June 12, 2009 Playlist

"Magma" by Magma (1970)
Magma  "Magma"  1970 (France)
Magma was one of the most original "rock" groups of all time, inventing their own language to sing songs about the mythology of "planet Kobaia" and its inhabitants, against a backdrop of music that has more in common with Stravinsky and Coltrane than the Beatles or Zeppelin.  They were apparently quite popular on the European continent (in fact still are), though the American music press gave them nothing but scathing reviews during their 70's heyday.  Therefore they have remained an obscure cult band on these shores, but are highly recommended for curious ears looking to hear something "completely different."   (In fact there is a whole musical movement in Europe called "Zeuhl" which is based on the pioneering work of Magma.)  This is their first album which has Kobaian lyrics, but is closer to "jazz fusion" and "prog rock" than some of their later opuses, so might make a good place to start.
Keep your wig on tight, here's some extra-crazy videos!  First, Magma on French TV in 1970, and next here's "De Futura" from a 1977 TV appearance (written by the remarkable bass-playing troll Jannick Topp, though he wasn't in the band for this performance.)  And I think this next one is just about the craziest thing I've seen on youtube:  a video illustrating misheard lyrics from Magma's "Mekanik Destruktiw Kommandoh" (it's worth watching the whole thing, and the music's great of course!)
(N) = New Release

Artist Song Album Year (label) Country
Tommy James & The Shondells Cellophane Symphony Cellophane Symphony 1969 USA
Argent Music From The Spheres Nexus 1974 UK
Redbone Judgement Day / Without Reservation Potlatch 1970 USA
Triumvirat Panic On 5th Avenue Old Loves Die Hard 1976 Germany
The Guess Who Long Gone Flavours 1975 Canada
Blood Sweat & Tears Redemption B. S. & T. 4 1971 USA
Jon (Anderson) & Vangelis The Friends Of Mr. Cairo The Friends Of Mr. Cairo 1981 UK/Greece
Isao Tomita The Giant Pyramid And Its Ancient People The Bermuda Triangle 1979 Japan
Richard Hayman The Windmills of Your Mind The Genuine Electric Latin Love Machine 1969 USA
High Class Slim Came Floatin' In Beacons of Ancestorship (N) 2009 (Thrill Jockey) USA
The Black Lips
Meltdown (hidden track) 200 Million Thousand (N) 2009 (Vice) USA
Red Red Meat
Variations on Nadia's Theme Bunny Gets Paid (N - "Deluxe Edition"reissue) rec. 1995 (2009 Sub Pop) USA
Black Moth Super Rainbow Dark Bubbles Eating Us (N) 2009 (Graveface) USA
Gommorah (A Nursery Rhyme) Cold Fact (N - reissue) rec. 1970 (2008 Light In The Attic) USA
Meat Puppets Nursery Rhyme Sewn Together (N) 2009 (Megaforce) USA
Can Up The Bakerloo Line With Anne The Peel Sessions rec. 1973 Germany
Magma Kobaia Magma
1970 France
Magma Nau Ektila Magma
1970 France
Dzyan Kabisrain Time Machine 1973 Germany
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