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Mel Brooks ‎– To Be Or Not To Be (The Hitler Rap) (Pts. 1&2) (UK 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on July 10th, 2012



This is Mel Brooks at his bad taste worst relating the short but spectacular history of the Third Reich. The title is of course lifted from the Shakespeare play Hamlet; it is also the title of the 1983 film which Brooks produced and starred in with his wife, Anne Bancroft. It is actually a remake of a 1942 comedy, which did not of course include a rapping Führer, and neither did the Mel Brooks version; the song did though appear on the soundtrack, and was released as a single with a video reaching number 12 in the UK charts. It includes snatches of the melody of “Deutschland Ueber Alles”, the German national anthem, and the same couplet Brooks contributed to his earlier “Springtime For Hitler”.

Brooks co-wrote the song with the British musician, music journalist and producer Pete Wingfield.

To Be Or Not To Be (The Hitler Rap) (Part 1) 7:43

To Be Or Not To Be (The Hitler Rap) (Instrumental Mix) (Part 2) 7:51

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

Label: Island Records – 12 IS 158
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM
Country: UK
Released: 1983
Genre: Funk / Soul, Hip Hop, Stage & Screen
Style: Parody, Pop Rap, Disco
Credits: Engineer – Chris Birkett
Illustration – Graham Humphreys
Photography By – Stephen Vaughan (2)
Producer, Arranged By – Pete Wingfield
Written-By – Mel BrooksPete Wingfield

Inspired by the film “To Be Or Not To Be”

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All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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17 Responses to “Mel Brooks ‎– To Be Or Not To Be (The Hitler Rap) (Pts. 1&2) (UK 12″)”

  1. Patrick Says:

    Love the Film it’s so funny
    thank you


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Patrick 🙂


  2. Scott Hughes Says:

    Oh, yay! Money well spent. Thanks so much!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Scott!!


  3. ric Says:

    This is one of the reasons why I prefer the UK charts back then, you get more surprises (and also SHOCKS! LOL!) as the chart is less homogenized than its US counterpart.
    And this is one of those anomalies for sure!
    It’s great to finally have this is lossless, Paul!
    I Salute You! hehehehe


    DjPaulT Reply:

    🙂 You’re welcome Ric.


  4. Patric Says:

    OOOH Yes. The Movie was so funny – and still is. Mel is the Master of Bad Taste.

    Thank you Paul , before i only have the 7”

    all the best


    by the way – has Donna arrived you ?


  5. Glen Says:

    The german national anthem’s name is not “Deutschland ueber alles” (Germany above all) -that’s basically a phrase from the hyper patriotic first stroke from 1841 (yep, a hundred years before the nazi abuse). Because of the “third reich” context, it then wasn’t used anymore. Since the fifties the germans only use the third stroke entitled “unity, justice and freedom”. Much nicer message, I think. Since 1991 the third stroke is the only one left.
    Parodies of the nazies, Hitler and this dark period were a big “no no” for decades in Germany. Mainly because of the fear, that the nazi spirit might arise again. Up today nazi symbols are still forbidden to be used in this country in any artistical context, but recently the germans started making their own parodies of Hitler in films and TV. In the end, Mel Brooks “bad taste” was a good way of confrontation at that time.


  6. Brett Says:

    Thank you for this one. It was a HIT in Australia as well.


  7. Johan Says:

    This is amazing, thank you!


  8. Mike Brady Says:

    All those fucking krauts are still nazis,

    cheers !


  9. Gene Savage Says:

    Oh, WOW! XD This one is truly amazing!!! I saw it charted and tried to find a copy with no luck… now not only do I have a copy, but the 12″ dance mix… this is so wrong but SUCH a riot! 😀 Thanks for this politically-incorrect post! 🙂


  10. Jason63 Says:

    Thanks Paul. I only had the 7″ on a compilation cassette previously. Now have the 12″ in pristine flac.


  11. Dan Says:

    Mel Brooks isn’t simply hysterically funny, he makes good music too. I’d love to find more of his music.

    In a similar vein is Billy Crystal’s “You Look Marvelous”, was that ever released as a 12″?


  12. xenomorphis Says:


    Thanks for the post. Please a login and password to the entry.

    Best regards!


    xenomorphis Reply:

    Oh, I found paswords;)

    Thanks! 🙂


  13. oscardeejay Says:

    como me regristro


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