Gordon Baird wrote:Strange kind of Nazi anthem, written by two Jewish blokes in the late 1960's for 'Cabaret'.
I never knew that. I always assumed it was a genuine 1930s tune. Particularly as it was sung away from the nightclub setting and introduced in such dramatic fashion. Also, because much of the musical remained true to Christopher Isherwood's 'Goodbye to Berlin', even keeping the fictional names he created for real people.
Whatever, I recall a big stooshie in the music press (in the days when I was young enough to buy the music papers) at the time of its release by the SAHB with claims made on the band's behalf that it was an 'ironic' statement. If so, it was an irony lost on many, if not most. The song itself is definitely associated with Neo-Nazism, recorded most infamously in the UK by the pro-National Front band Skrewdriver and more recently by the Swedish singer Saga who was referenced favourably by Anders Breivik less than two hours before he slaughtered almost eighty people in bomb blasts in Oslo and the island of Utøya.
If the SAHB had wanted to avoid any hint of ambiguity about their choice of music (at a time when the NF was gaining support) and wanted a song written by a Jewish guy for a musical, maybe Mel Brooks' "Springtime For Hitler" would have been more appropriate.
I also can't recall the SAHB taking part in any Rock Against Racism events though that maybe a wrong recollection on my part.
IMO it would have been better all round if he'd stuck to what he was good at. "Delilah," now THERE's a cover version.