Saturday, February 04, 2006

From The Planet Kobaia

I found this video after that someone asked me if there was some clips available by the incredible french band Magma. In fact this a longer and much higher resolution version of a video you can also watch here. It is a cameo from the french movie Moi Y'en A Vouloir Des Sous. I've never seen it but I read it is a sort of satiric comedy. Here they play in a futuristic church in front of some priests (I can recognize the famous actor Michel Serrault) who don't seem too surprised by the weird music. It was 1972 and Magma were beginning to evolve from an earlier progressive-fusion, somehow similar to early-seventies Soft Machine, or Nucleus, to their own unique and very peculiar style, a dramatic, almost disturbing and complex music, with strange and evocative vocal harmonies. One of the strangest thing ever played by a rock(?) band. Headed by the impetuous drummer Christian Vander, inspired by John Coltrane in his tireless search for "music supreme", they have been telling through all their albums the saga of the planet Kobaia and the meeting of kobaian people with the people of the Earth. All of this is sung in Kobaian language, whose dictionary and grammar rules have been conceived by Vander himself.
It's a pity that the actors' dialogue doesn't allow us to hear to the whole song, because it is an unreleased one (the title is unknown) and it sounds, like almost anything that Magma ever played, astonishing.
They didn't wear those strange clothes and glasses just for the movie, this is the way they used to look aliens!

Magma - Clip from "Moi Y'en A Vouloir Des Sous" (1972)

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I hope this will inspire you to leave a comment.




Blogger michelerui79 said...

Ciao,ho visto che sei stato sul mio blog. Ma sei riuscito a scaricare gli stooges? Perché prima io ci ho provato (perché uno diceva di avere dei problemi con il primo disco), ma non sono riuscito a scaricarne neanche uno! (Ma neanche dei post precedenti mi pare...) Bah.


2/04/2006 7:35 PM  
Anonymous Secretly a Terrific Whistler said...

Thanks!! (I was "anonymous" who asked about Magma, Area, etc)

Too bad indeed for the dialogue. But a great clip nonetheless. "Attahk" is still one of my all-time favorite albums.

2/05/2006 9:16 AM  
Blogger Mirco said...

I think the movie director has searched for a band of freaks to play a sort of futuristic liturgical song...

Attahk is great, but my favourite is still Kohntarkosz, one of those albums that helped me to open my years to much more "avantgarde-rock".

See you soon

2/06/2006 12:05 AM  
Anonymous jc said...

Started out slow and a little too jazzy and I was thinking it wasn't going to be that good, but I was wrong. Christian Vander's freakout at the end is really great. Thanks.

6/13/2006 11:34 PM  

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