Friday, April 16, 2010

5 on Friday - Set 10

















Welcome to my first single-artist showcase for 5 on Friday. The clear choice for me is to give this honor to Gogol Bordello.

I'm still deeply infatuated with this new discovery. Six months ago, I didn't know this group existed, even though they've been together, recording and touring since 1999. But a series of events led me to them and there's been no looking back since.

I featured lead singer Eugene Hutz in a post last October over at my group blog, Popculturedivas. There are songs and clips featured in this post: Nothing Attracts Women Quite Like the Unattainable Man

In November I featured the lyrics from Letter to Mother as a Poetry Train Monday post while I was deep into NaNoWriMo. I also included the full song: Letter to Mother

Following my triumphant finish to the 50,000-word mark, I featured Forces of Victory in this post: 13 Things That Kept Me Going During NaNoWriMo. I dedicated the same song to the Canadian Olympic hockey team for my third set for 5 on Friday.

For my first Thursday Thirteen for 2010, I featured Eugene's offshoot group J.U.F. as well as Gogol Bordello: 13 Songs to Get Your Blood Pumping For All of Those Get-Fit Resolutions

This new group of songs debuts at A Piece of My Mind for my tenth set. This meme is hosted by Travis at Trav's Thoughts.

1 - Avenue B

Eugene speaks about growing up before the song begins at the 1:20 mark. Keep in mind that Eugene has a habit of singing in English, Ukrainian and Roma (Gypsy,) and all in the same song!

Sitting in a Russian bathhouse on Avenue B
No matter how much we sweat we just can't agree

Tall little Sally, my darling
Your panic's so charming
Your shopping techniques are amazing
Celebrity erudition disarming


- Eugene Hutz




2 - Ultimate

If we are here not to do
What you and I wanna do
And go forever crazy with it
Why the hell we are even here?


- Eugene Hutz




3 - My Strange Uncles From Abroad

Bright open eyes
That are still looking
They are still finding
A few unpoisoned hearts
No matter where you are exiled
You are exiled


- Eugene Hutz




4 - Oh No

Oh yeah, oh no, it doesn't have to be so
It is possible any time anywhere
Even without any dough
Oh yeah, oh no, it doesn't have to be so
Forces of the creative mind unstoppable!


- Eugene Hutz




5 - Super Taranta!

Second time I read the Bible
I was thinking, 'It's alright, man'
I was thinking
najdedajdaj
I v dushe vse na gitarkah

Ai, ai, shadows of forbidden existence
Come with me, to the future now!


- Eugene Hutz



Linda says This is what I love about Travis' meme - those are five songs that I had never heard of and never would have if you hadn't shared them with us!

Travis says I really enjoyed the first video, listening to the guy speak about his influences. I think it demonstrates how a culture can stagnate if creativity and artistry is never nurtured.

Bond says Interesting find indeed.

5 comments:

Linda said...

This is what I love about Travis' meme - those are five songs that I had never heard of and never would have if you hadn't shared them with us!

Congrats on all of your recent accomplishments, too!

Travis said...

I really enjoyed the first video, listening to the guy speak about his influences. I think it demonstrates how a culture can stagnate if creativity and artistry is never nurtured.

Thanks for sharing these. Like Linda said, I never would have gone in search of something like this on my own.

Jamie said...

What a unique sound they have. I'll have to come back for some multiple listens.

Janet said...

Very interesting - and enjoyable. Loved #2 Ultimate - the lyrics you chose to highlight really spoke to me!

And, of course, HAD to listen to #4 Oh no because of the 'forces of creativity' line you shared over on my blog on Wednesday.

Thanks for sharing this band with us, Julia.

Bond said...

Interesting find indeed.

I did not know of this band and though I am not certain I could listen to them often, there is something intriguing about them