Sunday, 27 July 2008

The Best Album Title Ever.

A band from the Democratic Republic Of Congo called "Kasai Allstars"just released a new album which is called:

"In The 7th Moon, The Chief Turned Into A Swimming Fish And Ate The Head Of His Enemy By Magic."

and if that's not the best album title ever, I'll eat my own shit. No, no, hang on, no I absolutely categorically will NOT do that. No, I'm not risking a photo blog of me consuming my own faeces. But seriously, I don't think it's possible for there to be a better name for an album than that. If any of you think you know one, then leave me a comment on here. But I warn you, if anyone suggests "5,000 Spirits Or The Layers Of The Onion" by The Incredible String Band, then you are disqualified from being my friend, coz that is a fucking lame name for an album. Yeah, the album itself may be pretty good, but come on, that name. It's rubbish.

Anyway, far from being just a band who can spin a fantastic title, Kasai Allstars are awesome. Brought to us by the same label and series of albums that gave us the unbelievably good Konono No1 (whose "Congotronics" album sounded like God himself had converted to Voodoo and given us a new form of Gospel to live by), Kasai Allstars are similar to them in that they play a modernised yet still very much D.I.Y (home made electronics, bottles for percussion, etc) form of traditional African trance music - infectious, repeated base riffs and rhythms with other instruments and patterns coming in and out as the locked groove plays on. The kind of thing you get really into after about six minutes and by the time a piece ends, you wish it was twice as long at the very least.
Don't go thinking that if you've heard Konono No1 that this is just more of the same tho. Kasai Allstars (at least sound like they) use different instrumentation, and their 25 members come from 5 different ethnic groups, so the end effect is very different, albeit from a similar starting point.

I just realised that probably none of you will have heard Konono No1, or give a crap about either of these bands anyway. More the fool you. Whatever, I saw "Dark Knight" yesterday and it's pretty much one of the best things ever, so I don't care. Seriously, "Dark Knight" is incredible. I reckon the American Film Whatever Board Thingy who decide what and who gets an Oscar should create a new category this year, "Best Performance By An Actor Or Actress Who Is Now Dead In A Film Released In The Last Year", just so they can give a posthumous Oscar to Heath Ledger - HE WAS THAT FUCKING GOOD!!


Anyway, to wrap things up on this post, I will attempt to follow up my correct prediction of a Mercury Prize nominee, by predicting the winner. I reckon they'll give it to Burial. Like when Roni Size/Reprazent and Dizzee Rascal were winners, Burial is the non-obvious choice album that is doing something new, fresh and exciting. (It could be argued that this also applies to Klaxons, Talvin Singh & Portishead too. In fact, you could argue that with every winner of the Mercury Prize so far, it's not necessarily the obvious best album, but the one the judging board thinks is the most new, fresh and exciting album. Of course, with choices like M People in 1994, you could also argue that if this is their agenda, they sometimes get it dead wrong.) That's why Burial is my prediction to win.

And just so we're clear on this, there will be absolutely NO bodily emissions consumed if I am wrong, got that? UNLESS it's the tears of everyone who doubted me, being proved wrong if I do get it right. I would happily drink those tears right down. Yum yum yum yum yum.


The Purple Gooroo said...

That title does seem pretty cool - it does surpass my previous fave album title ever--Yo La Tengo's "I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass".

I suppose in hindsight, the I.S.B. title does seem rubbish--but seriously, picture yourself in ''ve just dropped half a tab of clean LSD..someone tells you about that album, then shows you the cover---I would say your head is clearly blown off your shoulders and shoots into the stratosphere. I do think "The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter" is a better album title anyway.

Fat Chan said...

Lol I'd forgotten about that Yo La Tengo album title.....always makes me smile.

With regards to your Oscar thingy, I'm pretty sure that Heath Ledger is tipped for the Oscar anyway regardless of his current mortality! Still haven't seen it yet though, heard a bad review....but that was from a director so it doesn't really count in my books. So I'm off to see it soon indeed!! Right now where did I put my sandwich......

Le_Gore said...

There was a phase in the late 90's where the sweaty sock from Texas was everywhere and loads of my mates would go PHHHWWWOOOORRR literally say PHHHWWWOOOORRR! i never did.

On Dark Knight, completely agree! not one actor lets the side down. Love Michael Caine, i saw it at the iMax when it opened on the 17th and the Tues after on a normal screen. The iMax gave me a bit of a dull headache (great for the scenic shots, its like your in a helicopter) also the fact that people answer their phones IN the cinemas over here made me go watch it again. And for those that say its too long. Fuck off, it could of been 6 hours and id of loved it probably more!

Fat Chan said...

I saw this last friday finally, and I concur with everything said. Heath Ledger was beyond superb, there will never be, nor should there be a better joker!! But all actors were immense, loved, loved, loved, loved it!!!