Tuesday, February 08, 2005


I love Louisiana and it's culture, and today is the mammoth bachanalia (or however you spell it) known as Mardi Gras. I've been to New Orleans a few times, and have seen many of the legends of Louisiana music, like The Neville Brothers, Buckwheat Zydeco, Boozoo Chavis, and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

But we won't be listening to them.

I don't know if Russian singer-songwriter Alex Jones (now living in Sydney, Australia) is gay, or, as he would say, "a gay," but I do know that of the countless songs recorded to celebrate Fat Tuesday, Carnaval, Mardi Gras, etc., there has never has anything quite like this: a heavily-echoed Jones sings in accented English over a Casio beat about a gay Mardi Gras celebration, with lyrics like, "Gays are successful in keeping profile, Attracting young people by their lifestyle."

You'll probably need to read the lyrics as you listen to "Mardi Gras." The bespectacled, conservative businessman-looking Mr. Jones has many other tunes available as well, like "That's Where I Wanna To Be." And, yes, that is the name of the song.

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