The Charque Side Of The Moon

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Have you ever wondered what would Pink Floyd sound like if they were from the Amazon? Probably not, but it totally happened. Sort of.

In 2007, several musicians based in Belém, Brasil joined a project helmed by Félix Robatto (ex-La Pupuña) and producer Fabrício Jomar. The goal was to reproduce what is arguably the best album in Pink Floyd’s catalogue – The Dark Side Of The Moon – while giving it a distinctly paraense flavor. After 45 days of intense work, including 15 guest artists and the spending of the hefty sum of $170, The Charque Side Of The Moon was born. In Belém, charque is not only a very popular type of beef jerky, commonly consumed with açaí and farinha as sides; it is also an affectionate nickname for the female genitalia. Hence the name and the NSFW cover art of the project.

This record is a labour of love for both the British band and my region’s sounds. The original compositions and lyrics were preserved almost intact, with the most notable changes being made in the rhythm section and some of the guitar work. Jam their rendition of “Money” to see what I mean. Sammliz (ex-Madame Saatan) handles the vox on this one.

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In “Time”, for example, the percussion is provided by carimbó band Os Baioaras. “The Great Gig In The Sky” went through a tecnobrega makeover, featuring its characteristic beat and the voice of Gaby Amarantos, who would later on become the genre’s main exponent. Charmingly, the trinkets and samples of the album were also replaced by regional tidbits, like the bells of Círio de Nazaré in “Time” and Fafá de Belém‘s unique laughter on “Brain Damage”.

I realize the majority of the artists and musical styles mentioned here, most likely all of them, are completely unknown to you. This fact shan’t be detrimental to your enjoyment of The Charque Side Of The Moon, one of my favorite reimaginings of one of my favorite records. You can download the project by stabbing here.

Félix Robatto recently released a solo album entitled Equatorial, Quente & Úmido. It is a very interesting blend of traditional Pará rhythms and modern pop rock. Peep the visuals for “Eu Quero Cerveja” (I Want Beer) and if you jam, stream the entire record on Deezer.

  • Edward/Breegrodamus™

    Fish God this version of “Money” is pretty interesting. I’ve been a casual fan of Pink Floyd for a long time. I always thought it was weird when people didn’t like ’em.

    • Dagon

      I binged on Floyd throughout May and casually remembered this project existed.

      Always been a somewhat casual fan too.

  • Kevin Nash & Friends

    I’ll give this a listen because I love my Pink Floyd.

  • Guacamole Jim

    I’m a big fan of Pink Floyd, and I’ll be blunt: reinterpretations of their music begins to get old. That being said: this shit is TIGHT. Very cool, very fresh take on some classic material. Nice to hear covers of older music that isn’t dub. Thanks, Based Fish God!

      • ME GUNGA
      • Dagon

        Is this one of those things that sound like lol and buttz together?

      • Kevin Nash & Friends

        Not the worst version of the song but it is close. It’s much worse live.

    • Dagon

      Check out the full thing when you can, I’m sure there’s lots of interesting rhythms for a drummer!

    • The Beargod

      Used to be a big fan and I’d say you’re very wrong. It should be re-interprated more, it needs to be less strictly to the original and the material should be chosen from a wider range than from the few that always get chosen. But it should be reinterpreted more because it’s the kind of music that would seem to work as any kind of interpretation.

  • ME GORAK

    GORAK LIKE THE FLOYD!!!!!!!!

  • Mother Shabubu III 12 BRICKS

    I have a feeling I’m the only person here that doesn’t like Floyd. I like this cover though.

    • You’re not the only one but I’ve enjoyed them on several occaisions when i did shrooms. I will check this out regardless because the Fish God has impeccable taste.

      • Dagon

        Not sure about impeccable, but I hope you like this thing. It’s a nice change of pace without drastically altering the songs.

        • Edward/Breegrodamus™

          *impeccable

    • JW(E)G

      I like Pink Floyd.
      I don’t like covers of Pink Floyd. Even by later versions of Pink Floyd.

  • KJM

    Dank.

  • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    roger waters=serious ass kisser of the u.n.—a big part of pink Floyd’s success-was due in part to waters’ political alignments–and ability to use “pink floyd’ as the controlled “hippie band” for u.n. media causes—
    a good example is “the final cut” which was against the nationalistic Falkland island war—which roger was willing to turn into ww3–as far as the emotions and fear tactics-that were put into the album narrative—-in the end-it ended up kind of hilarious–cuz it turned out like such a “nonwar” or whaterver–
    00
    the point is—he is/was very intelligent–and got into the late 60s/post jfk assassination new color tv Rockefeller controlled media–and was the best “propagandist” the u.n./bbc/world television-ever had—for awhile—yet was also probably the most talented lsd/music guy on the planet—for awhile
    —also he basically thought of himself as ‘pro jewish’ and considered the mission of the u.n. and being jewish–as being one and the same—
    —-
    flash forward—now he is against israels right to defend itself–claiming “apartheid”—in the mid east situation—-
    this is a special time in history—roger has made it possible for mass numbers of jews to see —that the u.n. is more loyal to agenda 21–than “Israel”—
    agenda 21 is against all religion—including Judaism—and now it is becoming apparent that “hamas” is actually u.n. controlled –as a false flag terror group—-(started in 88 by the father of false flag attacks,,bush sr)

    lately their was a riff in the media–when traditional pro jewish people like pearl jam,and neil young—turned on Israel for fighting the secretly u.n. “hamas”
    showing their true stripes as servants of the u.n/Rockefeller—and now history may be about to get VERY interesting

    • Guacamole Jim
      • KJM

        Rest assured, the majority of Jews view people like zzzzz as dangerous comedians, nothing more.

    • Dagon

      I would like to see you tackle the U.N. a lot more. Specially how they used the anti-tobacco campaigns as their first worldwide mind control experiment, and succeeded.

      • Wonder if sodas with high fructose corn syrup in them are also part of the agenda.

        • Dagon

          Whenever you think “who’s to blame for this?” the answer is a trifecta: U.N., Socialists and George Soros.

          -Edit: by socialists I mean anyone slightly more statist than I am.
          lol

          • I blame anybody with a shit ton of cash that stands to lose money if their industry (oil, drugs, agriculture, defense etc.) is threatened by sensible alternatives that would be for the benefit of many. They will do anything and everything to maintain the status quo. Their motto – C.R.E.A.M.

          • Dagon

            Good point. Specially when they do so with the help of government bailout money and lobbyism and taxes that prevent the rise of new entrepreneurs, making the playing field uneven.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            I grew up on the crime side the New York time side

          • Dagon

            This is one of those songs I don’t put on unless I have space to properly rap the entire thing.

      • KJM

        Please assure me you don’t take zzzzz seriously. Tobacco sucks, still glad I quit that junk.

        • Dagon

          Don’t worry, I’ll never admit I already believe in all this lunacy even before it’s posted.

    • From my interpretations of news reporting, I get the sense that the UN is pro Israel.

    • Óðhinn
  • RustyShackleford

    That first line grabbed my attention by the got dang balls I tell ya what. Damn good find Fish God. You just made my summer course work that much groovier! Yep.

    • Dagon

      This comment made my day. I try to make the first line “positive clickbait” whenever I can.

  • The W.

    I’m digging this cover of money. Good on ya, fishy one.

  • Dagon

    There are some live videos on the web, too bad the quality is not that high.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7eU7-3Iy4GQ

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijkYWG592UI

  • This is fucking awesome.

  • Guppusmaximus

    Jazz Side of the Moon was really cool too especially if you’re an Audiophile (192/24 @ HDtracks)
    http://www.hdtracks.com/the-jazz-side-of-the-moon-192-24

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ii2XSQDFqYA

  • Tyree
    • The W.

      Dig this song. I know people tend to fall into camps as to which era they prefer, but The Wall will always have a place in my heart.

      • Kevin Nash & Friends

        I love The Wall and The Final Cut as they were my exposure to Pink Floyd. I also love Animals.

        • Sir Tapir the Based

          Liking The Final Cut, that’s a paddlin’!

          • Kevin Nash & Friends

            Go ahead and try.

          • Sir Tapir the Based

            When I’m through with you, you’ll have to pee sitting down like a girl!

          • Kevin Nash & Friends

            I’ll powerbomb you straight to hell!

          • Sir Tapir the Based

            Great! I’ll get to see my father, Satan. It’ll slow me down because he will want to drink coffee with me. After that, I’ll come and get you.

          • Kevin Nash & Friends

            Question: Why do you hate The Final Cut?

          • Answer: it’s a mess. there’s no cohesion, it sounds like they half-assedly tried to make The Wall pt. 2

          • Kevin Nash & Friends

            It was supposed to be outtakes from The Wall, that was the whole point of its creation! Hell, Roger wanted to release it as a solo album from what I heard.

          • yeah, it’s got Roger’s style all over it. needs more Gilmour

          • Sir Tapir the Based

            Also it’s really dang boring.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            Final Cut was written as a soundtrack to the movie from what I understand. This was also the peak of their infighting and Rogers egomania. If I wrote some of the shit he came up with Id be an egomaniac too lol. Anyway I love his singing and its all over the Final Cut so I dig the album. Animals is my number one and Meddle second if forced to choose.

          • Sir Tapir the Based

            Meddle is a hard one for me. It has my favourite PF song of all time, but it also has quite a lot of songs that I don’t like.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            Fearless is my second fav on the album behind the obvious choice. I love the video of them playing Echos at Pompeii, it still makes the hair on the back of my neck stand on end…lol.

          • sorry bruv, i was a little hostile with my assessment of it; it’s just not for me. Animals is my fav. too (Meddle and Atom Heart coming in next)!

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            No prob at all man! Its hated by many and the production has always been slammed…

          • KJM

            That’s because 1/2 of it is Wall outtakes.

        • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff
      • Dagon

        Wish You Were Here is my favorite album, I think.

        • Guacamole Jim

          It’s a toss-up for me. The four greats (DSotM, WYWH, Animals, & the Wall) are all so good it’s hard to choose. Depends on my mood.

        • JW(E)G

          I’m not sure it’s my favorite album, overall, but Wish You Were Here is such an excellent song (with so many possible musical reinterpretations) that I’ll even make an exception in my general dislike of PF covers for it and it alone.

          I’m feeling especially generous this AM. Even the totally amateur solo covers repeatedly posted to YouTube get a pass.

          And then there’s this one:
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26xO3afhSEQ

      • Sir Tapir the Based

        Animals and Atom Heart Mother are my favourites.

        • The Beargod

          Always disliked the wall.
          Edit: fharc meant to answer to someone else.

          • Fharc is asleep right now.

          • The Beargod

            Huehue. He’ll be up in a jiffy tho.

          • Lacertilian

            I’m fharc’n here now. What’s all this then?

          • Sir Tapir the Based

            I am not a fan of The Well either. Always thought that it’s one of their weakest albums.

          • Kevin Nash & Friends

            It’s still better than the post-Waters stuff. I hate The Division Bell and A Momentary Lapse Of Reason the most. I love The Wall, The Final Cut and Animals though.

          • The Beargod

            Both post-waters, pre-reunion albums are better than the Final Cut doe. That album is just boring.

          • i like both post-waters albums
            #ToiletConfessions

          • The Beargod

            You’re not doing wrong…

          • Kevin Nash & Friends

            Jimmy plz!

          • Sir Tapir the Based

            I’m not a huge fan of those, but I would take them over The Final Cut every day.

          • JW(E)G

            I’m not sure I have a reason for being just fine with those two albums, but I am. They’re not the same Pink Floyd, but they work well enough in comparison to similar albums from that era.

            …Even if one (I’m not saying which one) reminds me more of Phil Collins-led era Genesis than it does Pink Floyd.

          • Kevin Nash & Friends

            I like all eras of Genesis except for Ray Wilson era “Genesis”.

          • you just made that up

          • Kevin Nash & Friends

            No I didn’t. Ray Wilson era “Genesis” is as real as this TV show.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gcwgfprw4ww&list=PL16AC71F31F7CD736

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            After Abacab they became too Phil C poppy for me. All about the radio friendly unit shifters…imo

          • i think that’s a generational thing. i heard Phil-era Genesis first, as a kid. then later discovered the amazing Peter-era albums. but if i grew up listening to them, i sure would feel betrayed when they shifted towards pop

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            nailed it man! trick of the tall is one of my favorites!

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            ‘Im not a big Gilmour solo project guy either…if I understand you correctly.

          • KJM

            Liked it during my high school years but always thought the earlier stuff was far superior.

      • Tyree

        The Wall is great! No denying that. Some of my favorite drum production is on that album too.

        • The W.

          My buddy bought me an old vinyl copy from a flea market. I need to figure out what edition exactly, but I think it was pressed in the 70s. Still plays great.

          • Tyree

            That’s killer man. I don’t have any Floyd on vinyl.

      • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

        Radio killed the wall for me in the 80’s and 90’s…forever. BUT…its a masterpiece no question!

      • KJM

        Pre-Dark Side for me.

  • derp.

    GL

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      GL, what’s happening?

      • Working, buddy! I really enjoyed your Flush It Friday post from last week. It was awesome possum! I had a chance to get caught up yesterday evening. It was quite the post.

        GL

        • Edward/Breegrodamus™

          Ah, that’s awesome! Thanks. As referenced in said article I have to go shortly to take a physical and drug test, and make sure to get my shots for the hepatitis inoculation. I don’t know if I’ll start before or after my trip to NY. Earlier I suggested before my trip but it might make sense to start after rather than start my job with a three day work week.

          • After for sure, that way you are clear and ready to start. When are you going to NY? Sounds likes fun fun. You driving?

            GL

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            I’m flying out there on June 4th, a week from Thursday.

          • Sweetness! Sounds like fun!

            GL

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            I’m hoping to pen something about it. Planning on it, usually those plans come to fruition but not always, haha. Once I start working I won’t be on days much at all but I hope to keep banging out shit for the site, just have to catch up after work.

          • Also, I am in love with the new Cattle Decapitation. Even though I will likely be scolded/chastised for saying such things here (and not on the Facebook group). It is good good gooooooood

            GL

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            I am under the impression things have lightened up a bit in the comments section here. I could be wrong, I often am. Lol. I dig that new Cattle Decapitation song a lot. My prediction is that this album won’t live up to Monolith of Inhumanity but that many people will say it does or beats it.

          • Being a completely new fan, I just hope I can enjoy it as much as Monolith. Personally, I am just looking for something that is very intense, complex, and brutal. If it falls into that vein that I am in!

          • Scrimm

            I must have missed something where they cracked down on commenters being off topic.

          • hey. HEY. get that shit outta here! stay on topic
            http://i.imgur.com/WYQduOG.gif

          • Check out this poser track. Circa 2005 FTW!

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3THPkf5ocs

            GL

          • Kevin Nash & Friends

            Still better than For The Fallen Dreams.

          • … and Pink Floyd.

            *scurries away*

            GL

          • Kevin Nash & Friends

            GL plz!

          • *power bombs self*

            /dead

            GL

          • Kevin Nash & Friends

            At least I didn’t have to shove you in my Hulk Hogan Thunder Mixer. That thing is tiny and it isn’t good at mixing.

          • Noted!

            GL

          • I loved this band in high school

          • I loved yer mom in high school.

            -MrBojangles

          • JW(E)G

            Odd animation with the slight slowdown in GIF form on an iffy connection. Looks more like Shake Weight (without the Shake Weight) than angry fist-shaking.

          • Lacertilian

            Ellipsis has now joined the group. You’re one of the few of us anti-FB people left out in the wilderness dude.

          • The wilderness is a wonderful place 🙂

            GL

          • Lacertilian

            Damn right, but electronic wilderness is a horrible place!

          • Lacertilian

            Damn right, but electronic wilderness is a horrible place!

  • None of the Pink Floyd albums I’ve tried have really grabbed me. Not really sure why, or which albums, since it was quite a long time ago. This is a fun and interesting find though, thanks fish god!

  • JamesGrimm
  • Óðhinn

    Shine On You Crazy Diamond still sends chills up my spine, in a good way.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=329&v=8UXircX3VdM

  • OldMetalHead

    I like this way better than the London Philharmonic version. It’s a nice homage to the original, but it brings some tasty new grooves to the table. I got to see Pink Floyd (without Waters sadly) in 1994 at sold-out Arrowhead Stadium, and it still rates as one of the best concerts I’ve seen.

  • Pagliacci is Kvlt O)))

    So Brazilians think female genitalia looks like beef jerky too? I’m glad some things are universal in this world.

  • Th’load&th’road

    I grew to despise Pink Floyd as a kid due to local classic rock radio playing their hits to fucking death, to the point that it no longer sounded like music just background commercials. I later learned some respect for them when somebody convinced me to watch “The Wall” on LSD. To this day though,many years later, I still haven’t thoroughly delved in…I probably should. #toiletconfessions
    #oldguynotwellversedinPinkFloyd
    #oldguycantfindLSDanymore

    • Lacertilian

      First time I dropped we listened to Tool’s Ænima, then watched The Wall, I spent the night on a bean bag.
      I still have always been slightly indifferent to Pink Floyd’s music. I was already into Zeppelin, Sabbath & Deep Purple who just seemed so much more rocking/riff-based. Still enjoy Pink Floyd but I think the hype associated with their music/image was something I kinda didn’t grasp at the time and sorta rallied against it.

      • Th’load&th’road

        Yeah exactly. I’m still really only familiar with their most popular stuff and I see now the depth of even those songs (“mother” for example, sheweee!). Maybe one of these nights I’ll dive in and find the hidden gems- right after the million other things I have to check out!