Strange Covers and praise for Scott Walker…

I like the horrible harmonies on this one:

Go ahead, Sammy, sing whatever lyrics you want:

If you’re a rock and roll traditionalist, move on. This version of “Light My Fire” by The Free Design is more mesmerizing than the original (especially the solos near the end). This is one of my favorite albums of all time.

Oh dear:

I rented “30 Century Man”, a movie about Scott Walker, an utterly unique figure in the best sense. Not only is he an amazing songwriter, not only has he gone from pop star to icon unscathed and with his integrity and sanity in tact, but he creates music that really defies description. His CD “Tilt” is one of only two albums that literally stayed with me for months after hearing it. What was it? It wasn’t pop, or jazz. It wasn’t techno or Sprechgesang or Sprechstimme (although it contained all those elements). All I can say is that I am a huge fan. So much so that when I was compiling Olivia’s first CD of music that I wanted to share with her, one of the songs was a Scott Walker tune, “Farmer In The City”.

I have no idea what the song is about. Thankfully Walker does not revisit his own work, so our own interpretations will have to suffice. I think it’s about a man from another land being sold as a slave.

Listen to this in a dark room. If you get the whole CD, you won’t make it to the end in a dark room, I promise you.

Do i hear
21
21
21

i’ll give you
21
21
21

Do i hear
21
21
21

i’ll give you
21
21
21

This night you
are mistaken

i’m a farmer
in the city

Dark farm
houses
against the
sky

Every night
i must wonder why

Harness on the
left nail keeps
wrinkling wrinkling

Then higher above
me – e e so o
e e e so o o

Can’t go buy
a man from
Rio

Can’t go buy
a man from
Vigo

Can’t go buy
a man from
Ostia

Hey Ninetto

Remember that
dream

we talked about
it
so many times

Do i hear
21
21
21

i’ll give you
21
21
21

Do i hear
21
21
21

i’ll give you
21
21
21

And if i’m not
mistaken
We can search
from farm to
farm

Dark farm houses
against our eyes

Every night i
must realize

Harness on the
left nail

keeps withering withering

Then higher above
me e e so o
e e e so o o

Can’t go by
a man in
this shirt

Can’t go by
a man in
that shirt

Can’t go by
a man with brain
grass

go by his long
long eye
gas

And i used
to be a
citizen

i never felt
the pressure

i knew nothing
of the horses

Nothing of the
thresher

Paulo
take me with
you

it was the
journey of
a life

Do i hear
21
21
21

i’ll give you
21
21
21

Do i hear
21
21
21

i’ll give you
21
21
21

Here’s a preview of the movie. Yes. That’s meat being punched by a percussionist as a musical device. The last CD of his, “The Drift“, if anything, is MORE terrifying.

 

 

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