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Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle is both the German system for film classification and a German band whose commendable lack of chart success spans almost 30 years.

Discovered, in the UK at least, by John Peel, they scored a festive fifty hit with I Wish I Could Sprechen Sie Deutsch in 1986 and that was all I heard of them until 2004’s First Take Then Shake LP, by which time they’d truncated their name to FSK.

Escaping my notice in the interim was this version of a Rodgers and Hart classic penned in 1937 and my 1995 song-from-each-year-of-my-life.

FSK :: My Funny Valentine

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Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle :: I Wish I Could Sprechen Sie Deutsch

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FSK :: In Loving Memory

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And here’s a definitive rendition of My Funny Valentine.

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