Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike

Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike

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by Gogol Bordello
     
 

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These "gypsy punks," as the band jubilantly describes itself, were once precisely that, a spectacular clash of cultures that smashed the exuberance of Ukrainian gypsy music and the pounding rhythms and exhilarating fire of Slavic folk, with the roar of punk rock. That was then, but now globalization has got them in its grip, and Gogol Bordello set about crashing

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These "gypsy punks," as the band jubilantly describes itself, were once precisely that, a spectacular clash of cultures that smashed the exuberance of Ukrainian gypsy music and the pounding rhythms and exhilarating fire of Slavic folk, with the roar of punk rock. That was then, but now globalization has got them in its grip, and Gogol Bordello set about crashing through national boundaries, reconnecting the cultural links borders have severed. If a fire and fury for life fed the soul of the gypsy, the Slav, and the punk, it also lay at the heart of hard rock and heavy metal, and so into the meat grinder goes incendiary lead guitar. Flamenco's fire lies in its emotive rhythms and dangerous atmospheres, both of which seep into the set as well. You can hear it on "60 Revolutions," and even more magnificently on the stomping "Think Locally Fuck Globally," whose rhythms subtly quicken into a furious flamingo fire, before sweeping into a tribal tattoo, finally flinging itself out in a gypsy swirl. "Not a Crime" careens into Arabesque, "Immigrant Punk" skanks straight into reggae, while "Underdog World Strike" heads underground, interweaving hip-hop, punk, and reggae to gypsy's own roots. Frontman/lyricist Eugene H�tz explains how his own history drives him on the autobiographical "Undestructable," accompanied by a cheery punky reggae backing that defies one not to sing along. And it's not the only one for much of the set is spectacularly anthemic, from the fist-in-the-air fervor of the Oi!-esque "Not a Crime," the fashion-fling command chorus of "Start Wearing Purple," to the life-affirming "Undestructable." One may even start phonetically parroting the lyrics of "Santa Marinella." That latter song is not sung in English, and there's foreign lyrics sprinkled about the set, but the emotional meaning is always clear. A truly universal album that encompasses America's eternal immigrant story, urban living, and a love of life and music that translates into every language on earth. It's the fire in not just the gypsy soul, but the soul of everyone, and Bordello ignite it into a blaze as bright as life itself.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/07/2006
Label:
Side One Dummy
UPC:
0603967127119
catalogNumber:
71271
Rank:
78952

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gogol Bordello   Primary Artist
Rea Mochiach   Bass,Percussion,Background Vocals,electronics
Yuri Lemeshev   Accordion,Vocals,Background Vocals
Oren Kaplan   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Eugene Hütz   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Vocals
Elizabeth Sun   Percussion,Background Vocals
Sergey Ryabtzev   Violin,Background Vocals
Pamela Jintana Racine   Percussion,Background Vocals
Pedro Erazo   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Eliot Ferguson   Drums,Background Vocals
Ras Krush   Rap

Technical Credits

Steve Albini   Engineer,Audio Production
Rea Mochiach   Programming,Engineer,Beat Programming
Mike Treglia   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Gogol Bordello   Composer,Producer
Eugene Hütz   Composer,Orchestration
Pedro Erazo   Composer

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Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful CD, with just enough crazy to hand a little bit to everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Seriously... Go Right NOW to your local indie record store and pick this up... What are you waiting for... Seriously, you njeed this record!!! It will change your life... It will make dance and filled with glee!!! So watcha waitin' for... Pick it up!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Where did this band come from? The music is sort of like a headache that you could get if you stood in front of a tornado siren for a few hours.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gogol Bordello has a style of music that I have never heard before and now I am completely hooked. Listening to this CD will raise your mood and have you dancing in no time. After I seen them in a mind blowing concert I can't get them out of my head.
ever_green More than 1 year ago
These guys have an amazing sound and put on a killer show. They mixed a bunch of different styles together and created a really unique album. Check it out!
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