dissabte, 20 de setembre de 2014

#MinutsMusicals de 1974 amb "Cosmik Debris" de Frank Zappa


A les societats modernes tenim la Cultura, així amb majúscula, la cultura, així amb minúscula i fins i tot la "cultureta"...  I tan o més necessària que aquestes les societats necessiten, també, la contracultura, que entre les seves múltiples expressions hi ha, també, la música!

És missió de la contracultura, entre d'altres, qüestionar el sistema dominant, qüestionar l'statu quo per remoure consciències i promoure l'activisme. La contracultura és una necessària sacsejada de pensament i consciència.

A la seva manera, amb la seva música, Frank Zappa va ser un exponent de la contracultura nord americana durant la segona meitat del segle passat.

Zappa, que en el món de la música va fer quasi de tot (va ser compositor, guitarrista, cantant, productor i director de videoclips), destaca musicalment pel seu eclecticisme, que el permetia moure's i passejar amb molta solvència pel rock, el blues, el jazz, la música electrònica i la clàssica!

L'any 1974 Frank Zappa ja tenia a les seves espatlles una llarga i prolífica carrera musical tan amb el grup The Mothers of Invention com en solitari; aquell any va publicar "Apostrophe (')", el disc que més èxit comercial va tenir, arribant al número 10 de la llista de vendes d'elapés americana.

La cançó que avui destaquem és "Cosmik Debris", que si bé no va ser la més destacada del disc, sí que ens serveix per veure Frank Zappa en plena acció amb la seva guitarra!

Gaudiu-la!



Cosmik Debris

The mystery man came over
And he said "I'm outta sight!"
He said for a nominal service charge
I could reach nirvana tonight
If I was ready, willing and able
To pay him his regular fee
He would drop all the rest of
His pressing affairs and devote
His attention to me

But I said "Look here brother
who you jiving with that cosmik debris?
Now who you jiving with that cosmik debris?
Look here brother, don't waste your time on me"

The mystery man got nervous
And he fidget around a bit
He reached in the pocket of his mystery robe
And he whipped out a shaving kit
Now I thought it was a razor
And a can of foaming goo
But he told me right then when the top popped open
There was nothin' his box won't do
With the oil of Aphrodite, and the dust of the Grand Wazoo
He said "You might not believe this, little fella
But it'll cure your asthma too"

And I said "Look here brother
Who you jiving with that cosmik debris?
Now what kind of a guru are you, anyway?
Look here brother, don't waste your time on me"
(Don't waste your time)

"I've got troubles of my own", I said
"And you can't help me out
So, take your meditations and your preparations
And ram it up your snout!"
"But I got the crystal ball", he said
And held it to the ligh
So I snatched it, all away from him
And I showed him how to do it right

I wrapped a newspaper 'round my head
So I looked like I was deep
I said some mumbo-jumbo, then
I told him he was going to sleep
I robbed his rings and pocketwatch
And everything else I found
I had that sucker hypnotized
He couldn't even make a sound
I proceeded to tell him his future, then
As long as he was hanging around
I said "The price of meat has just gone up
And your old lady has just gone down!"

And I said "Look here brother-who you
Jiving with that cosmik debris?
Now is that a real poncho or is that a Sears poncho?
Don't you know, you could make more money as a butcher?
So, don't waste your time on me"
Don't waste it, don't waste your time on me
(Shante)

El primer senzill del disc i cançó que va ajudar a vendre'l va ser "Don't Eat the Yellow Snow", que ens serveix per tancar aquest petit viatge a un bocí de l'univers de Frank Zappa de 1974.