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Juan Manuel Fangio Punishes the World’s Sins in a Saab

Alex Kierstein August 3, 2010 Aural Pleasure 11 Comments

Ovid described dreams (oneiroi) as the thousand sons of Hypnos, the embodiment of sleep. Of the Oneiroi, Morpheus brings forth dreams of people, Phobetor of animals, and Phantasos of the natural world. He left out Peter Peter Hughes, whose new video for the song “My God is an Angry God” combines lyrics worthy of Camus set to the fantastic, improbable imagery (provided by the legendarily multitalented Davey G. Johnson) of a vengeful Juan Manuel Fangio propelling a SAAB 900 SPG across a frozen Pennsylvania landscape.

Hughes (also of the Mountain Goats) has embarked on an ambitious second solo album, Fangio, which he describes as a follow-up to a previous song in which he “imagined five-time Formula One World Champion and Argentine folk hero Juan Manuel Fangio piloting a SAAB 900 Turbo SPG across the Andes mountains on a covert mission to assassinate Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet.” Fangio picks up the story from there, with the still-living driving legend capering about to avenge various wrongs perpetrated against the people of Latin America, again from the wheel of his trusty SAAB. Forget about a simpering rock opera wallowing in clichéd excess turned up to 11 – it’s to high-concept performance art what forced induction was to the Triumph-derived SAAB B engine.

Hughes has provided an excellent Listener’s Guide for those needing to bone up on their Fangio history before diving into the album itself. The album’s debut is imminent, so check back at the Fivetools blog for more info. And after you fall asleep tonight, be ready for your subconscious to pull on some string-backed gloves to a hypnotic Casio-driven beat and rub fenders with some oneiroi born from jets.

Images courtesy Peter Peter Hughes and Fivetools

  • The video is awesome. Mr. D. G. Johnson really did a great job.

    This entire concept is mindblowingly awesome.

  • Let me be the first, and perhaps only, one to declare Davey G. Johnson the Orson Welles of The Hooniverse.

    • Did you know Orson Welles was in the original Transformers movie? Maybe if Davey had helmed the first one it wouldn't have turned into a pile of childhood-ruining crap.

  • RWB

    Fuck yeah Peter Peter Hughes!

    Back in '07(?), at a Mountain Goats concert in Watkins Glen, I got an at-speed tour around the old circuit in his Miata! So far and away the best concert memory I have, and I feel confident it will never be superseded.

    Crazy timing, I was just reminiscing about that yesterday, thinking he'd be a guy with some connection to a site like this. This is great. PPH is a hell of a dude.

  • I want whatever those guys have been ingesting or inhaling. Not that I am implying anything about how such a bizarre yet fantastic concept came to fruition.

    • Yeah, I don't think I'm avant garde enough to fully appreciate it.

  • BGW

    "Juan Manuel Fangio Punishes the World's Sins in a Saab"

    I'd subscribe to that newsletter. When do we pass the collection plate?

  • Any of the songs reference his sidekick Stirling Moss and his 9000 Aero?

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