Quasi mezzo secolo di produzioni discografiche. Alzi la mano chi ne conosce almeno un 10%. Impossibile. Quasi inaccostabili. Ma inarrestabili nella loro concezione artistica. L’ennesimo album dei Residents si chiama ‘The Ghost Of Hope’ (fuori il 24 marzo) anticipato sul finire del 2016 dal singolo ‘Rushing Like a Banshee‘ a cui segue il nuovo ‘Train vs Elephant‘. Nel disco collabora il tastierista Eric Drew Feldman già apprezzato (tra i tantissimi) con Captain Beefheart, Pere Ubu, PJ Harvey, dEUS, Fear e Pixies. Da questo articolo di fine ‘800 è partita l’idea… di tutto. Il video “spiegazione“.
TRAIN VS ELEPHANT
September 17, 1894
At the time of this strange incident, the railway line connecting Teluk Anson and Tapa, in the western part of Malaysia had recently been completed, so exposure to train travel was relatively new. Several years later, a Malaysian man recalled the time in his youth when he found a sign shrouded in the undergrowth on the outskirts of his town: “THERE IS BURIED HERE A WILD ELEPHANT WHO IN DEFENSE OF HIS HERD CHARGED AND DERAILED A TRAIN ON THE 17th DAY OF OF SEPTEMBER 17, 1894.” Curious, the man researched the incident, speaking to several people old enough to remember the suicidal encounter between the train and the elephant. Some felt the bull was seeking revenge for the death of a calf recently killed by the same train, while others felt the event was purely a territorial dispute with the elephant defending its turf from the newly invading “Metal Monster.” The British engineer claimed the beast had staked its spot in the center of the tracks and no warning deterred its determined charge as the train thundered down the track at a speed of fifty miles an hour. While the impact of the crash killed the elephant, the bull did successfully derail the engine and three coaches.