Tuesday, July 20, 2010


“A little bad taste is like a nice splash of paprika. We all need a splash of bad taste—it’s hearty, it’s healthy, it’s physical. No taste is what I’m against.”Diana Vreeland

In light of the above quote I feel a little less dubious about making this post. Tonetta, one of the strangest thing to bubble up from the youtube community, defines bad taste. If Tonetta was food, he'd be that tuna pasta-bake your flatmate left in the fridge for six months. So who is Tonetta? He's a man from Toronto who has been recording home made music videos for almost three decades. He sings about a range of topics. And his songs, while perverse, take on new meaning with multiple listening. 

These music videos look like they are shot on an old VHS, and the sound quality is rather low-fi. Tonneta dances through them all in various states of undress, bondage-dress or cross-dress. The net result is a 1980's snuff-movie/S&M aesthetic. Watching Tonetta for the first time is somewhat frightening. One feels like they are eavesdropping on something very private, and very awful. The music itself is loosely comparable to Talking Heads, Iggy Pop, and Wavves at various points. 

Tonetta's art is not self-conscious. There is no feeling that he performs for the benefit or entertainment of anyone other than himself. It is vogue at the moment to declare that Tonetta is some sort of genius. Humorous as this suggestion is, I do not think it should be taken seriously.Yet in some ways Tonnetta's juxtaposition of perversion and social commentary is art at its best. A striking condemnation of the modern age. At first Tonetta's perversion is distasteful. But we are reminded that after all it is a reflection of our own perversion: that to judge Tonetta as a society would be hypocrisy. If Tonetta is an artist, he an artist in the tradition of De Sade

Album Highlights: 
John and Yoko
Drugs Drugs Drugs

Hop on soulseek and enjoy this very special experience. 

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