Eugene Hütz (Gogol Bordello): 5 Albums That Changed My Life
If you’re planning on attending a Gogol Bordello show, perhaps invest in some protective gear…and a raincoat? They’re often sweaty affairs replete with flying elbows and beer, but they certainly are fun.
The gypsy punk band is currently gearing up to release their seventh record, Seekers and Finders (out August 25, 2017 via Cooking Vinyl), with singles “Saboteur Blues” and “Walking on the Burning Coal” currently streaming. A few weeks out from release, front man Eugene Hütz took some time out to chat about some records that have shaped him.
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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Tender Prey
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds have many solid albums, but this one is particularly heart-warming for me…actually because of its fragility… And with that fragility you can also hear an incredible perseverance and determination to keep carving a unique path, catapulting themselves away from any already-made rock formulas and creating yet still-unheard-of elegant combinations of poetic and abrasive compositions. Somehow I find myself always going back to that album.
The first time I heard the leading track ‘Mercy Seat’ I was still just a little baby… I was so impressed by its hypnotic vibe and uncompromising length that I pretty much scared everyone around me for a while playing it on repeat. Roughly twenty years later, that very song was covered by Johnny Cash, giving it yet another spin of justice. It was a great idea of Rick Rubin’s to make sure that happened, all of which allowed for me to have an ‘I told you so, motherfuckers’ moment… But, humor aside, this is a masterpiece.
Jimi Hendrix, Band of Gypsys/The Stooges, Fun House
I’ll take the liberty to fit these two in one because, to me, they are both absolute masterpieces of electric rock.
They both reach incredible frequencies, they both influenced me a lot, they both laid out for me a very inviting sonic carpet into a world of impressive, beautiful bended notes and savage animalistic guitar riffs, leaving me forever with a fantasy of Iggy on stage with Hendrix. That would be something to put into a Voyager for other civilizations to hear.
Leonard Cohen, Songs of Love and Hate
So often he seemed to be the only living guide into matters of the soul. The rare living link from here to beyond and back. Love forever. We will never stop learning from Leonard.
Manu Chao, Clandestino
This record stands unique because travel-journal-spirit albums usually have little to offer when they are done. Manu is a deep traveler, so the album encapsulates all the high spirits of Latin America and the Mediterranean and keeps them forever fresh without sounding touristic. It has a touch of cosmic consciousness, both folkloric and electronic enough. It’s the only record of its kind.
(Photo credit: Dan Efram)
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