As one fishes in the sometimes murky, sometimes surprisingly lucid backwaters and hidden streams of YouTube, one can hook some very odd items.We have looked at and listened to some relatively straightforward renditions of the insidiously persuasive strains of “Mackie Messer,” or “Mack the Knife.” Here are some others. It is always interesting when listening to the seductive melody and its application in a myriad of contexts to remember what this brutal and cruel song is really about: murder, arson, rape …
The smiling heart of Broadway:
Quasi-quasi-classical (but pure camp):
Ann-Margaret's expressively inappropriate but oddly charming rendition (a screen test):
On ice (where all good classical music goes to die):
At a kiddy dance concert (where, after a painful death, classical music finds itself in Hell):
I end with this…WHAT it is, I leave to you…
Hope you enjoy these, and the BLO production of Threepenny.
P.S. Have a Big Mac, on us.
…And always keep your knives out of sight if you want to keep out of trouble…
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