Another scrapped idea would have turned the album into a rock opera about the Gatti Gang, a bumbling cell of Italian guerrillas. “They were the Milan-based cell of the Red Brigades in the 80s,” according to Argos. “They were just really, really inept as terrorists. And 18,000 lira was the one bank robbery they managed to do— about £4.83.” Hence the album closer, “18,000 Lira”. The Gatti Gang concept also survives in two other songs, “Stand Down” and “Rusted Guns of Milan”.
I stumbled on this amazing bit about Bang Bang Rock & Roll (Art Brut) and can’t for the life of me find the original source. Is it made up? Is it real? I don’t know which is better, and I don’t care. I love this.
shit y’all my friend ed is in this new band beach slang and they just put out this great lil punk ep and it’s real fuckin good and I’m gonna listen to it all summer so maybe you should also do that JUST A SUGGESTION
(don’t read the article if you want to preserve the idea that this is a bizarre performance art project or a dj that just really loves nelly. sometimes it’s nice to imagine the world as a more magical place.)