Music del Dia

With such an ambivalent title, Enrique Bunbury’s song “La Senorita Hermafrodita” (Miss Hermaphrodite) is a worthy complement to Michel Foucalt’s edition of  “Heculine Barbin:Being the Recently Discovered Memoirs of a Nineteenth Century French Hermaphrodite.” The song was first released in his 2004 album “El Viaje a Ninguna Parte” and then part of his tour, with a very appropriate title Freak Show. The Freak Show consisted of five concerts in Spain in what was a type of vaudevillian travelling circus, with a Mexican luchadores, and a cabaret / jazz sound, all under a circus tent. The song seems fitting to the performance and as an exposition on the weird and abnormal. As far as the lyrics of the song, they evoke a certain ambiguity , between two worlds, two sexes, not revealing enough about her. She’s also described as un animal cuadrúpedo y palmípedo, con instinto mamífero (a four legged ,web-footed mammal) the only animal that comes to mind is a platypus, which means she identifies with the animal for its strange appearance and being looked down upon by society, (Miss Hermaphrodite, not the platypus). Here’s a link to the lyrics.

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  1. great posting! you are now part of my “ilk.” be afraid, very afraid!!!! abrazos, Bill

    http://textmex.blogspot.com/2009/04/musica-del-dia-hermaphrodites-michel.html

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