Friday, January 20, 2006

Giant, Very Eclectic Dex

Over at Escrito En Agua, after scrolling through one relatively mundane dex after another, I found this gigantic dex filled with artists from all around the globe, but with an obvious tendency towards French music. There's lots of French girl-pop, from Francois Hardy, to the nails-on- blackboard voice of France Gall.
This is the kind of stuff that Boyd Rice would eat up.
I even found a nifty version of My Way sung by Rachid Taha.
I really like his voice. He has that husky style of Arabic singing that seems to come out of Moroccan traditional styles, filtered through a French influence, I suspect. Also, check out his version of The Clash's Rock the Casbah, rendered really potent (and timely) when sung in in Arabic. He performed this live recently with Mick Jones and with Brian Eno on keys.

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