Sunday, December 11, 2005

A musical gem

The Bonzo Dog Band
Nels Cline sent me a pair of CDs by the Bonzo Dog Band, which contains obscure rarities and even a few live performances by this legendary band that is one of my all-time favorites. A particular gem, that I had never heard, was a reggae protest song which has this catchy refrain:

Heigh ho!
Don't worry
Nobody can win
(Heigh ho! Heigh ho!)
No matter who you vote for, the government always gets in!

For a song that is over 30 years old it has a resonance and currency that made me smile and tap my foot in recognition. It caused Joe Jennings to laugh out loud for a few minutes. The complete lyrics, for those who might be interested:

Speaking of Nels Cline, the new Wilco album is out called Kicking Television. It is a two-CD live album recorded last May in Chicago. This is a phenomenal work and Nels makes them sound so sonically juiced up that they are literally a different band from just a few years back. Check it out dudes.
Nels Cline performs with Wilco in Los Angeles on 11/24/04.

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