Sunday, April 25, 2010

Fangoria // Absolutamante

Alaska (Olvido Gara) is the love of my life lately. I accidentally stumbled upon her doing some goggle searches. The first song I heard of hers was “Bailando,” (Alaska Y Los Pegamoides) which is a great start. There was so much more to come. I would dive into a well of music and videos that’s deepened over 30 years. Alaska is leader of the bands: Alaska y Los Pegamoides, Alaska y Dinarama and currently Fangoria. I can’t help but fall harder as I delve into the discography of this wonderfully talented, beautiful and of course dark woman. She is the type that my stepmother (whose primary language is Spanish) would refer to as one of “las mujeres peligrosas” (dangerous women). She has correctly noted and observed my predisposed attraction to them. This class also includes: Siouxsie Sioux, Diamanda Gal├ís, Jarboe and Lydia Lunch (her fellow Spanish emigrant). The prerequisite for this class is that they are: strong, prolific, beautiful, unique and write some damn good lyrics. I know that’s too much to ask these days, hence the length of my list. It’s true I might only understand half of what I hear. The language bury ear is becoming less of a burden. I have a hell of a time trying to sing-along, but she is making my Spanish less busted. The songs are expanding my vocabulary. I want to understand completely. Even in that half I find myself feeling and relating to the music. This might be her last album as Fangoria but I’m sure she will go on to other things. My favorite song on here is “Absolutamente.” It’s a great tune for uncertain times and uncertain people. The song is so affirmative, positive and just great to hear. The remix version features movie star/singer Sarita Montiel doing her thing at 82. The video is over the top in the best way.

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