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Corned Beef and Thunder Thighs: A Musical Review of Katz’s Delicatessen

Every now and then, CBK likes to take a band out to eat and have them review their experience in the form of an impromptu song. We’re doing our part in keeping starving artists fed. This week we take Brooklyn-duo Nonsense to the pastrami haven, Katz’s Delicatessen.

Story by Matt Heidkeimp - Matt@citizenbrooklyn.com Photos and Video by Tamriko Bardadze

A Musical Review by Nonsense from Citizen Brooklyn on Vimeo.

Katz’s Delicatessen has long since been an LES mainstay since the days of Meg Ryan faking an O-face in front of poor Billy Crystal “When Harry Met Sally”. Since then, the walls have been lined with photos of everybody from Al Gore to Barbra Streisand and the line’s out the door. It’s basically a tourist trap boasting overpriced Reubens and kosher-like pickles. Regardless, it’s a staple of New York history and a welcomed meal for the boys of Nonsense, a duo of NJ transplants residing in Brooklyn with a knack for music with carefree vibes.

Photo ©  Tamriko Bardadze

Photo © Tamriko Bardadze

Nonsense is made up of Eddie and George, who play bass and guitar/vocals respectively. They’re currently void of a drummer and open to jamming with one, so long as they don’t play speed metal. I can’t think of a name that fits them more perfectly. Everything these dudes do is funnier and more ridiculous than the next. They shamelessly partook in every awkward pose asked of them and did it with huge smiles on their faces. Moreover, they managed to over sexualize eating corned beef, the least sexy of all deli meats.

Photo ©  Tamriko Bardadze

Photo © Tamriko Bardadze

We all split a healthy amount of Katz’s finest: a sauerkraut filled corned beef sandwich, a pastrami on rye, a bit of noodle pudding and, of course, a heaping plate of pickled goodness. After our meal we shot their review song at an amazing community art spot run by the Make It Happy project, which ends its tenure in a 12×12 on Houston this weekend (they run a different art installation every week). The band churned the song out in record time as the sun began to set and experimented with pop, ska and reggae versions of the song. They’d like for me to note that most of their other material is more thought out and slightly less ridiculous. They’d also like to not apologize for singing their over sexed corned beef jam to the nice family who came to the 12×12 as we were recording. Below is a fairly accurate transcription of the lyrics:

A little corned beef, between the ryes
A little mustard, and thunder thighs
So sour (sauer?), the kraut today
And a little salt, makes it go away

Ohh oh oh oh, Katz’s scratched across my belly
Ohh oh oh oh big sausage, oh so smelly
Ohh oh oh oh, Katz’s scratched across my belly
Katz’s deli (nonsensical singing)

Photo ©  Tamriko Bardadze

Photo © Tamriko Bardadze

Photo ©  Tamriko Bardadze

Photo © Tamriko Bardadze

Photo ©  Tamriko Bardadze

Photo © Tamriko Bardadze

Photo ©  Tamriko Bardadze

Photo © Tamriko Bardadze

Photo ©  Tamriko Bardadze

Photo © Tamriko Bardadze

Nonsense is a Brooklyn-based ska/reggae duo made up of Eddie Kuspial and George Miata.
https://www.facebook.com/nonsensefans

Make It Happy is New York based organization that works to generate positive social change by spreading happiness.
http://www.letsmakeithappy.org

Katz’s Deli
 http://katzsdelicatessen.com

2 Responses to “Corned Beef and Thunder Thighs: A Musical Review of Katz’s Delicatessen”

  1. Roseann says:

    Nonsense… So talented AND Sooo Handsome! WOW!!
    And the food Looks Incredibly Delish!!

  2. Delo says:

    This is the most ignorant review I have ever read. Katz’s predates “When Harry Met Sally” by 50 years, as do the photos on the walls. Far from a “tourist trap” it is a local institution, the last of its kind on the LES, where once deli’s were plentiful. Overpriced? Are you even aware of the wholesale price of an excellent cut of meat? Clearly not. Too much love for $1 slices and Subway grade C “meat”. Move on hipster.