Viking's Choice: Sharpless, 'Franz Kafka (Home Movies Cover)'

April 1, 2015 4:53 PM

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Real talk: Scäb's "Franz Kafka" is the greatest cartoon rock opera ever. Originally featured on the Home Movies episode "Director's Cut" in 2001, the ridiculous three-minute, four-movement song about The Metamorphosis is equal parts "Bohemian Rhapsody" and Tommy, and warns, "Be careful if you get him pissed / Franz! Franz Kafka! / He'll smite you with metaphor fists!" Metaphor fists!

For all its guitar-hero whimsy, "Franz Kafka" is a nerdy teenager's rock-star dream, which is what makes it not only a fist-pumping triumph, but also a nod to naive fearlessness that's tricky to replicate. But with the can-do gusto of an earnest after-school special, Sharpless — part of the New York...

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