Sing Along

Here’s a phrase I never expected to read. When alternative-country meets anime.

And you don’t have to be afraid of the “alternative country.” That was a category invented by the tiny minds that run American music business to describe a type of Rock and Roll that wasn’t Punk, “New Wave” (or Post Punk), or anything that fit on the Rock radio stations of the late 1980s. I think some of it sounds a lot like 1970s Rock and Roll.

The music is miles away from the country-western of Merle Haggard. Its razor-edged electric guitar riffs and insistent beats are from a genre known as alt-country, or alternative country rock, with melodic echoes of the late J. J. Cale — if his songs were amped up through ZZ Top’s distorting fuzz boxes.

What they are talking about is a 41-minute anime video set to the music of Sturgill Simpson. (That full video is NOT below, though it is available on Netflix, for those with access.) The full video is a bit hard to describe. It seems to be a journey through a post-apocalyptic landscape as seen through the lens of Akira Kurosawa’s 1961 samurai classic Yojimbo. But then that is one of the most beloved films in Japanese cinema. (Which was why it was a big deal when it was ripped off for A Fist Full of Dollars.)

This is “Sing Along” by Sturgill Simpson from the anime movie Sturgill Simpson Presents Sound & Fury. It is less than 3 minutes, so you can spare that much time.

Compromise is made out of peace
But history is made out of violence

As for the whole 41 minute video… I’ve only seen bits and pieces. (I dropped Netflix a while back.) I will probably see all of it, even though I don’t like the looks of all of it. (Even some of the Alt-county still veers a bit close to country from my taste.) The video here is one of the better bits that I have seen. (Friends with Netflix don’t like anime. Go figure…)