More rock-xotica: If anyone has the right to cover The Clash's "Rock The Casbah" it's Rachid Taha. After all, he's from Algeria, an arabic North African country that might actually have casbahs. Since the fundis took over, however, he's been based out of Paris (anyone playing pop music in Algeria nowadays will find themselves at the business end of a machete wielded by one of Allah's more intolerant servants.) It's both amusing and bewildering to hear a song from the punk era sung in Arabic, and featuring the likes of the Egyptian Strings Ensemble. From Taha's latest album "Tekitoi":
Rachid Taha "Rock El Casbah"
And no sooner did this come out then Paris' DJ Zebra creates a mash-up of "Rock El Casbah" with popular Scandinavian garage-rockers The Caesars' "Jerk It Out":
DJ Zebra: "Jerk The Casbah"