The “Hitler Gets Angry” scene from the 2004 World War II film “Downfall” has been parodied so extensively on YouTube you’d think there was nothing left for him to get upset over.
Of course not.
A new version posted this week (language advisory), in which the German dictator discovers Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the greatest albums of all time, adds yet another dimension to the iconic scene that’s been used to vent wrath over President Obama’s reelection, the iPhone 4s, Los Angeles' Carmageddon, Sarah Palin’s exit from the presidential race, Oasis’ breakup, NBC News anchor Brian Williams’ credibility crisis and even YouTube “Downfall” parodies.
Hitler’s inner circle briefs Der Fuhrer on Rolling Stone’s pronouncement that the greatest album of all time is the Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” and the tirade begins.
“This Sergeant Pepper, is he one of ours?” Hitler asks. A minion explains that there is no such person, but a fantasy — “a mere creation of a man known as McCartney.”
“Those of you who don’t have this album can leave,” he says. “The rest remain.”
Then Hitler turns rock critic.
“Am I the only one with ears?” he bellows. “This is just a four-track stack of George Martin edits! It would never exist if those Limeys hadn’t heard ‘Pet Sounds’ by the Beach Boys!”
It quickly turns into a rant about Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson’s underappreciated genius, and the talents of the L.A. studio musicians he worked with, often referred to as the Wrecking Crew.
“Brian Wilson has more talent in his little finger than all of Liverpool combined! Ringo Starr compared to Hal Blaine?” he asks. “Ringo’s got good time, but Blaine is a complete percussionist!”
He goes on to savage Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner, one of the founders of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
“How can it be a Hall of Fame without Van Dyke Parks?” he says referring to the multi-instrumenatlist and lyricist who collaborated with Wilson on the aborted “Smile” album. “And what about bands like Poco?”
For the record, on the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” list that Rolling Stone published in 2012, “Pet Sounds” finished at No. 2.
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