Monday, April 28, 2008

Re-Making Your Mind Up

Manu Chao: Politik Kills (Because Music, 2008)
I've never had much time for Manu Chao, which, I'm sure, has upset him no end. But his next single features a huge stack of remixes (Dennis Bovell, Prince Fatty, David B and others) and they are all good. Like, every single one. I like this Barriobeat one by El Rude a lot as it's, basically, a racket with shouting on top and if that isn't a description of great pop music, then I don't know what is (*doesn't-know-what-is face*).

5 comments:

BLTP said...

I was put off Manu Chao by his uk fans there's a whiff of mung bean about them and so was suprised when I heard his tunes in a bar in spain that they weren' t too bad that being said I don't own any or eat mung beans.

Rob said...

i hear you, bltp. i had a similar experience, but this i am enjoying, oh yes...

Planet Mondo said...

I've always found there's a bit too much manic clang with Manu Chao for me, but that dubby tune is top - very Studio One.

PS there's a few reggae covers on PM today if you want to grab them - Telstar, Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, Alone Again Naturally(yes, that Gilbert O Sullivan one)

Rob said...

Hey PM: great Mittoo choons - lovely work!

Simon said...

I went to see Manu Chao a few years ago at Shepherd's Bush and it was great. It was the best crowd I've ever seen at a UK gig; everyone was French, Spanish or from anywhere but the UK. The air was thick with ilegal substances and the whole thing was brilliant. I went to see him last year in Brixton and the it stank. Full of gap year students, and Manu decided he wanted to play at being the Clash for the night. Anything subtle from the previous years had been thrown out in favour of lumpen rock. We left before the end.