Monday, April 14, 2008

The Fugs

Because they contributed one very funny political song to Dusan Makavejev's film "Wilhelm Reich: Mysteries of the Organism" *on edit: it turns out it was "Kill for Peace" (see below)I decided to look up The Fugs. It was a very good move. Although I'd been aware of this band out there, from the sixties in New York City, called "The Fugs" it was not something that I looked into. Turns out it was founded by two Beatniks, Tuli Kupferberg and Ed Sanders, and featured psychedelic music that was also irreverent while being intelligent. They sound, at least from what I've heard, like a more grown up Frank Zappa, managing to push some of the same boundaries while not sounding like they're frustrated middle schoolers. From what I understand Kupferberg is still out there in New York City, still part of the counter culture, explicitly linking himself with anarchism.

Here's a short piece called "Life is Funny"

"Throw me into the quicksand

Beat me with Armadillo Tails

Let me be eaten by starving baby elephants

If I can't have you

If I can't have you"

Then there's the operatic piece "Claude Pelieu and JJ Lebel Discuss the Early Verlaine Breadcrust Fragments"

* Kill for Peace (1966):

Kill, kill, kill for peace
Kill, kill, kill for peace
Near or middle or very far east
Far or near or very middle east
Kill, kill, kill for peace
Kill, kill, kill for peace

If you don't like the people
or the way that they talk
If you don't like their manners
or they way that they walk,
Kill, kill, kill for peace
Kill, kill, kill for peace

If you don't kill them
then the Chinese will
If you don't want America
to play second fiddle,
Kill, kill, kill for peace
Kill, kill, kill for peace

If you let them live
they might support the Russians
If you let them live
they might love the Russians
Kill, kill, kill for peace
Kill, kill, kill for peace

(spoken) Kill 'em, kill 'em, strafe those gook creeps!

The only gook an
American can trust
Is a gook that's got
his yellow head bust.
Kill, kill, kill for peace
Kill, kill, kill for peace

Kill, kill, it'll
feel so good,
like my captain
said it should
Kill, kill, kill for peace
Kill, kill, kill for peace

Kill it will give
you a mental ease
kill it will give
you a big release
Kill, kill, kill for peace
Kill, kill, kill for peace
Kill, kill, kill for peace
Kill, kill, kill for peace"

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