Klingsor

Housekeeping in Spanish

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This highly amusing shortie CD was part of the acquisition pile following a tour of Sweden, receiving much less attention at first then a sampling of cheeses from the Malmo area, especially the white crumbly one called Alice that tasted a bit like a fine Parmesan. Now that there is nothing left of these cheeses but the memory of an empty plastic wrapper being thrown away, Housekeeping in Spanish has begun to get the credit it deserves as a fine bit of mischief from the realm of found sound. The shifty Klingsor located an instructional CD which promises clients will learn

"How to Communicate Effectively with your Spanish Speaking Housekeeper." Part of the trick of the Klingsor version involved swiping all the original artwork and some of the cover text for that product. An expert graphics job has been done adding the credits and information pertaining to Klingsor's contributions such as the sidemen. The original instructional recording, largely a series of household commands translated into Spanish, has been treated to a musical background that fits perfectly while basically just a bit of fluff -- perhaps because it is just a bit of fluff like something to be vacuumed up off the floor. A smooth, polished and buffed instrumental blend in the lounge vein features saxophone, viola, electric guitar and especially a cheesy organ. The indication is it is a Farfisa but in memory of a great cheese it has been nicknamed Alice. Singer Per Druva's subsequent reworking of the same idea doesn't add much; no matter though, enough fun has already been had by then.

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