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.

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