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The legend of Dr. Mabuse and its role in the '80s music scene

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Of the popular T-shirt slogans in the '80s, one of them was "I Sold My Soul To Rock N Roll." But how many in the '80s sold their soul to Euro Dance music?

Many of SIT80's Nation loves the British Dr. Who that aired from 1963-1989 before enjoying its modern day comeback. Well, Dr. Who is not the only old school doctor who showed up in the '80s as we to educate ourselves with Dr. Mabuse and the song penned after him by the band Propaganda.

German Fritz Lang was the historic film director who brought the groundbreaking film Metropolis to cinemas back in 1927. Before Metropolis, Lang released Dr. Mabuse and the Gambler in 1922. In 1933, the same year that Adolf Hiltler rose to power, Lang released a sequel entitled The Testament of Dr. Mabuse that was quickly banned by Hitler for not portraying German authority in the proper light. In one of his final films, Lang presented The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse in 1960. Dr. Mabuse was such an interesting character that many more Dr. Mabuse movies were made in the '60s by other directors and no doubt inspired the German synthpop group Propaganda to dedicate a song to Dr. Mabuse.

The video for Dr. Mabuse is about secret societies, selling your soul and has some neat optical illusions to go along with the throbbing dance beat. Portraying Dr. Mabuse in the video is Polish actor Vladek Sheybal.  With his piercing eyes, Sheybal is best known to most movie fans from the Bond movie From Russia With Love, but us '80s kids know him better as the mean Russian General Bratchenko in Red Dawn. ("You'll see how they forgot about these Wolverines.") In 1984, the same year that Red Dawn was a hit in the theaters, Dr. Mabuse was a Top 40 hit in the U.K.

[Last modified: Thursday, November 10, 2016 7:18am]


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