Sunday, March 28, 2010


"Raks Raks Raks," which means "dance dance dance," is an outstanding new collection of "Garage Psych Nuggets from the Iranian '60s Scene" (who knew?) that's got 17 songs on colored vinyl, including this completely mental version of Otis Redding's "Respect" by the Persian legend Googoosh. Step off, Aretha!

Googosh: "Respect" - her command of the English language isn't perfect, but it's a helluva lot better then my Farsi (is she saying "take PCP"?)

As with so many international rock scenes, surf music seems to be a big influence. The CD version has extra songs, including this incredible Monkees cover sung in Farsi, re-arranged into an undanceable waltz rhythm:

Zia: "Man Kiam?"

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