Art Ensemble of Chicago – Theme De Yoyo (1969)
Sunday night, must be time for a spot of avant-garde jazz … and it gets no finer than this to my mind.
Part of the soundtrack to the film Les Stances a Sophie, this track features simply relentless bass and drums, killer trumpet and sax, and occasional vocals by the legendary Fontella Bass who was, at the time, Lester Bowie’s wife (he’s on the trumpet).
The lyrics are stupendous, if occasionally baffling …!
Your head is like a yoyo,
your neck is like the string,
Your body’s like a camembert
oozing from its skin.
Your fanny’s like two sperm whales
floating down the Seine
Your voice is like a long fuck
that’s music to your brain.
Your eyes are two blind eagles
that kill what they can’t see
Your hands are like two shovels
digging in me.
And your love is like an oil-well
Dig, dig, dig, dig it,
On the Champs-Elysees.
Simply never stops, utterly perfect!