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The Spin I’m In: History Lessons

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"Rocking Son of Dschinghis Khan"

Hu-Ha: Dschinghis Khan Greatest Hits

When a lyricist decides to tackle an historical event or figure it's not an easy task. Sometimes it turns out to be a moving (or at least informational) experience and other times it's a wha? huh? 

Now some people like to hear these stories told in somber Folk, others like them told in feisty Country songs. My personal preference is learning History from German Disco bands, preferably with costumes and historical inaccuracies: I had no idea that Genghis Khan had a rocking son. Boney M's Ma Baker (no that's not a typo) was from Chicago???
(Bush Administration take note: put your bull-jive to a beat! Sorry MC Rove, you need one hell of a gay choreographer and a very talented producer on coke to make that jive fly in my book.)

Look, I know that there is a lot of serious stuff going on in the world, but "Daddy let me have some fun"! If you don't like this over the top, out of control video, I really don't want to hear about it….well, unless you use a German accent and put it to a disco beat.

 

The Spin I'm In: History Lessons

Song

Artist

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Napster

AMG

Ma Baker

Boney M

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Rasputin

Boney M

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Waterloo

ABBA

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Sink The Bismark

Johnny Horton

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The Battle of New Orleans

Johnny Horton

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Fernando

ABBA

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Rocking Son Of  Dschinghis Khan

Dschinghis Khan

   

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Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World

The Ramones

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Berlin '45

Fuckemos

   

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Rock Me Amadeus

Falco

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Donita Sparks

Donita Sparks

Donita Sparks is a singer/songwriter living in Los Angeles, CA. Her first solo record, Transmiticate, has been released nationwide and a US tour is booked for Spring and Summer 2008. Donita is also the co-founder and front person of the rock band L7 who have released six studio albums.

Her original scores can be heard in the upcoming feature film The Life of Reilly starring Charles Nelson Reilly and in online projects for Activision and Microsoft. In 1991 Sparks and L7 formed Rock For Choice with the Feminist Majority Foundation staging numerous concerts benefiting pro-choice organizations.
Donita has been a contributing writer at Firedoglake since July 2006 with her music column The Spin I’m In.

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