Sunday, July 22, 2012

Great Drinking Songs (33)

We haven't had one for a while, and this - despite my not knowing any of the lyrics, much less what they might mean - has all the requisite elements of a great stomp-along pub tune (with occasional burbling, gurgling, and shouting in lieu of being able to join in with the words): catchy tune, boisterous attitude, and competitive acceleration towards the end. As far as I know, it is just called 'Drinking Song', and it is a traditional Mongolian party tune which has become the regular showstopper for Beijing-based Mongol folk-rockers Hanggai.

Does this mean I am getting nostalgic for The Jing? Well, maybe just a little. I'm not in any rush to get back for another month or so, though; not until after the shitty summer weather - the stifling humidity, the choking smogs, the torrential downpours - has begun yielding to the clearer skies and less intense heat of early autumn.

And here's an even better version, in which they are accompanied by the Catalan band La Pegatina, who visited Beijing last year.

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