History Music / GeoffBerner

21st Jun '16 7:38:53 PM gewunomox
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** Has recorded one for a majority of his albums (the exception being ''Whiskey Rabbi''), by artists such as LeonardCohen and Slutarded. In concert, he covered American singer-songwriter Carmaig de Forest constantly for several years (even recording his song "In the Year 2020" for his first album), but his focus has since shifted to Kris Demeanor (whose song "One Shoe" he recorded for ''Klezmer Mongrels'').

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** Has recorded one for a majority of his albums (the exception being ''Whiskey Rabbi''), by artists such as LeonardCohen Music/LeonardCohen and Slutarded. In concert, he covered American singer-songwriter Carmaig de Forest constantly for several years (even recording his song "In the Year 2020" for his first album), but his focus has since shifted to Kris Demeanor (whose song "One Shoe" he recorded for ''Klezmer Mongrels'').
5th Oct '15 1:25:51 PM FF32
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* IronicNurseryTune: "That's What Keeps the Rent Down, Baby": an impoverished parental figure explains to their child that they should be grateful for all the terrible things (murder, prostitutes, thievery, etc.) that goes in in their neighborhood, as that's what keeps the rent down. Baby.



* {{Lullaby}}: "That's What Keeps the Rent Down, Baby": an impoverished parental figure explains to their child that they should be grateful for all the terrible things (murder, prostitutes, thievery, etc.) that goes in in their neighborhood, as that's what keeps the rent down. Baby.
7th Jul '15 8:57:56 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{Sampling}}: "Public Relations", specifically the Terror of Tiny Town version, incorporates snippets of RichardEGrant's dialogue from ''How to Get Ahead in Advertising'', a British black comedy film. The film deals with the same subject as the song; namely, the apparently amoral and deceptive advertising industry.

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* {{Sampling}}: "Public Relations", specifically the Terror of Tiny Town version, incorporates snippets of RichardEGrant's Creator/RichardEGrant's dialogue from ''How to Get Ahead in Advertising'', a British black comedy film. The film deals with the same subject as the song; namely, the apparently amoral and deceptive advertising industry.
4th May '14 6:50:02 AM LongLiveHumour
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** Also made remarks about Volkswagen and their ties to NaziGermany at an event which they sponsored.

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** Also made remarks about Volkswagen and their ties to NaziGermany UsefulNotes/NaziGermany at an event which they sponsored.
1st Apr '13 11:09:10 PM nombretomado
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* HeAlsoDid: Was a screenwriter for EdEddNEddy. No joke.

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* HeAlsoDid: Was a screenwriter for EdEddNEddy.''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy''. No joke.
10th Nov '12 3:06:17 PM Bastard1
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A Jewish-Canadian singer-songwriter on the accordion and part of the klezmer revivalist movement, Berner has gained a cult following by way of his politically charged and inflammatory lyrics, as well as his satirical sense of thought-provoking humor.

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A '''Geoff Berner''' (born 26 November 1971) is a Jewish-Canadian singer-songwriter SingerSongwriter on the accordion and part accordion. The self-styled "[[RedBaron Avenging Angel of the Klezmer]]", he has made it his life's mission to bring traditional Jewish klezmer revivalist movement, Berner music "kicking and screaming" back into the bars of the world. With whiskey in one hand and [[ICallItVera Estella]] in the other, his travels has taken him all over the world, having gained a international cult following by way of due to his insightful humor and politically charged and ideologically inflammatory lyrics, as well as his satirical sense of thought-provoking humor.
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Not long after, Berner shifted his attention to klezmer and was determined to aid in restoring the dying music style to its former glory, if not further. He studied under the Romanian masters of the craft (where he nearly died from alcohol poisoning, as chronicled in "Song Written in a Romanian Hospital") and released his first klezmer album, ''Whiskey Rabbi'', in 2005. This album would be the first in a trilogy of klezmer albums.

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Not long after, Berner shifted his attention to klezmer and was determined to aid in restoring the dying music style to its former glory, if not further. He studied under the Romanian masters of the craft (where he nearly died from alcohol poisoning, as chronicled in "Song "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Song Written in a Romanian Hospital") Hospital]]") and released his first klezmer album, ''Whiskey Rabbi'', in 2005. This album would be the first in a trilogy of klezmer albums.



* AuthorTract: Every now and then (with parodic intent), but most obviously "[[LongTitle Rabbi Berner Finally Reveals His True Religious Agenda]]", in which he [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin reveals his true religious agenda]] and his interpretation of the purpose of the Bible.

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* AuthorTract: Every now and then (with parodic intent), but most obviously "[[LongTitle Rabbi Berner Finally Reveals His True Religious Agenda]]", in which he [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin reveals his true religious agenda]] and his interpretation of the purpose of Literature/TheBible:
-->''The Bible is a mirror / and God is on
the Bible.other side / So everything it tells you is the opposite / of what he really wants you decide''
6th Nov '12 1:35:34 AM nombretomado
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-->''This next verse is just / a list of bars that I have drunken / some are dead and some are living / [[TheBeatles in my life]] I've loved them all''

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-->''This next verse is just / a list of bars that I have drunken / some are dead and some are living / [[TheBeatles [[Music/TheBeatles in my life]] I've loved them all''
7th Jul '12 10:01:36 AM ChaoticNovelist
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* BeyondTheImpossible: "The Way That Girl Drinks Beer".
-->''They say that loose lips are liable to sink ships / I bet she sinks a supertanker twice a year''


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* UpToEleven: "The Way That Girl Drinks Beer".
-->''They say that loose lips are liable to sink ships / I bet she sinks a supertanker twice a year''
29th Jun '12 6:25:23 PM Bastard1
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* BeyondTheImpossible: "The Way That Girl Drinks Beer".
-->''They say that loose lips are liable to sink ships / I bet she sinks a supertanker twice a year''



* BodyHorror: Though an instrumental, "A Blimp Made of Human Skin".
* {{Bowdlerize}}: A 2012 live performance of "Daloy Polizei" had Berner replace the all-important swear-word of the chorus, ending up with... "fuddle duddle the police." But still, considering the song's [[DirtyCop subject matter]] it's a miracle it was even aired at all.



* DeadpanSnarker: So deadpan you'd think the guy didn't even intend for it to be a joke.



* GypsyCurse: "The Traveller's Curse".



-->"This next verse is just a list of bars that I have drunken, some are dead and some are living, [[TheBeatles in my life]] I've loved them all."

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-->"This -->''This next verse is just / a list of bars that I have drunken, drunken / some are dead and some are living, living / [[TheBeatles in my life]] I've loved them all."all''



* NoHitWonder: Nothing even close to one.



* RippedFromTheHeadlines: The lyrics of "Daloy Polizei" deal with the suspicious shooting death of [[http://mostlywater.org/sudden_death_the_police_murder_of_ian_bush_from_houston_bc Ian Bush]]. And, although not written by Berner, "One Shoe" is about the mysterious death of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neil_Stonechild Neil Stonechild]].



* TakeThat: "Phoney Drawl", in which Berner implies that fellow Canadian artist Fred Eaglesmith's rural accent is not genuine, remarking on how it "disappears like magic when Revenue Canada is on the line."

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* TakeThat: TakeThat:
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"Phoney Drawl", in which Berner implies that fellow Canadian artist [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UF-83t5Wr_I Fred Eaglesmith's Eaglesmith]]'s rural accent is not genuine, remarking on how it "disappears like magic when Revenue Canada is on the line."


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* WordSaladLyrics: "I Kind of Hate Songs With Ambiguous Lyrics" is about Berner's apparent dislike of this particular lyrical trope.
25th Jun '12 9:34:27 PM Bastard1
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->''Seems like everywhere I go, everybody wants to know: how'd someone like me "...get so lucky, you little jerk?" Well, the questions of these idiots are really quite inconvenient, especially when I'm trying to forget that luck had anything to do with it. It was all hard work. And clean living. '''NOW GET ME A DRINK'''!''
-->'''Good Luck Now'''

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->''Seems like everywhere I go, everybody wants to know: how'd someone like me "...get so lucky, you little jerk?" Well, the questions of these idiots are really quite inconvenient, especially when I'm trying to forget that luck had anything to do with it. [[BlatantLies It was all hard work. And clean living.living]]. '''NOW GET ME A DRINK'''!''
-->'''Good -->-- "Good Luck Now'''
Now"



Albums Geoff Berner has released:

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* CarefulWithThatAxe / {{Scatting}}: A whole lot, particularly live. And his voice lends itself more to this purpose as the years go by, and the whiskey bottles are emptied. A particularly nasty shock for those who went from ''We Shall Not Flag or Fail...'' to ''Whiskey Rabbi''. For a specific song example, there's "Queen Victoria".

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* CarefulWithThatAxe / {{Scatting}}: HarshVocals: A whole lot, particularly live. And his voice lends itself more to this purpose as the years go by, and the whiskey bottles are emptied. A particularly nasty shock for those who went from ''We Shall Not Flag or Fail...'' to ''Whiskey Rabbi''. For a specific song example, there's "Queen Victoria".



* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Whiskey Rabbi''. Although his lyrics were darkly humorous from the very beginning of his career, this was the first time the instruments sounded the part.

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* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Whiskey Rabbi''. Although his lyrics were darkly humorous from the very beginning of his career, this was the first time the instruments instrumentation sounded the part.



* DoubleEntendre: "Fukher". He even explains in the song that it means "hand fan", but as the song progresses, the increasingly suggestive contexts in which he uses it has us all wondering...

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* DoubleEntendre: "Fukher". He even explains in the song that it means "hand fan", "fan" in Yiddish, but as the song progresses, the increasingly suggestive contexts in which he uses it has us all wondering...



* EpicRiff: "Song Written in a Romanian Hospital", "And Promises to Break Before I Sleep", "Wealthy Poet", the list goes on. Though keep in mind these are all violin riffs.



* LongList / ListingCities: "Shut In".
-->'''Geoff Berner''': This next verse is just a list of bars that I have drunken, some are dead and some are living, in my life I've loved them all.

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* LongList ListSong / ListingCities: "Shut In".
-->'''Geoff Berner''': This -->"This next verse is just a list of bars that I have drunken, some are dead and some are living, [[TheBeatles in my life life]] I've loved them all."



* LyricalDissonance: A favorite of Berner's. "Laughing Jackie the Pimp", being a children's song about an abusive pimp, and his chipper delivery of the "Official Theme for the 2010 Vancouver / Whistler Olympic Games" (described below).

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* LyricalDissonance: A favorite of Berner's. There's "Laughing Jackie the Pimp", being a children's song about an abusive pimp, and his chipper delivery of the "Official Theme for the 2010 Vancouver / Whistler Olympic Games" (described below).
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