. and what plays? The game just wont ever be the same…….

  50. Anonymous said, on November 19, 2006 at 8:45 pm

    Having never heard this song ever in my life i needed to find out what this whole thing was all about… Youtube+genius… What was even more amazing was that literally the next day i find myself at the Crocs vs Hawks por Austrlian basketball game.. Middle of the third quarter.. and what plays? The game just wont ever be the same…….

  51. Asle said, on November 19, 2006 at 11:05 pm

    One of the best comment posts I have seen on this Site.

  52. Rachel said, on November 22, 2006 at 6:13 pm

    Hahaha! I actually just saw the ytmnd the day before I read this post…Kinda creepy.
    Anyway, did a little research. Found out what the kid had probably seen to familiarize him with this ancient German hit…
    http://pya.cc/pyaimg/pimg.php?imgid=16420
    Cats and all.

  53. Roman said, on November 23, 2006 at 7:32 am

    Hallo! I am, actually, from Russia, so i can assure you all, that song is not Russian! However it’s also quite popular here, really don’t know why. Thanks for your stories, they are pretty cool. Hm… it’s a bit strange to look for some information about Japan and find this, but… “The internet’s a hell of a thing.”

  54. Leonidas said, on November 30, 2006 at 8:47 am

    “Moskau” is a nice song for a big party when everybody is quite drunk start to form up into a circle and try to dance Cossachok/Kasatschok together (see the videos … means getting into a kind of squat and dancing from this position (throwing the legs without toppling over)).
    However, I can’t put japanese kids and this song together in my head. It just doesn’t add up. Awful. Won’t be long and they will discover the NDW (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neue_Deutsche_Welle). Nooooooo! 🙂

  55. Anonymous said, on December 10, 2006 at 11:26 am

    dschenglish.ytmnd.com

  56. Anonymous said, on December 10, 2006 at 11:26 am

    dschenglish.ytmnd.com

  57. soumakyo said, on December 17, 2006 at 11:36 am

    I actually only know Moskau from Japanese karaoke. In fact, when I was in nagoya I was with a lot of international student, some of them german. And when we went karaokeing, they didn’t have such a broad choice of german song, thus singing Moskau.
    It’s actually pretty fun when everyone knows it and just shout it along.

  58. Captn_Muesli said, on December 20, 2006 at 7:43 am

    you’re stories are awesome! they are *so* true!
    my friends (Japanese, I’m German) didn’t know Moskau, but they know (and like) Rammstein and Kraftwerk… Hell, not even I knew Kraftwerk!

  59. Hebi said, on December 27, 2006 at 7:42 am

    I can just ask myself (again); WTF is up with everyones picture of german music? I, also, am german (never mind the nick) and I’m actually very happy that neither our boybands (*yuck*) nor our “rap” seems to reach the rest of the world, but why disco and NDW?! o_Ô
    I don’t get it. I’m familiar with the “dark side” of german music, and I was positively surprised that stuff like Rammstein, Kraftwerk, Megaherz or Oomph! is popular in other countries, but the Dschingis Khan stuff (though I already noticed it’s presence on the net) really disturbs me.
    One last thing about konsonants: whoever posted that comment about german language being full of consonants, first keep in mind that “sch” ist practically just one, exactly like “sh” in english. Second: try to pronounce Sdrasdwuijtje (russian greeting, with *soft* S, not sure if there’s an example for this in english), and tell me again, we’d have too many consonants!
    so then, bye.
    ps: I just wanted to mention that there’s quite an amount of gaijin-smash readers/fans over here, taken alone those I know. So, gambate! We’re allways looking forward to your stuff, Az!

  60. Anonymous said, on January 2, 2007 at 8:22 pm

    hah. It’s like the numa numa song twenty years ago… Except German, not romanian. I’m pretty sure both were number one hits on Japanese charts for a while…*shudder* >____>;;

  61. Anonymous said, on January 2, 2007 at 8:22 pm

    hah. It’s like the numa numa song twenty years ago… Except German, not romanian. I’m pretty sure both were number one hits on Japanese charts for a while…*shudder* >____>;;

  62. The Lunatic said, on January 10, 2007 at 2:56 am

    Awesome!!! I love Dschighis Khan!!! I bought all their songs. (I also totally dig the rest of their songs, most which are entertaining and have ridiculous lyrics as well.)
    Amazing that anyone knows about that band, since I thought they had faded into obscurity. (I only knew about them because my mum likes their music, and thusly, I grew to like it too.)
    Blame being an Art Major for enjoying the crazy dancing and sparkly clothes though. Oh yeah, and the History references. Gotta love learning about Pre-Communist Russia.
    It’s entertaining AND Educational!!!

  63. Rioting Soul said, on January 25, 2007 at 6:17 am

    Me: …Moskau? …No, he can’t possibly mean…
    Boy: …You know! “Moskau! Please respect Retardia!”*
    Me: …!! “Whoops, I need insurance card!”
    Me, Boy: Oroh ho ho ho ho. Hey!
    Ms. Americanized: ……WTF?!
    [Zangief]That was beautiful.[/Zangief]
    *I’m aware it’s German.

  64. Anonymous said, on February 26, 2007 at 11:15 am

    >>No trip to karaoke would be complete without it.
    >>And clear away the tables and do the dancing too.
    >>Especially the Evil Santa Claus crouching
    >>roundhouse dance.
    This article was glorious. And I’m 85% sure that kid’s a 2chan regular now.

  65. Jeff said, on March 4, 2007 at 5:39 pm

    I think you would probably like this ytmnd of it.
    http://moskaufighters.ytmnd.com/

  66. ModusOperandi said, on April 3, 2007 at 11:46 pm

    Oh.My.God.
    I just had the greatest laughfest since I got back to school, dude. Your other stuff makes me laugh. alot. but this? omg. I think i developed a six pack from laughing so much. I think I’ll be bursting out in giggles in my sleep just thinking about it! my anthro teacher’s prolly gonna think I’ve gone insane tomorrow!

  67. Aangfish said, on June 17, 2007 at 11:56 pm

    I go around singing the weird lyric version now. Moskau, Moskau, please respect Retardia~

  68. Anonymous said, on June 27, 2007 at 6:04 pm

    I would have thought he meant Moskau by Rammstein or something…

  69. Anonymous said, on June 27, 2007 at 6:04 pm

    I would have thought he meant Moskau by Rammstein or something…

  70. Jenny said, on August 21, 2007 at 6:09 pm

    On the complete opposite end of the spectrum, I imagine those 30 Japanese kids singing “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” was really similar to seeing 30 black kids from the south side of Chicago singing an Ulfuls song (“Baka Survivor”). Surreal indeed.

  71. Suraht said, on September 4, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    I know this is about a year or so old, but I just ran across this blog, and have been reading through it.
    I had a short clip of that video as my standard avatar I’d use on message boards, and would generally link the video in my signature. Interesting fun fact, there is an english version of that song, on Youtube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDnLIYd0hZY

  72. Anonymous said, on January 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    What’s really surprising is that this song is German and has absolutely nothing to do with English lessons. 😀

  73. Anonymous said, on January 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    What’s really surprising is that this song is German and has absolutely nothing to do with English lessons. 😀

  74. Scalenex said, on February 25, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    I like to think I have a good grasp of the German language having studying it four years in High School and three and a half in college but I wasn’t even able to tell they were singing in German until I read the lyrics in text. Mein Deutsch ist ein bischen rustig!


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