Oktoberfest!: Wake-Up Video

You know what the best part about October is? Oktoberfest! It's an excellent excuse to drink gigantic steins of beer, chew on hot pretzels and suck down sausages in the name of ... what, exactly? The meaning behind Oktoberfest is relatively obscure, and as a tradition it's not particularly old. On this day in 1810, Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen (quite a mouthful, right?). To celebrate, Ludwig planned a huge horse race and invited all of the citizens of Munich to join in on the festivities. The party featured traditional Austrian food and lots and lots of beer, and the entire event was such a good time that it carried on as an annual festival. Today, Oktoberfest is a huge deal. The proper festivals is still celebrated in Munich every year, lasts for two weeks and attracts over six million visitors each time. Worldwide, many breweries roll out specific Oktoberfest-centric beer and serve sausages and sauerkraut as a nod to the festival.

David Bowie isn't from Germany, but back in the '70s he moved to West Berlin and created a trio of albums that are referred to as the "Berlin Trilogy." They included 1977's Low and "Heroes" and 1979's Lodger. (He also helped produce the first two solo albums with then-roommate Iggy Pop.) The albums borrowed a lot of sounds from Krautrock and German dance music and contain some of the darkest songs Bowie ever recorded (not shocking, considering his drug addiction during the period). There aren't a whole lot of festive songs in the trilogy (it's difficult to drink to "Always Crashing the Same Car"), but "Heroes," perhaps Bowie's most-covered tune, has a certain triumphant quality to it that would make anybody weep once last call rolls around.

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