Thursday, November 11, 2010

Quick -- Somebody Play This For David Broder!!!

Well, it shouldn't be a surprise, but it turns out there was a garage/psych rock scene in Iran back in the 60s, just like there was just about everywhere else. And a lot of those Iranian bands made actual records.

Case in point: Persian Farfisa kings Moha Jamin and their Au Go-Go to the max "Raks Raks Raks"!

Man, that drummer's really expressing himself!

Anyway, as you can see, the song is the lead track from an actual comp of Iranian bands of the period I stumbled upon recently. And by the late 70s, the Khomeini regime was doing its best to make this sort of music (and the musicians that made it) disappear down the memory hole; in fact, the vaguely Monkees-ish noises Moha Jamin (those silhouettes on the cover are them, BTW) made are still not exactly kosher (heh) in their homeland. Although there's apparently a reasonably flourishing indie-rock scene in Tehran at the moment, at least if this movie I reviewed earlier in the year is to be believed.

Of course, if the current crowd of congressional Republicans gets their way we'll probably be bombing the swarthy little wogs back to the Stone Age before too long. So it's probably academic anyway.


steve simels said...

Note to self: Crappy 60s garage tracks in Farsi less interesting to readers than hoped.

Anonymous said...

Maybe you had to be there... Personally, I think this is great garage. Garage may have been the first world music. Catchy melody, too. AP

DeepKarma said...

That kinda rocks.

I always like dropping this stuff into the mixes I work up for the old gang when we get together for one too many adult beverages. Love the look on their faces when they try to figure out the lyrics or identify the band an hour or so after the beer starts to kick in. Never gets old.

Kid Charlemagne said...

The stuff from the Turkish scene from this era is pretty mindblowing too Steve!