Rachid Taha, Mick Jones, Brian Eno – Rock the Casbah

27 November 2005.

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Sachal Studios – Take Five

Wikipedia:

“Take Five” is a jazz piece composed by Paul Desmond and performed by The Dave Brubeck Quartet on their 1959 album Time Out. Recorded at Columbia Records’ 30th Street Studio in New York City on July 1, 1959, fully two years later it became an unlikely one-hit wonder and the best-selling jazz single of all time. Written in the key of E-flat minor, it is famous for its distinctive two-chord piano vamp; catchy blues-scale saxophone melody; imaginative, jolting drum solo; and use of the unusual quintuple (5/4) time, from which its name is derived. It was first played by the Quartet to a live audience at the Village Gate nightclub in New York City in 1959.

Brubeck drew inspiration for this style of music during a U.S. State Department-sponsored tour of Eurasia, where he observed a group of Turkish street musicians performing a traditional folk song with supposedly Bulgarian influence that was played in 9/8 time, a rare meter for Western music (traditionally called “Bulgarian meter”). After learning about the form from native symphony musicians, Brubeck was inspired to create an album that deviated from the usual 4/4 time of jazz and experimented in the exotic styles he experienced abroad.

Dave Brubeck performing Take Five in 1961.

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Bonnie Poe and Bela Lugosi – Betty Boop Meets Dracula

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Chairman Kim Makes My Panties Wet

North Korea…the new Polish light bulb joke.

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Kate Bush – Sat in Your Lap

I see the people working / And see it working for them
And so I want to join in / But then I find it hurts me

Some say that knowledge is something sat in your lap
Some say that knowledge is something that you never have

I see the people happy / So can it happen for me?
‘Cause when I am unhappy / There’s nothing that can move me

Some say that knowledge is something that you never have
Some say that knowledge is something sat in your lap
Some say that Heaven is Hell
Some say that Hell is Heaven

I must admit, just when I think I’m king (I just begin)
Just when I think I’m king, I must admit (I just begin)
Just when I think I’m king (I just begin)

I’ve been doing it for years / My goal is moving near
It says, “Look! I’m over here” / Then it up and disappears

Some say that knowledge is something sat in your lap
Some say that knowledge is ah ha ha ho

I want to be a lawyer / I want to be a scholar
But I really can’t be bothered
Ooh, just gimme it quick
Gimme it, gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme

Some say that knowledge is ah ha ho
Some say that knowledge is ah ha ho
Some say that Heaven is Hell
Some say that Hell is Heaven

I must admit, just when I think I’m king (I just begin)
Just when I think I’m king, I must admit (I just begin)
Just when I think everything’s going great (I just begin)

I get the break, hey, I’m gonna take it all (I just begin)
When I’m king, just begin

In my dome of ivory / A home of activity
I want the answers quickly / But I don’t have no energy

I hold a cup of wisdom / But there is nothing within
My cup, she never overfloweth / And ’tis I that moan and groaneth

Some gray and white matter (Give me the karma, mama)
I’m coming up the ladder
Hey, I’m coming up the ladder (A jet to Mecca)
Up the ladder (Tibet or Jeddah)
(To Salisbury, a monastery)
(The longest journey)

(Across the desert)
(Across the weather)
(Across the elements)
(Across the water)

See also: a more electronic demo of Sat in Your Lap, an interview on a children’s show just after making the video, an instrumental version…

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