Sunday, May 31, 2009

Kites

Kites by Simon Dupree and the Big Sound is the only sixties' one-hit-wonder that has stood the test of time in my opinion. The band hated it, but their manager loved it, as its psychedelic sound was exactly right for the time (1967). The colourful tones of the mellotron create a distinctly Asian atmosphere, enhanced by the images of the lyrics (the white kite flying in the sun, with a message of love on it), and topped off by the recitation of an Asian sounding poem by actress Jacqui Chan, who apparently reproduced phonetics taught to her by her grandmother with the result that no-one knows what she is saying or even what language it is in. Great video to boot.
Art Rock score: 10/10 (brilliant masterpiece, one of 200 best songs of all time)

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