Tuesday, October 5, 2010

"Wonderlust King" Performed by Gogol Bordello

If such a thing as deracinated roots music could exist, it would sound something like Gogol Bordello, introduced by a kind reader perhaps aware that frontman Eugene Hütz and this blogger are both Gypsy quadroons. He seems to be the only member of the group with Romany blood; the other members come from each and every continent.

It's good to see them flying the Romany flag; even better would be a banner of Saint Sarah. If this is to be the era of migrants, why not look back to folks who started it all a thousand years ago. (The music video in the middle traces our ancestors' journey from Rajasthan.) Gypsy punk would make a fine global pop music, if we need such a thing, far better than that commercial garbage named after Radio Ga Ga.

UPDATE: An informative post on the band — “But I’m a Wonderlust King!” — from which comes an excerpt from an interview in which Mr. Hütz explains what he's trying to do:
    Gogol Bordello’s task is to provoke the audience out of post-modern aesthetic swamp on to a neo-optimistic communal movement towards new sources of authentic energy.

    With acts of music, theatre, chaos and sorcery Gogol Bordello confronts the jaded and irony-deceased. Our treatment of traditional material is free will, but is not irony-driven and thus real. Our theatre is chaotic and spontaneous and because of that is alarming and response-provoking.

    From where we stand it is clear that the world’s culture contain materials for endless possibilities and new mind-stretching comibinations, raw joy and survival energy. We chose to work with Gypsy, Cabaret and punk traditions. It’s what we know and feel. And many more are possible to make the beloved statement of post-modernism “everything had been done” sound as an intellectual error.

    The troubadors of neo-authentic are comin’ as a trans-global art syndicate family that has never been witnessed before. PARTY!

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Blogger Tracy Fennell said...

Big fan of Gogol Bordello here. Somewhere I have a pic of myself and Mr. Hütz after a private performance in town.

7:54 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

You lucky duck!

2:58 PM  

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