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Kaizers Orchestra's Devilishly Good Video

Before the Norwegian band disbands this week, watch a creepily infectious video for its song "Begravelsespolka."

Monday, May 13, 2013 - 05:00 PM

Kaizers Orchestra performs its last show before disbanding on May 16. Kaizers Orchestra performs its last show before disbanding on May 16.

For the past few days I've been unable to get this song by Norway's Kaizers Orchestra out of my head. Blending rock, opera, Balkan music, and a kind of alt-cabaret to great effect, the ensemble's "Begravelsespolka," or "Funeral Polka," is a brilliant, if unholy love child of Cabaret, the Dresden Dolls, and perhaps a bit of filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan.

The song comes from Kaizers Orchestra's magnum opus, Violeta, Violeta -- a tale of Faustian bargaining and heavy drinking that has spanned three albums that they've put together over the last few years.

Don't worry about the song's language (though a translation is available online). I got hooked on the music and the video’s creepy goodness, and so, I think, will you. 


Notice that frontman Janove Ottesen never sings the lines "Please allow me to introduce myself / I’m a man of wealth and taste" -- yet it's pretty clear from the beginning just who his character is. And for someone who, according to legend, has a cloven foot, he's a pretty fine tap dancer. The tap dancing, by the way, is not on the album version, so this is a rare example of a video of a song that’s actually better than the one on record. The tap dancing is, apparently, a part of the band's live show. 

Speaking of which, now that Volume III of Violeta, Violeta has been released, the band is making its first ever appearance in the U.S. -- and also its last. They will disband later this year, but not before bringing their live show to New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art this Thursday, May 16. 


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Comments [5]

Joseph from Seattle, WA

Great theater. Gogol Bordello taken up to a new place.

Jun. 27 2013 03:02 PM
Tosia from New York

My first exposure to this band and I confess I love the whole thing, creepiness and tap dancing and debonair devil. Fabulous!

May. 18 2013 09:15 AM

The best:) Fantastic

May. 16 2013 04:08 PM
Doyle from Portland, Or

So bummed we won't be able to make their only show in America. Been a fan for so long! I try to introduce as many people as I can to this Tom Waits inspired Indie-rock.

May. 14 2013 07:22 PM
st. Roger

You're all in for a treat :)

May. 14 2013 03:56 PM

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