"First I might have read the Bible, it had struck me as unwitty. I think it may have started rumor that the Lord ain't got no humor."
It occurred to me the other day that I ask if I'm crazy for liking a certain artist or group a lot on this blog, but I don't think I've ever meant it as much as I do now when I ask that question again for Gogol Bordello. If you haven't already assumed it from the picture above, Gogol Bordello is a group far from average, far from normal. Made up of a great deal of immigrants, Gogol Bordello embraces all aspects of the word "foreign".
With an array of instrumentation, most notably the use of the accordion and fiddle, the sound of Gogol Bordello is likened to one hell of a party going down at some secluded gypsy camp somewhere. In fact, their sound is so amazingly keen to that description that I have absolutely no reservations in calling this unhinged group "modern gypsies". Crazy antics, wildly paced rhythms, foreigners flying all over the place! Gogol Bordello is Fiddler on the Roof slapped silly while drunk on Main Street. I can't even begin to imagine this group's stage presence. The pictures alone of Gogol Bordello's live events pretty much melts my face off. I feel like these guys would be the ones entertaining me had I lived behind the Iron Curtain in some Commie Russian satellite state.
Now here's where I come down a little. I'm gonna be honest, when I was first introduced to this group, I just absolutely knew I would never listen to them again. About 30 seconds into the video for Start Wearing Purple, I closed the window and had no intentions to come back to it or anything else in his discography. No more than 15 minutes later the chorus from Start Wearing Purple danced around in my brain, and I was hooked. So I'm gonna admit, you may not be keen on to this group at first, but if you're not back in less than 15 minutes downloading these tracks, you're just as crazy as these guys are...
From Super Taranta! (all songs are right click - save as): Supertheory Of Supereverything
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