Kanye + Krautrock

Posted: March 24th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: Brian | Tags: , , , , | 5 Comments »

It turns out that Kanye West and Mos Def spend their free time much like whoadu.de contributors. They sit around on their yachts, listen to somewhat-obscure 70s German rock, get blazed, and make up new song lyrics. On Kanye’s new album, Graduation, they borrow generously from one of my all-time favorite songs, Can‘s Sing Swan Song. Here’s a video of them performing it in Paris in 1973.

Here’s Kanye performing his version, Drunk and Hot Girls.

All of this makes me very confused. Initially, I was annoyed that they changed this song to being about “drunk and hot girls.” It’s obvious, though, that they came up with the lyrics by listening to the Can song. And, after listening to the original lyrics a number of times, it is completely unclear what Damo Suzuki is singing. According to music lyric sites, it’s “you’ve been just the junky hot bowls.” This may or may not be true, but when you have a drugged-out Japanese guy singing in English with a German band, dissonance is inevitable. It really does sound like he is saying “drunky hot girls.” All of this is very unnerving.

betrunkenen und heißen mädchen.


5 Comments on “Kanye + Krautrock”

  1. 1 noriega said at 9:18 pm on March 24th, 2008:

    who knows if he was even singing in english? sometimes damo sings in german, sometimes damo sings in japanese, sometimes damo sings in alien tongues comprehensible only as faint vibrations in distant substrata beneath our feet…

  2. 2 brosa said at 9:21 pm on March 24th, 2008:

    i usually don’t pay too much attention to the words, unless they are

    dying butterfly
    dying butterfly
    dying butterfly
    dying butterfly
    dying butterfly
    dying butterfly
    dying butterfly
    dying butterfly
    dying butterfly
    dying butterfly
    dying butterfly
    dying butterfly
    dying butterfly

  3. 3 mnhs said at 1:45 pm on March 25th, 2008:

    BUTT OR FLY
    BUTT OR FLY
    BUTT OR FLY
    BUTT OR FLY
    BUTT OR FLY
    BUTT OR FLY
    BUTT OR FLY
    BUTT OR FLY

  4. 4 noriega said at 8:16 pm on March 25th, 2008:

    that was malcolm mooney, which means he probably had a seizure while they were recording, which means he’s actually probably saying something like

    BUHHHGGHHFFFFDDRFLAAEEEEE

    and only by coincidence does it sound like “butt-er-fly,” over and over and over

  5. 5 Allen Goldstein said at 11:13 pm on March 30th, 2008:

    This is important. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbaTur4A1OU


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