Obscurity Points: Rami Fortis
So here’s another bit of classic Israeli rock – Rami Fortis. This guy – at least on his first album, Plonter – was kind of the Israeli equivalent to Iggy Pop. His stuff on that album is loud, noisy, and aggressive. It was also totally unsuccessful, and after it came out, Fortis decided to put his solo stuff on hold and join the relatively-successful Minimal Compact, a (mostly) Israeli post-punk band that was based in Germany in the 80′s. After a while he got back to his solo stuff with 1988′s סיפורים מהקופסא (Stories From The Box), and though he got considerably tamer and more pop-oriented, his newer work enjoyed more commercial success, and he’s been pumping stuff out pretty consistently ever since. What I’ve heard of it is deece, but it doesn’t seem as though he’s ever delivered anything as hard-hitting and flat out classic as Plonter.
So more about that album.
Admittedly, there ain’t no Iggy Pop but Iggy Pop, but Fortis does a pretty commendable job trying to match his chutzpa with a solid set of punk songs (and one reggae track). What are the songs about? Political stuff, I think, mostly or partly at least – my Hebrew’s still not so good that I can understand everything going on. Working on it though.
Anyways, that’s all I got to say about the album – the whole thing’s streaming on bandcamp (along with like, almost all his work) so you can check it out.
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