Typed by Geoffrey Faustman @ Planet Bearth
*MG [Merv Griffin]: Nina Hagen and that wonderful music.
DR [Don Rickles]: We'll be back with Nina and Don!
[As we return to this interview Nina, Merv and Don are improvising an Opera.]
MG: Boy! Let them top that at the Metropolitan Opera House. Oh, look at Lago over there.
NH[Nina Hagen]: Yea, I was so sad not being part of we are the world that I made a translation into German that goes like vie ….. [singing the chorus of we are the world] and so forth, you're gonna hear it.
MG: It doesn't quite have the same drama to it.
NH: Well, it comes from another chakra, I would say the German language is more like from this chakra like here like–
MG: That's German for "little butterfly."
DR: Oh! I was gonna go hide my family.
NH: [to Don] By the way, I know you know Frank Sinatra I just had a beautiful dream with him the other night.
DR: Yeah, well, I hope the maid wasn't too tired.
NH: No, no way, and he told me many things about his life and he kind of showed me his soul which was really interesting and we got being friends very much, so uh, he said he probably gonna marry one of these days.
DR: Yeah, sure. [obviously thinks she's crazy]
NH: Yeah, he said…
DR: I hope you're very happy.
MG: You have an incredible, uh, well I guess it's a contralto.
NH: Well, I would call it my individual God identity, Merv.
MG: Yeah, I beg your pardon?
NH: I would call it my individual God identity.
MG: Oh, well you go right ahead and call it that. We're not gonna fight that, are we Don?
DR: No need to get hot about it.
NH: Anyway, didn't you want to ask me something?
DR: And they wonder why they lost the war.
NH: Well, I was jewish, I wasn't involved.
DR: Well, we won't get into that dear —
MG: You weren't even born then, were you?
MG: You – you have a baby?
NH: Yes, 5 years old and she is in the pre-ballet school.
MG: What's her name?
NH: Cosma Shiva.
NH: Cosma Shiva, and she's a Taurus and she's extremely beautiful.
DR: That's what I am, a Taurus – my kid's name is Casablanca and my daughter's name is Pasha Kupa.
MG: And what's your real name?
DR: Al Katz.
NH: Nina, but home is not Germany for you anymore, is it? You live in what, Paris?
NH: I live in Paris, and in London and wherever I am because I'm touring the open air festival this summer again, and I'm having a new single coming out as a duet with Lene Lovich the other crazy chicklet from over there in Europe, the one with the braids and she once had a big hit the OOOOh-OOOOh-OOOh-oooh thing.
MG: I missed that one.
NH: You did? It's called My Lucky Number One.
MG: Her name is Lene Love itch?
NH: Lene Lovich, and um….
MG: Don's thinking there's a cure for that.
DR: What a night!
MG: Yeah, it's a shame when they get old and they sit around and reminisce – we don't do that because we're today, aren't we?
NH: Well, I'm different, I don't get old, I get young because I'm 47 now, next year I'm going to be 46. I'm different.
MG: You're not 47
NH: Sure, I'm getting younger, see I want to loosen up the conception of time, I want to create some kind of limitless kind of perception for the human race. By the way, [Nina begins rapping from the song, "Don't Kill The Animals] the human brain is our mental perception and with amazing grace, you lighten up your pretty face. And if we want to avoid this endless human riot, why don't we start by changing our diet? Life is for living, we animals agree, if they were meant to be eaten, we'd be growing on trees.
MG: That's right…
NH: [continues rap] So no more torture of our furry friends in the name of good and scientific ends. The pressure is on, make your decision, be vegetarian, be anti-vivisection and don't kill the animals, don't kill the animals, the animals are free-ee-ee-ee-ee. This song was created– thank you, thank you very, very dearly.
MG: Can Don try on your hair?
NH: My hair is extended.
MG: Is it extended?
NH: It's extended like extended love, you can't rip it off anymore.
MG: Is it yours?
NH: It's mine.
DR: [with extreme sarcasm] It's lovely.
MG: It used to be pink, I remember you when you were pink.
NH: Yeah? Now I'm white because I'm kind of more into being neutral. When I was pink, I was very much into romantic love affairs, but these days I am very much into being neutral and being happy with whatever I am and with wherever I am and stuff.
MG: Weren't you going to have a baby with one of my crew's son?
NH: Oh, yes, definitely.
MG: That didn't work out?
NH: Oh, yes, but I'm planning to have it in approximately about in like 7 years or so from now.
NH: Yeah, see when I create a love relationship, that love relationship last forever and ever and ever, because I'm neutral, I'm not jealous, I'm not jealous, I'm not possessive, I am happy with what I am, where I am and blah-blah, etc. bink,bink.
MG: 7 years gestation?
NH: Well, it might happen in 6 years. You know, it might happen in 6 years. I wasn't planning on getting pregnant right now. [moves away from Rickles]
DR: [very sarcastic again] I'm not that lonely.
MG: We'll come back right after these messages.