John Lee Hooker and the fine art of translation
November 21, 2008 6:11 AM Subscribe
posted by flapjax at midnite (20 comments total)
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You know, I want you to pick up on this. You know, these lyrics are something else. Just dig this
Yeah, whoever put those subtitles on that clip was... um, shall we say, not listening?
Let's take a look at that one more time:
"Now, I want you to pick up on this" = "Now I want you to pick upon this."
"You know, these lyrics are something else." = "Your delirious is something else."
"Just dig this." = "This did this."
... Knuckleheads. Fortunately, some
were listening a little more closely: the same introduction gets rather more accurate subtitles (albeit translated into French) in this
clip. Well, whatever. Mainly it's just a great performance from a great bluesman.
Here's more from the John Lee Hooker of the 1960s: The awesome, quiet power of Hobo Blues
, plus Maudie and Tupelo
. And a real treat: Hooker backed by the Muddy Waters band (!) at the Newport Jazz Festival
of 1960. Just for reference (and a kick ass performance) here's the band with their usual leader at the same 1960 event in Newport, RI: Muddy Waters at Newport Festival 1960
, Hoochie Koochie Man
and Rollin' Stone