Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention tested the limits of free expression and racial taboos in this 1984 music video for You Are What You Is. The hippie-light-show-solarized extravaganza features a harmonica-playing Ronald Reagan, dancing African “natives,” scantily-clad ladies (sexy nurse? sexy stewardess?) and the N-word. It’s all inappropriate and it’s offensive and rude. It’s nothing but things nice people don’t say. And it’s all true. We’ve got lyrics:
Do you know what you are?
You are what you is
You is what you am
(A cow don’t make ham…)
You ain’t what you’re not
So see what you got
You are what you is
An’ that’s all it ’tis [Mas…]
So Cal homies Chicano Batman lay down a soulful groove and tell an eternal story in Cycles of Existential Rhyme. [POCHO amigo Giovanni Solis produced and directed the just-released video.]
Who’s got a beard that’s long and white?
Santa’s got a beard that’s long and white
Who comes around on a special night?
Santa comes around on a special night
Special night, beard that’s white
Must be Santa, must be Santa
Must be Santa, Santa Claus
[Listen closely as Bob Dylan lists Santa’s eight reindeer — names not in the official lyrics: “Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon; Carter, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton”.]
Pocholandia homies Mariachi El Bronx are mad as Hell and are not gonna take this anymore. There’s a New Beat in town, tu sabes. Advanced music appreciators — please correct us if we’re wrong, but we think the New Beat is in 7/4 and 3/4 and 6/8 and 12/8 time, but “it’s complicated.”
This newly-released “audio-only” video for MEB’s Everything Twice is pretty good, too, maybe even better, actually it’s lots better. It has a great beat (only one!) and it’s easy to dance to. If we were still alive and still a radio DJ, we’d play this “B-side” instead: [Mas…]
Grammy winnners La Santa Cecilia recorded this live performance of Elvis Costello’s Losing Game for KCRW radio last week and Marisoul’s smokey vocal and evocative accordion made for musical magic.
PREVIOUSLY ON LA SANTA CECILIA: [Mas…]
It’s Latino Heritage Month, and that means Latinos. We Are All Over the Fucking Place!
Last week we featured La Bamba played and sung by scores of people all around the world. Today we bring you 6-year-old Jordan Bijan, a Canadian first grader who sings and plays all the instruments in his new La Bamba music video.
You say you don’t want to hear the same old sounds? Then you’ll like this new track from Outernational — Future Rock — produced by RATM’s Tom Morello. And we’ve got lyrics: [Mas…]