Friday, January 23, 2009

carabao: tho. thahan otthon

band: คาราบาว (carabao)
album: ท. ทหารอดทน (tho. thahan otthon)
01. ท.ทหารอดทน (tho. thahan otthon)
02. ทินเนอร์ (thinner)
03. ผู้เฒ่า (phu thao)
04. ขี้เมาใจดี (khimao chaidi)
05. สวรรค์บ้านนา (sawan ban na)
06. ตุ๊กตา (tukta)
07. คนเก็บฟืน (khon kep fuen)
08. เวลา (wela)
09. คนนิรนาม (khon niranam)
10. กลิ่นรวงทอง (klin ruang thong)

this week we hear from the biggest thai rock band ever, carabao! though they had their apex in the 1980's, carabao is still among the most visible elements of thai popular culture; even today you can see banners of frontman ed all over, hawking their energy drink in just about every bus terminal throughout the kingdom. however, the guys came from humbler beginnings, and this tape takes us back to 1983; it's their fourth album and (i think) major label debut! their sound began as standard เพลงเพื่อชีวิต (pleng puea chiwit or "songs for life"), albeit with a bit of harder rock sound in lieu of the genre's typical folky atmospherics. the big single here, "'t' is for 'tough troops'", is one of my favorites of theirs; the verses are carried by a military-style marching cadence, ed's speak-singing & a banjo, as well as some whistling and sing-along for good measure! the rest of the album is somewhat more standard american-style rock & ballads, all good fun! big guitars and impassioned vocals. hope you enjoy!


peter said...

version ภาษาไทย

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Anonymous said...

Thanks for this. Takes me back!

Dolmance said...

I tried to visit that place but it said "ACCESS DENIED."

Anonymous said...

OMG, I just love Carabao! I have two compilations I bought in Bangkok a few years ago. Unfortunately, the link is broken. Any chance to have it on again? Cheers from Rio, Fabricio.

peter said...

thanks, anonymous! new link is up now

Anonymous said...

Great, I am downloading it right now! Many thanks, Fabricio.

Unknown said...

Hello Peter,

Greetings! One of the best music blog I've ever seen! Just came across this Carabao album, god I wanna hear it so much! Too bad the link is again broken.