Next on the shelf is the first of 3 mp3 cd collections of French, German, Dutch etc music starting of with one of my favourite soundtracks from one of my favourite Roger Vadim movies – Barbarella. Jane Fonda is wonderful, though a Bardot clone, in this crazy mess of a movie. The music is lounge sweet & has absolutely no scifi tinges. I loved this music when I first saw the movie decades ago & when I got high speed was happy to hunt it down.
Here too is Plastic Bertrand: An 1. I have some of his other albums scattered though my French music collection. Fun, sardonic & odd. Some of his songs were repurposed by punk bands back in the day. Boudewijn de Groot: Nact en Ontij – glorious progrock electronica – a more rock version of Kraftwerk. Jane Birkin: Di Doo Dah – sweet French pop with an assist from Serge Gainsbourg.
Klaus Bloch: Extrem Musik a la Ping Pong – glorious progrock electronica – a fine version of Kraftwerk. Brigitte Fontaine est folle – psychedelic folk with charm & lyrics you don’t have to think about. Der Moderne Man: 80 Tage Auf See – punky punchy yet easy on the ears. Finally: Jean LeFennec: Phantastic – more psychedelic folk with charm & lyrics you don’t have to think about. All of these come 60’s/70’s and all (except Barbarella) reflect the influence of American pop music on European rock.
‘Rumba?’ Ped gave Jam a playful shove. ‘Where did you get that name from?’
‘Just came to me.’ Jam snapped his fingers. ‘A stroke of genius.’
‘Yeah along with ‘dat acc’nt mon’?’
‘Well, those guys had it coming. Snooping around here every night. Had to give them something they could enjoy.’ Jam began to wipe the green make up off his chin. ‘Did you see his face. Boy, looked like he was about to crap his pants.’
‘Yeah, but ‘Mambo.’ Good thing you didn’t give any of the others names.’
‘Good idea. You can be ChaCha. Pola can be Tango.’
‘I don’t feel right about it though. What if they …’
‘What? Tell on us? I can see them now at the Militia Office. These boys with red and green faces told us they would protect us from evil. That’d go over big around here.’
‘You did pick the red and green. Afraid of the blue and white.’
‘Ped this is for fun. I know enough not to cross the line. That would have been begging for trouble.’
‘Since when did that bother you?’
‘It doesn’t. Fear is an emotion I choose not to fear. But that doesn’t mean I’m an idiot either. Bad enough we used the right markings.’ He continued to rub at the make up around his eyes. ‘Is it all off?’
‘Sort of but I think you rubbed too hard.’
‘You too.’ He gave another playful hip shove that sent Jam sprawling. ‘You think the other guys got home okay.’ Jam stood.
‘Don’t they always.’
‘I don’t think …’
‘Then stop thinking. Let me worry about that. We’d have more fun if you’d stop all that thinking. It’s not as if we are robbing the tourists, just putting a little of local fear into them. Get their imaginations going.’
‘It’s not all imagination and you know it.’
‘Yeah! So. It’s no fun to play in safe places. So this had a little more edge than the rag doll and pins routine. Gives them more for their dollar.’
‘I know. I spooks me. That’s all. Mama Gre’loo says we have to be careful with the forest spirits. This is the Season of Change and all things that start a change now must follow where it leads.’
‘You gotta stop listening to that foolishness. You sound like one of those tourists. You know?’
‘I know. Come on, let’s get that stuff all washed off so we can get home.’
HotDamn! It’s A Queer Slam
June – dates t.b.a – Capturing Fire 2018 – Washington D.C.