Mel BrooksTo Be Or Not To Be (The Hitler Rap) Pts. 1&2

Label:Island Records – 12 IS 158, Island Records – 12IS 158, Island Visual Arts – 12 IS 158
Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM, Single
Genre:Hip Hop, Funk / Soul, Stage & Screen
Style:Parody, Pop Rap, Disco


ATo Be Or Not To Be (The Hitler Rap) (Part 1)7:43
BTo Be Or Not To Be (The Hitler Rap) (Part 2) (Instrumental Mix)7:51

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Inspired by the film "To Be Or Not To Be"

Produced and arranged for Jo Lustig Ltd.

© Bee Bee Music/Island Music Ltd.
℗ 1983 Original Sound Recording made by Jo Lustig Ltd.

Made in Gt. Britain

Island Visual Arts logo appears on the labels and the rear of the sleeve.

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  • Matrix / Runout (Side A - Variant 1): 12 IS 158 A - 1U - 1 - 1 - 1 JONZ
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B - Variant 1): 12 IS 158 B - 1U - 1 - 1 - 4 SOUND CLINIC
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A - Variant 2): 12 IS 158 A - 1U - 1 - 1 - - 1 JONZ
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B - Variant 2): 12 IS 158 B - 1U - 1 - 1 - 0 SOUND CLINIC
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A - Variant 3): 12 IS 158 A - 1U - 1 - 2 - 2 JONZ
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B - Variant 3): 12 IS 158 B - 1U - 1 - 3 - 2 SOUND CLINIC

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To Be Or Not To Be (The Hitler Rap) (7", 45 RPM, Single)Island RecordsIS 158UK1983
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To Be Or Not To Be (The Hitler Rap) Pts. 1 & 2 (12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Single)AntillesAN 810US1983
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To Be Or Not To Be (The Hitler Rap) (12")Liberation RecordsX 13153Australia1983
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To Be Or Not To Be (The Hitler Rap) (7", 45 RPM, Single)Island Records, Island RecordsK-9373, IS 158Australia1983
To Be Or Not To Be (The Hitler Rap) Pts. 1&2 (7", 45 RPM, Single, Stereo)Island Records, Island RecordsIS 158, IS-158Scandinavia1983



  • baward's avatar
    I was the tape op in the studio (Battery 1 in Willesden) where the guys, not Mel Brooks unfortunately, came in and did overdubs on this. Pete Wingfield wigging out on his Minimoog was definitely a highlight!
    • GeoRam's avatar
      Auch ein geiles Lied was nirgends auf CD erschienen ist. Habe die auf Vinyl und würde die gerne auf CD haben.
      Also a great song which has not appeared anywhere on CD. I have it on vinyl and would love to have it on CD.
      • robcecc's avatar
        Edited 14 years ago
        Ever wondered what a disco-rap record by The Fuhrer would sound like ? Of course, for such a cultural event to have occured, a subtle rewriting of history would be required, in two ways; a) Germany would have needed to have won the war, and b) Adolf would have required to have been convinced by, presumably, Josef Goebbels that he needed to make a disco-rap record in the early 80s to give himself a more 'hip' image to the ranks of the Hitler-jungen (and that's only if - and it's a big if - they were allowed to listen to music other than army marching music or Wagner; methinks disco may have been banned from the Third Reich, but we can only ponder)...Luckily, history turned out rather better, and neither of those events came to pass; can you imagine the horror if not ? Nazi-disco music - jeez !

        So, the record...well, it's pure genius from Mr Brooks; like 'The Producers' before, how better to parody an odious ideology than by reducing it to a fun, catchy tune ? The Third Reich would have surely dissapproved (especially of the video, complete with camp SS officers, and suspender-clad beauties echoing 'Cabaret'), making this record all the more delicious. It's as good, if not better, than 'Springtime for Hitler' - the lyrics are wonderful (packed with cracking lines like "why don't we throw a little nazi party?" etc ) and, as a bonus, our Mel chucks in a potted history of Hitler's rise and fall, to boot (a jackboot, naturally).

        It's the finest (and only, as far as I know) cod-disco/comedy/historical-satire record ever a time when we are exposed yet again to the remnants of fascism (the BNP in the UK), this record all of a sudden seems rather relevant again - ok, it's musically dated (nothing a proper good dubstep version wouldn't sort, eh what ? Come on someone, sort it !), but the reduction of fascism by parody like this works so much better, it could be argued, than dry debate on the matter (though that has its place, too - having said that, have YOU ever tried debating with a fascist ? Is it me, or do they just not listen, having already made up their minds that they're right ? God, they can be real fascists, those Fascists, sometimes...)

        Look. This record is great. And anyone who doesn't agree with me is just plain wrong. Fascist, moi ?


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