Friday, November 10, 2006

Oh No, Not More Borat

The Gazette wasn't best pleased at the idea that Sacha Baron Cohen's Borat movie would be soundtracked with an assortment of mainly Romanian and Macedonian Roma music, but Ilko Čulić in today's Jutarnji list is rather more enthusiastic. In fact, he's holding out hopes that the CD might turn out to be a big break for bands such as Mahala Rai Banda and Kočani orkestar:

'One shouldn't at all reject the possibility that the film's huge success might be reflected in multi-million sales of the soundtrack album, which would completely change the western perception of Balkan music or east European music in a wider sense. Film hits sometimes have a heavy influence on activating musical trends, and the best example is the soundtrack for Tarantino's Pulp Fiction which stimulated a worldwide revival of surf and twang music.'

We'll have to wait and see on that one, but there's no disagreeing with Čulić that the Borat producers mised a trick by overlooking a certain conceptual punk band from Rijeka:

'There are a whole lot of songs in the opus of Rambo Amadeus which could have been made for the aural illustration of Cohen's stunts, and an even better choice could have been Let 3, who share with Borat other similar preoccupations beyond false moustaches.'

Still, they could always team up with Mahir Cagri...

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