LTK video

20 Oct 2005

No one seems to understand why I regularly check out Screenhead‘s offerings. It’s because I occasionally find really good stuff there! I’m not sure if this qualifies as “really good,” but it’s Chinese and it’s interesting.

LTK

LTK video

The video is by LTK Commune, “a well-known Taiwanese ‘underground’ band founded in 1990. Their music has been variously described as having elements of punk, rock, nakasi, Taiwanese folk songs. In recent years band members have self-consciously applied the label ‘Taik’ (from Taiwanese + -k ending, as in punk, rock) to their music – a reference to the Taiwanese Taike (Trad.: 台客) subculture.”

I gotta admit, I kinda like the sound. I can’t understand Taiwanese, and I’m too lazy to try to make sense of the subtitles, but I like the sound. I would be interested in hearing more. The video (Quicktime required) is cleverly done as well.

Warning: video contains scenes of light-hearted softcore sodomy. (no joke)

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John Pasden

John is a Shanghai-based linguist and entrepreneur, founder of AllSet Learning.

Comments

  1. John,

    You have beat me to it. Even as a Chinese myself, I had a difficult time understanding the theme (or the lack of) of video. The Chinese subtitle did not do much good either.

  2. dude that was pretty weird

  3. Light-hearted sodomy and the image of a man drinking athlete’s foot powder out of a bong: The perfect way to start one’s day.

    The basic theme is based on the Taiwanese Farmer’s Almanac (nongminli), full of 60s-style ads with a sort of transgressive punk twist.

    Definitely the best video out of Taiwan I’ve seen… though I couldn’t make sense of any of the lyrics really. I have some Taiwanese kids staying at our house right now. So, I may ask them when they wake up.

  4. Jeffrey Hughes Says: October 8, 2006 at 10:15 pm

    I am a huge Ween fan. Need I say more? I have in the past looked for LTK cds in America to no avail.

    Jeffrey

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