Yoo Doo Right was 20 minutes long when released on CAN’s Monster Movie LP in 1969, probably because 20 minutes was long enough for one side of a record. The song however had been edited down from a 6 hour live improvised concert held at Schloss Nörvenich, CAN’s castle in North Rhine-Westphalia.
Damon & Naomi’s live cover was recorded at TT The Bears in Cambridge, MA in April 1998 with Masaki Batoh and Michio Kurihara – this clocks in at a mere 6 minutes but is still pretty damned fantastic. It was released as a seven inch single of Grimsey Records with the cover of Dylan’s It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue on the flip.
Naomi’s silent film, Fortune, is getting a screening at Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University in Cambridge, MA on the 2nd October. The screening is at 7pm and is free and the film is accompanied by a live performance of the soundtrack by Damon & Naomi that features eleven new D&N tracks.
The World’s Strongest Man was written by Scott Walker and released in 1969 on host legendary LP Scott 4.
Damon & Naomi’s cover first appeared in 2009 on the Scott Walker tribute album 30th Century Man that was released to coincide with the release of the film of the same name. The track subsequently turned up on the flip of the Walking Backwards single on Great Pop Supplement.
On the Galaxie 500 Mailing List many years ago, while discussing the song, Bob brought up an interesting point…
this is a very nice version of the Country Joe and the Fish song. However, D&N leave off the final and most haunting/troubling verse of the song. Lyrics were definitely a sign of the times…ca 1967 or so….but the D&N version omits the punch line. I’ve thought of asking them why, but always forget whenever I have the chance to see them.
The verse in question…
And now my friend we meet again and
We shall see which one will bend
Under the strain of death’s golden eyes
Which one of us shall win the prize
To live and which one will die
‘Tis I, my friend, yes ’tis I
Shall kill to live again and again
To clutch the throat of sweet revenge
For life is here only for the taking.
… so I took advantage of Twitter and asked Damon about that last verse…
@ahfow …so we chopped it off. and Kramer married it to another cover we'd brought in, making a kind of suite. 1 take, not my best vox alas