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Video: Scott Walker's Pork Percussion
Posted: Friday, 18th May 2007
Scott Walker’s most recent album The Drift, contains songs inspired by real events, or political ideas. One song, Jesse, seems to juxtapose the death of Elvis’s twin brother Jesse with the destruction of the twin towers.
Watch Walker in rehearsal for the track Clara, which features a percussionist punching a slab of raw pork. The song's based on the execution of the Italian dictator, Benito Mussolini, when the fascist leader’s mistress, Claretta Petacci insisted on dying with him, and Walker recounts memories of seeing newsreel footage of their bodies strung up by their heels as a child. But as Scott himself warns; “You shouldn’t take the songs too literally”.