Motown in Teheran
June 15, 2006 12:41 PM   Subscribe

Googoosh! In the 70s, there was a pop star in (pre-revolutionary) Iran named Googoosh. She recorded a handful of covers of Motown songs, and lots of Farsi pop that fuses Motown and Persian music. Check it out if you like world music and Motown. There are lo-fi MP3s under the link above, and there are CDs:Best of Googoosh, Vol. 4: Doe Panjereh. She performed in the US in 2000, after a 20-year hiatus, in LA and DC. The concert in DC was something else, both audience and performance.
posted by lw (8 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Mahir Cagri went to Iran once... wonder if he kissed her.
posted by AspectRatio at 1:29 PM on June 15, 2006

posted by emelenjr at 2:47 PM on June 15, 2006

Haha! What an uncanny coincidence! "Googoosh" is the noise I make during my morning bowel movement.
posted by antifreez_ at 3:35 PM on June 15, 2006

Never heard of her before yesterday when I came across an article in the washington post about Radio Farda (linked to a site that doesn't require registration) - winning the hearts and minds of Iraqis with vacuous pop, apparently.

I'd call it an uncanny coincidence, but antifreez ruined that phrase for me.
posted by selfmedicating at 6:38 PM on June 15, 2006

AspectRadio, that Mahir Cagri guy is so Borat.
posted by nickyskye at 11:51 PM on June 15, 2006

You know, this is a pretty sucky post, but Googoosh is actually a great singer. I saw her in concert during her first tour after leaving Iran.
Here's her official site (warning: embedded music), and here's the obligatory wikipedia entry. Her importance to the Iranian expatriot community and her contribution to Iranian music cannot be overstated.
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 1:52 AM on June 16, 2006

Are there any of those MP3 files in the main link that folks would particularly recommend? I find the sheer volume a bit intimidating, and am not sure where to start.

I like her cover of In The Midnight Hour (MP3 link), despite the poor recording quality. It sounds both familiar and strange.
posted by yankeefog at 6:50 AM on June 16, 2006

Do panjereh, katibeh, hamsafar are all nice.

Try her page for more.
posted by lw at 7:59 AM on June 16, 2006

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