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HGich.T


HGich.T

Thank Christ for Google Translator, because otherwise I would have nothing to tell you about this week’s band. They’re a “performance collective” from Germany…and I guess “performance collective” is German for “crazy art freaks making deliberately stupid techno” because that’s what these guys do. They make bad techno and sing over it like a bunch of people pretending to be retarded, as if to say, “Look how retarded this music is!”

Then they shoot videos that are even weirder and dumber than the music. In this one, a bunch of white girls strut around trying to look hard while eating candy bars in front of a gas station. In this one, a nerdy guy masturbates slowly and tenderly to a bad painting. In this one, two of the collective’s members, Tutenchamun and Maike Schönfeld, just dance like idiots in various public places.

They seem to release a new video every month or so. In their latest one, released just last week, a girl dances on a chair for four minutes while a fat biker dude flips off the camera and opens his mail. I know that sounds incredibly stupid, and it is, but the video is fucking great. Trying to describe a HGich.T video is like trying to explain to your wife that the funniest thing you’ve ever seen in your life was when your best friend in college spontaneously moonwalked across an entire frathouse basement because he was trying not to puke on his shoes. It was the funniest thing you’ve ever seen but…you just had to see it.

One of the best things about binge-watching HGich.T videos is all the recurring characters you can follow. There’s the obvious star of the show, Tutenchamun, who’s like a German parody of that douchebag from The Prodigy, if said douchebag had forgotten to take off his yellow safety vest after ditching his picking-up-trash-by-the-highway community service stint. There’s Dr. Diamond, who seems to spend a lot of time hanging out in his room and having arguments with his mother. There’s Pussy Cat Diddel, who wears cat mouse makeup. And of course there’s my personal favorite, Dietrich Kuhlbrodt, aka Opa16, the group’s creepy old man in residence. I have a soft spot for creepy old men, being only a few years away from becoming one myself.

The video they’re most famous for is “Tutenchamun,” sometimes mistakenly referred to as “Goa Goa MPU” (we had this totally backwards, and also failed to realize that Diddel was supposed to be a mouse, until reader Iesus set us straight—thanks, Iesus!). In it, Tutenchamun rides around with Maike on a motorbike with broken shocks and tells a long, increasingly surreal story about getting pulled over by a cop, played by the least cop-like man in all of Germany, Dr. Diamond. Like all HGich.T videos, it’s incredibly stupid and you might not be able to stop watching.

So I think we can all agree that from here on out, anytime anyone tries to tell a long, rambling story about how fucking hard they partied last night, we’re going to say “Ja?” every five seconds in a bored monotone until they stop. Right? Ja?

As great as “Goa Goa MPU” is, the HGich.T clip that’s my favorite so far…and I say “so far” because they have like 60 some odd videos and I never quite got baked enough to watch every single one…is “die letzten titten von betlehem.” This one has everything: Drugs, vandalism, jailbait, wasteful use of toilet paper, an oddly creepy sequence in which a dude terrorizes a girl with a Sharpie. It’s like a German rave meets a scared-straight after-school special meets a Fellini film. Plus the track fucking goes off.

So anyway…next time I go out dancing, I really hope the DJ plays a HGich.T track so I can storm into the ladies’ bathroom and do my best Tutenchamun impersonation. I am so getting laid with that action.

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About jakemanson

I'm the brains behind The Weirdest Band in the World. Andy's just the good looking one.

Posted on February 19, 2014, in Band of the Week, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Wow. I’ve read this blog for some time and it didn’t cross my mind that they’re missing.
    They actually aren’t even that unknown (over here), some tv channels did reports on this band. Their live shows are quite strange, to the point where the singer just breaks down on stage wearing a helmet and gets carried off after some of the artists try to interact with him. And they won’t tell the audience whether that’s part of the show (it seems to be). I’ve found two errors in this article, though:
    1. That one song is actually called Tutenchamun. They have released two albums (“Mein Hobby: Arschloch”, translates to “My hobby: Arsehole” and “Lecko grande”) and an EP that feature the tracklisting.
    2. “Diddel” is a mouse. The name Diddel is inspired by Diddl, a cartoon character famous in Germany and Austria that didn’t start with being in comics though, but merely on products as postcards and writing pads.
    There are some free downloads on their page, if you haven’t noticed yet (it’s on the left, right where the arrow points at, you find mp3s. If you klick on Eingang instead, you can download their videos). Their page is a hell of a mess – at least they’re consistent!

    • Wow, even by our low standards, we really fucked up on this one. Thanks for setting the record straight. Now, off to rewrite half our post….

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