Monday, 17 November 2014

Schlager louts

The gloom descends, as it does at the start of every week when we prepare to head back to the delightful environs of the office.

However - and words fail me at this particular discovery - here to brighten our mood somewhat on this Tacky Music Monday is quite possibly the tackiest musical number I've featured for a long time in this slot...

In the UK in 1981, we had The Human League, Ultravox, Adam & The Ants, Soft Cell, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, Visage, Depeche Mode, Spandau Ballet, Toyah and Duran Duran. In Germany, The Jacob Sisters had a hit with a revival of their - ahem - eternally popular song Gartenzwerg-Marsch (Adelbert):

And they revived it again in 1997, much to everyone's joy:

Among the sisters' achievements: they made a career out of parodying popular German hits in the 60s, they had a short-lived reality series on German TV, they embarked a possibly even shorter-lived attempt at shows in Las Vegas in the 70s, and they even marketed their own brand of nail polish for dogs! Unsurprisingly, their OTT camp brand of schlager cabaret was, and remains, wildly popular on the German gay scene.

In 2008 the youngest of the siblings Hannelore died. But, never fear - the three remaining sisters (and their poodles) continue to perform and appear regularly on German TV, and in 2011 Eva Jacob appeared in their version of I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here. Thank heavens.

I just love finding new camp divas!

Jacob Sisters website (in German, of course).


  1. Why do I get the feeling that Heino slept with all of them at the same time?

    1. Well, the girls did star in a schlager-themed film in the 60s called "Four in a Bed" ("Quartett im Bett")... Jx

  2. Heavens - that was a "treat"!!! I too, you see, love finding camp new divas (or "divas", in this case) ;)

    1. I think we all aspire to reach our old age so gracefully... jx

  3. I am sure at least one of them (if not all) is Dawn French.


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