13 of the Strangest Polka Album Covers

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The polka is originally a Czech dance and genre of dance music familiar throughout all of Europe and the Americas. It originated in the middle of the nineteenth century in Bohemia, now part of the Czech Republic. The polka remains a popular folk music genre in many European and American countries, and is performed by many folk artists.

Polka is a music and dance style that originated in Europe in the 1830s and came to American society when people immigrated from Eastern Europe. A fast style in 2/4 time, and often associated with the pre–World War II era, polka remains a dynamic “niche” music in America.
While you would never call the polka genre “self-serious”, some musicians have really taken it to the limit. Here’s a selection of 13 of the strangest polka album covers through past eras.
1. James Last – Happy Polka 2 (1972)
James is really selling the whole “Happy” part of the “Happy polka”.

2. Li’l Richard & His Polka All Stars – Wine, Girls and Goodtimes (1976)

The fact that the girls that Li’l Richard (not Little Richard) is canoodling with look as though they are related to him takes this cover from “seedy” to “full on disturbing”.

3. Los Forasteros de Monterrey – Polkas Pa’ Echar Estilo (1975)

This is the only known attempt to combine the allure of a Bond girl, the grit of Fistful of Dollars, and the unabashed goofiness of polka music.

4. Tijuana Sauerkrauts – Happy Polkas Recorded in Munich (1973)

This is a real “You got your braunschweiger in my salsa / You got your salsa in my braunschweiger” situation. Polka goes South of the border!

5. Whoopee John – The Great One

Like Elvis, photographers could only shoot Whoopee John from the waist up, as he was deemed “too suggestive” to young girls.

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