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Funny, Informative Retrospective Look at "Africa"

Discussion in 'Music & Media' started by rootabaga, Jan 7, 2020.

  1. rootabaga

    rootabaga Android Expert
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    Rob Sheffield wrote this humorous article for Rolling Stone a while back, but I only saw it today. I literally lol'd a couple of times. Enjoy...

    Here's a small excerpt: "As Toto drummer Jeff Porcaro summed it up, “A white boy is trying to write a song on Africa, but since he’s never been there, he can only tell what he’s seen on TV or remembers in the past.” The singer is so deep in his feelings, he barely notices where he is—hence the hilarious “whoa dude, there’s a mountain” moment when “Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti.” Needless to freaking say, you can’t see Kilimanjaro from the Serengeti, which is a couple hundred miles away. Does it matter? The whole point of “Africa” is that you’re nowhere at all."

    How Toto’s “Africa” Became the New “Don’t Stop Believin”

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  2. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!

    to agree with the article, this is my favorite cover of the song:
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  3. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!

    boring.....i'll take Leap Fog Studios version any day.....LOL
  4. tube517

    tube517 Android Expert

    This Weezer version was so overplayed but it does sound like the original.

    On an related note, Toto is made up of session musicians who have played on a ton of other artists' records.
  5. Milo Willamson

    Milo Willamson Android Expert

    Added to my watch later :)
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  6. dontpanicbobby

    dontpanicbobby 100% That Guy
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    Not funny to me.

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