Still in denial about the cancellation of her infamous Lustige Musikanten (Merry Musicians) television program, Volksmusik diva Marianne Hartl suffered a nervous breakdown immediately following the final note of the final take of the final show finally already.

Developed by the Nazis as an interrogation method during the closing stages of World War II, or conceived for commercial reasons to counterweight the youth-oriented rock and pop music of the 60s and 70s, I forget which, modern Volksmusik in general and Lustige Musikanten in particular has proven to be one of the most long-lived, pernicious and inexplicably addictive commercial entertainment products known to German-speaking man (or woman), or at least it has for those viewers and listeners over the age of 60, I should say.

And that’s the whole problem. The folks who watch these folks music shows are just too old, or at least that’s what the German public TV network ZDF thinks. They do not belong to the commercially desirable younger target groups up to 49 years of age. That’s why they canned the show. They also canned Dieter Thomas Heck recently, too, but I don’t even want to go there.

But it ain’t over til it’s over, over or not. A pro-Merry Musician Verein (club) called the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Deutscher Schlager e.V. (and every German belongs to at least one Verein like this here, I think) has begun loudly agitating for the show’s return. They are claiming that the Volksmusik scene is getting discriminated against, age-wise, which, of course, it is. And when you look at Germany’s demographics and the lobbying power these folks must have, damn, they might just pull it off and get the awful thing plugged back in again. Stay tuned. And don’t touch that dial. Even if your TV still has one, I mean.

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