Thursday, September 16, 2010
Gogol Bordello - Immigraniada (We Comin' Rougher)
Gogol Bordello is made up of band members from Ukraine, Russia, Israel, China, Ethiopia, Ecuador and Trinidad. From the album "Trans-Continental Hustle," produced by Rick Rubin.
Punk immigration--interesting concept. In this political and economic climate, immigrants have to be tougher than ever. I dedicate this to all my former neighbors in Vancouver, WA, who came from Ukraine. Brief memories: one guy always wore shorts in the dead of winter while de-icing his windshield before the morning commute. The teen-agers down the street made a haunted house in their front yard every Halloween. Their sister would warn them when little kids were coming so they wouldn't jump out and scare them. Another neighbor was a stay-at-home mom with eight kids. Her sons were friends with my son and they were the only boys. Their dad was from Armenia so they knew three languages. Hats off.
Interview at BoingBoing