So, when Jewcy was briefly offline this morning I was wiling away the downtime on YouTube (uh, not that the site needs to be down for me to get trapped in a YouTube vortex) and stumbled across Postmodern Jukebox‘s awesome klezmer cover of Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty to Me.”
Now, I know I’m a bit late to the game on this one (it came out in March) but it’s so clever and fun I thought I’d post it here, just in case y’all had missed it too. Singer Robyn Adele Anderson actually translated 2 Chainz’s rap into Yiddish. Bitchin’.
Amazingly—because Jews, internet—there’s another Yiddish cover of “Talk Dirty to Me,” aptly titled “Talk Yiddish to Me.” This one was recorded by Hasidic comedian Mendy Pellin, the force behind Jewish humor site Jewbellish, back in April. The delightfully silly Yiddish and English lyrics satirize Orthodox Jewish life and reference the two major food groups, fish sticks and cholent.
But you can’t really assess the merits of these covers without comparing them to Derulo’s hit single, which has accrued a mind-boggling 215 million views since it was uploaded in August 2013 (still, that’s peanuts compared to Psy’s “Gangnam Style,” which just hit the 2 billion mark). And you can’t really appreciate Derulo’s hit single without listening to Balkan Beat Box‘s “Hermetico,” the Hebrew language Klezmer/Gypsy track sampled throughout (they’re the ones behind that catchy, sexy horn riff).
See what I mean? YouTube vortex.