Allahu Akbar (Libyan National Anthem)

October 22, 2011 1:17 AM

Topical? Certainly! Tasteless? Probably! Pantsless? Unfortunately not. Well fought, revolutionaries. I hope these days are the turning points you so need.

Hot off the presses, I figured I should get this out while his body's still being stored in the frozen foods section of the local market. This does, however, break a cardinal de facto rule of Demons of Gyrophonia, which has only been broken twice before (previously and previously-er): we do not make things which are about things. However, tonight, we decided to make a thing about a thing.'s the thing.

This is also the first track of an album we recorded tonight, likely to be titled Anthemic, consisting entirely of obscure, butchered, fascinating, and/or generally odd national anthems from across the globe. For some reason, Tommy happened to have a book filled with every national anthem of every sovereign nation currently on the planet. So, that's a thing.

This was probably also the last ever full session of Demons of Gyrophonia, as we are currently in the process of dissolving. Boo.

Timbill Corder: Vocals
Trey Beauregard: Basitar
Tommy Scheurich: Viola

posted by askmeaboutLOOM (2 comments total)

Heh, this has a bizarre "lounge" feeling that I didn't expect from either the anthem or from you guys.
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 12:36 AM on October 24, 2011

Ha! I originally was going to shout it at the top of my lungs, but I didn't feel like having Homeland Security called on us.

I was going to read the whole thing in English, but the others goaded me into doing the "Sing with me" and "God is greatest" lines in pisspoor Arabic, then reading the rest with a beatnik vibe.

The chuckle before the last verse is legit, as I was reading the lyrics for the first time during the recording, and found them delightfully fitting, given the circumstances. It wasn't until later, as I was mixing it that I looked up the song on Wikipedia--apparently, it was handpicked by Gaddafi, himself, in 1969.

The rest of the anthems we recorded will follow in the coming days (I'll probably start mixing the rest of the album Thursday), but I figured this one needed to be up and posted immediately, since it's actually topical.
posted by askmeaboutLOOM at 1:40 AM on October 24, 2011

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