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This old German cover of "Paranoid" is about Sherlock Holmes for some reason

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Here in America, we mostly only know of parody songs that are about food or Star Wars (though that could just be due to the work of one specific parodist), but a German music duo called Cindy And Bert took a much more literary approach to their version of Black Sabbath hit “Paranoid” when they released it as a single in 1971. Instead of singing in German about Geezer Butler’s concerns about losing his mind as a teenager, the duo tweaked the lyrics to be about Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes story The Hound Of The Baskervilles. We’re not entirely sure why, and the original poster at Reddit’s ObscureMedia page doesn’t offer any other information, but it’s rad either way.

Our best guess is that this is some kind of time-hopping comedy sketch, since Bert looks suspiciously similar to a rather bored Adam Scott in a few shots, but it could also just be some not-so-complicated way to skirt licensing laws for international recording artists who are looking for an easy hit. Either way, the actual “Der Hund Von Baskerville” record is apparently pretty rare, so you could almost get a couple hundred bucks if you happen to have this weird thing in your collection.

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