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[[caption-width-right:300:Mr. Berner. Oh, and [[IconicItem Estella]].]]

->''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]]. '''NOW GET ME A DRINK'''!''
-->-- "Good Luck Now"

'''Geoff Berner''' (born 26 November 1971) is a Jewish-Canadian SingerSongwriter on the accordion. The self-styled "[[RedBaron Avenging Angel of Klezmer]]", he has made it his life's mission to bring traditional Jewish klezmer 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 due to his insightful humor and politically and ideologically inflammatory lyrics.

Originally trained on the piano, Berner picked up the accordion on a whim when it was suggested to him, and went on to form the eclectic punk band Terror of Tiny Town. Berner's political views occasionally appeared in that group's material; eventually, Terror of Tiny Town became the victim of financial troubles and was forced to disband. Berner released his first solo recording in 2000, an EP containing some re-recordings of Terror of Tiny Town material, and a studio album in the same style was released in 2003.

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 "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin 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.

He has served as a support act for KaizersOrchestra on several occasions, and was in fact one of the first people to ever witness a live performance by them, as he had been deported to Norway for a short time in 2000. Has written an instructional booklet on how to be an accordion player.

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!!Discography:
* ''We Shall Not Flag or Fail, We Shall Go On to the End'' (2003)
* ''Live in Oslo'' (2004)
* ''Whiskey Rabbi'' (2005)
* ''The Wedding Dance of the Widow Bride'' (2007)
* ''Klezmer Mongrels'' (2008)
* ''Victory Party'' (2011)

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!!Tropes associated with Geoff Berner:
* AlbumTitleDrop: "Widow Bride". Not only that, three more songs on the album have the word "bride" in the title.
* AudienceParticipationSong: Plenty of the songs in his repertoire, perhaps most notably "Daloy Polizei", which requires that the audience shout "FUCK THE POLICE!" at the top of their lungs.
* AuthorAppeal: Many, many, MANY songs about, or referencing, whiskey.
* 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 other side / So everything it tells you is the opposite / of what he really wants you decide''
* BaldOfAwesome: Who are you to deny it?
* BigRockEnding: Used frequently live. Not as much on record, but "Weep, Bride, Weep" is an example.
* BigScrewedUpFamily: "Song to Reconcile". Two of them, actually.
* 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.
* CallAndResponseSong: "Rabbi Berner Finally Reveals His True Religious Agenda". (Are you ready? YES WE'RE READY!)
* CarSong: Averted; "Songs about cars and angels and the rain" are just some of the things Berner claims promote boredom in "The True Enemy".
* CarefulWithThatAxe / 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".
* ClusterFBomb: Mild example, but the coda to "Lucky Goddamn Jew" becomes this.
* CoverVersion:
** 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'').
** Conversely, Berner has himself been covered: the Be Good Tanyas' version of "Light Enough to Travel" became a hit for them in Canada.
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Whiskey Rabbi''. Although his lyrics were darkly humorous from the very beginning of his career, this was the first time the instrumentation sounded the part.
** And ''The Wedding Dance of the Widow Bride'' goes even further.
* DeadpanSnarker: So deadpan you'd think the guy didn't even intend for it to be a joke.
* DoubleEntendre: "Fukher". He even explains in the song that it means "fan" in Yiddish, but as the song progresses, the increasingly suggestive contexts in which he uses it has us all wondering...
* {{Dystopia}} / RealLifeWritesThePlot: "The Victory Party", about the end of WorldWarTwo depicts an anything but cheerful search for some sort of victory party in a German town.
* EducationalSong: "Maginot Line" tells everything worth knowing about the subject.
* FourMoreMeasures: "Whiskey Rabbi".
* {{Golem}}: "[[PunctuatedForEmphasis OH! MY! GOLEM!]]"
* GypsyCurse: "The Traveller's Curse".
* HeAlsoDid: Was a screenwriter for ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy''. No joke.
* HeavyMeta: "Authentic Klezmer Wedding Band".
* HiddenTrack: "High School Cruiser" from the ''Light Enough to Travel'' EP.
* ICallItVera / IconicItem: His accordion, "Estella".
* IdiosyncraticAlbumTheming: Songs about luck.
* {{Instrumentals}}: "A Blimp Made of Human Skin" from his ''Light Enough to Travel'' EP. Also, the instrumental version of "Weep, Bride, Weep".
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: Good luck finding a copy of ''Live in Oslo''.
* ListSong / ListingCities: "Shut In".
-->''This next verse is just / a list of bars that I have drunken / some are dead and some are living / [[Music/TheBeatles in my life]] I've loved them all''
* {{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.
* 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).
* MurderBallad: "Traitor Bride".
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: ''Victory Party'' features some instances of this.
* NewSoundAlbum: ''Victory Party'', after a trilogy of albums with mostly the same musical approach, includes plenty of different genres and eclectic musical instruments.
* ObligatoryBondageSong: "Queen Victoria".
* ObsessionSong: "Iron Grey", whose protagonist is a wanted criminal deeply in love with a spot welder.
* OdeToIntoxication: "The Way That Girl Drinks Beer" is basically the Gospel of Intoxication. They don't call him the "Whiskey Rabbi" for nothin'.
* OneManBand: When touring without his klezmer backing band, which is a majority of the time.
* RearrangeTheSong: "Volcano God" went from a sparsely-embellished acoustic accordion version to a full-fledged klezmer trio version from his first album to his second.
** Also, "The Rich Are Going to Move to the High Ground", a rather upbeat song about social standings (originally a free download from his official website) was rerecorded as a stark and sparse song in a completely different key on ''Klezmer Mongrels''.
* RefugeInAudacity: His entire act, but most notably his "Official Theme for the 2010 Vancouver / Whistler Olympic Games", in which he accuses the Olympic committee of shutting down departments investigating children's deaths to pay for the event.
** Also made remarks about Volkswagen and their ties to UsefulNotes/NaziGermany at an event which they sponsored.
* 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]].
* RuleOfThree: His "Klezmer Trilogy": ''Whiskey Rabbi'', ''The Wedding Dance of the Widow Bride'', and ''Klezmer Mongrels''. Furthermore, all three albums contain a song with the word "luck" in their title. Berner has confirmed "Good Luck Now" to be a [[SequelSong sequel]] to "Lucky Goddamn Jew"; the third, "Luck in Exile" appears to share no connection with the others besides the title.
* {{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.
* ScrewTheWarWerePartying: "The Victory Party", although technically it's a post-war party. The way to the Victory Party is crowded with horrors.
* SequelSong: As mentioned before, "Good Luck Now" is a sequel to "Lucky Goddamn Jew".
* SopranoAndGravel: "[[TearJerker Mayn Rue Platz (My Resting Place)]]", in which Berner is joined by a female duo singing in Mandarin.
* StepUpToTheMicrophone: Lead vocal duties are handed to Diona Davies, usually Berner's violinist, for "Drunk All Day" and "Jail". She also sings "In Spite of Ourselves" (a cover of the John Prine song recorded for the ''Live in Oslo'' album) as a duet with Berner.
* SurprisinglyGentleSong: One on each album.
* TakeThat:
** "Phoney Drawl", in which Berner implies that fellow Canadian artist [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UF-83t5Wr_I Fred Eaglesmith]]'s rural accent is not genuine, remarking on how it "disappears like magic when Revenue Canada is on the line."
** Also, bears a grudge against the Vancouver police (any police force at all, seems like), which surfaces in at least five songs he has recorded.
* TeenageDeathSongs: "Special Death Town", written and recorded for Terror of Tiny Town.
* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth: A klezmer progression found throughout his career.
* [[TrademarkFavoriteFood Trademark Favorite Drink]]: Whiskey. He has written more songs about, or containing references to the stuff, than can be counted on both hands. The subject of the song "The Whiskey" (which may or may not be autobiographical) is a person whose very conception he owes to whiskey.
* 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''
* VocalEvolution: Berner's voice has gotten progressively rougher and grainier. [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial Whiskey has nothing to do with it.]]
* WordSaladLyrics: "I Kind of Hate Songs With Ambiguous Lyrics" is about Berner's apparent dislike of this particular lyrical trope.
* YiddishAsASecondLanguage: Surfaces in his material every now and then.
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