Friday, March 26, 2010

FAMW: Who Stole The Kishka?

For today's edition of the usual Friday feature, we take advantage of our polka fetish from earlier this week, to focus on one of the burning issues of our time.

The word “Kishka”, in most Slavic languages, literally means “gut” -- more specifically for our case, intestines, which is combined with blood and grain meal to make sausage. (A real "blood and guts" kind of treat, you might say.) Our video clip was produced by some kid named Ryan Balton of Syracuse, New York, around Thanksgiving of 2007. The soundtrack is the crowd-pleasing polka classic for which this piece is named. “Who Stole The Keeshka” was composed by Walter Dana (1902-2000) and Walter Solek (1920-2005), and has been recorded by many polka bands. The most popular version is the 1963 recording by the undisputed king of polka, Frankie Yankovic. (No relation to "Weird Al." No kidding.)

But we're not using that version, because we're still stuck on Brave Combo, so we're using the one from their 1987 album "Polkatharsis" (my very first recording from that band of miscreants). The lyrics vary slightly from the Yankovic original, but who cares? When we think about our aforementioned description of kishka, we are reminded of the old saying about the two things people shouldn't see being made: laws and sausages. After the kind of shenanigans we've had in Washington of late, such is all the more fitting for this week's Friday Afternoon Moment of Whimsy.

Now, will someone please bring back my kishka?

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