July 29, 2004

David Hasselhoff: I, Not Reagan, Ended the Cold War
— Ace

I bet you think I'm kidding about this, don't you?

Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall. Wait--
first I want to jump it with my Cylon Trans-Am.

Okay, seriously. What on earth could The Hasselhovian possibly have done to end the Cold War?

You won't be surprised to hear that the answer is the same as it is for a thousand other Hasselhoff-based questions. Turns out, he sang a German pop song:

Hasselhoff was already a singing star in Austria and Switzerland when, in 1989, he had the wisdom to cover a 1970s German hit, Auf Der Strasse Nach Suden.

Renaming it Looking for Freedom, with Hasselhoff singing in English, the song raced up the charts in the late summer, just as a wave of revolt began sweeping through Eastern Europe.

By the time Berliners started hacking away at the concrete wall that had divided their city for a generation, the torch-bearing anthem had been number one for several weeks in West Germany.

With its lament, "I've been lookin' for freedom; I've been lookin' so long; I've been lookin' for freedom; still the search goes on," the song embodied the frustrations of Germany's years of division.

Can someone please start playing Hooked on a Feeling in Fallujah?

Posted by: Ace at 11:40 AM | Comments (3)
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1 Man, I hope the terrorists never get hold of the molecular-bonding formula. No one can stop an Al Qaeda armed with indestructible tractor trailers.

Well, one man can.

Arlington, Virginia

Posted by: Dave at July 29, 2004 11:55 AM (rV7Dk)

2 Indeed!

(Was a tractor-trailer Garth's vehicle? That sounds right.)

Posted by: ace at July 29, 2004 12:05 PM (iog7U)

3 "Hooked On A Feeling?" Man, ace, I hope you're talking about the Blue Swede version, and not B.J. Thomas. Crank up that "OOGA-CHAKA-OOGAOOGAOOGA-CHAKA" intro loudly enough on a repeating loop in front of a mosque, and any terrorists will think the 82nd Airborne has teamed up with Ozzfest. We could have the troops home by September!

Posted by: Christopher at July 30, 2004 04:17 AM (SjUPQ)

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