And the multicultural day presses on. Amfortas has sent this clip below, writing: “Catchy. Gibberish. The banality of modern music.”
The state of our music is certainly dire, also our art and architecture. JD has mentioned the Turner, there’s the Booker, there is broad agreement from a wide range of people it is effing awful.
The times are reflected in art and art is reflected in the times. Our times are dumbed-down, dystopic, twisted and perverse. They lack any kind of style [tatts post yesterday].
To the clip, following this little explanation:
Made in 1972 by Adriano Celantano, it’s a parody of Italian rockers who sang in English even though they didn’t speak the language.
Ah but Amfortas [or Amfy as Uber knows and loves him] has inadvertently stumbled upon a gem. Adriano Celentano made a career of schlock but it was always parody and he’s known as the arch satirist in Italy, outrageously so – the best-selling Italian male artist. In fact, the clip is brilliant as it attacks all that was bad in Italian entertainment of the day and still is [bunga bunga]. It also parodies us.
Just look at this comment below the clip at youtube:
Think about it, the backup vocals are singing the exact same vocals as the main singer. That means they actually had to write all of that gibberish down and memorize it and sing it in unison. That’s dedication to the bit of “hey lets trick these italians into thinking we’re speaking english”
And that was why he was as equally vilified as celebrated in Italy over many decades. Another commenter:
Ironic how in his video he talks about “trying to rob my style” when he did just that.
Elvis Costello? That almost all his work was in Italian meant that he did not get the international exposure he surely should have had. He was capable of very beautiful music too, heavily erotic. The clip no longer exists on youtube in the form I have it here but it was Italian eroticism write large, without ever being pornographic.
It celebrated wimmin.
This is about the best visual version I can find of a song that’s been run at this site quite a few times already [play the second half to get an idea of the sweep but be warned - some bozo cuts off the end of the song]:
… and [JD might like this one]:
The voice is rough but that was part of the charm, not unlike Louis. He was and is a complete rogue, Celentano.